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Collection Number: 02561-z

Collection Title: James Lawrence Dusenbery Diary and Clipping, 1841-1842, 1940

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3 items)
Abstract James Lawrence Dusenbery (b. 1821) of Lexington, N.C., was a student at the University of North Carolina. Upon leaving UNC, Dusenbery studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. Sometime after the Civil War, he returned to Lexington, where he died a bachelor. This collection includes a notebook of James Lawrence Dusenbery consisting of irregular diary entries, 1841-1842, made during his senior year at the University of North Carolina, and including poems, most of which seem to be by other authors, and apparent transcriptions of letters to Dusenbery from "Miss Mary S." The diary entries include exceptionally lengthly narratives about campus social events in Chapel Hill, N.C., and some describe social events in Lexington, N.C., Dusenbery's hometown. Also included is a 1940 clipping relating to Dusenbery.
Creator Dusenbery, James Lawrence, b. 1821.
Language English
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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 James Lawrence Dusenbery Diary and Clipping #2561-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcription of part of diary called "Records of My Senior Year at the University of North Carolina" available.
Acquisitions Information
Transcription received from R.D.W. Connor of Chapel Hill, N.C., in July 1943. Notebook purchased by William S. Powell of Chapel Hill from Jay H. Small of Indianapolis, Ind., and donated in October 1988.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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James Lawrence Dusenbery (b. 1821) of Lexington, N.C., was a student at the University of North Carolina. Upon leaving the University of North Carolina, Dusenbery studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. Sometime after the Civil War, he returned to Lexington, where he died a bachelor.

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The collection includes a notebook of James Lawrence Dusenbery of Lexington, N.C., containing copies of poems and other writings (56 pages), "Records of My Senior Year at the University of North Carolina" (80 pages), and "Copy of Correspondence with Miss Mary S." (5 pages). According to a 1940 newpaper clipping, upon leaving the University of North Carolina, Dusenbery studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. Sometime after the Civil War, he returned to Lexington, where he died a bachelor.

The sketch of life at the University of North Carolina covers fall 1841-spring 1842, and largely concentrates on the social aspects of student life in Chapel Hill, N.C. The collection includes a typed transcription of this part of the notebook, probably made in the early 1940s by Mrs. Hal Worth of Asheboro, N.C., who owned the original at the time. Note that some entries for January 1842 are either missing or on damaged leaves in the original. This mutilation apparently took place before the typed transcriptions were made.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, December 1988

Encoded by: Peter Hymas, October 2004

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the encoding of this finding aid.

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