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Collection Number: 00199

Collection Title: M.A. Curtis Papers, 1720-1952

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Size 9.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5,800 items)
Abstract Moses Ashley Curtis was born in Stockbridge, Mass., and educated at Williams College in Massachusetts. After graduating, he became a tutor for the children of former Governor Edward Bishop Dudley in Wilmington, N.C., returning to Massachusetts in 1833 to study theology. He married Mary de Rosset in 1834, was ordained in 1835, and obtained a post to teach at the Episcopal school at Raleigh, N.C. He became rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church at Hillsborough, N.C., in 1841 and in charge of a parish at Society Hill, S.C., in 1847 before returning to the Protestant Episcopal Church at Hillsborough in 1857. He died in Hillsborough, in 1872. Besides his clerical and teaching duties, Curtis was also a noted mycologist. The collection contains the correspondence, papers, journals and notebooks, and scientific materials of M.A. Curtis, along with the correspondence of his wife Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis, their children, and members of the Curtis and DeRosset families, chiefly in North Carolina and South Carolina. Correspondence primarily consists of early DeRosset papers; letters from M.A. Curtis's parents, Reverend Jared Curtis and Thankful Curtis, and his daughter, Caroline, to M.A. Curtis while at Williams College; correspondence between M.A. Curtis and Mary Jane DeRosset; letters from relatives of Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis of Wilmington, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.; letters from the Curtis childen while they were at school and as adults; letters from John H. Curtis while he was serving in the Confederate army; and scattered letters about activities of the Episcopal Church; letters to Curtis from other botanists, including Henry William Ravenel, Asa Gray, and M.J. Berkeley, primarily regarding fungi and related scientific topics. Topics are generally related to family news and daily life, along with some discussions of news and politics. Some letters mention slavery and particular slaves belonging to Curtis and DeRosset family members. Included is an 1841 letter discussing the trial of a man accused of murdering a slave, and letters, 1859-1860, discussing the dispersal of DeRosset family slaves after the death of Armand DeRosset. Later papers, 1873-1929, are family correspondence, papers relating to the disposition of Curtis's scientific materials, and letters from Catherine Fullerton describing her travels and teaching experiences in Cuba, 1910-1919. Also included are diaries, botanical notes, school notebooks, sermons, photographs, and church music, as well as Curtis's diary, 1830-1836 and undated, that contains descriptions of his life in Wilmington, N.C., and his employment as a tutor for the children of former Governor Edward Bishop Dudley.
Creator Curtis, M. A. (Moses Ashley), 1808-1872.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the M.A. Curtis Papers, #199, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Partial microfilm copy available.
  • Reel 1: Addition of 1977, Family letters
  • Reel 2: Addition of 1977, Berkeley letters, 1842-1872
  • Reel 3: Volume 17
  • Reel 4: Volume 37
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Curtis Bynum of Asheville, N.C., 1936-1962.
Addition of August 1966 transferred from the North Carolina Collection.
Addition of August 1970 received from Archibald Henderson of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Addition of November 1977 gift of Annie Cameron.
Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419) received from Curt Shepard of Charlotte, N.C.
Addition of November 2007 (Acc. 100809) received from Darren McGehee.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Moses Ashley Curtis was born in Stockbridge, Mass., and educated at Williams College in Massachusetts. After graduating, he became a tutor for the children of former Governor Edward Bishop Dudley in Wilmington, N.C., returning to Massachusetts in 1833 to study theology. He married Mary de Rosset in 1834, was ordained in 1835, and obtained a post to teach at the Episcopal school at Raleigh, N.C. He became rector of the Protestant Episcopal Church at Hillsborough, N.C., in 1841 and in charge of a parish at Society Hill, S.C., in 1847 before returning to the Protestant Episcopal Church at Hillsborough in 1857. He died in Hillsborough, in 1872. Besides his clerical and teaching duties, Curtis was also a noted mycologist.

M.A. Curtis and his wife Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis (1813-1903) had ten children: Armand DeRosset, Moses Ashley Jr. (Ashley), John Henry, Catherine Fullerton (Kate), Charles Jared, Mary Louisa (Minna), Caroline (Carrie), Elizabeth DeRosset (Lizzie), William White, and Magdalene. Only Moses Ashley Jr., Catherine Fullerton, Charles Jared, Elizabeth DeRosset, and Mary Louisa survived to adulthood.

