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Collection Number: 00645

Collection Title: Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910.

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 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 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,000 items)
Abstract Daniel Lindsay Russell was a Wilmington, N.C. lawyer; Confederate Army officer; Republican leader of eastern North Carolina; judge; United States Representative, 1879-1881; and Republican-Populist governor, 1897-1901. Half of the collection consists of papers, 1900-1905, related to the South Dakota Bond Case, a famous and complicated litigation over North Carolina's repudiation of bonds issued during Reconstruction. Correspondents include Marion Butler, Alfred Russell, and Addison G. Ricard. The collection includes extensive political correspondence, chiefly 1874-1897, about the efforts to strengthen the Republican Party in North Carolina. Other papers include correspondence with Russell's New York cotton brokers; papers concerning his Confederate Army court martial, 1863-1864; a biography of Russell by two friends, Louis Goodman and Alice Sawyer Cooper (typescript, 111 pages); and a biography of his wife, Sarah Amanda (Sanders) Russell (1844-1913). Also included is some correspondence with his law partner, Louis Goodman.
Creator Russell, Daniel Lindsay, 1845-1908.
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 Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, #645, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frances Sawyer of New York, N.Y., prior to 1940.
Additional materials received from Mrs. Louis Goodman of Wilmington, N.C., 1959; and Mrs. Hal B. Cooper of Limon and Brandon, Fla., 1959, June and August 1964, July 1966, and November 1973.
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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Daniel Lindsay Russell (1845-1908) was a Wilmington, N.C. lawyer; Confederate Army officer; Republican leader of eastern North Carolina; judge; United States Representative, 1879-1881; and Republican-Populist governor, 1897-1901. Russell was educated by private teachers and also at the Bingham School in Orange County, N.C. He enrolled at the University of North Carolina, but when the Civil War broke out a few months later, he returned to Wilmington to raise a company. He achieved the rank of captain but was court-martialed in 1863 on charges by William M. Swann for conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline and with insubordination. As a result of subsequent escalation, Russell was sentenced to death, however, the sentence was commuted by President Jefferson Davis and in late 1864 Russell was restored to his command. After the war, Russell was admitted to the bar in North Carolina and became a Republican leader in North Carolina, holding various public offices including those mentioned above.

His wife was Sarah Amanda Sanders Russell (1844-1913), a native of Onslow County, N.C., and daugther of Isaac Newton Sanders and Caroline Burns Sanders.

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Half of the collection consists of papers, 1900-1905, related to the South Dakota Bond Case, a famous and complicated litigation over North Carolina's repudiation of bonds issued during Reconstruction. Correspondents include Marion Butler, Alfred Russell, and Addison G. Ricard. The collection includes extensive political correspondence, chiefly 1874-1897, about the efforts to strengthen the Republican Party in North Carolina. Some items also discuss voting fraud, campaign tactics, and other political maneuvers. Other papers include correspondence with Russell's New York cotton brokers relating market conditions; papers concerning his Confederate Army court martial, 1863-1865; a biography of Russell by two friends, Louis Goodman and Alice Sawyer Cooper (typescript, 111 pages); and a biography of his wife, Sarah Amanda (Sanders) Russell. Also included is some correspondence with his law partner, Louis Goodman.

Prominent correspondents include Thomas C. Fuller, W. H. Whiting, Zebulon B. Vance, George Little, James H. Hill, R. T. Bennett, A. H. Perry, C. R. Thomas, Tazewell L. Hargrove, Rufus Clay Barringer, Thomas Richard Purnell, John Pool, Jonathan W. Albertson, Fabius Haywood Busbee, Jeter Conley Pritchard, Richmond Pearson, and Walter McKenzie Clark.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1839-1840, 1863-1865 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1874 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

1875-1879 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1880 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 5-7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1881 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 8-9

Folder 10-13

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

1882 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 10-13

Folder 14

1883 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1884-1889 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1890-1895 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 16

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Folder 19

1896 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 16-19

Folder 19

1897-1899 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20-25

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Folder 25

1900 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 20-25

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Folder 36

1901 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 26-36

Folder 37-52

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Folder 52

1902 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 37-52

Folder 53-56

Folder 53

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Folder 56

1903 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 53-56

Folder 57-62

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Folder 62

1904 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 57-62

Folder 63-81

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Folder 81

1905 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 63-81

Folder 82-85

Folder 82

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Folder 84

Folder 85

1906 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 82-85

Folder 86

1907 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 86

Folder 87

1908 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 87

Folder 88

1909 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 88

Folder 89

1910-1911, 1945 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 89

Image Folder PF-645/1

Photographs #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." PF-645/1

Includes photographs of Daniel L. Russell and family members and plantations including Winnabow, Belleville, and Palo Alto.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-645/1

Oversize papers #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." X-OPF-645/1

Includes a manuscript map of Belleville in Burnswick County, N.C., home of Daniel L. Russell form 1901-1908, drawn with features as they appeared in 1906 by Daniel R. Sawyer in June 1966.

Folder 89

Biographical sketch #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 89

Folder 90-91

Folder 90

Folder 91

Undated legal papers #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 90-91

Folder 92

Undated correspondence #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 92

Folder 93

Undated memoranda #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 93

Folder 94

"Sarah Amanda Sanders Russell: First Lady of North Carolina, 1897-1901," 1973 #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 94

Folder 95

"Daniel Lindsay Russell: A Family and Friend's Memoir" #00645, Series: "Daniel Lindsay Russell Papers, 1839-1910 and undated." Folder 95

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 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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