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Collection Number: 03647

Collection Title: Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912).

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 processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Richmond Pearson of Asheville, N.C., was a lawyer; United States consul in Belgium; Democratic North Carolina representative, 1884-1886; Republican United States representative, 1895-1899 and 1900-1901; consul in Genoa, Italy; minister to Persia, Greece, and Montenegro; and supporter of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party campaign in 1912. The collection contains papers, chiefly 1872-1912, pertaining to Pearson's public activities, especially congressional campaigns, Republican-Populist fusion, and the Progressive campaign, with little on legislative and foreign service. Also included are Pearson's accounts as executor of the estate of his father, Richmond Mumford Pearson (1805-1878); and scrapbooks of clippings relating to a controversy over a stock and fence law and challenges to duels, and on Pearson's campaigns and legislative service.
Creator Pearson, Richmond, 1852-1923.
Language English
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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 Richmond Pearson Papers, #3647, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available of papers related to politics, 1895-1902.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1963
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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Richmond Pearson of Asheville, N.C., was a lawyer; United States consul in Belgium; Democratic North Carolina representative, 1884-1886; Republican United States representative, 1895-1899 and 1900-1901; consul in Genoa, Italy; minister to Persia, Greece, and Montenegro; and supporter of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party campaign in 1912.

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The collection contains papers, chiefly 1872-1912, pertaining to Pearson's public activities, especially congressional campaigns, Republican-Populist fusion, and the Progressive campaign, with little on legislative and foreign service. Also included are Pearson's accounts as executor of the estate of his father, Richmond Mumford Pearson (1805-1878); and scrapbooks of clippings relating to a controversy over a stock and fence law and challenges to duels, and on Pearson's campaigns and legislative service.

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Contents list

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About 350 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1852-1877 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 1

Folder 2

1878 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 2

Folder 3

1880-1885 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 3

Folder 4

1886-1889 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 4

Folder 5

1890-1891 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 5

Folder 6

1892-1893 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 6

Folder 7

1894 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 7

Folder 8

1895-1896 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 8

Folder 9

1897-1899 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 9

Folder 10

1900 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 10

Folder 11

1901-1907 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 11

Folder 12

1908-November 1911 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 12

Folder 13

December 1911-1913; 1923; 1938; 1940 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 13

Folder 14

Material on congressional campaigns #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 14

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 15-16

Folder 17

Printed items and clippings #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 17

Image Folder PF-3647/1

Engraving of Richmond Pearson's portrait (four copies) #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." PF-3647/1

Postcard picture of Magnolia Grove, Greensboro, Ala. #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." PF-3647/1

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-3647/1

Plans for houses for Pearson in Asheville, N.C., and for a monument to his father, Chief Justice Richmond Mumford Pearson #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." XOPF-3647/1

Folder 18

Volume 1: Accounts of Pearson as his father's executor, 1878-1883 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 2: Scrapbook, 1885-1886 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 19

Contains clippings relating to a controversy with Johnstone Jones over a Buncombe County stock and fence law, and to challenges with Jones and R. Y. McAden.

Folder 20

Volume 3: Scrapbook, 1886-1894 #03647, Series: "Richmond Pearson Papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912)." Folder 20

Contains clippings on campaigns and legislative service.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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