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The collection contains correspondence, papers, journals and notebooks, and scientific materials of M.A. Curtis (1808-1872), along with the correspondence of his wife Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis (1813-1903), their children, and members of the Curtis and DeRosset families. Correspondence chiefly consists of early DeRosset papers; letters from M.A. Curtis's parents, Reverend Jared and Thankful Curtis, and from his daughter, Caroline, to him while at Williams College; correspondence between M.A. Curtis and Mary Jane DeRosset; letters from Mary Jane DeRosset's relatives of Wilmington, N.C., and Charleston, S.C.; letters from the Curtis childen while they were at school; letters from John H. Curtis while he was serving in the Confederate army; scattered letters about activities of the Episcopal Church; and letters to Curtis from other botanists, including Henry William Ravenel and Asa Gray. Topics are generally related to family news and daily life, along with some discussions of news and politics. Later papers, 1873-1929, are family correspondence, papers relating to the disposition of Curtis's scientific materials, and letters from Catherine Fullerton describing her travels and teaching experiences in Cuba, 1910-1919. Also included are diaries, botanical notes, school notebooks, sermons, photographs, church music, and a diary belonging to Curtis, 1830-1836 and undated, that contains descriptions of his life in Wilmington, N.C., and his employment as a tutor for the children of former Governor Edward Bishop Dudley.

The addition of 1977 consists of personal letters, 1841-1879 and 1889, to Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis from members of the DeRosset and Curtis families; botanical correspondence, 1846-1872, to M.A. Curtis from Miles Joseph Berkeley and other botanists; and two manuscript volumes of M.A. Curtis's botanical notes. Some letters mention slavery and particular slaves belonging to Curtis and DeRosset family members. Included is an 1841 letter discussing the trial of a man accused of murdering a slave, and letters, 1859-1860, discussing the dispersal of DeRosset family slaves after the death of Armand DeRosset.

The addition of February 2003 chiefly contains family correspondence and other materials, 1814-1950, of Mary Jane DeRosset; her sisters Magdalene, Catherine, and Elisa DeRosset; her children Armand, Moses, John Henry, Charles Jared, Mary Louisa, Catherine Fullerton, and Elizabeth DeRosset; and grandson Curtis Bynum. Correspondence, 1814-1850, is chiefly of the DeRosset sisters; topics include religious concerns, illnesses, and family visits. Correspondence, 1855-1917, is chiefly from the Curtis children and grandchildren, including Catherine Fullerton writing from Havana, Cuba. Topics include religious matters, illnesses, travels, and family news. Also included are a journal, sermons, poetry, photographs, sheet music, biographical information, church histories, a yearbook, and genealogical materials.

The addition of November 2007 consists of correspondence between Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis and her children, friends, and other (mostly female) members of the DeRosset family, particularly Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis's sisters Elizabeth Ann DeRosset and Catherine Fullerton Kennedy. Letters discuss daily life, the Curtis children's school activities, and the impact of the Civil War. The addition also contains scattered correspondence addressed to other members of the Curtis and DeRosset families, as well as several photographs and a small amount of related materials including sermons, financial documents, academic assignments, and poems, among other materials.

Additions received after 1977 have not been integrated into the original deposits. Researchers should always check additions to be sure that they have identified all files of interest to them.

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About 3,300 items.

Arrangement: primarily chronological.

The first part of this collection consists almost entirely of family letters: the correspondence of and relating to M.A. Curtis, his wife Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis and her family in Wilmington, N.C., and their children: William White (1838-1843), Armand DeRosset (1839-1856), Moses Ashley (1842-1933), John Henry (1844-1865), Catherine Fullerton (1845-1922), Charles Jared (1847-1931), Mary Louisa (1849-1929), Magdalene DeRosset (April-September, 1851), Caroline (1852-1862), and Elizabeth DeRosset (1854-1928). Most of the family letters are addressed to Mary.

