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Collection Number: 03625

Collection Title: Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 266 items)
Abstract Member of patriotic and historical organizations and editor, 1901-1926, of the "North Carolina Booklet," a quarterly of historical articles; resident of Raleigh, N.C. Chiefly personal letters, mostly 1888-1910, to Mary Hilliard Hinton (d. 1961) from former classmates at St. Mary's School in Raleigh. Included are thank-you notes, replies to subscription solicitations, and letters from Rica H. Finlay commenting on the writer's children and on old school friends. Also included is a manuscript of Hinton's article, "A Type of the Old South," describing the southern slave.
Creator Hinton, Mary Hilliard.
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 Mary Hilliard Hinton papers #3625, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. H. Sprague Silver of Raleigh, N.C., in April 1963.
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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Mary Hilliard Hinton was the daughter of David and Mary Boddie Carr Hinton and the niece of Elias Carr, governor of North Carolina, 1893-1897.

Hinton attended St. Mary's School in Raleigh. She later published "A Type of the Old South," an article describing the southern slave, in the Skyland Magazine and various other articles in the Raleigh News and Observer. She studied heraldic art. From 1901 to 1926, Hinton edited the North Carolina Booklet, a quarterly of historical articles originally begun as a project of the North Carolina Society of the Daughters of the Revolution. In this, she was assisted by Mrs. E. E. Moffitt.

Hinton also served on the Jamestown Historical Commission with Mrs. Lindsay Patterson and Rebecca Schenck. She belonged to the Daughters of the Confederacy, the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, the North Carolina State Literary and Historical Association, the Daughters of the Revolution, the National Society of Colonial Dames, and other organizations.

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This collection consists almost exclusively of personal letters of Mary Hilliard Hinton, chiefly 1890-1906. Most of the letters are thank-you notes from former school friends and from their children. There are a few replies to her letters soliciting subscriptions to the North Carolina Booklet.

An early correspondent is Rica H. Finlay, Mary Hinton's friend from Greenville, S.C., who married Dr. Jules Ernest David of Paris in 1890. They afterwards lived in Asheville, N.C. Her letters, mostly about her children and old school friends, continue until her death in 1901.

The manuscript of Hinton's article "A Type of the Old South" is filed in folder 13 along with a letter of rejection for the article from Harper and Brothers.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

1883-1886 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 1

Folder 2

1888 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 2

Folder 3

1889 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 3

Folder 4

1890-1891 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 4

Folder 5

1892-1893 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 5

Folder 6

1894-1895 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 6

Folder 7

1896 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 7

Folder 8

1897-1899 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 8

Folder 9

1901-1903 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 9

Folder 10

1904 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 10

Folder 11

January-June 1905 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 11

Folder 12

July-December 1905 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 12

Folder 13

January 1906 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 13

Folder 14

February-May 1906 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 14

Folder 15

June-August 1906 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 15

Folder 16

September-December 1906 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 16

Folder 17

1907 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 17

Folder 18

1908-1909 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 18

Folder 19

1910 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 19

Folder 20

1911 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 20

Folder 21

1912 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 21

Folder 22

1913-1929 #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 22

Folder 23

Undated #03625, Series: "Mary Hilliard Hinton Papers, 1883-1929." Folder 23

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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