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Collection Number: 02999

Collection Title: W.N. Sheats Papers, 1872-1922; 1949 (bulk 1911-1922)

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 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,000 items)
Abstract W.N. Sheats was Florida's superintendent of public instruction, 1893-1905 and 1913-1922. The collection contains correspondence, 1911-1922, between Sheats and Florida politicians, educators, campaign workers, personal friends, and others, concerned mainly with Sheats's successful campaigns for election as state superintendent of public instruction in 1912, 1916, and 1920. Campaign issues were the textbook system, records of the candidates, personalities involved, and the hiring of native Florida teachers, with the race issue and anti-Catholicism injected at intervals. Other papers concern the superintendent's office, Sheats's family, educational bills before the legislature, job appointments, and the Florida parole board. Items before 1911 are scant. Volumes include notebooks and personal accounts, 1872- 1875; scrapbooks, 1903-1922; and a copy of O. L. Parker's master's thesis, "William N. Sheats, Florida Educator" (University of Florida, 1949).
Creator Sheats, W. N. (William Nicholas), 1851-1922.
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 W.N. Sheats Papers, #2999, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
The Southern Historical Collection has a microfilm copy of the entire collection, except for Parker's thesis.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1954
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1.
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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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.

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W.N. Sheats was Florida's superintendent of public instruction, 1893-1905 and 1913-1922.

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The collection contains correspondence, 1911-1922, between Sheats and Florida politicians, educators, campaign workers, personal friends, and others, concerned mainly with Sheats's successful campaigns for election as state superintendent of public instruction in 1912, 1916, and 1920. Campaign issues were the textbook system, records of the candidates, personalities involved, and the hiring of native Florida teachers, with the race issue and anti-Catholicism injected at intervals. Other papers concern the superintendent's office, Sheats's family, educational bills before the legislature, job appointments, and the Florida parole board. Items before 1911 are scant. Volumes include notebooks and personal accounts, 1872- 1875; scrapbooks, 1903-1922; and a copy of O. L. Parker's master's thesis, "William N. Sheats, Florida Educator" (University of Florida, 1949).

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated.

About 2,000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

The correspondence chiefly concerns Sheats's successful campaigns for election as state superintendent of public instruction in 1912, 1916, and 1920. Also included are some campaign literature, personal and family correspondence (including letters of condolence to Sheats's widow in 1922), and papers concerning prisoners' paroles. Folder 62 contains papers relating to the case of Samuel Cheatham, the son of a friend of Sheats, who was imprisoned for shooting and subsequently robbing the owner of a pawn shop.

Folder 1

1892-1908 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1910 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

January-November 1911 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

December 1911 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

January-February 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

March 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

April 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1-14 May 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

15-27 May 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

28-31 May 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1-8 June 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

9-30 June 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

July-December 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Campaign papers, undated 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Fragments, 1912 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

January-March 1913 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

April 1913 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

May 1913 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

June 1913 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

July-December 1913 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

January-April 1914 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

May-July 1914 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

August-December 1914 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

January-April 1915 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

May-September 1915 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

October-December and undated 1915 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

January-February 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

March 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1-19 April 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

20-30 April 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1-14 May 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

15-24 May 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

25-31 May 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1-9 June 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

10-30 June 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

July-December 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Undated campaign papers and fragments, 1916 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

January-March 1917 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

April-May 1917 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

June-September 1917 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

October-December 1917 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

January-April 1918 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

May-December 1918 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

January-August 1919 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

September-October 1919 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

November-December 1919 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

January 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

February 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

March 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

April 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

1-18 May 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

19-31 May 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

1-14 June 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

15-30 June 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

July-September 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

October-December 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

Campaign papers, undated 1920 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

January-October 1921 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

November 1921-June 1922 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

July 1922-November 1948 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

Undated #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

Cheatham correspondence, 1913-1919 #02999, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1948 and undated." Folder 62

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, September 2010

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