The early letters are centered around Wilmington, N.C. (1834-1836), Raleigh, N.C. (1836-1839), Society Hill, S.C., Hillsborough, N.C. (1856-1872), and Lincolnton, N.C. There are letters from the children at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh and the General Theological Seminary in New York, and from Ashley Jr. and John Henry in the Confederate Army, 1862-1865. Beginning in 1834, there are scientific notes, botanical drawings, clippings, miscellaneous papers, and correspondence with scientists H.W. (Henry William) Ravenel (1814-1887), John Torrey, William Darlington, Asa Gray, and others. There is also a series of letters written from Cuba, 1913-1919, from Kate Curtis to Lizzie Curtis.

The collection also contains 36 manuscript volumes including scientific journals, personal diaries and journals, notebooks, cash accounts, poems, recipes, cures, manuscript music for church services, and sermons. Volume 6 is the personal diary of M.A. Curtis covering 1830-1836 and an undated period, describing his journey from Boston harbor to Wilmington, N.C., in 1830; his life as a tutor in the household of future governor Edward B. Dudley, wealthy merchant and trader; a tour of South Carolina and Georgia where he visited natural scientists; and his return to Boston in 1833 to begin his study of theology under the Reverend William Crosswell, rector of the Church of the Advent and editor of the Episcopal Watchman. He returned to Wilmington in the winter of 1834 and began missionary work in the vicinity of Lincolnton, Charlotte, Burke County and Rowan County. The last volume is the diary of Kate Curtis while she was on a European tour.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Foreword and surveys #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 1

Folder 2a

1720-1824 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 2a

Folder 2b

1825-1826 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 2b

Folder 2c

1827-1831 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 2c

Folder 3

1833 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 3

Folder 4

January-June 1834 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 4

Folder 5

July-December 1834 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 5

Folder 6

1835 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 6

Folder 7

1836-March 1837 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 7

Folder 8

May-December 1837 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-April 1838 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 9

Folder 10

May-December 1838 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 10

Folder 11

January-July 1839 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 11

Folder 12

August-December 1839 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 12

Folder 13

1840-1841 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 13

Folder 14

1842 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 14

Folder 15

1843 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 15

Folder 16

1844 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 16

Folder 17

1845-March 1846 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 17

Folder 18

April-September 1846 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 18

Folder 19

October-December 1846 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 19

Folder 20

January-March 1847 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 20

Folder 21

April-June 1847 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 21

Folder 22

July-September 1847 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 22

Folder 23

October-December 1847 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 23

Folder 24

January-March 1848 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 24

Folder 25

April-July 1848 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 25

Folder 26

August-December 1848 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 26

Folder 27

January-June 1849 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 27

Folder 28

July-December 1849 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 28

Folder 29

1850 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 29

Folder 30

January-August 1851 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 30

Folder 31

September-December 1851 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 31

Folder 32

1852 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 32

Folder 33

January-August 1853 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 33

Folder 34

September-December 1853 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 34

Folder 35

January-March 1854 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 35

Folder 36

April-July 1854 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 36

Folder 37

August-September 1854 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 37

Folder 38

October-December 1854 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 38

Folder 39

January-July 1855 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 39

Folder 40

August-December 1855 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 40

Folder 41

January-June 1856 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 41

Folder 42

July-December 1856 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 42

Folder 43

1857 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 43

Folder 44

January-June 1858 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 44

Folder 45

July 1858-December 1859 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 45

Folder 46

1860 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 46

Folder 47

January-August 1861 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 47

Folder 48

September-December 1861 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 48

Folder 49

1862-1863 and undated 1860s #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 49

Folder 50

1864 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 50

Folder 51

1865-1867 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 51

Folder 52

1868-1869 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 52

Folder 53

1870 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 53

Folder 54

January-July 1871 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 54

Folder 55

August-December 1871 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 55

Folder 56

January-April 1872 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 56

Folder 57

May-December 1872 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 57

Folder 58

1873-1874 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 58

Folder 59

1875-1877 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 59

Folder 60

1878-1879 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 60

Folder 61

1880 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 61

Folder 62

January-May 1881 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 62

Folder 63

June-December 1881 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 63

Folder 64

1882 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 64

Folder 65

1883-1886 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 65

Folder 66

1887 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 66

Folder 67

1888-1893 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 67

Folder 68

1896 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 68

Folder 69

1897, 1904-1905, 1910-1922, 1928-1929 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 69

