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Collection Number: 01777

Collection Title: T. D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896

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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)
Abstract T. D. (Thomas Dillard) Johnston (1840-1902) was a lawyer and businessman of Asheville, N.C. Johnston held various political offices, including mayor of Asheville, 1868; state representative, 1870-1874; state senator, 1876; and United States representative, 1885-1889. The papers of T. D. Johnston consist chiefly of political and business correspondence in the 1870s when he was a leading Democratic member of the North Carolina legislature. Also included are Johnston's notes on the law lectures of Richmond Mumford Pearson; antebellum papers of his father, William Johnston of Waynesville in Haywood County, N.C., including a book of poems written to members of the family (on microfilm); minutes of the Spartanburg, S.C., Methodist Sunday School Relief Society, 1861-1863; a scrapbook, 1862-1864; and a typed copy of the Dillard family history. The collection does not relate to T. D. Johnston's career as a United States representative, 1885-1889.
Creator Johnston, T. D. (Thomas Dillard), 1840-1902.
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 T. D. Johnston Papers, #1777, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Dorothea Weaver (Mrs. Verne) Rhoades of Asheville, N.C., 1944 and October 1950.
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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Thomas Dillard Johnston (1840-1902) was a lawyer and businessman of Asheville, N.C. Johnston held various political offices, including mayor of Asheville, 1868; state representative, 1870-1874; state senator, 1876; and United States representative, 1885-1889. Johnston was born in Waynesville, N.C. and was educated at Colonel Stephen D. Lee's school and the University of North Carolina, 1858-1859.

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The papers of T.D. Johnston consist chiefly of political and business correspondence in the 1870s when he was a leading Democratic member of the North Carolina legislature. Also included are Johnston's notes on the law lectures of Richmond Mumford Pearson; antebellum papers of his father, William Johnston of Waynesville in Haywood County, N.C., including a book of poems written to members of the family (on microfilm); minutes of the Spartanburg, S.C., Methodist Sunday School Relief Society, 1861-1863; a scrapbook, 1862-1864; and a typed copy of the Dillard family history. Also include are the papers, 1880s and 1890s, of Annie Johnston, who married William Trotter Weaver of Asheville, N.C., in 1887. The collection does not relate to T. D. Johnston's career as a United States representative, 1885-1889.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1845-1859 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 1

Folder 2

1861-1870 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 2

Folder 3

1870-1871 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 3

Folder 4-6

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

1872 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 4-6

Folder 7-17

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

1873 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 7-17

Folder 18

1874-1876 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 18

Folder 19-25

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

1877 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 19-25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

1878 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 26-27

Folder 28

1880-1881 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 28

Folder 29

1882-1896 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 29

Folder 30

Undated #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 1: Student law notebook, T.D. Johnston, 1860-1861 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 2: Student law notebook, T.D. Johnston, 1861-1863 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 3: Minutes, Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist Sunday School Relief Society, 1862-1864 #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 4: Scrapbook, Civil War #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 5: Typed copy of Dillard family history #01777, Series: "T.D. Johnston Papers, 1828-1896." Folder 35

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 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.

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