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Collection Number: 00568

Collection Title: James Hervey Otey Papers, 1823-1885

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract James Hervey Otey was an Episcopal bishop of Tennessee, 1834-1863. The collection includes sermons, diary, and correspondence. The bulk of the collection is made up of more than 130 manuscript sermons and lectures plus a quantity of notes and fragments. The fourteen volumes comprise a diary of Otey's daily activities, 1840-1862 (with occasional gaps). Correspondence includes letters from the 1820s and 1830s from Otey's father, Isaac, a prominent citizen and state legislator from Bedford County, Va., concerning family news, and Virginia politics; letters on church business, including a copy of one from Otey to Bishop John H. Hopkins, 1862, giving Otey's views on the organization of the church in the Confederate States, the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation, and mentioning the abuses of the federal forces occupying Tennessee; and correspondence of Eliza D. (Pannill) Otey, wife of James.
Creator Otey, James Hervey, 1800-1863.
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 James Hervey Otey Papers, #568, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of Volume 8 (Diary, 1852) available.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts 1940-1952
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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James Hervey Otey (1800-1863) was an Episcopal bishop of Tennessee, 1834-1863. His father, Isaac, was a prominent citizen and state legislator from Bedford County, Va.

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The collection includes sermons, diary, and correspondence. The bulk of the collection is made up of more than 130 manuscript sermons and lectures plus a quantity of notes and fragments. The fourteen volumes comprise a diary of Otey's daily activities, 1840-1862 (with occasional gaps). Correspondence includes letters from the 1820s and 1830s from Otey's father, Isaac, a prominent citizen and state legislator from Bedford County, Va., concerning family news, and Virginia politics; letters on church business, including a copy of one from Otey to Bishop John H. Hopkins, 1862, giving Otey's views on the organization of the church in the Confederate States, the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation, and mentioning the abuses of the federal forces occupying Tennessee; and correspondence of Eliza D. (Pannill) Otey, wife of James.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1823-1885 and undated.

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Folder 19

Acts #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 19

Folder 20

First Corinthians #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 20

Folder 21

Second Corinthians #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 21

Folder 22a

Daniel #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 22a

Folder 22b

Ephesians #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 22b

Folder 23

Galatians #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 23

Folder 24

Hebrews #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 24

Folder 25

James #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 25

Folder 26

Joel #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 26

Folder 27

John #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 27

Folder 28

Luke #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 28

Folder 29

Mark #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 29

Folder 30

Matthew #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 30

Folder 31

Paul #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 31

Folder 32

First and Second Peter #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 32

Folder 33a

Philippians #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 33a

Folder 33b

Revelations #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 33b

Folder 34

Romans #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 34

Folder 35

First Thessalonians #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 35

Folder 36

Second Timothy #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 36

Folder 37

Miscellaneous and unlabeled #00568, Subseries: "2.2. New Testament." Folder 37

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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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