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Collection Number: 02442

Collection Title: London Family Papers, 1764-1933 (bulk 1880s)

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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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract Among members of the London family of Wilmington, N.C., are John London (fl. 1873-1921), a lawyer and businessman; his wife, Lucy Hall London; and his brother Alexander T. London. Other London relatives and connections include Edith Ward London and John London (1747-1816). The collection, in part, microfilm, includes personal and business papers of the London family of Wilmington, N.C., consisting chiefly of letters, 1880s, from John London to his family in Wilmington while he was a post trader and rancher at Fort Laramie, Wyo. Also included are his diaries in Puerto Rico, 1877, and England, 1878; family correspondence of his wife, Lucy Hall London, at Birmingham, Ala., after 1888, and her travel diary in England, 1925; an autobiography of Edith Ward London, covering her life in Birmingham, Ala., 1881-1933; a volume of typed transcriptions of letters from J. Carson Breckenridge, son of the United States minister to Russia, written from St. Petersburg, Russia, 1894-1895; and the diaries of John London (1747-1816) in England and Scotland, June-July 1776; on the Elbe River and during the return voyage to Philadelphia, Pa., 1794; and in New York and Connecticut, 1800.
Creator London family.
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 London Family Papers, #2442, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Jack London of Birmingham, Ala., March 1978.
Additions received from Lawrence London of Chapel Hill, N.C., October 1977 and June 2002 (Acc. 99833); George London of Raleigh, N.C., April 1981; and John R. London of Rock Hill, S.C., October 1987.
Location of Originals
Original returned to private owner in 1942.
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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Among members of the London family of Wilmington, N.C., are John London (fl. 1873-1921), a lawyer and businessman; his wife, Lucy Hall London; and his brother Alexander T. London. Other London relatives and connections include Edith Ward London and John London (1747-1816).

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The collection includes personal and business papers of the London family of Wilmington, N.C., consisting chiefly of letters, 1880s, from John London (fl. 1873-1921) to his family in Wilmington while he was a post trader and rancher at Fort Laramie, Wyo. Also included are his diaries in Puerto Rico, 1877, and England, 1878; family correspondence of his wife, Lucy Hall London, at Birmingham, Ala., after 1888; and the diaries of John London (1747-1816) in England and Scotland, June-July 1776; on the Elbe River and during the return voyage to Philadelphia, Pa., 1794; and in New York and Connecticut, 1800. Additional volumes are available on microfilm including a travel diary of Lucy Hall London in England, 1925; writings of Edith Ward London, including poetry, prayers, and an autobiography covering her life in Birmingham, Ala., 1881-1933; a volume of typed transcriptions of letters from J. Carson Breckenridge, son of the United States minister to Russia, written from St. Petersburg, Russia, 1894-1895; and genealogical compilations.

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Contents list

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Oversize Paper Folder OPF-2442/1

Land survey and grant, 1764 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." OPF-2442/1

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1776-1877 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1878 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1879 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1880 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1881 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1882 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1883-1886 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1892-1897 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1900-1930 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Undated #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

#02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 11

Note: MISSING

Folder 12-19

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

#02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 12-19

See Microfilm for Volumes 1-8. Volumes include a travel diary of Lucy Hall London in England, 1925; writings of Edith Ward London, including poetry, prayers, and an autobiography covering her life in Birmingham, 1881-1933; a volume of typed transcriptions of letters from J. Carson Breckenridge, son of the United States minister to Russia, written from St. Petersburg, Russia, 1894-1895; and genealogical compilations.

Folder 20

Volume 9: Travel diary, John London, 1877 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 10: Travel diary, John London, 1878 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 11: Commonplace book, Francis Maria London, 1825 #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 12: Travel diary, John London, 1794 (transcription) #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 13: Travel diary, John London, 1800 (transcription) #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." Folder 24

Image Folder PF-2442/1

Photographs #02442, Series: "London Family Papers, 1764-1933 and undated." PF-2442/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 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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