Folder 70-79

Folder 70

Folder 71

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Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Undated letters #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 70-79

Folder 80

Miscellaneous #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 80

Folder 81

Clippings and published articles #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 81

Folder 82

Miscellaneous biological notes, drawings, lists #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 82

Folder 83

Manuscripts on fungi #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 83

Folder 84

Lists and notes #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 84

Folder 85

Catalog of North Carolina plants: pages 138-175 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 85

Folder 86

C. J. Curtis's illustrations for fungi manuscript #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 86

Folder 87

Paintings and drawings of fungi and skeletonized leaves (C. J. Curtis) #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 87

Folder 88

Paintings and drawings #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 88

Folder 89

Preservation copies of eleven severely damaged items #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 89

Folder 106

Volume 1: John Lyon's catalog of American plants known in his day, written before 1814 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 106

Folder 107

Volume 2: Notebook of Elizabeth Ann De Rosset, Pittsboro, N.C., 1816 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 107

Folder 108

Volume 3: Diary of religious meditations and introspection, 1817-1820 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 108

Folder 109

Volume 4: C. De Rosset, religious meditations, exercises, and poems, 1819(?) #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 109

Folder 110

Volume 5: "Extracts": hymns, religious poems, meditations of Eliza G. Hard(?), 1829(?) #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 110

Folder 111

Volume 6: Personal diary of M.A. Curtis, 1830-1836 and undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 111

Folder 112

Volume 7: Meteorological journal of M.A. Curtis, kept at Wilmington and Hillsborough, 1832-1872 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 112

Folder 113

Volume 8: Lists of plants sent by M.A. Curtis to Dr. McRee and Dr. Darlington, 1832-1845 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 113

Folder 114

Volume 9: Descriptions of plants found in North Carolina, circa 1830s #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 114

Folder 115

Volume 10: Continuation of plant descriptions in volume 9, 1832, 1838, and undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 115

Folder 116

Volume 11: Continuation of plant descriptions, pages 351-420 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 116

Folder 117

Volume 12: Notebook of French language exercises, A.D. Curtis, Saint James College, Md., 1855(?) #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 117

Folder 118

Volume 13: Notebook of English composition, Armand De Rosset Curtis of Society Hill, S.C., 1855-1856 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 118

Folder 119

Folder number not used #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 119

Folder 120

Volume 14: Notebook in English composition, Armand De Rosset Curtis #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 120

Folder 121

Volume 15: Cash accounts of M.A. Curtis, entered in a "Churchman's Diary" book, 1859 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 121

Folder 122

Volume 16: Notebook in English composition, M.A. Curtis at Saint James College, 1859 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 122

Folder 123

Volume 17: Notebook in English literature #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 123

Folder 124

Volume 18: Notebook in language study, M.A. Curtis Jr., 1860-1861 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 124

Folder 125

Volume 19: Pocket-sized notebook of C. Curtis containing list of lecture subjects and poems, circa 1860 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 125

Folder 126

Volume 20: Notes on Bible lectures, C. Curtis at Saubt Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., 1860-1876 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 126

Folder 127

Volume 21: Speech delivered before the Cheraw, S.C., Lyceum, on "The Pleasure and advantage of a study of Nature and of Natural History," 1861 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 127

Folder 128

Volume 22: Catalog of the Plants of North Carolina, undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 128

Folder 129

Volume 23: "Miss De Rossett," poems and Bible quotations, undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 129

Folder 130

Volume 24: Mary J. Curtis, recipes and cures #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 130

Folder 131

Volume 25: Fragment containing sentimental and religious poems, undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 131

Folder 132

Volume 26: J.H. Curtis, writing exercises in phonography and algebra, undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 132

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-199/1

Volume 27: Manuscript music for church services, M.A. Curtis and C.J. Curtis, part 1 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." OPF-199/1

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-199/1

Volume 27: Manuscript music for church services, M.A. Curtis and C.J. Curtis, part 2 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." XOPF-199/1

