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Collection Number: 01991

Collection Title: William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 (bulk 1880-1889).

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2100 items)
Abstract William Nelson Page (1854-1889) worked from 1880-1889 in the coal, iron, and railroad industries in West Virginia and Virginia. This collection contains business correspondence, almost entirely 1880-1889, of Page as superintendent, manager, and director of several coal and iron companies, of the Virginia and Pittsburgh Land Association (a land development company), and of the Pittsburgh and Virginia Railroad Company. The correspondence with other company officials, attorneys, geologists, bankers, and suppliers of equipment concerns organization, real estate, operation, and expansion of coal, iron, and related industries in the region. Also included is personal correspondence with relatives in Staunton, Va., and Richmond, Va.
Creator Page, William Nelson, 1854-1889.
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 William Nelson Page Papers, #1991, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Miss Mary Josephine Page, 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.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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William Nelson Page (1854-1889) worked from 1880-1889 in the coal, iron, and railroad industries in West Virginia and Virginia. Page operated chiefly in Fayette and Greenbrier counties, W. Va., and Rockbridge County, Va. In 1881 he was superintendent of Hawks Nest Coal Co., a British owned company in Ansted, W.Va. That same year he became a financial agent of Iron and Steel Works Association of Virginia. He later held positions at Mount Garbor Coal Co., and the Pittsburgh and Virginia Railroad Co. He was also involved in the development of Glenmore Iron mines near White Sulpher Springs, W.Va. He was sometime president of the West Virgina Coal Exchange. He had family connections in Richmond and Staunton, Va., and married Miss Emma Gilham in 1882.

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This collection contains business correspondence, almost entirely 1880-1889, of Page as superintendent, manager, and director of several coal and iron companies, of the Virginia and Pittsburgh Land Association (a land development company), and of the Pittsburgh and Virginia Railroad Company. The correspondence with other company officials, attorneys, geologists, bankers, and suppliers of equipment concerns organization, operation, and expansion of coal, iron, and related industries in the region. Also included is personal correspondence with relatives in Staunton and Richmond, Va.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: Chronological

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1787-1880 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-8

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

1881 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 2-8

Folder 9-22

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

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Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

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Folder 21

Folder 22

1882 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 9-22

Folder 23-31

Folder 23

Folder 24

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Folder 26

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Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

1883 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 23-31

Folder 32-41

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Folder 40

Folder 41

1884 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 32-41

Folder 42-50

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Folder 50

1885 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 42-50

Folder 51-55

Folder 51

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Folder 55

1886 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 51-55

Folder 56-64

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

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Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

1887 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 56-64

Folder 65-68

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

1888 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 65-68

Folder 69-75

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

1889 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 69-75

Folder 76

1890-1896 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

1897-1899 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

1900 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

1901-1902 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

1903-1911 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

1912-1926 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

Correspondence with C & O Railroad 1886-1887 #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83-85

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Undated #01991, Series: "William Nelson Page Papers, 1787-1926 and undated." Folder 83-85

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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, September 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.

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