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Collection Number: 04243

Collection Title: Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract Alfred Nixon (1856-1924) was born on 28 May 1856 to Robert Nixon and Millie Womack Nixon in Lincoln County, N.C. He attended Rock Springs Seminary in Denver, N.C., before attending the University of North Carolina, where he was graduated in 1881. Nixon became Sheriff of Lincolnton, N.C., in 1884, and also served as Superintendent of Public Instruction and Clerk of Court for Lincoln County. Over his professional career, he was featured as a speaker at numerous events in Lincoln County, and published extensively on the history of the county and its people. He married Iola Jane Robinson (1862-1937) on 19 October 1882. They had nine children, including Kemp Battle Nixon (1883-1964), Joseph "Joe" Robert Nixon (1887-1952), and Millie Elmyra "Myra" Nixon Turley (1894-1984). Kemp Nixon served as an attorney for 57 years. Joseph "Joe" Robert Nixon was a teacher, and served as the Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools from 1931 to 1964. He also published on the history of Lincoln County and its people. Myra Nixon Turley was a teacher. Collection contains correspondence, legal papers, and notes of Alfred Nixon, local historian and attorney of Lincoln County, N.C., and of his descendants, Kemp Battle Nixon and Joseph R. Nixon; and a docket, 1884-1889, kept by James Albert Munday, concerning his work as justice of the peace of Lincoln County. Included are student notebooks kept by Alfred Nixon of lectures by President Kemp Plummer Battle given at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 1878, and notebooks kept by A. T. Davidson, Jr., 1878, and Kemp Battle Nixon, 1900-1903. The Addition of 2014 includes diaries created by Alfred Nixon, 1874-1898, with brief regular entries; writings by Alfred Nixon primarily concerning Lincoln County, N.C., history; account books; pamphlets; and other items.
Creator Nixon, Alfred, 1856-1924
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 Alfred Nixon papers #4243, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Peggy Nixon Simmons, of Lincolnton, N.C., in August 1980; and Ward Simmons, August 2014 (Acc. 102084).
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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Alfred Nixon (1856-1924) was born on 28 May 1856 to Robert Nixon and Millie Womack Nixon in Lincoln County, N.C. He attended Rock Springs Seminary in Denver, N.C., before attending the University of North Carolina, where he was graduated in 1881. Nixon became Sheriff of Lincolnton, N.C., in 1884, and also served as Superintendent of Public Instruction and Clerk of Court for Lincoln County. Over his professional career, he was featured as a speaker at numerous events in Lincoln County, and published extensively on the history of the county and its people. He married Iola Jane Robinson (1862-1937) on 19 October 1882. They had nine children, including Kemp Battle Nixon (1883-1964), Joseph "Joe" Robert Nixon (1887-1952), and Millie Elmyra "Myra" Nixon Turley (1894-1984).

Alfred Nixon died on 25 March 1924.

Kemp Nixon served as an attorney for 57 years. Joseph "Joe" Robert Nixon was a teacher, and served as the Superintendent of Lincoln County Schools from 1931 to 1964. He also published on the history of Lincoln County and its people. Myra Nixon Turley was a teacher.

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Correspondence, legal papers, and notes of Alfred Nixon, local historian and attorney of Lincoln County, N.C., and of his descendants, Kemp Battle Nixon and Joseph R. Nixon; and a docket, 1884-1889, kept by James Albert Munday, concerning his work as justice of the peace of Lincoln County. Included are student notebooks kept by Alfred Nixon of lectures by President Kemp Plummer Battle given at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 1878, and notebooks kept by A. T. Davidson, Jr., 1878, and Kemp Battle Nixon, 1900-1903.

The Addition of 2014 includes diaries created by Alfred Nixon, 1874-1898, with brief regular entries; writings by Alfred Nixon primarily concerning Lincoln County, N.C., history; account books; pamphlets; and other items.

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Contents list

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by filename.

Correspondence, legal papers, and notes of Alfred Nixon, local historian and attorney of Lincoln County, N.C., and of his descendants, Kemp Battle Nixon and Joseph R. Nixon, superintendent of schools in Lincoln County in the 1920s; and a record book, 1885-1889, kept by J. A. Munday, concerning his work as justice of the peace of Lincoln County. Included are student notebooks kept by Alfred Nixon at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 1878, of lectures by President Battle, and notebooks kept by A. T. Davidson, Jr., 1878, and Kemp Battle Nixon, 1900-1906. There is also a brief note, 1909, from R.D.W. Connor.

Folder 1

Alfred Nixon student notebook, 1878 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 1

Notebook contains the following inscription: "The following pages are notes token from lectures delivered by Pres. [Kemp Plummer] Battle on the History and Geography of the Holy Land; he was assisted by Prof. Grandy, who did the drawing. Lectures given in Dr. Battle's Room every Sabbath Morning, 8:30 A.M."

Folder 2

Alfred Nixon student notebook, 1874-1880 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 2

Includes notes from a series of lectures delivered by W.A. Betts on Music as well as other courses.

