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Collection Number: 02603-z

Collection Title: Theodore Davidson Morrison Papers, 1843-1896.

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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 15 items
Abstract Theodore Davidson Morrison was an attorney of Asheville, N.C. Members of his extended family and ancestry include Theodore F. Davidson, William Mitchell Davidson, John Mitchell Davidson (born 1829), A. T. Davidson, and Hugh H. Davidson. The collection includes scattered papers of and about the Davidsons and other families of Buncombe County and Haywood County, N.C. Among other items are a narrative, written in 1898, by John Mitchell Davidson of the the years 1843-1847 during which his family emigrated from North Carolina to Texas by way of Illinois, describing in detail the journey and life and society in widely scattered areas of Texas; two letters, 1881, from Senator Zebulon B. Vance about the possibility of Prohibition and other political matters; and five letters (typed transcriptions), 1861-1865, from family members in Buncombe County to John Evans Brown in Australia and New Zealand where he apparently had gone seeking gold. The letters to John E. Brown are from his father, William John Brown, his brother, and his step-mother; they are extremely long, colorfully written discussions of family, community, and public life, including reflections on the sadness and difficulties brought on by the Civil War.
Creator Morrison, Theodore Davidson.
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 Theodore Davidson Morrison Papers, #2603-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Theodore Davidson Morrison of Asheville, N.C., May 1943.
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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Theodore Davidson Morrison was an attorney of Asheville, N.C. Members of his extended family and ancestry include Theodore F. Davidson, William Mitchell Davidson, John Mitchell Davidson (born 1829), A. T. Davidson, and Hugh H. Davidson.

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The collection includes scattered papers of and about the Davidsons and other families of Buncombe and Haywood counties, N.C. Among other items are a narrative, written in 1898, by John Mitchell Davidson of the the years 1843-1847 during which his family emigrated from North Carolina to Texas by way of Illinois, describing in detail the journey and life and society in widely scattered areas of Texas; two letters, 1881, from Senator Zebulon B. Vance about the possibility of Prohibition and other political matters; and five letters (typed transcriptions), 1861-1865, from family members in Buncombe County to John Evans Brown in Australia and New Zealand where he apparently had gone seeking gold. The letters to John E. Brown are from his father, William John Brown, his brother, and his step-mother; they are extremely long, colorfully written discussions of family, community, and public life, including reflections on the sadness and difficulties brought on by the Civil War.

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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, October 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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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