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Collection Number: 00548

Collection Title: Nisbet Family Papers, 1752-1936

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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 2200 items)
Abstract Members of the Nisbet family resided in Macon, Ga. Junius Wingfield Nisbet (1858-1933) was a lawyer and civic leader. The collection consists mainly of correspondence and genealogical and historical writings of Nisbet, as well as family and business correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and three manuscript plays he wrote. Nisbet kept diaries and/or commonplace books at Macon, 1869 and 1875-1883; at the University of Georgia, 1873; and while in Washington, D.C., as clerk of a committee of the United States House of Representatives, 1884-1885. Also included is some correspondence, 1840s to 1890s, of Junius Wingfield Nisbet's father, James Taylor Nisbet (1828-1894), lawyer, and of his grandfather, Eugenius Aristides Nisbet (1803-1871), jurist and United States Representative, both of Macon, Ga., mostly relating to the practice of law. A scrapbook, correspondence, and other papers relate to Nisbet's father-in-law, John McIntosh Kell (1823-1900), officer of the Confederate privateer Alabama.
Creator Nisbet family.
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 Nisbet Family Papers, #548, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired in part by purchase prior to 1940 and in part as a gift of James U. and Richard J. Nisbet, 1945.
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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Members of the Nisbet family resided in Macon, Ga. Junius Wingfield Nisbet (1858-1933) was a lawyer and civic leader.

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The collection consists mainly of correspondence and genealogical and historical writings of Junius Wingfield Nisbet (1858-1933). Also present are family and business correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and three manuscript plays he wrote. Nisbet kept diaries and/or commonplace books at Macon, 1869 and 1875-1883; at the University of Georgia, 1873; and while in Washington, D.C., as clerk of a committee of the United States House of Representatives, 1884-1885. Also included is some correspondence, 1840s to 1890s, of Junius Wingfield Nisbet's father, James Taylor Nisbet (1828-1894), lawyer, and of his grandfather, Eugenius Aristides Nisbet (1803-1871), jurist and United States Representative, both of Macon, Ga., mostly relating to the practice of law. A scrapbook, correspondence, and other papers relate to Nisbet's father-in-law, John McIntosh Kell (1823-1900), officer of the Confederate privateer Alabama.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains personal, business, and genealogical correspondence of Junius Wingfield Nisbet. Included are some ancestral papers, many in French and German that relate to Jean Jaques Stromer of Cologne, Germany and the Stromer and Schmits families; papers of Eugenius A. Nisbet and James T. Nisbet; biographical sketches; bills and receipts; and newspaper clippings.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1752-1798 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1806-1816 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1820-1838 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1840-1849 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1850-1859 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1860-1869 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1870-1873 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1874-1876 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1877-1879 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1880 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1881-1884 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1885-1889 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1890-1893 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1894-1895 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1896-1899 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1900-1904 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1905-1909 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1910-1912 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1913 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20-24

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

1914 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 20-24

Folder 25

1915-1916 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1917-1919 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1920-1922 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1923 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29-31

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

1924 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 29-31

Folder 32-34

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

1925 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 32-34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

1926 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 35-36

Folder 37-39

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

1927 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 37-39

Folder 40-42

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

1928 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 40-42

Folder 43

1929 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

1930 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45-46

Folder 45

Folder 46

1931 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 45-46

Folder 47a

1932-1936 #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 47a

Folder 47b

Miscellaneous #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 47b

Folder 47c

Sketch of John Nisbet (1627-1685) #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 47c

Folder 47d

Biographical sketches of Eugenius A. Nisbet #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 47d

Folder 48-51

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Undated #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 48-51

Folder 52

Bills and receipts #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Newspaper clippings #00548, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1752-1936 and undated." Folder 53

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Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains volumes of scrapbooks, diaries, newspaper clippings, and manuscripts.

Folder 54

Volume 1 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 54

Diary of Junius Wingfield Nisbet, 1869, containing mostly meditations in religion and philosophy, quotations, and comments. There is also mention of the weather, court, Bible class, and personal events.

Folder 55

Volume 2 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 55

Scrapbook of Junius Wingfield Nisbet, 1870-1883, containing newspaper clippings and records of local events and family news.

Folder 56

Volume 3 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 56

Diary and essays of Miss Ophelia Reid Nisbet, 9 February-14 December 1874.

Folder 57

Volume 4 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 57

Diary of Junius Wingfield Nisbet, 1873.

Folder 58

Volume 5 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 58

Commonplace book and diary of Junius Wingfield Nisbet, 1879-1885.

Folder 59

Volume 6 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 59

Scrapbook, 1884-1893, containing newspaper clippings relating to Macon and family.

Folder 60

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 60

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Oversize Volume SV-548/7

Volume 7 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/7

Scrapbook, 1894-1901.

Folder 61

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 61

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Volume 8 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/8

Scrapbook includes clippings of articles by and concerning John McIntosh Kell, and the Confederate Ship Alabama, 1894-1912.

Folder 62a

Volume 9a #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 62a

Scrapbook split into two folders, containing newspaper clippings, 1901-1925.

Folder 62b

Volume 9b #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 62b

Folder 63

Volume 10 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 63

Scrapbook, newspaper clippings, 1904-1928.

Folder 64

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 64

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Volume 11 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/11

Scrapbook, poetry and newspaper clippings.

Folder 65

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 65

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Oversize Volume SV-548/12

Volume 12 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/12

Scrapbook, clippings related to Confederate history.

Folder 66

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 66

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Volume 13 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/13

Scrapbook, clippings related to Confederate history.

Folder 67

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 67

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Oversize Volume SV-548/14

Volume 14 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/14

Scrapbook, clippings related to Confederate history.

Folder 68

#00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 68

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Volume 15 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." SV-548/15

Scrapbook, clippings related to Confederate history.

Folder 69a

Volume 16a #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 69a

Manuscripts of writings by Junius Wingfield Nisbet, split into 4 folders.

Folder 69b

Volume 16b #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 69b

Folder 69c

Volume 16c #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 69c

Folder 69d

Volume 16d #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 69d

Folder 70

Volume 17 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 70

Manuscripts, notes for a play.

Folder 71a

Volume 18a #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 71a

Manuscript of Junius Wingfield Nisbet's historical drama, "Charlotte Corday." Split into 2 folders.

Folder 71b

Volume 18b #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 71b

Folder 72

Volume 19 #00548, Series: "2. Volumes, 1869-1925 and undated." Folder 72

Manuscript play, written on tablet.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2010

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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