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Collection Number: 03696-z

Collection Title: Gertrude Dixon Enfield Papers, 1744-1964.

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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 12 items
Abstract Gertrude Dixon Enfield (died 1969) of Laguna Beach, Calif., was a faculty member of the University of Southern California interested in the Houston family of North Carolina. The collection contains "The Life and Letters of Christopher Houston," the manuscript of a biography (191 pages) of Christopher Houston (1744-1837) of Iredell County, N.C., Revolutionary soldier and early settler in Maury County, Tenn., by Gertrude Dixon Enfield, including transcriptions of about forty letters by Houston (originals in the Mary Hunter Kennedy Papers, Southern Historical Collection), and discussions of other members of the Houston family; transcriptions of related letters, including a long letter, 1876, from Adlai E. Stevenson (1835-1914) describing his visit to Statesville, N.C., hometown of his ancestors, and letters, 1864, 1865, and 1888, from Peter Singleton Wilkes about family history; and a few related photographs made in the 1950s.
Creator Enfield, Gertrude Dixon, d. 1969.
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 Gertrude Dixon Enfield Papers, #3696-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased and received from Gertrude Dixon Enfield of Laguna Beach, Calif., 1957 and October 1964.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Gertrude Dixon Enfield (died 1969) of Laguna Beach, Calif., was a faculty member of the University of Southern California interested in the Houston family of North Carolina. Enfield wrote her master's thesis and wrote several books on the topic including the novel, The Courageous Houstons, 1951.

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The collection includes "The Life and Letters of Christopher Houston," the manuscript of a biography (191 pages) of Christopher Houston (1744-1837) of Iredell County, N.C., Revolutionary soldier and early settler in Maury County, Tenn., by Gertrude Dixon Enfield, including transcriptions of about forty letters by Houston (originals in the Mary Hunter Kennedy Papers, Southern Historical Collection), and discussions of other members of the Houston family; transcriptions of related letters, including a long letter, 1876, from Adlai E. Stevenson (1835-1914) describing his visit to Statesville, N.C., hometown of his ancestors, and letters, 1864, 1865, and 1888, from Peter Singleton Wilkes about family history; and a few related photographs made in the 1950s.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

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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