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Collection Number: 03820

Collection Title: Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1957.

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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 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,400 items)
Abstract Samuel Hairston was a dairy farmer, real estate broker, railroad director, and Virginia agricultural official, of "Oak Hill," Pittsylvania County, Va. The collection includes correspondence, business papers, and family letters of Hairston, his wife, May Jopling Hairston, and their seven children. Among the family letters are letters, 1897-1898, from Samuel Hairston to May Jopling, during their courtship; love-letters and personal correspondence, 1898-1931, between Samuel J. Hairston and his wife; and letters, beginning in 1918, many of which are undated, from the children of Samuel and May Hairston to their parents, while the children were at preparatory schools and colleges, including Salem Academy and College, Virginia Episcopal School, Fishburne Military School, Virginia Military Institute, Duke University, Randolph Macon Woman's College, Moravian Seminary and College for Women, and Columbia University. Business papers relate to Hairston's interests in dairy farming, livestock, real estate, the Democratic Party, the Danville and Western Railroad, and the Virginia Board of Agriculture. Also included are papers, 1909-1911, of James Rufus Jopling, bank president, about the construction of the First National Bank, Danville County, Va.
Creator Hairston, Samuel, b. 1865.
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 Samuel Hairston Papers, #3820, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Bobby Steagall of Stuart, Va., 1969-1971.
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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Samuel Hairston (born 1865) was a dairy farmer; director of the Danville and Western Railway, the Bank of Stokes County, Walnut Cove, N.C., and the Piedmont Trust Bank, Martinsville, Va.; and member of the Virginia Board of Agriculture. He also had business interests in Riverside and Dan River Cotton Mills and the Martinsville Land and Improvement Company. Hairston was born at "Oak Hill," Pittsylvania County, Va., to George Hairston and Anne Elizabeth Lash. He married May Jopling, daughter of James Rufus and Mollie P. Jopling of Danville, Va., in 1898. They had seven children: James Joplin, Samuel Junior, May, Anne Lash, Ruth Perkins, George, and Rufus.

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The collection includes correspondence, business papers, and family letters of Hairston, his wife, May Jopling Hairston, and their seven children. Among the family letters are letters, 1897-1898, from Samuel Hairston to May Jopling, during their courtship; love-letters and personal correspondence, 1898-1931, between Samuel J. Hairston and his wife; and letters, beginning in 1918, many of which are undated, from the children of Samuel and May Hairston to their parents, while the children were at preparatory schools and colleges, including Salem Academy and College, Virginia Episcopal School, Fishburne Military School, Virginia Military Institute, Duke University, Randolph Macon Woman's College, Moravian Seminary and College for Women, and Columbia University. Business papers relate to Hairston's interests in dairy farming, livestock, real estate, the Democratic Party, the Danville and Western Railroad, and the Virginia Board of Agriculture. Also included are legal correspondence emanating from a number of suits especially Booth versus Hairston; papers, 1909-1911, of James Rufus Jopling, bank president, about the construction of the First National Bank, Danville County, Va.; and some miscellaneous family snapshots.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1877-1895 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 1

Folder 2

1896-1899 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 2

Folder 3

1900-1903 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 3

Folder 4

1904-1909 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 4

Folder 5-6

1910 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1911-1912 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 7

Folder 8

1913 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 8

Folder 9-15

1914 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 9-15

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Folder 16-22

1915 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 16-22

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Folder 23-25

1916 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 23-25

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Folder 26

1917 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 26

Folder 27-28

1918 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 27-28

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Folder 29-31

1919 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 29-31

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Folder 32-36

1920 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 32-36

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Folder 37-40

1921 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 37-40

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Folder 41-44

1922 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 41-44

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Folder 45

1923 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 45

Folder 46-49

1924 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 46-49

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Folder 50-53

1925 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 50-53

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Folder 54-59

1926 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 54-59

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Folder 60-64

1927 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 60-64

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Folder 65-69

1928 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 65-69

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Folder 70-72

1929 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 70-72

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Folder 73

1930 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 73

Folder 74-76

1931 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 74-76

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Folder 77

1932-1935 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 77

Folder 78

1936-1939 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 78

Folder 79

1940-1947 #03820, Series: "1. Samuel Hairston Papers, 1877-1947." Folder 79

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Personal and Family Correspondence, 1897-1931.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 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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