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Collection Number: 02982

Collection Title: William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877.

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract William Harris Garland (born circa 1811) was an itinerant mechanic for railroad shops, sawmills, and steamboats in towns from North Carolina to Florida. The collection includes personal correspondence, from 1836, of Garland. Letters are to and from members of his family and friends, written in Beaufort, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Laurinburg, N.C., and Wilmington, N.C., Fernandina, Fla., and many other towns, and are largely concerned with the uncertainties of earning a livelihood without capital. Also included is correspondence before and after 1836 of the Garland family at Beaufort with their relatives in England.
Creator Garland, William Harris, b. ca. 1811.
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 William Harris Garland Papers, #2982, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from dealer, Charleston, S.C., 1953.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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William Harris Garland (born circa 1811) was an itinerant mechanic for railroad shops, sawmills, and steamboats in towns from North Carolina to Florida. He was married to Harriet B. Garland, and later apparently to Maria Garland. His son was Willie Garland.

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The collection is chiefly business, personal, and family papers of William Harris Garland. Papers, 1836-1853, relate to his employment in Savannah, Ga., and on riverboats, and for a few months in Beaufort, S.C., at a sawmill and also to his connections with railroad shops, ship shops, and his own iron work shop in Savannah. There are letters from female relatives in Beaufort and Charleston, S.C., and from scattered ex-shopmates in other cities. Many letters discuss economic hardships and migration across the Southeast in search of employment. Papers, 1870-1872, are chiefly correspondence of Garland and his son, William, and daughter-in-law, Anna Garland, in Savannah, Ga.; Laurinburg and Wilmington, N.C.; Fernandina, Fla.; and elsewhere, relating to difficulties securing employment and financial troubles. The earliest papers, 1819-1829, are chiefly family letters and other papers of Thomas Harris of London, England, relating to family matters, transatlantic voyages, and economic hard times.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1819-1820 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1821-1823 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1825-1829 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1836-1840 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

1841 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 5-6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

1842 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

1843-1844 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1845-1846 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1847 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1848-1851 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1852 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1853 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1859-1870 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 15

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Folder 16

Folder 17

1871 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 16-17

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

1872-1877 #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 18-19

Folder 20

Undated #02982, Series: "William Harris Garland Papers, 1819-1877 and undated." Folder 20

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, August 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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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