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Collection Number: 01170-z

Collection Title: Mary Fries Patterson Diary, 1863-1864; 1911

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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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Abstract Mary E. Fries of Salem, N.C., married Rufus L. Patterson (1830-1879) in 1864. The collection is a diary, 1863-1864 and 1911, of Mary Fries Patterson. The earlier volume covers the period of Fries's engagement. Daily entries record visits from her fiance, friends, and relatives, activities at the Presbyterian and Moravian churches, meetings of the Relief Society, and news of Confederate soldiers, as well as her wedding preparations. Both her fiance and her father, Francis Fries, were manufacturers. Entries in the later volume, covering July-December 1911, deal with daily activities, travels, and visits.
Creator Patterson, Mary Fries, 1844-1927.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Mary Fries Patterson Diary, #1170-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcription of 1863-1864 volume is available.
Acquisitions Information
Unknown
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Mary E. Fries (1844-1927), of Salem, N.C., married Rufus L. Patterson, a manufacturer, in 1864.

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The collection is the diary, 1863-1864 and 1911, of Mary Fries Patterson. The early volume covers the period of her engagement, August 1863-June 1864. Daily entries record her activities and local events, including visits from her fiance, friends, and relatives, activities at the Presbyterian and Moravian churches, meetings of the Relief Society, neighborhood happenings, weddings, and funerals. She describes aspects of the war that enter her daily life including the travel of Confederate troops through Salem, N.C.; concerts given by regimental bands; and news of dead and wounded among her acquaintances. Frequent mention is made of the members of the Fries, Vogler, Bahnson, Shober, Lemly and other families. Entries in the later volume, covering July-December 1911, deal with daily activities, travels, and visits.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 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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