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Collection Number: 03436-z

Collection Title: Benson John Lossing Papers, 1859-1882.

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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 7 items
Abstract Benson John Lossing (1813-1891) was an author, editor, wood-engraver, and popularizer of American history. The collection includes an autobiographical sketch (36 pages), 1882, of Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard (1809-1889), native of Massachusetts, astronomer, professor at the University of Alabama, and president of the University of Mississippi and Columbia University; three letters, 1871 and 1872, to Lossing from Cornelia Phillips Spencer, North Carolina writer, about teaching her daughter to draw, subscribers in North Carolina for a historical magazine Lossing was starting, and mailing manuscripts; and two letters, 1859, 1862, to Lossing from Lyman Copeland Draper (1815-1891) about publishing biographies and other matters.
Creator Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891.
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 Benson John Lossing Papers, #3436-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Ralph A. Miele of Yonkers, N. Y. August 1959.
Purchased from Carnegie Book Shop, New York, N.Y., December 1964.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Benson John Lossing (1813-1891) was an author, editor, wood-engraver, and popularizer of American history. Lossing was at one point in correspondence with Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard apparently regarding the possible publication of a biographical work featuring Barnard.

Frederick A. P. (Frederick Augustus Porter) Barnard (1809-1889), native of Massachusetts, was educated in New York and New England. He was an astronomer, professor at the University of Alabama, and president of the University of Mississippi and Columbia University.

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The collection includes an autobiographical sketch (36 pages), 1882, of Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard apparently prepared at the request of Benson John Lossing; three letters, 1871 and 1872, to Lossing from Cornelia Phillips Spencer, North Carolina writer, about teaching her daughter to draw, subscribers in North Carolina for a historical magazine Lossing was starting, and mailing manuscripts; and two letters, 1859, 1862, to Lossing from Lyman Copeland Draper (1815-1891) about publishing biographies and other matters.

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Contents list

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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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