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Collection Number: 05520

Collection Title: Ruth Dixon Dunn Papers, 1903-1911

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract Ruth Dixon Dunn was born in 1888 in Colquitt, Miller County, Ga., where she lived until her death in 1911. She had several siblings, including Walter A. Dixon of Tampa, Fla. Dunn married local banker William Pearl Dunn in 1907, and they had a child, William Pearl Dunn Jr., in 1908. Ruth Dixon Dunn died in July 1911 of unknown causes. The collection is chiefly letters written to Ruth Dixon Dunn from friends and relatives in southern Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, including her brother Walter A. Dixon and female friends attending Monroe Female College in Forsyth, Ga. The letters generally concern the family and social life of an adolescent girl and young married woman. There are a few letters from Ruth Dixon Dunn to her husband William Pearl Dunn, as well as letters to William Pearl Dunn from family, friends, and business associates. There are also a few letters to other recipients, postcards, calling cards, wedding and graduation invitations, birth announcements, clippings, Ruth Dixon Dunn's school report cards, brochures, legal and financial documents, transcribed poems, and other items.
Creator Dunn, Ruth Dixon, 1888-1911.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Ruth Dixon Dunn Papers #5520, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2012 (Acc. 101587).
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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Ruth Dixon Dunn was born in 1888 in Colquitt, Miller County, Ga., where she lived until her death in 1911. She had several siblings, but only one brother appears in the correspondence, Walter A. Dixon of Tampa, Fla. Ruth Dixon Dunn married local banker William Pearl Dunn in 1907, and they had a child, William Pearl Dunn Jr., in 1908. Ruth Dixon Dunn died suddenly in July 1911 of unknown causes.

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The collection is chiefly letters written to Ruth Dixon Dunn from friends and relatives in southern Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, including her brother, Walter A. Dixon of Tampa, Fla., and female friends attending Monroe Female College in Forsyth, Ga. The letters generally concern the family and social life of an adolescent girl and young married woman. There are a few letters from Ruth Dixon Dunn to her husband William Pearl Dunn, as well as letters to William Pearl Dunn from family, friends, and business associates. There are also a few letters to other recipients, postcards, calling cards, wedding and graduation invitations, birth announcements, clippings, Ruth Dixon Dunn's school report cards, brochures, legal and financial documents, transcribed poems, and other items.

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Contents list

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About 800 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Folder 1-18

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence, 1903-1911 #05520, Series: "Correspondence, 1903-1911." Folder 1-18

Folder 19

Correspondence, undated #05520, Series: "Correspondence, 1903-1911." Folder 19

Folder 20-23

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Other papers, 1903-1911 #05520, Series: "Correspondence, 1903-1911." Folder 20-23

Includes postcards, calling cards, wedding and graduation invitations, birth announcements, clippings, Ruth Dixon Dunn's school report cards, brochures, legal and financial documents, transcribed poems, and other items.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sara Mannheimer, June 2012

Encoded by: Sara Mannheimer, June 2012

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