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Collection Number: 00480

Collection Title: Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 (bulk 1850s-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 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,260 items)
Abstract Peter Mallett was a merchant of Fayetteville, N.C., and New York City; and a Confederate Army officer and head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina. The collection includes business, military, and personal correspondence, chiefly 1850s to 1880s. Volumes include diaries, 1856, 1861, 1867-1881, and 1898; Civil War letters and lettercopy books from the conscription office in Raleigh, N.C.; a list of North Carolina merchants visited by Mallett, 1846-1849, with reports and credit ratings of each; and shipping accounts. Also included are thirteen family letters, 1785-1828, of Carleton Walker (the father of Mallett's son-in-law), an English immigrant to Wilmington, N.C.; and an autobiography (typed copy) of Peter Mallett (born 1744), immigrant from France to Wilmington, N.C., before the Revolution. Includes also the reminiscences of Margaret Isabella (Walker) Weber (born 1824), daughter of Carleton Walker (born circa 1777). and Caroline Mary (Mallett) Walker, who moved with her husband to Tennessee and later taught school in Nashville.
Creator Mallett, Peter, 1825-1906?
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 Peter Mallett Papers, #480, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Owen W. Holmes prior to 1940 and 1950.
Transferred from the History Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1950.
Transferred from the William de Berniere MacNider Papers (#837), Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 1956.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aa.
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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Peter Mallett (1825-1906?) was a merchant and railroad agent of Fayetteville, N.C., and New York City; and a Confederate Army officer and head of Confederate conscription in North Carolina.

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The collection includes business, military, and personal correspondence, chiefly 1850s to 1880s of Peter Mallett. Volumes include diaries, 1856, 1861, 1867-1881, and 1898; Civil War letters and lettercopy books from the conscription office in Raleigh, N.C.; a list of North Carolina merchants visited by Mallett, 1846-1849, with reports and credit ratings of each; and shipping accounts. Also included are thirteen family letters, 1785-1828, of Carleton Walker (the father of Mallett's son-in-law), an English immigrant to Wilmington, N.C.; family and personal correspondence, 1868-1909, of Mrs. Virginius St. Clair MacNider, daughter of William Peter Mallett; and an autobiography (typed copy) of Peter Mallett (born 1744), immigrant from France to Wilmington, N.C., before the Revolution. Includes also the reminiscences of Margaret Isabella (Walker) Weber (born 1824), daughter of Carleton Walker (born circa 1777) and Caroline Mary (Mallett) Walker, who moved with her husband to Tennessee and later taught school in Nashville.

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Contents list

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Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a

1785-1832 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 1a

Includes photograph of Charles Peter Mallett.

Folder 1b

1845-1849 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

1850-1852 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1853-1855 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1856-1859 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1861 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1862 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1863 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1864 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1865 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1866 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1867-1868 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12A-12C

1868-1869 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 12A-12C

Folder 12D-12H

1869 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 12D-12H

Folder 12I-13

1870 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 12I-13

Folder 14

1871-1876 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1877-1878 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

1879 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 16-17

Folder 18-21

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

1880 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 18-21

Folder 22-24

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

1881 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 22-24

Folder 25-27

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

1882 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 25-27

Folder 28

1883 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1884 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1885-1888 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1889-1898, 1918 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32-33

Folder 32

Folder 33

Undated #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 32-33

Folder 34

Clippings #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35-39

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Bills and receipts #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 35-39

Folder 40

Volume 1: List of merchants, 1846-1849 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume 2: Ledger and journal, Mallett and Paulmier, 1852-1856, 1870 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 3: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1856 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume 4: Scrapbook, 1866-1870 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 5: Register of correspondence, 1863 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 6: Letterpress copy book, Camp Holmes, N.C., 1862-1863 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 7: Lettercopy book, Conscript Office, 1864 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 8: Copies of telegrams, railroad, 1868-1870 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

Volume 9: Account book, groceries, 1869-1870 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volume 10: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1861 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Volume 11: Memoranda book, miscellaneous, 1865-1867 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 12: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1867 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 13: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1868 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 14: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1869 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 15: Account book, petty cash, 1868-1873 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 16: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1870 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 17: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1871 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

Volume 18: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1872 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

Volume 19: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1873 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

Volumes 20-21: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1874 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 59-60

Folder 61

Volume 22: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1875 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

Volume 23: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1876 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

Volume 24: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1877 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

Volume 25: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1878 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

Volume 26: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1879 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

Volume 27: Memoranda book and shipment records, 1875-1876 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

Volume 28: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1880 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

Volume 29: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1881 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

Volume 30: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1883 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

Volume 31: Diary, Peter Mallett, 1898 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

Volume 32: Account book, groceries, 1880 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Volume 33: Reminiscences of Margaret Isabella (Walker) Weber #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

Volume 34: Album, Caroline Mary Walker, circa 1825-1840 #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." Folder 73

Image Folder PF-480/1

Photographs of Confederate officers #00480, Series: "Peter Mallett Papers, 1785-1913 and undated." PF-480/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 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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