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Collection Number: 00200

Collection Title: W. G. Curtis Papers, 1813-1913 (bulk 1875-1913).

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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.

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract W. G. (Walter Gilman) Curtis was a native of Massachusetts, and a physician of Smithville, N.C., (now Southport) and Wilmington, N.C. The collection includes family correspondence and other records. The bulk, 1875-1913, consists of correspondence of Curtis and his third wife, Margaret Coit Curtis, including letters from her relatives in New Jersey and California; and letters from their children, including Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis (b. 1881), New Orleans architect. Other correspondence is that of the Johnson family of New Jersey, Margaret Coit Curtis's mother's family, 1813-1827; letters to Curtis from his first wife, Sarah Pratt Curtis, from Massachusetts, 1854-1860; letters from his second wife, Sarah Weeks Curtis, in New York, 1865-1866; and papers of Benjamin Billings Coit (1801-1866), New York City and San Francisco, Ca., physician. Volumes include scattered accounts and memoranda of W. G. Curtis and B. B. Coit; Curtis's notes of medical lectures at Harvard Medical School, 1849-1853; diary of Sarah Weeks Curtis, 1858-1860; records of a Smithville baseball club, 1867; records, 1871-1882, of Kendal and Lilliput, rice plantations in Brunswick County, N.C.; records of Curtis as state quarantine officer for the port of Wilmington, 1868-1895; and vestry records of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, Smithville, 1876-1904.
Creator Curtis, W. G. (Walter Gilman), d. 1909.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Walter Gilman Curtis Papers, #200, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from N. Courtlandt Curtis, prior to 1940.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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W. G. (Walter Gilman) Curtis (died 1909) was a native of Massachusetts, and a physician of Smithville, N.C., (now Southport) and Wilmington, N.C. Curtis was educated at Dartmouth College and was married three times, first to Sarah C. Pratt, then Sarah T. Weeks, and finally in 1878 to Margaret J. Coit.

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The collection includes family correspondence and other records. The bulk, 1875-1913, consists of correspondence of W. G. Curtis and his third wife, Margaret Coit Curtis, including letters from her relatives in New Jersey and California; and letters from their children, including Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis (b. 1881), New Orleans architect. Other correspondence is that of the Johnson family of New Jersey, Margaret Coit Curtis's mother's family, 1813-1827; letters to Curtis from his first wife, Sarah Pratt Curtis, from Massachusetts, 1854-1860; letters from his second wife, Sarah Weeks Curtis, in New York, 1865-1866; and papers of Benjamin Billings Coit (1801-1866), New York City and San Francisco, Ca., physician. Volumes include scattered accounts and memoranda of W. G. Curtis and B. B. Coit; Curtis's notes of medical lectures at Harvard Medical School, 1849-1853; diary of Sarah Weeks Curtis, 1858-1860; records of a Smithville baseball club, 1867; records, 1871-1882, of Kendal and Lilliput, rice plantations in Brunswick County, N.C.; records of Curtis as state quarantine officer for the port of Wilmington, 1868-1895; and vestry records of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, Smithville, 1876-1904.

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Contents list

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Family letters to William Johnson of New York, John Johnson of Newton, N.J., and Adelaide Johnson in Hunterdon County, N.J.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00200, Series: "1. Johnson Series, 1813-1827." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1813-1827 #00200, Series: "1. Johnson Series, 1813-1827." Folder 1

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Includes letters of Sarah C. Pratt to W. G. Curtis before their marriage and afterward during periods of seperation.

Folder 2

1854-1860 and undated #00200, Series: "2. Pratt-Curtis Series, 1854-1860 and undated." Folder 2

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Includes letters from Sarah T. Weeks to W. G. Curtis before and after their marriage.

Folder 3

1865-1866 #00200, Series: "3. Weeks-Curtis Series, 1865-1866." Folder 3

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Papers of the family of Margaret Johnson Coit before her marriage to Walter G. Curtis. These papers deal with the affairs of Benjamin Billings Coit and his son, Benjamin Howard Coit, in California and include scattered letters from Benjamin B. Coit to his wife in the East and other family letters. The business papers of Benjamin H. Coit relate to mining interests, at least partly in Arizona. They include letters from R. L. M. Camden in Philadelphia, Pa.; Joseph Roberts; James P. Bull; and R. H. Vance.

Folder 4

1849-1866 #00200, Series: "4. Coit Series, 1849-1868." Folder 4

Folder 5

1867-1868 #00200, Series: "4. Coit Series, 1849-1868." Folder 5

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated.

Series includes papers of W. G. Curtis and Margaret Coit before and after their marriage. Chiefly letters from W. G. Curtis to Margaret Coit Curtis during periods of seperation, letters from their children, and from various other relatives. There are also some scattered business, political, and civic papers of W. G. Curtis.

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Folder 6

Folder 7

1875-1877 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 6-7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1878-1879 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 8-9

Folder 10

1880 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1881-1884 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1885 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1886-1889 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1890-1892, 1894-1899 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1900-1909, 1913 #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

Undated #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 16-17

Folder 18

Photograph of an unidentified man #00200, Series: "5. Walter Gilman Curtis-Margaret Coit Series, 1875-1913 and undated." Folder 18

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Volumes include scattered accounts and memoranda of W. G. Curtis and B. B. Coit; Curtis's notes of medical lectures at Harvard Medical School, 1849-1853; diary of Sarah Weeks Curtis, 1858-1860; records of a Smithville baseball club, 1867; records, 1871-1882, of Kendal and Lilliput, rice plantations in Brunswick County, N.C.; records of Curtis as state quarantine officer for the port of Wilmington, 1868-1895; and vestry records of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, Smithville, 1876-1904.

Folder 19

Volume 1: Medical notebook, W. G. Curtis #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 19

Contains medical notes, quarantine reports, port of Wilmington, N.C., and prescriptions.

Folder 20

Volume 2: Medical notebook, W. G. Curtis #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 20

Includes prescriptions and accounts, 1849-1853.

Volume 3: Physicians record book, Benjamin Billings Coit, 1854 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 4: Lists, 1859 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 5: Journal, Sarah T. Weeks, 1858-1860 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 6: Miscellaneous notes, W. G. Curtis, 1854, 1857, 1858 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 23

Volume 7: Account book, W. G. Curtis, 1858-1870 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 8: Memoranda book, 1858-1868 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 24

Volume 9: Notebook, W. G. Curtis, 1862-1868 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 24

Volume 10: Miscellaneous notes and accounts, W. G. Curtis, 1869-1880 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 11: Record book, Brunswick Baseball Club, Smithville, N.C., 1867; Lilliput and Kendall plantations, 1871-1882 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Volume 12: Record book, quarantine officer, Port of Wilmington, N.C., 1868-1895 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Volume 13: Bank book, Margaret J. Coit, 1874 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 14: Physician's account book, W. G. Curtis, 1874-1896 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 15: Record book, St. Phillip's Church, Smithville, N.C., 1876-1904 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 16: Record book, groceries, 1906-1907 #00200, Series: "6. Volumes, 1854-1907 and undated." Folder 30

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

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.

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