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Collection Number: 03491-z

Collection Title: Robert Goodloe Lindsay Papers, 1839-1927 (bulk 1855-1865)

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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 About 120 items
Abstract Robert Goodloe Lindsay was a Greensboro, N.C., merchant and insurance agent. The collection is primarily papers of Robert G. Lindsay, with a few items addressed to his wife and to his son, John A. Lindsay. R. G. Lindsay's correspondence is concerned largely with trade and finance during the Civil War, including the scarcity of certain goods, uncertainty of shipments, inflation of currency, and efforts to obtain supplies for private use as well as for business. Lindsay was trying to buy wheat and to sell flour, dealing in bolting cloth for the sifting of flour, and answering questions about machinery and other needs of manufacturers and merchants. John A. Lindsay served with the 45th North Carolina Regiment. In January 1865, he wrote to his father from Columbia, S.C., describing morale and trying to get some capital with which to speculate. Post-war items primarily concern Tate family and Humphrey family history and include information about the Mountain Island textile mill in Gaston County, N.C., which was founded by Thomas Randolph Tate (1808-1871). Also included are photographs of members of the Tate, Peyton, Morehead, Schultz, Lindsay, and related families and their friends. The Addition of December 2008 is chiefly correspondence between Robert Goodloe Lindsay and his wife, M.P. Lindsay, that focuses on personal and family affairs. Also included are letters written by other members of the Lindsay family and other items.
Creator Lindsay, Robert Goodloe, b. 1816.
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 Robert Goodloe Lindsay Papers, #3491-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. John A. Tate of Charlotte, N.C., August 1960, and from Arne Skaar of Lady Lake, Fla., December 2008 (Acc. 101034).
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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Robert Goodloe Lindsay (born 1816) of Greensboro, N.C., was a miller and insurance agent. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, 1832-1836.

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The collection is primarily papers of Robert G. Lindsay, with a few items addressed to his wife and to his son, John A. Lindsay. R. G. Lindsay's correspondence is concerned largely with trade and finance during the Civil War, including the scarcity of certain goods, uncertainty of shipments, inflation of currency, and efforts to obtain supplies for private use as well as for business. Lindsay was trying to buy wheat and to sell flour, dealing in bolting cloth for the sifting of flour, and answering questions about machinery and other needs of manufacturers and merchants. John A. Lindsay served with the 45th North Carolina Regiment. In January 1865, he wrote to his father from Columbia, S.C., describing morale and trying to get some capital with which to speculate. Post-war items primarily concern Tate and Humphrey family history and include information about the Mountain Island textile mill in Gaston County, N.C., which was founded by Thomas Randolph Tate (1808-1871). Also included are photographs of members of the Tate, Peyton, Morehead, Schultz, Lindsay, and related families and their friends.

The Addition of December 2008 is chiefly correspondence between Robert Goodloe Lindsay and his wife, M.P. Lindsay, that focuses on personal and family affairs. Also included are letters written by other members of the Lindsay family and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1855-1927 (bulk 1861-1865) and undated.

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42 items.
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Robert Goodloe Lindsay. Photograph, circa 1876 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/1

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Marianna Austin Perry Lindsay. Photograph, circa 1876 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/2

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Marianna Austin Perry Lindsay. Cabinet card, circa 1876 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/3

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A. R. Lindsay and B. W. Scott(?). Carte-de-visite, circa 1860 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/4

Photographed by Hughes and Yates, Greensboro, N.C.

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C. W. Tate. Cabinet card, circa 1869 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/5

Photographed by Prince and White, Greensboro, N.C.

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Lottie Peyton. Photograph, circa 1898 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/6

Photographed by O. Pierre Havens, Jacksonville, Fla.

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Valentine Mason Peyton. Cabinet card, circa 1870-1890 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/7

Photographed by Dames and Butler, San Francisco, Calif.

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Mary Peyton. Cabinet card, circa 1868 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/8

Photographed by Vaughn's, San Francisco, Calif.

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Mary Virginia Peyton Langley. Cabinet card, circa 1870-1890 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/9

Photographed by Dames and Butler, San Francisco, Calif.

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Alice Alderman. Carte-de-viste, circa 1870-1890 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/10

Photographed byVan Orsdell, Wilmington, N.C.

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Minnie Morehead. Carte-de-visite, circa 1867 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/11

Photographed by Hughes and Andrews, Greensboro, N.C.

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Mrs. Eugene Morehead. Cabinet card, circa 1887 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/12

Photographed by Anderson, New York, N.Y.

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Percy Gray. Cabinet card, circa 1865 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/13

Photographed by L. W. Andrews, Raleigh, N.C.

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John Schultz. Cabinet card, circa 1870 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/14

Photographed by C. Fred. Barr, Winchester, Va.

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Lee Hall. Carte-de-visite, circa 1860 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/15

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Alice West. Cabinet card, circa 1890 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/16

Photographed by U. C. Ellis, Wilmington, N.C.

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Herbert Ward. Cabinet card, 1887 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/17

Photographed by Thomas and Co., Newark, N.J.

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James M. Whitfield. Cabinet card, circa 1870 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/18

Photographed by Gardner and Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Madam Fromm. Cabinet card, circa 1873 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/19

Photographed by W. Yatz, Baltimore, Md.

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Alfred Foster. Carte-de-visite, circa 1870-1880 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/20

Photographed by L. W. Andrews, Greensboro, N.C.

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Student class photograph, 1894 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/21

"Ninth grade, George Tate, Greensboro, N.C."

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Unidentified old woman and child. Cabinet card, circa 1870-1880 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/22

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Bobbie Tate(?). Carte-de-visite, circa 1875 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/23

Photographed by J. H. Van Nefs, Charlotte, N.C.

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Unidentified children, circa 1870-1890 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/24-29

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Unidentified young women, circa 1865-1885 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/30-32

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Unidentified men, circa 1865-1880 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/33-39

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Unidentified group, circa 1890 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/40

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Bobbie Tate. Tintype, circa 1865 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/41

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Alice Alderman. Tintype, circa 1865 #03491-z, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1860-1894." P-3491/42

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28 items.
Folder 4

Correspondence, 1849-1870 (bulk 1856-1860) and undated. #03491-z, Subseries: "Addition of December 2008 (Acc. 101034), 1839-1870 and undated." Folder 4

Primarily letters written by M.P. Lindsay to her husband, Robert Goodloe Lindsay, that focus on family affairs and the lonesomeness caused by his absence. Also included are letters addressed to M.P. Lindsay from Robert Goodloe Lindsay; letters addressed to Robert Goodloe Lindsay from his daughters; and letters addressed to M.P. Lindsay from her sister, M. Lindsay.

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Other papers, 1839-1862 and undated. #03491-z, Subseries: "Addition of December 2008 (Acc. 101034), 1839-1870 and undated." Folder 5

Class notes, a list of subscribers to a $1000 North Carolina bond issue, a list of loans and expenses owed to Robert Goodloe Lindsay, and Lindsay's undated notes and musings.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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.

Additions received after 2007 have not been integrated into the original deposits. Researchers should always check additions to be sure they have identified all files of interest to them.

Finding aid updated in December 2010 by Matt Dailey because of addition.

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