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Collection Number: 03160

Collection Title: William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893.

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This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 180 items)
Abstract William Wallis McDowell was a landowner, merchant, and banker of Asheville, N.C. The collection contains business and some personal and military papers of McDowell. Among the papers are account books of the Bank of Cape Fear, Asheville branch, 1845-1866; accounts with laborers, 1858-1873; estate accounts; occasional correspondence; deeds and promissory notes related to the early acquisition of lands in western North Carolina by McDowell's father-in- law, James McConnell Smith (1794-1846); military records of McDowell as captain of the Buncombe Rifles, 1st North Carolina Regiment, and later 60th North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America; a ledger pertaining to Revolutionary War pensions in ten western North Carolina counties, 1851-1852; and McDowell's diary while traveling and visiting in east Texas, 1884-1885.
Creator McDowell, William Wallis, 1824-1893.
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 William Wallis McDowell Papers, #3160, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1955
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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William Wallis McDowell was a landowner, merchant, and banker of Asheville, N.C.

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The collection contains business and some personal and military papers of McDowell. Among the papers are account books of the Bank of Cape Fear, Asheville branch, 1845-1866; accounts with laborers, 1858-1873; estate accounts; occasional correspondence; deeds and promissory notes related to the early acquisition of lands in western North Carolina by McDowell's father-in- law, James McConnell Smith (1794-1846); military records of McDowell as captain of the Buncombe Rifles, 1st North Carolina Regiment, and later 60th North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America; a ledger pertaining to Revolutionary War pensions in ten western North Carolina counties, 1851-1852; and McDowell's diary while traveling and visiting in east Texas, 1884-1885.

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Contents list

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About 180 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1792-1799 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 1

Folder 2

1800-1807 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 2

Folder 3

1812-1816 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 3

Folder 4

1817-1819 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 4

Folder 5

1820-1821 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 5

Folder 6

1822-1827 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 6

Folder 7

1828-1829 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 7

Folder 8

1830-1839 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 8

Folder 9

1840-1849 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 9

Folder 10

1851-1856 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 10

Folder 11

1857-1858 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 11

Folder 12

1860-1868 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 12

Folder 13

1871-1893 and undated #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 1: James M. Smith bank book, 1845-1855 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 2: N. W. Woodfin bank book, 1846-1859 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 15

Folder 16

Volume 3: Smith   McDowell bank book #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 4: Nameless account book, 1854-1864 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 17

Oversize Volume SV-3160/5

Volume 5: Ledger of W. W. McDowell, 1858-1873 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." SV-3160/5

Folder 19

Volume 6: Bank Statement, 1859-1866 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 19

Folder 20

Volume 7: Travel diary of W. W. McDowell, 10 December 1884-20 February 1885 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 20

Describes a trip to Texas with his wife Sarah.

Folder 21

Volume 8: Ledger, 1852-1853 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Folder 21

Reel M-3160/1-2

M-3160/1

M-3160/2

Papers, 1805-1886 #03160, Series: "William Wallis McDowell Papers, 1772-1893." Reel M-3160/1-2

Includes correspondence, legal papers, epitaphs, and miscellaneous other materials.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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