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Collection Number: 00659-z

Collection Title: Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900.

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 30 items
Abstract Members of the Shelby family and the Hart family resided in Kentucky. Prominent family members include Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), a Revolutionary officer and the first governor of Kentucky, 1792-1796 and 1812-1816, and Nathaniel Hart (1734-1782), Revolutionary officer and pioneer. The collection includes biographical sketches, reminiscences, letters, and business papers involving Evan Shelby, Isaac Shelby, Nathaniel Hart, and their kin and associates, and clippings, 1899-1900. Many items concern lands claims and titles of members of the Hart family in Kentucky. Also included is a ten-page manuscript description by Isaac Shelby of the Battle of King's Mountain and other events of the Revolution in the South after 1780, and two related letters to him.
Creator Hart family.



Shelby family.



Hart, Nathaniel, 1734-1782.



Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826.
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 Shelby and Hart Family Papers, #659-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Some Shelby papers published in the Journal of Southern History IV (Aug 1938), p. 367-377.
Acquisitions Information
Formerly the Isaac Shelby Papers (#659). Additional material transferred from the Evan Shelby Papers (#926), and received from Mrs. Archibald Henderson of Chapel Hill, N.C., March 1973.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection 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 Shelby and Hart families resided in Kentucky. Prominent family members include Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), a Revolutionary officer and the first governor of Kentucky, 1792-1796 and 1812-1816, and Nathaniel Hart (1734-1782), Revolutionary officer and pioneer. Nathaniel Hart's daughter, Susanna, married Isaac Shelby in 1783.

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The collection includes biographical sketches, reminiscences, letters, and business papers involving Evan Shelby, Isaac Shelby, Nathaniel Hart (1734-1782), and their kin and associates, and clippings 1899-1900. Many items concern lands claims and titles of members of the Hart family in Kentucky. Also included is a ten-page manuscript description by Isaac Shelby of the Battle of King's Mountain and other events of the Revolution in the South after 1780, and two related letters to him.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

Original finding aid #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 1

Biographical sketches #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 1

Includes typed biographical sketches of Evan Shelby and Isaac Shelby.

Folder 2

Papers, 1775-1780 and undated #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 2

Includes business items of Nathaniel Hart and an incomplete manuscript written by one of his sons, discussing life in Kentucky, especially conflicts with Native Americans circa 1782-1795.

Folder 3

Papers, 1785-1813 #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 3

Includes correspondence, receipts, accounts, and personal bonds related to the affairs of Isaac Shelby, the Nathaniel Hart estate, Nathaniel Hart Junior, James and Lawrence Thompson, Thomas Hart, and others.

Folder 4

Papers, 1814 #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 4

Includes two letters from Isaac Shelby and a narrative by him of the battle of Kings Mountain, S.C., and other events of the American Revolution.

Notes and copies #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Broadside and clippings #00659-z, Series: "Shelby and Hart Family Papers, 1775-1814; 1899-1900 and undated." Folder 5

Includes clippings about "Spring Hill," home of the Hart family in Woodford County, Ky. There is also a broadside, 1791, which includes the text of a treaty with the Cherokee Nation.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

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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