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Collection Number: 01662

Collection Title: Edgar Wallace Knight Materials Relating to Education in the South Before 1860, 1634-1950.

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 8.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 7000 items)
Abstract Edgar Wallace Knight (1885-1953) was University of North Carolina Kenan professor of educational history, and author of numerous publications. This collection chiefly contains source material from various repositories collected by Knight in preparation for A Documentary History of Education in the South before 1860 (1949-1954). Papers include letters; wills; petitions; trustees' minutes of schools and colleges; personal diaries; and other selected materials concerning education and related cultural and social aspects of the antebellum South. Institutions represented include the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, Davidson College, South Carolina College, the University of Tennessee, and the Texas Military Institute. Persons and organizations represented include Henry Harrisse, Horace Mann, Henry Barnard, Joseph Lancaster, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and Dr. Thomas Bray's Associates.
Creator Knight, Edgar Wallace, 1885-1953.
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 Edgar Wallace Knight Materials Relating to Education in the South Before 1860, #1662, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts of Edgar Wallace Knight, 1949-1952; William Kornegay, 1976, 1989.
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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Edgar Wallace Knight (1885-1953) was University of North Carolina Kenan professor of educational history, and author of numerous publications, including A Documentary History of Education in the South Before 1860 (1949-1954).

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This collection chiefly contains source material from various repositories collected by Edgar Wallace Knight (1885-1953) in preparation for A Documentary History of Education in the South before 1860 (1949-1954). Papers include letters; wills; petitions; trustees' minutes of schools and colleges; personal diaries; and other selected materials concerning education and related cultural and social aspects of the antebellum South. Institutions represented include the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, Davidson College, South Carolina College, the University of Tennessee, and the Texas Military Institute. Persons and organizations represented include Henry Harrisse, Horace Mann, Henry Barnard, Joseph Lancaster, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and Dr. Thomas Bray's Associates.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Series chiefly contains photocopies of wills, petitions, and reports, along with a few letters and photographs of documents.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Will of Benjamin Syms, 1634 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Will of Thomas Eaton, 1659 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Will of Richard Beresford, S.C., 1715 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Will of Wm. Gordon, Middlesex County, Va., 1684 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Will of James Child, S.C., 1728 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Document, 1729 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 6

Appointment of Edward Gibson, Bishop of London, to the Chancellorship of the College of William and Mary.

Folder 7

Document, 1766 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 7

Will of Bartholomew Zouberbuhler, Georgia.

Folder 8

Legislative bill for a college in S.C., 1765 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

English translation, 1741 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 9

French statute governing the care of minor children in France and the colonies. Typed copies in French and English translation.

Folder 10

Free translation, 1759 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 10

Apprenticeship indenture, New Orleans, La. Typed copies in French and English translation.

Folder 11

Three photographs, 1767-1768 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Will of George Whitefield, 1770 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Petition of John Firby, schoolmaster in Fla., for house and lands for school, 1772 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Petition of Henry Zimmerman, apprentice, to the General Assembly of Virginia, 1792 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Letter by James Freeman, 1793 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Three photographs, 1792-1793 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Jedidiah Morse's reply to St. George Tucker, 1795 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

Will of John de la Howe, S.C., 1796 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Miscellaneous photocopies and microcopies, 1797, 1799 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

St. David's Society, 1801, 1803, 1811 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1814 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 21

Letter from Henry W. De Saussure to Benjamin Silliman of S.C.

Folder 22

Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia, 8 December 1818 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 22

Known as the Rockfish Gap Commission Report.

Folder 23

1823 petition #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 23

South Carolina College Board of Trustees petition to the General Assembly for aid to the library.

Folder 24

Bill for literary fund in N.C., 1825 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Legislative resolution, 1825 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 25

Legislative resolution requesting the Faculty of South Carolina College to make a survey of the schools of South Carolina.

