unc logo

Collection Number: 03971

Collection Title: James Welch Patton Papers, 1948-1973

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.


expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size About 2,500 items (4.5 linear feet)
Abstract James Welch Patton (1900-1973) was the director of the Southern Historical Collection, 1948-1967, and history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1948-1973. The papers contain correspondence and manuscripts of published and unpublished writings, 1948-1973. Correspondence concerns Patton's work at the Southern Historical Collection; his career as a history professor and historian; his membership in numerous organizations, including the Southern Historical Association; and his publications. Writings include manuscripts and other items relating to The Messages, Addresses, and Public Papers of Luther H. Hodges, Governor of North Carolina, 1954-1961 ; Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmonston, 1860-1861; Notable American Women, 1607-1950; "The Diocese of North Carolina, 1861-1833"; and an introduction that Patton wrote for E. M. Coulter's William Montague Browne, Versatile Anglo-Irish American, 1823-1883. There are also papers relating to the formation, activities, and disbanding of the North Carolina Civil War Round Table.
Creator Patton, James Welch, 1900- .
Language English.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

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 Welch Patton Papers #3971, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Mrs. James W. Patton in 1973 and transferred from University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in September 1999 (Acc. 98442).
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.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

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.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

James Welch Patton (1900-1973) grew up in Tennessee. He was graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He taught history at Georgia State Women's College, 1925-1927; the Citadel, 1929-1930; Wittenberg College, 1930-1931; Converse College, 1931-1942; and North Carolina State University, where he was the head of the History Department, 1942-1948. In 1948, Patton returned to the University of North Carolina. He served as the head of the Southern Historical Collection until 1967; he taught history until he retired shortly before his death in 1973.

Patton authored and edited numerous publications, including The Messages, Addresses, and Public Papers of Luther H. Hodges, Governor of North Carolina, 1954-1961 (1960-1963) and Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmonston, 1860-1861 (1979). He was active in the Southern Historical Association, serving as president in 1956. Patton also served as president of the South Carolina Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, and the Historical Society of North Carolina. He was also a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

The James Welch Patton papers contain correspondence and manuscripts of published and unpublished writings, 1948-1973. Correspondence concerns Patton's work at the Southern Historical Collection, his career as a history professor and historian, his membership in numerous organizations, and his publications. Topics include the English-Speaking Union, the Historical Markers Commission, the Historical Society of North Carolina, the Francis B. Simkins Memorial, and the Southern Historical Association.

Patton's writings include manuscripts and other items relating to his work on The Messages, Addresses, and Public Papers of Luther H. Hodges, Governor of North Carolina, 1954-1961 and Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmonston, 1860-1861. Also included are materials relating to Notable American Women, 1607-1950; "The Diocese of North Carolina, 1861-1833"; and an introduction that Patton wrote for E. M. Coulter's William Montague Browne, Versatile Anglo-Irish American, 1823-1883.

The addition of September 1999 includes professional and personal correspondence, 1948-1967, including items relating to the formation, activities, and disbanding of the North Carolina Civil War Round Table.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series Quick Links

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1948-1973.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Correspondence, 1948-1973, of James Welch Patton concerning his work at the Southern Historical Collection, his career as a historian, memberships in organizations, and publications. Correspondence is divided into general and subject files. Topics in the subject files include the English-Speaking Union, the Historical Markers Commission, the Historical Society of North Carolina, the Francis B. Simkins Memorial, and the Southern Historical Association.

Box 1

Correspondence, General, A-Z #03971, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-1973." Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence, Subject, A-E #03971, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-1973." Box 2

Box 3

Correspondence, Subject, E-W #03971, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-1973." Box 3

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Writings and Related Materials.

Manuscripts and materials related to the published and unpublished writings of James Welch Patton. Included are drafts and other items from Patton's work on the Luther H. Hodges papers and the Catherine Ann Devereux Edmonston diary. Also included are materials relating to Notable American Women, 1607-1950; "The Diocese of North Carolina, 1861-1933"; and an introduction that Patton wrote for E. M. Coulter's William Montague Browne, Versatile Anglo-Irish American, 1823-1883.

Box 4

Miscellaneous notes; Hodges papers, 1960-1961 #03971, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials." Box 4

Box 5

Hodges papers, 1961-1964 and undated; Notable American Women; Edmonston diary, pp. 1-300 #03971, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials." Box 5

Box 6

Edmonston diary, pp. 301-1050 #03971, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials." Box 6

Box 7

Edmonston diary, pp. 1051-1123; Edmonston diary footnotes, 1860-1863 #03971, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials." Box 7

Box 8

Edmonston diary footnotes, 1864-1866 #03971, Series: "2. Writings and Related Materials." Box 8

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Additions.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Items separated include pictures (P-3971) and oversize papers (OP-3971).

Back to Top