Folder 133

Folder number not used #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 133

Folder 134-135

Folder 134

Folder 135

Volumes 28-29: Two packages of sermons, mostly undated, some preached 1835-1841 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 134-135

Folder 136

Volume 30: Sermon on Sacerdotal Absolution by M.A. Curtis #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 136

Folder 137

Volume 31: Notebook on Biblical history #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 137

Folder 138

Volume 32: Notebook on Biblical geography #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 138

Folder 139-141

Folder 139

Folder 140

Folder 141

Volumes 33-35: Three bound manuscript books containing school exercises and essays, poems, translations, and other miscellaneous items, undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 139-141

Folder 142

Volume 36: Diary of Kate F. Curtis while on a European tour, 31 July-8 September 1913 #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 142

Folder 143

Volume 37: Manuscript volume of M.A. Curtis: "Esculent Fungi or Edible Mushrooms," as well as several papers on the subject #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." Folder 143

Image Folder PF-199/1

Two albumen prints of an unspecified fungus, undated #00199, Series: "Papers, 1720-1950." PF-199/1

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Arrangement: chronological

Personal letters, 1841-1879 and 1889, to Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis, wife of M.A. Curtis, from members of the DeRosset and Curtis families; botanical correspondence, 1846-1872, to M.A. Curtis from Miles Joseph Berkeley and other botanists; and two manuscript volumes of M.A. Curtis's botanical notes.

Correspondence, 1841-1842, includes letters primarily to Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis in Hillsborough, N.C., from her sisters Magdalene DeRosset and Eliza Ann DeRosset, and from her father, Armand John DeRosset, all of Wilmington, N.C. These letters concern family matters and local news: health and treatment of illnesses, deaths, marriages, travels, neighborhood events, and the DeRosset slaves. Several of the house servants, Edney, Fanny, and Peggy, are mentioned by name. Fanny's mother, who was evidently the DeRosset sisters' nurse, is mentioned in connection with her death early in 1841. Two letters of December 1841 discuss the purchase of Peggy's husband, a 45-year-old slave of Columbia, S.C., for $800. A letter of 17 August 1841 from Eliza Ann DeRosset tells of a neighbor who was on trial for murdering a slave he had leased. It was "a very shocking affair ... the whole community is very much incensed against him."

Later personal correspondence, 1850-1860, 1876-1879, and 1889, to Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis is from her children Mary Louise (Minna), Moses Ashley (Ashley), Catherine Fullerton (Kate), and Charles Jared, and from Ashley's wife Mary Nash; also from her niece Cattie (possibly the daughter of Catherine DeRosset Kennedy) and from Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis's sisters Eliza Ann DeRosset and Catherine DeRosset Kennedy. These letters concern family news and money matters almost exclusively, including two letters of 1859-1860 which discuss the dispersal of the DeRosset family slaves after the death of Armand John DeRosset.

Botanical correspondence, 1846-1872, to M.A. Curtis in Hillsborough, N.C., and Society Hill, S.C., is primarily from the Reverend Miles Joseph Berkeley (1803-1899) of King's Cliff, Wansford and Sibbertoft, Harborough, England, Anglican minister and founder of British mycology. Curtis corresponded extensively with Berkeley and to a lesser extent with other European and American mycologists. This international community of botanists corresponded primarily about identification of fungi samples, large numbers of which the botanists mailed to each other. Each sample was evidently tagged with a number, since Miles Joseph Berkeley's letters almost always contained long lists of numbers and plant names. Berkeley frequently discussed the botanical writings which he and M.A. Curtis jointly authored, and occasionally asked Curtis to send him seeds of common American plants (vegetables and trees) which were not indigenous to England.

Folder 90

February-August 1841 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 90

Folder 91

September 1841-1842 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 91

Folder 92

1846-1848 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 92

Folder 93

1849 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 93

Folder 94

1850-1851 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 94

Folder 95

1852 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 95

Folder 96

1853-1854 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 96

Folder 97

1855-1857 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 97

Folder 98

1858 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 98

Folder 99

1859 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 99

Folder 100

1860-1867 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 100

Folder 101

1868-1878 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 101

Folder 102

January-February 1879 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 102

Folder 103

March 1879, 1889 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 103

Folder 104

Undated #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 104

Folder 105

Typescripts of selected Berkeley letters #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 105

Folder 144

Volume 38: Catalog of plants, circa 1830s #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 144

Folder 145

Volume 39: "Plants sent to Prof. Fries of Sweden," 1850 #00199, Series: "Addition of 1977" Folder 145

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About 1,200 items.

