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Collection Number: 02328

Collection Title: J. G. M. Ramsey Papers, 1789-1944.

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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 100 items)
Abstract J. G. M. (James Gettys McGready) Ramsey (1797-1884) was a historian, railroad director, banker, and physician, of Knoxville, Tenn. The collection is in part typed transcript and microfilm copies. Papers include Ramsey's autobiography and very scattered letters and papers by or concerning him and members of his family, including a copy of a brief Civil War diary, mainly 1864-1866, of his wife, Margaret B. (Crozier) Ramsey, in Tennessee and as a refugee in North Carolina; clippings; Alexander family writings; Civil War recollections, "Our Women in the War," by Sue (Ramsey) Alexander; and genealogical notes on the Alexander family and Ramsey family.
Creator Ramsey, J. G. M. (James Gettys McGready), 1797-1884.
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 J. G. M. Ramsey Papers, #2328, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm and typed transcripts of some items available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from James R. Alexander of Charlotte, N.C., March 1941. Additions received from Eula T. Jarnagin of Signal Mountain, Tenn., June 1950; and purchased February 1957.
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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James Gettys McGready Ramsey (1797-1884) was a historian, railroad director, banker, and physician, of Knoxville, Tenn. He was the author of The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century. His wife was Margaret B. Crozier Ramsey.

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The collection is in part typed transcript and microfilm copies. Papers include Ramsey's autobiography and very scattered letters and papers by or concerning him and members of his family, including a copy of a brief Civil War diary, mainly 1864-1866, of his wife, Margaret B. (Crozier) Ramsey, in Tennessee and as a refugee in North Carolina; clippings; Alexander family writings; Civil War recollections, "Our Women in the War," by Sue (Ramsey) Alexander; and genealogical notes on the Alexander and Ramsey families. A few letters, 1858, written by Ramsey outline a pro-slavery argument and discuss industrial development and other socio-political issues. Other papers briefly mention railroad extension, and Ramsey's education and historical works.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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