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Collection Number: 03288

Collection Title: Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 550 items)
Abstract Marcellin Gillis emigrated from France in 1843 and became a cotton factor in New Orleans, La., and a landowner in Catahoula Parish, La. He married Carolina Emily Griffin, of Wilkinson County, Miss., in 1854. The collection is primarily Marcellin Gillis's correspondence, 1850-1890, with his relatives in France and with his wife, relating to economic, agricultural, and social conditions in France, particularly viticulture, 1846-1896; family news, including reports from members of the Griffin and Liddell families of Mississippi; Gillis's Confederate Army career, including his participation in the First Battle of Bull Run and his imprisonment at Ship Island, Miss.; wartime conditions in New Orleans, especially for French citizens; schooling of his son at Washington and Lee University, 1872-1874; and other matters. Earlier papers include personal correspondence from both the Gillis and Griffin families. Some legal and business papers and bills of sale for slaves are also included.
Creator Gillis, Marcellin, b. 1824.
Language English French
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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 Marcellin Gillis Papers, #3288, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm.
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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Marcellin Gillis emigrated from France in 1843 and became a cotton factor in New Orleans, La., and a landowner in Catahoula Parish, La. He married Carolina Emily Griffin, of Wilkinson County, Miss., in 1854.

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The collection is primarily Marcellin Gillis's correspondence, 1850-1890, with his relatives in France and with his wife, relating to economic, agricultural, and social conditions in France, particularly viticulture, 1846-1896; family news, including reports from members of the Griffin and Liddell families of Mississippi; Gillis's Confederate Army career, including his participation in the First Battle of Bull Run and his imprisonment at Ship Island, Miss.; wartime conditions in New Orleans, especially for French citizens; schooling of his son at Washington and Lee University, 1872-1874; and other matters. Earlier papers include personal correspondence from both the Gillis and Griffin families. Some legal and business papers and bills of sale for slaves are also included. Some of the materials are partly or entirely in French.

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Contents list

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About 550 items.
Folder 1

Original finding aid material #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 1

1825-1849 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 1

Includes a "Griffin Family Record."

Folder 2

1850-1855 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 2

Folder 3

1856-1857 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 3

Folder 4

1858-1860 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 4

Folder 5

1861-1862 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 5

Folder 6

1863-1865 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 6

Folder 7

1866-1869 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 7

Folder 8

1870-1872 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 8

Folder 9

1873-1874 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 9

Folder 10

1875-1881 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 10

Folder 11

1882-1887 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 11

Folder 12

1888-1896 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 12

Folder 13

1899-1909; 1925 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 14

Includes image of Mrs. Marcellin Gillis dated 1878.

Folder 15

Addition, August 1979 #03288, Series: "Marcellin Gillis Papers, 1825-1925." Folder 15

Contains correspondence dating largely from 1880.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Jordan, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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