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Collection Number: 00845

Collection Title: W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Lawyer, banker, newspaper editor, and industrialist William Carson Ervin (1860?-1943) attended the University of North Carolina, 1879-1880, where he studied law. He was a practicing attorney in the firm of Avery and Ervin in Morganton, N.C., and was a director and trust officer of the First National Bank of Morganton. Ervin served as mayor of Lenoir, N.C., 1888-1889, and as editor of the Lenoir Topic and the Morganton Mountaineer-Herald, 1890-1896. He helped found the Waldensian colony in the 1890s, organized Catawba Valley Light Company, and was attorney for or director of many businesses and industrial enterprises in Burke County and western North Carolina. Ervin was also an active Democrat. About half of the papers concern financing, chartering, promotion, and construction of railroads, chiefly 1895-1905. Also included are correspondence of Ervin and his partner Isaac T. Avery with politicians and state officials; correspondence related to an article written by Ervin on Grace Greenlee, 1915; papers relating to lands, including a letterpress copybook of the Linville and Morganton Land and Improvement Company; items relating to the establishment of the Waldenses at Valdese, N.C. in the 1890s; a legal fee book; stockholders minutes of the Morganton and Shelby Railroad, 1895-1898; and minutes book of the Morganton Chamber of Commerce, 1919-1920.
Creator Ervin, W. C. (William Carson), 1860-1943.
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 W. C. Ervin Papers #845, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Julia Coburn of Morganton, N.C., in October 1943, and from William A. Harbison III of Charlotte, N.C., in June 2004 (Acc. 99808).
Additional Descriptive Resources
Previously compiled description of the collection available in box 1, 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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Lawyer, banker, newspaper editor, and industrialist William Carson Ervin (1860-1943) attended the University of North Carolina, 1879-1880, where he studied law. He was a practicing attorney in the firm of Avery and Ervin in Morganton, N.C., and was a director and trust officer of the First National Bank of Morganton. Ervin served as mayor of Lenoir, N.C., 1888-1889, and as editor of the Lenoir Topic and the Morganton Mountaineer-Herald, 1890-1896. He helped found the Waldensian colony in the 1890s, organized Catawba Valley Light Company, and was attorney for or director of many businesses and industrial enterprises in Burke County and western North Carolina. Ervin was also an active Democrat.

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The collection includes correspondence and other materials of lawyer, banker, newspaper editor, and industrialist W. C. Ervin of Morganton, N.C., and Lenoir, N.C. About half of the papers concern financing, chartering, promotion, and construction of railroads, chiefly 1895-1905. Also included are correspondence of Ervin and his partner Isaac T. Avery with politicians and state officials; correspondence related to an article written by Ervin on Grace Greenlee, 1915; papers relating to lands, including a letterpress copybook of the Linville and Morganton Land and Improvement Company; items relating to the establishment of the Waldenses at Valdese, N.C. in the 1890s; a legal fee book; stockholders minutes of the Morganton and Shelby Railroad, 1895-1898; and minutes book of the Morganton Chamber of Commerce, 1919-1920.

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Contents list

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About 400 items.

Folder 1a

Previously compiled description of the collection #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1798, 1817-1823 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1831-1833 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1840-1848, 1859 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1860-1868, 1871-1877 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 4

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1881-1886 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 5

Folder 6

Correspondence, 1890-1895 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 6

Folder 7

Correspondence, 1896 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 7

Folder 8

Correspondence, 1897-1899 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 8

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1900 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 9

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1901-1902 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1903 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence, 1904-1905 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 12

Folder 13

Correspondence, 1906-1910 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence, 1921-1927, 1936 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 14

Folder 15

Correspondence, undated #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 15

Folder 16

Maps #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 16

Folder 17

Minutes book of annual stockholders meetings of Morganton and Shelby Railroad Company, 29 May 1895-4 January 1898 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 17

Folder 18

Minutes book of meetings of Morganton Chamber of Commerce, 1 August 1919-22 April 1920 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 18

Folder 19

Record book of legal fees received by Isaac T. Avery, 1884-1894 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 19

Folder 20

Letter copy book for Linville Improvement Company and Morganton Land and Improvement Company, 1894-1897 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 20

Folder 21

Addition of July 2006: Correspondence, 1915, 1917 #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 21

Folder 22

Addition of July 2006: Manuscript fragments #00845, Series: "W. C. Ervin Papers, 1780-1992 (bulk 1895-1915)." Folder 22

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC staff and Jodi Berkowitz, July 1962 and July 2006

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, July 2006

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