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Collection Number: 01060

Collection Title: E. V. Howell Papers, 1725-1929

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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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,600 items)
Abstract E. V. (Edward Vernon) Howell (1872-1931) was the founder of the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy and its dean for 33 years. The collection includes Howell's personal and professional correspondence, 1900-1929, relating to pharmacy standards and legislation and University of North Carolina affairs, together with historical materials, 1725-1871 (originals and copies), largely connected with North Carolina. The latter includes items relating to Richard Henderson (1735-1785), and the Transylvania (Ky.) Land Company; the Revolutionary War in North Carolina; the Confederacy (letters tax returns, army reports and rolls); Williams and Haywood, wholesale and retail druggists in Raleigh, N.C., 1858-1869; and members of the Burton family, Williams family, Lewis family, Boylan family, and Moore family in 18th-century and 19th-century North Carolina. Included also are copies of folk ballads collected in Avery County, N.C., 1917-1918; accounts, 1784-1922, of physicians and merchants; deeds, bills, and wills; real estate papers from Raleigh, N.C.; copies of papers written by and articles concerning Henry Harrisse (1829-1910), a French scholar who taught at the University of North Carolina, 1853-1857; and the court martial book of the Orange County (N.C.) Light Infantry, 1861.
Creator Howell, E. V. (Edward Vernon), 1872-1931.
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 E. V. Howell Papers, #1060, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from James K. Kyser and Emily Royster Howell Kyser of Rocky Mount, 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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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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E. V. (Edward Vernon) Howell (1872-1931) was the founder of the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy and its dean for 33 years. He was born in Raleigh, N.C., and educated at Salem and Wake Forest and the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy. He practiced pharmacy in Rocky Mount, N.C., with his sister, until he came to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1897. Howell was also a collector and amateur historian interested in North Carolina history, the history of pharmacy and medicine, and North Carolina folklore.

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The collection includes E. V. Howell's personal and professional correspondence, 1900-1929, relating to pharmacy standards and legislation and University of North Carolina affairs, together with historical materials, 1725-1871 (originals and copies), largely connected with North Carolina. The latter includes items relating to Richard Henderson (1735-1785), and the Transylvania (Ky.) Land Company; the Revolutionary War in North Carolina; the Confederacy (letters tax returns, army reports and rolls); Robert Burton and his descendants; Williams and Haywood, wholesale and retail druggists in Raleigh, N.C., 1858-1869; and members of the Williams, Lewis, Boylan, and Moore families in 18th- and 19th-century North Carolina. Included also are copies of ballads collected in Avery County, N.C., 1917-1918; accounts, 1784-1922, of physicians and merchants; deeds, bills, and wills; real estate papers from Raleigh, N.C.; copies of papers written by and articles concerning Henry Harrisse (1829- 1910), French scholar who taught at the University of North Carolina, 1853- 1857; and the court martial book of the Orange County (N.C.) Light Infantry, 1861.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

Includes correspondence, accounts, orders, invoices, indentures, deeds, plats, contracts, wills, and other documents chiefly related to the legal and business affairs of Richard Henderson in connection with his colonizing project westward from North Carolina beginning in 1775. Henderson's company, also known as the Transylvania Company, consisted of Henderson, Thomas Hart, Nathaniel Hart, John Williams, John Luttrell, William Johnston, James Hogg, David Hart, and Leonard Hendley Bullock. The earliest papers include several Revolutionary War letters concerned with political and military events. There are also papers relating to the Confederate Army, and a group of papers of the firm of Williams and Haywood, wholesale and retail druggists of Raleigh, N.C., which includes records from before, during, and after the Civil War.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1742, 1759-1774 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1775-1779 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1780-1785 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1786-1789 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1790-1795 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1796-1799 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1800-1809 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1810-1819 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1820-1828 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1831-1839 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1840-1849 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1850-1859 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1860-1863 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1864-1879 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 14B

Undated (1759-1879) #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." Folder 14B

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1060/1b

Land grants, 1772-1787 #01060, Series: "1. Historical Manuscripts, 1725-1871 and undated." OPF-1060/1b

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Personal and Professional Papers, 1900-1929 and undated.

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Arrangement: by subject and type.

Series contains material on various subjects of interest to E. V. Howell. Also includes ballads collected in Avery County, N.C., 1917-1918.

