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Collection Number: 01174

Collection Title: Hays Books, 1803-1918.

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 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 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 35 items)
Abstract Samuel Duty (fl. 1803-1865) lived in Vance County, N.C. John Willis Hays (1834-1901) of Oxford, N.C., was a lawyer. Benjamin K. Hays (fl. 1887-1918) of Oxford, N.C., was a physician and public health officer. The collection includes business account books and other records of several persons in Granville County and Vance County, N.C., and the surrounding area. The account books of Samuel Duty, 1803-1865, include carpenter, blacksmith, and general merchandise accounts; the scrapbooks of John Willis Hays, circa 1887-1900, chiefly consist of material on notable individuals, including American and English jurists, and a legal notebook; the school notebooks and papers of Benjamin K. Hays include material related to education and health, along with other items relating to history, science, religion, and the status of African Americans in the South; and other account books, 1835-1883, consisting of accounts for general merchandise, a shoe shop, tobacco sales, estate settlements, blacksmith work, an academy, and other businesses, all of Oxford or Henderson, N.C. The collection also includes an arithmetic book of William B. Brandon.
Creator Hays, John Willis, 1834-1901.



Duty, Samuel, fl. 1803-1865.



Hays, Benjamin K., fl. 1887-1918.
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 Hays Books, #1174, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 1978) available.
  • Reel 1: Carpenter's day book, 1803-1810
Acquisitions Information
Given by Francis B. Hays of Oxford, N.C., 1946.
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 Duty (fl. 1803-1865) lived in Vance County, N.C. John Willis Hays (1834-1901) of Oxford, N.C., was a lawyer. Benjamin K. Hays (fl. 1887-1918) of Oxford, N.C., was a physician and public health officer.

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The collection includes business account books and other records of several persons in Granville and Vance counties, N.C., and the surrounding area. The account books of Samuel Duty, 1803-1865, include carpenter, blacksmith, and general merchandise accounts; the scrapbooks of lawyer John Willis Hays, circa 1887-1900, chiefly consist of material on notable individuals, including American and English jurists, and a legal notebook; the school notebooks and papers of physican Benjamin K. Hays include material related to education and health, along with other items relating to history, science, religion, and the status of African Americans in the South; and other account books, 1835-1883, consisting of accounts for general merchandise, a shoe shop, tobacco sales, estate settlements, blacksmith work, an academy, and other businesses, all of Oxford or Henderson, N.C. The collection also includes an arithmetic book of William B. Brandon.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. William B. Brandon Arithmetic Book, 1818.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Samuel Duty Account Books, 1803-1865.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. John Willis Hays Scrapbooks, circa 1887-1900 and undated.

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10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains notebooks and papers chiefly related to education and health, along with other material relating to history, science, religion, and the status of African Americans in the South.

Folder 18

Volume 18: Teacher's secondary school classroom record book, 1887 #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 19: Notebook on English history, 1888 #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Volume 20: Notebook, "Evolution of Religous Thought in the 19th Century," undated #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 21: Notebook, undated #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 21

Contains an essay on the status of African Americans in the South at the turn of the century.

Folder 22

Volume 22: Notebook, 1898-1913 #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 22

Appears to be a list of North Carolina doctors, their universities, and degrees received.

Folder 23

Volume 23: Essay, "Thoughts on Health," by Benjamin K. Hays, 1914 #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 24: Essay, "What Schoolteacher Should Know and Teach About Health," by Benjamin K. Hays, circa 1916-1918 #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 25: Student's notebook on Latin and Greek word studies, undated #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Volume 26: Papers on first aid, undated #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27a-27c

Volume 27: Assorted papers, undated #01174, Series: "4. Benjamin K. Hays Notebooks, 1887-1918 and undated." Folder 27a-27c

Contains poetry, notes, writings, and speeches on subjects including literature, history, science, religion, education, African Americans in the South, and the status of women.

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8 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series includes miscellaneous accounts for general merchandise, a shoe shop, tobacco sales, estate settlements, blacksmith work, an academy, and other business, all of Oxford or Henderson, N.C.

Folder 28

Volume 28: Notebook of Thos. H. Willie, treasurer of The Trustees of the Oxford Male Academy, 1835-1839 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 29: Shoemaker account book of L. A. Paschall and Thos. S. Hayes, 1841 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 30: Account book of several estates, 1847-1865 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 30

Administrator L. A. Paschall's accounts of several estates including Wm. V. Paschall, Benj. Currin, and L. Gilliam.

Folder 31

Volume 31: Account book of L. A. Paschall, 1848-1869 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 31

Includes accounts of tobacco sales and shoes.

Folder 32

Volume 32: Blacksmith account book of L. Latham, 1857-1858; and scribble book of Frank B. Hays, 1883 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 33: Shoemaker account book of L. A. Paschall, 1857-1871 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 33

Includes fees received for registering deeds and blacksmith and beef accounts, 1857-1860; general supplies, 1867; St. Stephen's Church, 1870-1871.

Folder 34

Volume 34: General account book of Allen, Clement and Currin, 1873 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 35: Tobacco account book of Allen and Clement, 1874 #01174, Series: "5. Other Account Books, 1835-1883." Folder 35

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2011

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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