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Collection Number: 02858

Collection Title: Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,500 items)
Abstract Louis Addison Dent (1863-1947) was a lawyer who held several federally appointed positions under Republican administrations. This collection chiefly contains letters and correspondence regarding Louis Addison Dent's professional career, particularly 1890-1900, but also includes family correspondence, scrapbooks, and geneological material about the Dent family. The papers primarily concern Dent's personal, public, and professional activities, primarily in 1890-1900, and provide information about Washington, D.C., politics; the machinations behind appointments to various offices; his work for Secretary of State James G. Blaine (1830-1893); foreign affairs, especially in the West Indies, where he visited the United States consulates; abuses in the foreign service during the administration of Grover Cleveland (1837-1908); Dent's appointments to the Jamaican consulate in 1892, 1897-1898; The Spanish-American War; his involvement in the Republican Party; his work as registrar of wills in Washington, D.C., auditor of the District of Columbia Supreme Court, special assistant to the Attorney General, private practice lawyer, and as a member of various commissions, committees, and patriotic and historic societies. Approximately 30 items are correspondence between Dent and Blaine and President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and his secretaries.
Creator Dent, Louis Addison, 1863-1947.
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 Louis Addison Dent Papers, #2858, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Louis A. Dent, Jr., and Edward A. Dent, 1952
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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Louis Addison Dent (1863-1947) was a lawyer who held several federally appointed positions under Republican administrations. He was often associated with James G. Blaine (1830-1893), assisting him with the publication of Twenty Years of Congress and other writings, and acting as Blaine's secretary while he was secretary of state under President Harrison, 1889-1892. During his career he worked as a secretary to various members of congress; consul to Jamaica in 1892, and again in 1897-1898 during the Spanish-American War; auditor of the District of Columbia Supreme Court; an attorney in private practice; faculty member of the National University Law School; special assistant to the Attorney General, 1925-1927; and vice president of Capitol Title and Guarantee Company. Dent was active in the Republican Party, as well as a member of various commissions, committees, and historic and patriotic societies. He also had a great interest in the geneology of his family.

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This collection chiefly contains letters and correspondence regarding Louis Addison Dent's (1862-1947) professional career, particularly 1890-1900, but also includes family correspondence, scrapbooks, and geneological material about the Dent family. The papers primarily concern Dent's personal, public, and professional activities, primarily in 1890-1900, and provide information about Washington, D.C., politics; the machinations behind appointments to various offices; his work for Secretary of State James G. Blaine (1830-1893); foreign affairs, especially in the West Indies, where he visited the United States consulates; abuses in the foreign service during the administration of Grover Cleveland (1837-1908); Dent's appointments to the Jamaican consulate in 1892, 1897-1898; The Spanish-American War; his involvement in the Republican Party; his work as registrar of wills in Washington, D.C., auditor of the District of Columbia Supreme Court, special assistant to the Attorney General, private practice lawyer, and as a member of various commissions, committees, and patriotic and historic societies. Approximately 30 items are correspondence between Dent and Blaine and President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) and his secretaries. The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings relating to law and politics.

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Contents list

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2,500 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1717-1799 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1802-1835; 1839 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1869-1886 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1887-1889 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1890-May 1891 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

June 1891-July 1892 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

August-December 1892 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

January-April 1893 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

May-December 1893 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10a

January-10 April 1894 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 10a

Folder 10b

11 April-June 1894 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 10b

Folder 10c

July 1894-1896 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 10c

Folder 11

January 1897 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

February-July 1897 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

August-15 October 1897 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

16 October-December 1897 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

January-March 1898 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

April-August 1898 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

September-December 1898 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-March 1899 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

April-9 October 1899 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

10 October-December 1899 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

January-July 1900 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

August-December 1900 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1901-1903 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1904-1905 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1906-1908 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1909-1912 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1913-1916 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1917-1918 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1919-1920 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1921 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1922-1923 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1924-1925 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1926-1927 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1928 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1929-1931 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

1932-1936 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

1937-1938 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

1939-1940 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

1941-1943 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

1944 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

1945-1946 and undated #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 41

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Folder 67

Folder 68

Genealogical materials #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 42-68

Folder 69

Volume 1: Scrapbook identified as "Book of Eugenie Dent," 1873-1875 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

Volume 2: Volume containing copies of poems and miscellaneous clippings, 1883 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

Volume 3: Volume identified as "Scrapbook I," 1894-1897 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Volume 4: "Scrapbook II," 1897-1898 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

Volume 5: "Scrapbook III," 1898 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Volume 6: "Scrapbook IV," July 1898-May 1899 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Volume 7: "Scrapbook V," May 1899-May 1906 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

Volume 8: "Scrapbook VI," May 1906-June 1917 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

Volume 9: "Scrapbook VII," July 1917-1945 #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." Folder 77

Image Folder PF-2858/1

Two engravings and one photograph of Dent #02858, Series: "Louis Addison Dent Papers, 1717-1946 and undated." PF-2858/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2010

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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, August 2010

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