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Collection Number: 00479

Collection Title: Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908

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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 270 items)
Abstract Griffith John McRee (1820-1872) was a North Carolina historian, author, attorney, and plantation owner. McRee was educated at W. H. Hardin's academy in Pittsboro, N.C., and graduated from Princeton in 1838. He later married Penelope Iredell, daughter of North Carolina governor and senator James Iredell. The collection includes incoming correspondence, bills, receipts, legal papers, newspaper clippings, and other papers of McRee. Also included are letters and papers relating to McRee's biography, 1857-1858, of James Iredell, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to the history of the American Revolution and the Civil War. Correspondents include David L. Swain and Eli Washington Caruthers, who wrote concerning historical events, sources, and historiography. Also included is a notebook containing the biography of an earlier Griffith John McRee (1758-1801), Revolutionary War officer and rice planter on the Cape Fear River of North Carolina.
Creator McRee, Griffith J. (Griffith John), 1820-1872.
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 Griffith J. McRee Papers, #479, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Prior to 1940; 1941.
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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Griffith John McRee (1820-1872) was a North Carolina historian, author, attorney, and plantation owner. McRee was educated at W. H. Hardin's academy in Pittsboro, N.C., and graduated from Princeton in 1838. He later married Penelope Iredell, daughter of North Carolina governor and senator James Iredell.

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The collection includes incoming correspondence, bills, receipts, legal papers, newspaper clippings, and other papers of McRee. Also included are letters and papers relating to McRee's biography, 1857-1858, of James Iredell, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to the history of the American Revolution and the Civil War. Correspondents include David L. Swain and Eli Washington Caruthers, who wrote concerning historical events, sources, and historiography. Also included is a notebook containing the biography of an earlier Griffith John McRee (1758-1801), Revolutionary War officer and rice planter on the Cape Fear River of North Carolina.

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Contents list

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About 270 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1772-1836 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 1

Folder 2

1840-1849 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 2

Folder 3

1850-1852; 1854-1855 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 3

Folder 4

1856-1857 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 4

Folder 5

1858-1859 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 5

Folder 6

1860-1869 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 6

Folder 7

1870-1874; 1876-1877 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 7

Folder 8

1882; 1889; 1890; 1896; 1905; 1908 #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 8

Folder 9

Undated #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 9

Folder 10

Biographical information #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 10

Folder 11

Newspaper clippings #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 1: "Memoir of Major Griffith J. McRee of North Carolina by his Grandson, Griffith J. McRee, Esquire" #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 12

The volume also contains notes and a draft of "Memoir of General John Ashe."

Folder 13

Volume 2: "Exposition of Major McRee's Difference with General Greene" #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 3: "The North Carolina Regulators and the Battle of Alamance" #00479, Series: "Griffith J. McRee Papers, 1772-1908." Folder 14

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 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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