Folder 26

Petition of Andrew Broughton, 1826 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Petition of John Mackety to the legislature of S.C., 1826 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Photocopies on the controversy over the Syms-Eaton School, Elizabeth City County, Va., 1830 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Part of the original charter of Georgia Female College, 1836 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Petition by R.M. Smith, of a boarding school at Warrenton, Va., to the governor on military services of students, 1843 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Will of Susan English, York County, Va., undated #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

W.C. Doub papers, Greensboro Female College, 1851 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Petition by Board of Trustees at Anne Smith Academy, undated #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Report of a debate at Bingham School, Mebane, N.C., 1881 #01662, Series: "1. Miscellaneous Items, 1631-1881 and undated." Folder 34

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Transcripts of minutes, diaries, and publications. Volume 23 is only avaiable on microform (F-378.768 Tk-b).

Folder 35

Volume 1: 1822-1833 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 35

Ordinances and Resolutions of the Trustees of the University of Alabama.

Folder 36

Volume 2: 1835-1837 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 36

Minutes of the Faculty of the University of Alabama.

Folder 37

Volume 3: 1849-1858 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 37

Two copies of day book and personal accounts of William P. Caughran, schoolteacher and farmer.

Folder 38

Volume 4: Diary of James Nunn, 1854-1856 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 5: Copies of sundry documents relating to the seminary lands in Florida, 1840s #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 6 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 40

Documents related to Florida schools.

Folder 41

Volume 7: Extracts from the minutes of the Senatus Academicus of the University of Georgia, 1799-1803 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 8: Minutes of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, 1794-1817, pp. 1-79 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume 9: Minutes of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, 1794-1817, pp. 80-150 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 10: Minutes of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, 1794-1817, pp. 151-219 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 11: Minutes of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, 1817-1834, pp. 1-187 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 12: Minutes of the Trustees of the University of Georgia, 1817-1834, pp. 188-318 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 13: Some minutes of the Board of Trustees of Davidson College, 1836-1854 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 47

Folder 48

Volume 14: Minutes of the Trustees of South Carolina College (Univ. of S.C.), 1802-1812 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volume 15: Minutes of Faculty of South Carolina College (Univ. of S.C.), 1805-1812 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 49

Folder 50

Volume 16: Extracts from the minutes of the Commissioners of Free Schools, Charleston, S.C., 1856-1864 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 17: Minutes of the Trustees of the University of Tennessee, 1808-1847 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 18: The American Eagle, Fort Pickering and Memphis, Tenn., 1842-1848 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 52

Also includes The Memphis Daily Eagle and The Weekly American Eagle.

Folder 53

Volume 19: The Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., 1844-1860 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 20: The Enquirer, Memphis, Tenn., 1837-1848 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 21: The Somerville Reporter, 1839-1840 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 22: Copies of documents relating to the Laredo, Tex. schools, 1783-1866 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 56

Folder 57

#01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 57

See Separated Item F-378.768 Tk-b.

Film F-378.768 Tk-b

Volume 23: 1808-1829 Minutes of the Board of Trustees of East Tennessee College, pp. 1-137; 1840-1847 Minutes of Faculty of East Tennessee University #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." F-378.768 Tk-b

Folder 58

Volume 24: Northhampton County, Va. court orders, deeds, wills, etc., 1640-1645 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 25: Manuscript minutes of Washington Henry Academy in Va., 1778 #01662, Series: "2. Minutes, Diaries, and Related Documents, 1640-1866." Folder 59

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Subject Files, circa 1825-1950 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

State reports, articles, and other literature relating to education in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Folder 75

Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 75

Folder 76

Florida #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 76

Folder 77

Georgia #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 77

Folder 78

North Carolina #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 78

Folder 79-83

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

Folder 83

South Carolina #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 79-83

Folder 84-89

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Tennessee #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 84-89

Folder 90a-93

Texas #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 90a-93

Folder 94-99

Folder 94

Folder 95

Folder 96

Folder 97

Folder 98

Folder 99

Virginia #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 94-99

Folder 100

Miscellaneous, non-Southern #01662, Series: "5. State Documents, circa 1800-1921." Folder 100

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, November 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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