Arrangement: Correspondence is chronological.

The addition of February 2003 chiefly contains family correspondence and other materials, 1814-1950, of Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis; her sisters Magdalen, Catherine, and Elisa DeRosset; her children Armand, Moses, John Henry, Charles Jared, Mary Louisa, Catherine Fullerton, and Elizabeth DeRosset; and grandson Curtis Bynum. Correspondence, 1814-1850, is chiefly of the DeRosset sisters, and topics include religious concerns, illnesses, and family visits. Correspondence, 1855-1917, is chiefly from the Curtis children and grandchildren, including Catherine Fullerton writing from Havana, Cuba. Topics include religious matters, illnesses, travels, and family news. Also included are a journal, sermons, poetry, photographs, sheet music, biographical information, church histories, a yearbook, and genealogical materials.

Folder 146

1814-1833 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 146

Folder 147-148

Folder 147

Folder 148

1834 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 147-148

Folder 149

1835 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 149

Folder 150-152

Folder 150

Folder 151

Folder 152

1836 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 150-152

Folder 153

1837 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 153

Folder 154

1838-1839 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 154

Folder 155

1840 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 155

Folder 156

1849 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 156

Folder 157

1850 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 157

Folder 158

1855 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 158

Folder 159-161

Folder 159

Folder 160

Folder 161

1856 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 159-161

Folder 161a

Items from folders 163, 164, 166, 168, 170, 192, 194 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 161a

Folder 162

1857-1858 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 162

Folder 163

1860-1863 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 163

Folder 164

1867-1869 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 164

Folder 165

1870-1871 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 165

Folder 166

1872 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 166

Folder 167

1873-1874 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 167

Folder 168

1875-1876 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 168

Folder 169

1877 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 169

Folder 170

1878-1879 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 170

Folder 171

1880 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 171

Folder 172-173

Folder 172

Folder 173

1881 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 172-173

Folder 174

1882 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 174

Folder 175

1891-1892 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 175

Folder 176-179

Folder 176

Folder 177

Folder 178

Folder 179

1893 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 176-179

Folder 180

1894-1896 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 180

Folder 181-184

Folder 181

Folder 182

Folder 183

Folder 184

1897 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 181-184

Folder 185-186

Folder 185

Folder 186

1898 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 185-186

Folder 187

1901-1902 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 187

Folder 188

1910 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 188

Folder 189

Onboard the Minnewaska, 1910 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 189

Folder 190

1917 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 190

Folder 191-196

Folder 191

Folder 192

Folder 193

Folder 194

Folder 195

Folder 196

Undated #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 191-196

Folder 197

Curtis Bynum: "A Sketch of the History of the Anglican Church" #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 197

Folder 198

W.S. Bynum ordination, 1882 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 198

Folder 199

Charles J. Curtis journal #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 199

Folder 200

Charles J. Curtis sermons, 1869, 1871, 1894 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 200

Folder 201

Charles J. Curtis: "Southern Home Journal   Easter Visitor," 1871 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 201

Folder 202-204

Folder 202

Folder 203

Folder 204

Lizzie Curtis: poems #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 202-204

Folder 205

M.A. Curtis: sheet music #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 205

Folder 206

Barbara Curtis Bynum Henderson: "Of Wars and Rumors of War," 1950 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 206

Folder 207

Kate Shipp: "History of the Episcopal Church in Lincoln County, 1786-1928" #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 207

Folder 208

Biographical materials #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 208

Folder 209

Clippings #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 209

Folder 210

Journal, undated #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 210

Folder 211

DeRosset family genealogy #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 211

Folder 212

Lawrence University Ariel, 1899 #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 212

Folder 213

Miscellaneous #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." Folder 213

Image Folder PF-199/2

Portraits of various Curtis and Bynum family members, mostly identified #00199, Series: "Addition of February 2003 (Acc. 99419)." PF-199/2

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About 1,300 items.

