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Collection Number: 00575

Collection Title: John Paris Papers, 1828-1905

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 125 items)
Abstract John Paris (1809-1883) was a Methodist Episcopal minister of Guilford County, N.C., author of religious works, and a Confederate Army chaplain. The collection includes diaries, writings, and correspondence, 1828-1871, of John Paris. Within the three-volume diary is a brief diary, January-June 1863, of Jacob Pearch, a soldier in the 110th Ohio Infantry Regiment. Beginning on 12 June 1863, diary entries appear to have been written by John Paris. Ten of the twelve letters deal with the sale of Paris's religious books in the 1850s. Also included are seven brief essays, six on controversial military actions of the Civil War and one on the "Moral and Religious Status of the African Race" after the war. The Addition of 2007 primarily contains correspondence of John Paris and his wife. Letters to John Paris are from other clergymen, family members, and parish members. Subjects include church finances, baptisms, funerals, the church's position on social matters such as slavery, and the growing separation of Christian sects. A 20 September 1864 letter from John Paris to his wife describes the Third Battle of Winchester, Va. There are also notebooks containing sermons, finanicial information, and notes that were kept by John Paris; daguerreotypes, ambrotypes (including one of an unidentified Confederate soldier), and tintypes possibly of Paris family members; financial records of John Paris; and other items.
Creator Paris, John, 1828-1905.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
RESTRICTED: Volumes may not be photocopied.
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 John Paris Papers #575, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Partial microfilm copy (filmed August 2003) available.
  • Reel 1: Folders 1-4
Acquisitions Information
Received from Minnie Paris of Rocky Mount, N.C., before 1940. Addition received from Margo Wilslow Wiley Bennett in October 2007 (Acc. 100801).
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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John Paris (1809-1883) was a Methodist Episcopal minister of Guilford County, N.C., author of religious works, and a Confederate Army chaplain.

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The collection includes diaries, writings, and correspondence, 1828-1871, of Methodist Episcopal minister John Paris of Guilford County, N.C. Within the three-volume diary is a brief diary, January-June 1863, of Jacob Pearch, a soldier in the 110th Ohio Infantry Regiment. Beginning on 12 June 1863, diary entries appear to have been written by John Paris. Ten of the twelve letters deal with the sale of Paris's religious books in the 1850s. Also included are seven brief essays, six on controversial military actions of the Civil War and one on post-war African Americans, called the "Moral and Religious Status of the African Race." The Addition of 2007 primarily contains correspondence of John Paris and his wife. Letters to John Paris are from other clergymen, family members, and parish members. Subjects include church finances, baptisms, funerals, the church's position on social matters such as slavery, and the growing separation of Christian sects. A 20 September 1864 letter from John Paris to his wife describes the Third Battle of Winchester, Va. There are also notebooks containing sermons, finanicial information, and notes that were kept by John Paris; daguerreotypes, ambrotypes (including one of an unidentified Confederate soldier), and tintypes possibly of Paris family members; financial records of John Paris; and other items.

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Contents list

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About 25 items.

Diary, writings, and correspondence, 1828-1871, of John Paris. The three-volume diary contains a brief diary, January-June 1863, of Jacob Pearch, a soldier in the 110th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Beginning on 12 June 1863, the diary entries appear to have been written by John Paris. Ten of the twelve letters deal with the sale of Paris's religious books in the 1850s. Also included are seven brief essays, six on controversial military actions of the Civil War and one on the "Moral and Religious Status of the African Race" after the war.

Folder 1

1828-1871 #00575, Series: "Original Deposit, 1828-1871." Folder 1

Folder 2

Volume 1. Diary, 1863 #00575, Series: "Original Deposit, 1828-1871." Folder 2

Folder 3

Volume 2. Diary, 1864 #00575, Series: "Original Deposit, 1828-1871." Folder 3

Folder 4

Volume 3. Diary, 1865 #00575, Series: "Original Deposit, 1828-1871." Folder 4

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About 100 items.

Folders 5-9: Correspondence, 1828-1905 and undated

Primarily letters to John Paris and his wife, Addie Paris. Letters to John Paris are from other clergymen, family members, and parish members. Subjects include church finances, baptisms, and funerals. Letters also discuss the church's position on social matters such as slavery and the growing separation of Christian sects. There is also a letter dated 20 September 1864 from John Paris to his wife, in which he describes the Third Battle of Winchester, Va. Other letters are to Paris's wife regarding Paris's sickness and death.

Folder 5

1828-1864 #00575, Subseries: "Folders 5-9: Correspondence, 1828-1905 and undated" Folder 5

Folder 6

1870-1878 #00575, Subseries: "Folders 5-9: Correspondence, 1828-1905 and undated" Folder 6

Folder 7

1880-1889 #00575, Subseries: "Folders 5-9: Correspondence, 1828-1905 and undated" Folder 7

Folder 8

1890-1905 #00575, Subseries: "Folders 5-9: Correspondence, 1828-1905 and undated" Folder 8

Folder 9

Undated #00575, Subseries: "Folders 5-9: Correspondence, 1828-1905 and undated" Folder 9

Folder 10

"The rules for measuring corn houses" #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 10

Notebook containing word problems with mathematical equations underneath. There are also lines and sermons from specific services that John Paris performed, including a wedding and a funeral, and birth and death dates of Paris family members.

Folder 11

Notebook, 1858 #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 11

Notebook belonging to John Paris containing financial information, contacts, and notes.

Folder 12

Notebook, 1880 #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 12

Notebook belonging to John Paris containing financial information, contacts, and notes.

Folder 13

Fragments #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 13

Includes pieces of letters and documents relating to Paris family members.

Folder 14

Printed materials #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 14

Contains a pamphlet on southern herbs and roots, an unidentified review of a book on sermons at infant baptisms, and a fragment from a printed work.

Folder 15

Receipts and financial records, 1860-1903 #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 15

Folder 16

Newspaper clippings, 1883-1884 #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 16

Folder 17

Other papers #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." Folder 17

Contains an unidentified sermon or poem and an obituary, possibly for John Paris.

Special Format Image SF-P-575/1

Daguerreotype of an unidentified man, possibly John Paris #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/1

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Tintype of an unidentified man, possibly John Paris #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/2

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Tintype of an unidentified man, possibly John Paris #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/3

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Tintype of Mary Ellen Paris #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/4

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Daguerreotype of an unidentified woman and an unidentified girl #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/5

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Ambrotype of unidentified girl #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/6

This girl does not appear to be the same girl as in SF-P-575/5 or SF-P-575/7.

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Ambrotype of unidentified girl #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/7

This girl does not appear to be the same girl as in SF-P-575/5 or SF-P-575/7.

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Ambrotype of unidentified woman #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/8

This woman does not appear to be the same woman as depicted in SF-P-575/4 or SF-P-575/5.

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Ambrotype of unidentified man wearing a Confederate soldier uniform #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/9

This man does not appear to be the same man as in SF-P-575/1-3.

Special Format Image SF-P-575/10

Tintype of two unidentified men #00575, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100801), 1828-1905." SF-P-575/10

These men do not appear to be the same men as depicted in SF-P-575/1-3 or SF-P-575/9.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: Linda Sellars, 2003

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

Revisions: Updated in December 2007 by Kathryn Roth because of addition

The addition of October 2007 has not been incoporated into the original deposit of material.

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009

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