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Collection Number: 01909

Collection Title: William D. Pruden Papers, 1812-1919 (bulk 1880-1919)

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.


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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract William Dossey Pruden, of Edenton, N.C., was a lawyer, an active Democrat, and the North Carolina member of the commission deciding the boundary between northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia in 1886-1888. Chiefly correspondence, 1880-1919, of Pruden with friends and legal colleagues relating to personal matters, national and state politics, business trends, social conditions, and other matters. Prohibition is mentioned frequently as is the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, for which Pruden was attorney. Of particular interest are 116 letters, received 1886-1888, about the work of the Boundary Commission. Also included is a book of personal accounts, 1867-1869, that contains an eight-page family history.
Creator Pruden, William D., 1847-1918.
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 William D. Pruden Papers, #1909, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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William Dossey Pruden, of Edenton, N.C., was a lawyer, an active Democrat, and the North Carolina member of the commission deciding the boundary between northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia in 1886-1888.

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Chiefly correspondence, 1880-1919, of Pruden with friends and legal colleagues relating to personal matters, national and state politics, business trends, social conditions, and other matters. Prohibition is mentioned frequently as is the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, for which Pruden was attorney. Much of the correspondence deals with Pruden's name being mentioned for possible positions as state and federal judge, North Carolina Supreme Court justice and Attorney General, and congratulations on his reelection as president of the North Carolina Bar Association. Of particular interest are 116 letters, received by Pruden from 1886-1888, about the work of the Virginia and North Carolina Boundary Commission. Also included is a book of personal accounts, 1867-1869, that contains an eight-page family history.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1812-1879 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 1

Reel 1

Book of personal accounts, 1867-1869 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Reel 1

Microfilm only. Also contains an eight-page family history and undated legal memoranda.

Folder 2

1880-1882 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1883-1884 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4a

1885-July 1886 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 4a

Folder 4b

August-December 1886 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 4b

Folder 4c

1887 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 4c

Folder 4d

January-February 1888 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 4d

Folder 4e

March-May 1888 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 4e

Folder 4f

June-December 1888 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 4f

Folder 5

1889 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1890-1892 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1903-1909 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1910-1913 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1914-1915 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1916 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1917-1919 #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Undated #01909, Series: "Papers, 1812-1819 and undated." Folder 12

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, February 2010

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