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Collection Number: 00208

Collection Title: Orin Datus Davis Papers, 1812-1915

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Size About 6300 items (6.0 linear feet).
Abstract Orin Datus Davis was a banker of Salisbury, N.C. The collection includes banking papers of Dolphin Alston Davis (1802-1881), his father-in-law, William H. Horah, and his son, Orin Datus Davis, and their several predecessors and associates at the Salisbury, N.C., branch of the State Bank of North Carolina. Most papers are from the period before D.A. Davis came from Fayetteville, N.C., to become cashier in 1835. Bank correspondence with prominent North Carolinians and records of routine financial transactions is included. Other papers are mainly of D.A. Davis and concern antebellum businesses in which he had an interest and the common schools of Rowan County, N.C., of which he was chairman of the Board of Superintendents, 1854-1866. Included are bills, notes, checks, and lists; estate account books from Fayetteville and Salisbury, and account books for merchandising and transportation enterprises, and the bank; records of a temperance society at Salisbury, 1842-1849; and Davis family letters, 1891-1905. Also present are federal tax returns and applications for business and professional licenses received by United States Internal Revenue district officers H.H. Helper, Samuel W. Wiley, and others, mainly 1865-1868.
Creator Davis, Orin Datus, b. 1851.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Orin Datus Davis Papers, #208, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
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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Orin Datus Davis, born 1851, was a banker of Salisbury, N.C.

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The collection includes banking papers of Dolphin Alston Davis (1802-1881), his father-in-law, William H. Horah, and his son, Orin Datus Davis, and their several predecessors and associates at the Salisbury, N.C., branch of the State Bank of North Carolina. Most papers are from the period before D.A. Davis came from Fayetteville, N.C., to become cashier in 1835. Bank correspondence with prominent North Carolinians and records of routine financial transactions is included. Other papers are mainly of D.A. Davis and concern antebellum businesses in which he had an interest and the common schools of Rowan County, N.C., of which he was chairman of the Board of Superintendents, 1854-1866. Included are bills, notes, checks, and lists; estate account books from Fayetteville and Salisbury, and account books for merchandising and transportation enterprises, and the bank; records of a temperance society at Salisbury, 1842-1849; and Davis family letters, 1891-1905. Also present are federal tax returns and applications for business and professional licenses received by United States Internal Revenue district officers H.H. Helper, Samuel W. Wiley, and others, mainly 1865-1868.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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