Folder 3

"Latin Exercises by A.T. Davidson, Jr., Prof. G.T. Winston" 1878 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 3

Notebook belonging to Allan Turner Davidson, Jr., seemingly from Latin courses at the University of North Carolina.

Folder 4

Alfred Nixon letters and related materials, 1883-1916 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 4

Primarily scattered letters to Alfred Nixon and other items. Includes a brief note, 1909, from R. D. W. Connor.

Folder 5

Letters and postcards to Joseph R. Nixon, 1959 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 5

Folder 6

Education materials, 1920-1922 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 6

Chiefly materials compiled by Joseph R. Nixon in his role as a teacher in Lincoln County, N.C.

Folder 7

J. A. Munday docket, 1884-1889 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 7

James Albert Munday (1835-1889) was the stepfather of Alfred Nixon's wife Iola Jane Robinson. Docket details the work as a Lincoln County, N.C., justice of the peace.

Folder 8

Joseph R. Nixon student notebook, 1910 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 8

Contains notes for both zoology and English courses at the University of North Carolina.

Folder 9

Kemp Battle Nixon geometry notebook, 1900 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 9

Student notebook kept by Kemp Battle Nixon while enrolled in Piedmont Seminary, Lincolnton, N.C.

Folder 10

Kemp Battle Nixon history notebook, 1902 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 10

Contains notes for a history course taught by Kemp Plummer Battle at the University of North Carolina. Includes printed program from the 13th Semi-Annual Debate between the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies with Kemp Battle Nixon's notes on the speakers.

Folder 11

"Notes on Pleading," 1906 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 11

Notebook belonging to Kemp Battle Nixon, who received his law degree from Trinity College, now Duke University, in 1907.

Folder 12

Piedmont Seminary reunion scrapbook, 1921-1923 #04243, Series: "Alfred Nixon Papers, 1874-1959." Folder 12

Inscription states "Presented to Prof. D. Matt Thompson by R. E. Lineberger. Aug. 12, 1921."

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18 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

The Addition of August 2014 contains items created and collected by Alfred Nixon, his son Joseph R. Nixon, and others in Lincoln County, N.C. There are diaries created by Alfred Nixon, 1874-1898, with brief regular entries; writings by Alfred Nixon primarily concerning Lincoln County, N.C., history; account books; pamphlets; and other items.

This description was prepared with assistance from an inventory accompanying the donation.

Folder 13

Catalogs, Address, etc., 1795-1881 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 13

Privately bound volume of documents compiled by Alfred Nixon. Back of volume contains a handwritten table of contents.

Folder 14

Catalogs, Address, etc., 1795-1888 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 14

Privately bound volume of documents compiled by Alfred Nixon. Back of volume contains a handwritten table of contents.

Folder 15

"The Declaration of Independence by the Citizens of Mecklenburg County," 1831 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 15

Printed copy.

Folder 16

Thomas L. Mays account book, 1831 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 16

Thomas L. Mays lived in Lincoln County, N.C.

Folder 17

Reverend Henry Asbury account book, 1846-1864 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 17

Reverend Henry Asbury (1799-1874) was the grandfather of Alfred Nixon's wife Iola Jane Robinson.

Folder 18

Alfred Nixon diary, 1874-1879 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 18

The volume also appears to contain notes from Kemp Plummer Battle's lectures History and Geography of the Holy Land.

Folder 19

Alfred Nixon diary, 1880-1885 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 19

Folder 20

Alfred Nixon diary, 1885-1894 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 20

Folder 21

Pamphlets, 1892-1896 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 21

Privately bound volume of documents compiled by Alfred Nixon.

Folder 22

Alfred Nixon diary, 1894-1898 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 22

Folder 23

A. H. Lester letter, 1895 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 23

A letter from A. H. Lester thanking Alfred Nixon for a reading.

Folder 24

Writings, 1897-1923 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 24

Bound volume of writings and speeches delivered by Alfred Nixon from 1897-1918. Includes "Exercises of Lee and Jackson Day, Lincolnton, N. C., January 23, 1915" by Joe R. Nixon. Volume bound in 1923.

Folder 25

Account book, circa 1880-1898 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 25

Owner unknown. Contains pencil notes and scribbles which may relate to property lines.

Folder 26

Nixon family genealogy notebook, circa 1880-1900 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 26

Genealogy compiled by Alfred Nixon.

Folder 27

"The ceremonies attending the unveiling of the bronze statue of Zeb B. Vance, L.L.D. in Capitol Square, Raleigh, N.C., and the address of Richard H. Battle, L.L.D.," 1900 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 27

Pamphlet.

Folder 28

"A soldier's story: Prison life and other incidents in the War of 1861-1865," circa 1900 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 28

Pamphlet.

Folder 29

High Shoals Presbyterian Church photograph, circa 1900-1920 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 29

Verso inscription reads: "High Shoals Presbyterian Picnic. Crowd below dam."

Folder 30

"Exercises of Lee and Jackson Day," 1915 #04243, Series: "Addition of August 2014: Afred Nixon Diaries and Other Materials, 1795-1923." Folder 30

Pamphlet.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne von Storch, April 1986

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated to include folder list and because of addition by Amelia W. Holmes, August 2015

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