Arrangement: primarily chronological.

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Arrangement: chronological. Undated correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Correspondence between Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis and her children, friends, and other (mostly female) members of the DeRosset family, particularly Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis's sisters Elizabeth Ann DeRosset and Catherine Fullerton Kennedy. Correspondents discuss daily life, the Curtis children's school activities, and the impact of the Civil War. Also included is scattered correspondence addressed to other members of the Curtis and DeRosset families.

Folder 255

Correspondence, 1835-1838 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 255

Folder 214

Correspondence, 1856-1859 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 214

Folder 215

Correspondence, 1860-1864 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 215

Folder 216

Correspondence, 1865 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 216

Folder 217

Correspondence, 1866 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 217

Folder 218

Correspondence, 1867 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 218

Folder 219

Correspondence, January-June 1868 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 219

Folder 220

Correspondence, July-August 1868 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 220

Folder 221

Correspondence, September-December 1868 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 221

Folder 222

Correspondence, January-April 1869 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 222

Folder 223

Correspondence, May-July 1869 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 223

Folder 224

Correspondence, August-December 1869 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 224

Folder 225

Correspondence, January-May 1870 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 225

Folder 226

Correspondence, June-July 1870 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 226

Folder 227

Correspondence, August-September 1870 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 227

Folder 228

Correspondence, November-December 1870 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 228

Folder 229

Correspondence, January-February 1871 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 229

Folder 230

Correspondence, March-August 1871 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 230

Folder 231

Correspondence, January-May 1872 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 231

Folder 232

Correspondence, June-October 1872 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 232

Folder 233

Correspondence, 1876-1877 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 233

Folder 234

Correspondence, 1880-1883 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 234

Folder 235

Correspondence, 1897-1952 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 235

Folder 236

Letters to Caroline Curtis, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 236

Folder 237

Letters to M.A. Curtis, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 237

Folder 238

Letters from Moses Ashley Curtis Jr., undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 238

Folder 239

Letters from Alice DeRosset, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 239

Folder 240

Letters from Catherine Kennedy DeRosset, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 240

Folder 241

Letters from Elizabeth Ann DeRosset, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 241

Folder 242

Letters from Ella R. Glass, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 242

Folder 243

Letters from Catherine Fullerton Kennedy, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 243

Folder 244

Letters from Sophia Myers, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 244

Folder 245

Letters from Emma L. Tew, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 245

Folder 246-248

Folder 246

Folder 247

Folder 248

Letters from Sophia Chester Devereux Turner, undated #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 246-248

Folder 249-251

Folder 249

Folder 250

Folder 251

Undated letters from various correspondents #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 249-251

Folder 252

Envelopes not associated with letters #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Correspondence, 1835-1952" Folder 252

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Folder 253

Catherine Fullerton Curtis Autograph Book, 1860-1861 #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Other Papers" Folder 253

Catherine Fullerton Curtis's autograph album contains autographs and quotes from schoolmates at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., 1860-1861.

Folder 254

Other papers #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Other Papers" Folder 254

Other papers associated with various members of the Curtis family include sermons, academic assignments, compositions, and reports, notes, poems, a pocket almanack with weather notations, shopping lists, and an account document listing Mary Jane DeRosset Curtis's purchases from DeRosset and Company.

Image Folder PF-199/3

Photographs #00199, Subseries: "Addition of November 2007: Other Papers" PF-199/3

Photographs include a portrait of an unidentified man, snapshots of a theater, and photographs of Suzanne and Lillia Bynum as children, as well as two photographs, one of an unidentified church and one of an unidentified home, each mounted on on cardstock labeled "E.F. Small, City View Publisher, Winston, N.C., M.A. Curtis, Agent" with the notation "Duplicates can be had at Curtis' Book Store at any time."

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, August 2010

Finding aid updated because of addition by Anna Kephart, January 2011

Updated by: Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Additions received after 1977 have not been integrated into the original deposits. Researchers should always check additions to be sure that they have identified all files of interest to them.

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