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Collection Number: 01602

Collection Title: James Harvey Joiner Papers, 1852-1924

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract Miscellaneous papers of Joiner, editor and publisher of the Talladega (Ala.) "Democratic Watchtower." Joiner was also an active Baptist and Grand High Priest of the Alabama Masonic Grand Lodge. Personal and business papers include bills and receipts of a publishing company; slave purchase records; a list, 1860, of contributors to the Democratic Party in Talladega County, Ala.; Civil War records of the Talladega Home Salt Company; a letter, 24 November 1864, about William T. Sherman's movements in Georgia; material on Masons, including a manuscript of rituals; materials on the Baptist Church in Talladega; and personal correspondence.
Creator Joiner, James Harvey, 1819-1881.
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 James Harvey Joiner Papers #1602, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Enfield Joiner of Talladega, Ala., in May 1949.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Miscellaneous papers of Joiner, editor and publisher of the Talladega (Ala.) "Democratic Watchtower." Joiner was also an active Baptist and Grand High Priest of the Alabama Masonic Grand Lodge. Personal and business papers include bills and receipts of a publishing company; slave purchase records; a list, 1860, of contributors to the Democratic Party in Talladega County, Ala.; Civil War records of the Talladega Home Salt Company; a letter, 24 November 1864, about William T. Sherman's movements in Georgia; material on Masons, including a manuscript of rituals; materials on the Baptist Church in Talladega; and personal correspondence.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1852-1881.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Items before 1860 are business papers of a publishing firm and records of the purchases of slaves by Joiner. The firm, for which Joiner was editor and partner, published the Talladega Democratic Watchtower (1838-1867) and the Talladega Watchtower (1867-1872). This firm began as Chapman and Joiner, then changed to Joiner and Taylor (William Taylor), later Joiner and McLain (Charles McLain), and still later Joiner and Son (George A. Joiner).

Also included are a short list, 1860, of contributors to the campaign fund of the Democratic Party in Talladega County; an apprenticeship bond, 1862; an inquiry from Captain John A. Averett in the 9th Alabama Infantry located in Tennessee, concerning the 1863(?) Congressional election; records of the Talladega Home Salt Company during the Civil War; a letter giving information of General William T. Sherman's plans and movements in Georgia, 1864; the parole of James Joiner while a corporal in the Talladega County Reserves, 1865; and Joiner's oath of allegiance and amnesty, 1865.

Beginning with 1866, there is material relating to the Talladega Lodge of Masons and, beginning in 1872, papers relating to the Talladega Baptist Church and Sunday School. There are also a few records of the retail grocery firm of James H. and George A. Joiner and a price list from the wholesale grocery firm of Isaacson, Seixas, and Co., New Orleans.

There are personal letters between women in the Joiner family and letters between Joiner and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Joiner, while she was visiting in Bristol, Tenn. The 1924 letter is a note to Caroline Joiner from her niece.

Folder 1

1852-1863 #01602, Series: "1. Papers, 1852-1881." Folder 1

Folder 2

1864-1866 #01602, Series: "1. Papers, 1852-1881." Folder 2

Folder 3

1867-1870 #01602, Series: "1. Papers, 1852-1881." Folder 3

Folder 4

1871-1874 #01602, Series: "1. Papers, 1852-1881." Folder 4

Folder 5

1875-1924 #01602, Series: "1. Papers, 1852-1881." Folder 5

Folder 6

Undated #01602, Series: "1. Papers, 1852-1881." Folder 6

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1 item.
Folder 7

Volume 1: Undated, 50 pp. #01602, Series: "2. Volume, Undated." Folder 7

Manuscript volume, presumably written by Joiner, on Masonic rituals.

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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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