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Collection Number: 01419

Collection Title: Andrew Henry Patterson Papers, 1902-1925; 1964

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 52 items)
Abstract Andrew Henry Patterson (1870-1928) was a professor of physics at the University of North Carolina and a cooperative observer for the Weather Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture. The collection includes correspondence of Andrew Henry Patterson and members of his family, and weather records made by Patterson. Included are family and personal letters of Patterson; his parents, Mary Fries and Rufus L. Patterson; and his grandparents, Phoebe Caroline Jones and Samuel F. Patterson. Among the earlier letters are some apparently written in North Carolina during the Civil War by Samuel F. Patterson and others about impressment of crops and livestock, rumors of Union Army movements, and the advisability of travel. The majority of the later letters are from Andrew H. Patterson in Chapel Hill, N.C., to his mother, giving news of his family, the University of North Carolina, and life in Chapel Hill. There are seven volumes, 1908-1920, of daily records of temperature, rain, and wind at Chapel Hill. The records were kept by Patterson as a cooperative observer for the United States Weather Bureau.
Creator Patterson, Andrew Henry, 1870-1928.
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 Andrew Henry Patterson Papers, #1419, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received 1947, 1952.
Loan from Mary Patterson Fisher of Chapel Hill, N.C., August 1956.
Received from Lelia Graham Marsh of Winston-Salem, N.C., May 1964.
Received from Howard A. Patterson of New York, N.Y., November 1977.
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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Andrew Henry Patterson (1870-1928) was a professor of physics at the University of North Carolina and a cooperative observer for the Weather Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture.

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The collection includes correspondence of Andrew Henry Patterson and members of his family, and weather records made by Patterson. Included are family and personal letters of Patterson; his parents, Mary Fries and Rufus L. Patterson; and his grandparents, Phoebe Caroline Jones and Samuel F. Patterson. Among the earlier letters are some apparently written in North Carolina during the Civil War by Samuel F. Patterson and others about impressment of crops and livestock, rumors of Union Army movements, and the advisability of travel. The majority of the later letters are from Andrew H. Patterson in Chapel Hill, N.C., to his mother, giving news of his family, the University of North Carolina, and life in Chapel Hill. There are seven volumes, 1908-1920, of daily records of temperature, rain, and wind at Chapel Hill. The records were kept by Patterson as a cooperative observer for the United States Weather Bureau. There is also a typescript copy of an address delivered by Patterson, 1902, at the Salem Academy and College entitled "The Planet Mars--Is it inhabited?"

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2009

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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