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Collection Number: 01471

Collection Title: W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924

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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,000 items)
Abstract W.S. Hamilton (b. 1789) studied at Princeton College, served as a United States Army officer, 1808-1817, and was a planter and legislator in Louisiana. His father, John Hamilton, studied law in Scotland before moving to the United States to be a lawyer, state legislator, and active Baptist in Edenton and Elizabeth City, N.C. John Hamilton later moved to Louisiana. W.S. Hamilton and his stepmother became involved in a controversy over property due to him from his mother's estate after John Hamilton's death. Collection materials pertain to John Hamilton's education, emigration, life in North Carolina, and move to Louisiana. Later papers detail W.S. Hamilton's education, his friendship and correspondence with Samuel Stanhope Smith, president of Princeton, his service as a United States Army officer, and his controversy with his father and stepmother over property due him from his mother's estate. Volumes, 1785-1802, are irregular diaries and brief memoranda books of John Hamilton. Also available are military papers and orderly books of W.S. Hamilton and his later papers as a planter and legislator in Louisiana; correspondence with his sons, especially Douglas M. and William B. Hamilton, students in Louisiana and at the University of Virginia and soldiers in the Confederate Army in Virginia; and a Louisiana cotton plantation journal, 1861-1862. Pages from a record of daily work performed by slaves are available on microfilm.
Creator Hamilton, W. S. (William Southerland), b. 1789.
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.S. Hamilton Papers, #1471, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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W.S. Hamilton (b. 1789) studied at Princeton College, served as a United States Army officer, 1808-1817, and was a planter and legislator in Louisiana. His father, John Hamilton, studied law in Scotland before moving to the United States to be a lawyer, state legislator, and active Baptist in Edenton and Elizabeth City, N.C. John Hamilton later moved to Louisiana. W.S. Hamilton and his stepmother became involved in a controversy over property due to him from his mother's estate after John Hamilton's death.

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The collection is the papers of W.S. Hamilton and John Hamilton (1784-1822). Materials pertain to John Hamilton's education, emigration, life in North Carolina, and move to Louisiana. Later papers detail W.S. Hamilton's education, his friendship and correspondence with Samuel Stanhope Smith, president of Princeton, his service as a United States Army officer, and his controversy with his father and stepmother over property due him from his mother's estate. Volumes, 1785-1802, are irregular diaries and brief memoranda books of John Hamilton.

Also available are military papers and orderly books of W.S. Hamilton and his later papers as a planter and legislator in Louisiana; correspondence with his sons, especially Douglas M. and William B. Hamilton, students in Louisiana and at the University of Virginia and soldiers in the Confederate Army in Virginia; and a Louisiana cotton plantation journal, 1861-1862. Pages from a record of daily work performed by slaves are available on microfilm.

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Contents list

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About 1,000 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1770-1794 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 1

Folder 2

1795-1807 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 2

Folder 3

1808 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 3

Folder 4

1809-1810 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 4

Folder 5

1811-1817 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 5

Folder 6

1825-1830 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 6

Folder 7

Volume 1: 1785 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 2: 1787-1788 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 3: 1791-1792 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 4: 1793-1795 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 5: 1796-1797 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 6: 1798 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 7: 1799-1800 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 8: 1801-1802 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 14

Folder 15

1805 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 15

Folder 16

May 1827 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Folder 16

Reel M-1471/1

September 1783-December 1827 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/1

Reel M-1471/2

January 1828-December 1832 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/2

Reel M-1471/3

January 1833-February 1853 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/3

Reel M-1471/4

March 1853-January 1860 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/4

Reel M-1471/5

February 1860-June 1861 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/5

Reel M-1471/6

July 1861-1888; 1924 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/6

Reel M-1471/7

1825-1870; 1881 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." Reel M-1471/7

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1471/1

General Assembly campaign poster for John Hamilton, Tyrrell County, N.C., August 1787 #01471, Series: "W.S. Hamilton Papers, 1770-1888; 1924." OPF-1471/1

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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., 1990-1993.

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