Folder 19

Notes on history of pharmacy and medicine #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" Folder 19

Folder 20

Genealogy #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" Folder 20

Folder 21

The Regulators, 1770-1771 #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" Folder 21

Folder 22-24

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Ballads, 1917-1918 #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" Folder 22-24

Includes collected ballads from the North Carolina mountains with notes of Maud Minish Sutton.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1060/1b

Printed ballad, "Jim Crow" #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" OPF-1060/1b

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

Transylvania #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" Folder 25-26

Folder 27

Newspaper clippings #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" Folder 27

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1060/1b

Newspaper clipping #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" OPF-1060/1b

Image Folder PF-1060/1-9

PF-1060/1

PF-1060/2

PF-1060/3

PF-1060/4

PF-1060/5

PF-1060/6

PF-1060/7

PF-1060/8

PF-1060/9

Photographs #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" PF-1060/1-9

Includes a few personal pictures and snapshot negatives of E. V. Howell. There are also engravings of United States army and naval officers and a few Confederate Army officers and statesmen; five colored lithographs of Native Americans; and small photographs of P. G. T. Beauregard, John Wilkes Booth, Simon Bolivar Buckner, John C. Calhoun, James Chesnut, Jefferson Davis, Stephen Elliott, A. P. Hill, Robert F. Hoke, Benjamin Huger, Albert Sidney Johnston, J. E. B. Stuart, John Rhett, and others.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-1060/1b

Yale College catalog, 1812 #01060, Series: "3. Notes, Studies, and Collections" X-OPF-1060/1b

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Arrangement: roughly chronological.

Includes personal notebooks of E. V. Howell and also volumes belonging to his collection of historical manuscripts relating to Robert Burton; early physicians; Granville County, N.C.; and other matters.

Folder 28A-28B

Volume 1A: Ledger, Robert Burton and Company, 1784-1793 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 28A-28B

Folder 28C

Volume 1B: Typed copy of extracts from a notebook of John Williams, 1785-1799 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 28C

Folder 29

Volume 2: Physician's accounts, William W. Oliver, 1827-1828 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 3: Physician's notebook, W. H. McKee, 1838-1839 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 4: Record book, Granville Sunday School Union, 1833-1835 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 5: Court martial book, Orange County Light Infantry, 1861 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 6: Record book, Board of Pharmacy, 1894-1897 #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 7: Pharmacy notebook, undated #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 8-9: Notebooks #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 35-36

Folder 37

Volume 10: Notebook #01060, Series: "4. Volumes, 1784-1897 and undated." Folder 37

Includes rough notes on persons connected with the University of North Carolina, 1827-1857.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated.

Arrangement: by type.

Includes biographical and bibliographical data, copies of articles, autobiographical excerpts, photographs, research notes, and correspondence related to Henry Harrisse (1829-1910), French author, scholar, and lawyer, who taught at the University of North Carolina, 1853-1857. The items chielfy pertain to Harrisse's career as a teacher and to his activities in research and publishing in early American history.

Folder 38-41

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Henry Harrisse biography and bibliography #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 38-41

Folder 42

Articles by Henry Harrisse #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Henry Harrisse autobiography #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Excerpts from History of the University of North Carolina, by Kemp P. Battle #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Henry Harrisse material, 1853-September 1856 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46-48

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Henry Harrisse material, October 1856 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 46-48

Folder 48

Henry Harrisse material, November 1856-1857 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Henry Harrisse photostatic copies, 1871-1914 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Henry Harrisse materials, 1895, 1910 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Henry Harrisse material, 1922-1924 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Henry Harrisse material, 1926-1931 #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Henry Harrisse notes, undated #01060, Series: "5. Henry Harrisse Material, 1853-1931 and undated." Folder 53

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Arrangement: chronological.

Includes material related to Robert Burton (1747-1825), a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., who moved to Granville County, N.C., and to his descendants. Items are similar and related to those in the Historical Manuscripts series. Early papers concern Burton's business as a merchant and tobacconist in Virginia. There are also some letters discussing the progress of the Revolutionary War and one letter to Burton from Daniel Boone.

Folder 54

Robert Burton material, 1768-1799 #01060, Series: "6. Robert Burton Material, 1768-1799." Folder 54

Folder 55

Robert Burton material, 1800-1828 #01060, Series: "6. Robert Burton Material, 1768-1799." Folder 55

Folder 56

Robert Burton material, 1831-1879 #01060, Series: "6. Robert Burton Material, 1768-1799." Folder 56

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2010

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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