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Collection Number: 01628-z

Collection Title: Dorman Family Papers, 1838-1892.

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 under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 54 items
Abstract The collection includes correspondence, financial materials, and other papers relating to the Dorman family of Mobile and Claiborne, Ala., and their friends. Letters, 1847-1854 and undated, give news of family and neighborhood activities. Those from 1862 are to Thomas T. Dorman from family and friends while he served with the 21st Alabama Regiment at Corinth, Miss. Letters, 1867-1868, include two from Thomas W. Dorman to his son, Thomas T., when the elder was vacationing at Healing Springs, Va. Beginning in 1871, there are a few routine business letters relating to various family members. Financial materials consist of scattered bills and receipts. Also included are a handwritten transcription of the 1853 commencement speech from Centenary Institute, a women's school in Sommerfield, Ala., and eight undated school exercises, including compositions and French translation by various female family members.
Creator Dorman family.
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 Dorman Family Papers #1628-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from K. C. Frazer of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in July 1949.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The collection includes correspondence, financial materials, and other papers relating to the Dorman family of Mobile and Claiborne, Ala., and their friends. Letters, 1847-1854 and undated, give news of family and neighborhood activities. Those from 1862 are to Thomas T. Dorman from family and friends while he served with the 21st Alabama Regiment at Corinth, Miss. Letters, 1867-1868, include two from Thomas W. Dorman to his son, Thomas T., when the elder was vacationing at Healing Springs, Va. Beginning in 1871, there are a few routine business letters relating to various family members. Financial materials consist of scattered bills and receipts. Also included are a handwritten transcription of the 1853 commencement speech from Centenary Institute, a women's school in Sommerfield, Ala., and eight undated school exercises, including compositions and French translation by various female family members.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1847-1892 and undated.

22 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters to and from Dorman family members and friends in Mobile and Claiborne, Alabama, and Columbus, Mississippi. Letters 1847 to 1854 chiefly give news of family and neighborhood activities. Those from 1862 are to Thomas T. Dorman, son of Thomas W. Dorman, from family and friends while he served with the 21st Alabama Regiment at Corinth, Mississippi. Letters 1867 to 1868 include two from Thomas W. Dorman to son Thomas when the elder Dorman was vacationing at Healing Springs, Virginia. Beginning in 1871, there are a few routine business letters relating to various family members. Undated letters chiefly convey routine family news.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1847-1892 and undated #01628-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1847-1892 and undated." Folder 1

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20 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Scattered bills and receipts of various Dorman family members relating to purchases of goods and services.

Folder 2

Financial Materials #01628-z, Series: "2. Financial Materials, 1867-1897. " Folder 2

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12 items.

Handwritten poem entitled "The Shipwreck," dated 1838; handwritten copy of commencement speech delivered by William Lipscomb at the Centenary Institute, a women's school in Sommerfield, Alabama, 6 July 1853; a program from the "Sixth Anniversary of Infant Mystics" pageant, location unknown, 9 February 1875; program cover from the "Order of Myths" production, Mobile, Alabama, 1 March 1881; and eight undated school exercises, including compositions and French translations by various female family members.

Folder 3

Other Papers #01628-z, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1838-1881 and undated." Folder 3

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, April 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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