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Collection Number: 00489

Collection Title: Matthias Murray Marshall Papers, 1823-1912

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Matthias Murray Marshall was a Confederate Army lieutenant and chaplain during the Civil War, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and an Episcopal clergyman in Raleigh, N.C. The collection includes personal, religious, and business correspondence and other papers of the Reverend Matthias Murray Marshall, chiefly while he was rector of Christ Church (Episcopal) in Raleigh, N.C., but also during his attendance at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Included are records, 1876-1879 and 1885-1892, of visits to parishioners; scrapbooks; and memorandum books, mainly relating to Christ Church. The early letters, 1824-1825, relate to a controversy between Professor Elisha Mitchell of UNC and Bishop John Stark Ravenscroft about religious doctrines and denominational influence at UNC. Other correspondents include Kemp Plummer Battle, Charles Manly, George E. Badger, Paul C. Cameron, Joseph Blount Cheshire, Jr., Sallie M. Cameron, the Reverend E. A. Osborne, Thomas S. Kenan, and Jonathan Worth. Volumes include an 1861 daily diary that Marshall kept as a student at Trinity and at UNC and notes on a voyage from Baltimore, Md., to San Francisco, Calif., in 1883.
Creator Marshall, Matthias Murray, 1841-1912.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Matthias Murray Marshall Papers #489, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received before 1936 and from Susan Marshall, Raleigh, N.C., in July 1982 (Acc. 82082).
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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Matthias Murray Marshall was a Confederate Army lieutenant and chaplain during the Civil War; a graduate of the University of North Carolina; and an Episcopal clergyman in Raleigh, N.C.

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The collection includes personal, religious, and business correspondence and other papers of the Reverend Matthias Murray Marshall, chiefly while he was rector of Christ Church (Episcopal) in Raleigh, N.C., but also during his attendance at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Included are records, 1876-1879 and 1885-1892, of visits to parishioners; scrapbooks; and memorandum books, mainly relating to Christ Church. The early letters, 1824-1825, relate to a controversy between Professor Elisha Mitchell of UNC and Bishop John Stark Ravenscroft about religious doctrines and denominational influence at UNC. Other correspondents include Kemp Plummer Battle, Charles Manly, George E. Badger, Paul C. Cameron, Joseph Blount Cheshire, Jr., Sallie M. Cameron, the Reverend E. A. Osborne, Thomas S. Kenan, and Jonathan Worth. Volumes include an 1861 daily diary that Marshall kept as a student at Trinity and at UNC and notes on a voyage from Baltimore, Md., to San Francisco, Calif., in 1883.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated.

About 300 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal, religious, and business correspondence of the Reverend Matthias Murray Marshall. Correspondence includes letters, 1824-1825, between John Stark Ravenscroft and Elisha Mitchell over religious doctrines and denominational influence at the University of North Carolina; a narrative, 1863, of the life and career of General Albert S. Johnston; letters, 1869, concerning the resignation of Matthias Murray Marshall of Christ Church in Elizabeth City, N.C.; letters of sympathy, 1895, concerning the death of Matthias Murray Marshall's daughter; and letters of sympathy, 1910, concerning the death of Marshall's wife. Among the correspondents are Elisha Mitchell, Bishop John Ravenscroft, Kemp Plummer Battle, Charles Manly, George E. Badger, Paul C. Cameron, J. Blount Cheshire, Jr., Sallie M. Cameron, the Reverend E. A. Osborne, Thomas S. Kenan, and Jonathan Worth.

Folder 1

1823-1824 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1825 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 2-3

Digital version: Excerpt from the letter from Elisha Mitchell to John Ravenscroft, 8 February 1825

Documenting the American South

Folder 4

1837-1858 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1860-1861 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1862-1863 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1864-1865 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1866 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1867 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1869 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1870-1880 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1881-1889 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1890-1891 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1893-1894 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1895 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1896-1899 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1900-1910 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1912 #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19-22

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Undated #00489, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1912 and undated." Folder 19-22

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated.

15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 26

Volume 1, 1857 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 26

Record of Pittsboro Debating Club.

Folder 27

Volume 2, 1861 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 27

Extracts from Poets, University of North Carolina (November).

Folder 28

Volume 3, 1861 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 28

Daily diary of student life at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. (January-September) and at University of North Carolina (September-December).

Folder 29

Volume 4, 1861 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 29

List of books.

Folder 30

Volume 5, 1869-1879 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 30

Scrapbook: newspaper clippings, mostly religious.

Folder 31

Volume 6, 1870-1891 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 31

Household accounts and receipts concerning groceries, servants, and laundry.

Folder 32

Volume 7, 1876-1879 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 32

Visiting list.

Folder 33

Volume 8, 1882 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 33

Scrapbook, Nettie Marshall: poems, mostly religious, from newspapers.

Folder 34

Volume 9, 1883 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 34

Notes on voyage from Baltimore to San Francisco.

Folder 35

Volume 10, 1883 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 35

Newspaper clippings dealing with the division of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, pasted in a geography book.

Folder 36

Volume 11, 1885-1892 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 36

Rector's visits.

Folder 37

Volume 12, 1891-1895 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 37

Records of baptisms and marriages.

Folder 38

Volume 13, 1894-1895 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 38

Offering account, St. Saviour's Chapel, Raleigh, N.C.

Folder 39

Volume 14, 1901 #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 39

Daily memoranda in a tiny pocket memorandum book.

Folder 40

Volume 15, Undated #00489, Series: "3. Volumes, 1857-1901 and undated." Folder 40

Album: Margaret Wingfield.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Staff, 1936-1982

Encoded by: Peter Hymas, November 2004

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the encoding of this finding aid.

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