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Collection Number: 05181

Collection Title: Emily London Short Papers, 1860-1972

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract Emily London Short was born Emily London Harriss in 1923, in Wilmington, N.C. She was married to Dugald Stewart III in 1946, in Laurinburg, N.C. Short studied the family histories of her mother Margaret Cronly Harriss's family (the Cronly family), her grandmother Eliza London Cronly's family (the London family), and her maternal great-grandparents' families (the Jones family). The collection includes correspondence, pictures, and other materials, 1860-1972, relating to Emily London Short and her family. Correspondence is chiefly about family matters and daily life. Letters of interest include ones that Robert London's wrote to his family while in the military, 1870s-1890s. In the 1870s, Mauger London spent a time in New York City and wrote several letters to his daughter Eliza including comments on construction projects in New York City and inventions such as steam heating and elevators. Other materials include legal documents, clippings and articles about family members, household inventories and recipes, and other items. There are also pictures of Emily London Short, her family members, and a house and a ship connected to her family.
Creator Short, Emily London, 1923-
Language English
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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 Emily London Short Papers #5181, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lawrence F. London of Chapel Hill, N.C., in August 2004 (Acc. 99912).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Emily London Short was born Emily London Harriss in 1923 in Wilmington, N.C. Short attended Woman's College at Greensboro and also studied in New Jersey. She was married to Dugald Stewart III in 1946 in Laurinburg, N.C. Stewart attended Davidson College and West Point Military Academy and served in the Army Air Corps. She is referred to as Emily London Stewart only once in the collection. Letters from the 1970s refer to her as Emily London Short or Mrs. Bennett Short. Her parents, Marion Sanders Harriss (b. 24 January 1889) and Margaret Cronly Harriss (b. 17 September 1893), were married on 28 November 1916. Short studied the family histories of her mother's family (the Cronly family), her grandmother Eliza London Cronly's family (the London family), and her maternal great-grandparents' families (the Jones family.)

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The Emily London Short papers consist of letters, pictures, and other materials, 1860-1972. Letters were sent to and from several people and mostly concern family matters and daily life in Wilmington, N.C., and Laurinburg, N.C. Letter writers include Mauger London, Pembroke Jones, Robert London, Fanny Barry, Joseph Murphy Cronly, Marion Sanders Harriss, and Mary Parke Keyes. Recipients include Mauger London, Emily B. London, Eliza London Cronly, Marion Sanders Harriss, Margaret Cronly Harriss, and Emily London Short. Letters of interest include ones that Robert London's wrote to his family while in the military, 1870s-1890s. In the 1870s, Mauger London spent a time in New York City and wrote several letters to his daughter Eliza including comments on construction projects in New York City and inventions such as steam heating and elevators. Letters from the early 1900s include a Thanksgiving menu from 1916, letters describing weddings, and a letter from Robert Harriss to his sister Margaret during the Depression about the lack of work in 1933. Many of the letters after the 1940s concern the genealogy of the London family and the Jones family.

Other materials include legal documents, clippings about family members, household inventories and recipes, and other items. Each category contains only a few items. Clippings, articles, and writings relate to Henry Armand London (1846-1918), Captain John Pembroke Jones (1825-1910), and Edith Ward London (1881-1933). There are obituaries for Captain John Jackson London, Fanny Barry, and Margaret Harriss. Also included is a wedding announcement from 1946 for Emily London Harriss's wedding to Dugald Stewart III.

The collection also contains pictures of Emily London Harriss Stewart Short, family members, and a house and ship connected to the family. Family members pictured include Captain Pembroke Jones; William Nehemiah Harriss; Robert London; Marion Sanders Harriss; and siblings Robert Cronly, Jean Cronly Boatwright, and Margaret Cronly Harriss.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1860-1972.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters mostly concern family matters and daily life. Some wedding and birth announcements are included. Letter writers in the late 1800s include Mauger London, Pembroke Jones, Robert London, and Fanny Barry. Recipients include Mauger London, his daughter Eliza London Cronly, and Emily B. London. Letters of interest include Robert London's letters to his family during his time in the military from the 1870s to the 1890s. He wrote about an impending war with Chilie in 1892 and his promotions. A Mr. Bargarin wrote to Mauger London about trying to sell his rice plantation in Charlotte County, Va., in 1867. In the 1870s, Mauger London spent time in New York City and wrote several letters to his daughter Eliza that include comments on construction projects in New York City and inventions such as steam heating and elevators. Mauger London later described the process of draining a canal in New York to his son Robert in 1901. Also included in this time period are undated sympathy calling cards.

Letter writers in the early 1900s include Joseph Murphy Cronly and Marion Sanders Harriss. Recipients include Eliza London Cronly and Margaret Cronly Harriss. Letters of note include a Thanksgiving menu from 1916, letters describing weddings, and a letter from Robert Harriss to his sister Margaret about the lack of work in 1933.

Recipients after 1940 include Margaret Cronly Harriss, Marion Sanders Harriss, and Emily London Short. Letters of note include those of genealogical interest, including some from Mary Parke Keyes to her cousin Emily London Short about the history of the London and Jones families. Marion Harriss received copies of baptism records from Saint James Church in Wilmington, N.C., and wrote notes about his name and family on one of them. Marion Harriss received letters and royalty checks in the 1960s from the University of North Carolina Press, which published Lawson's History of North Carolina, which his mother, Frances L. Harriss, had edited.

Folder 1

1860-1878 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 1

Folder 2

1884-1897 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 2

Digital version: Excerpt from the letter from Elisha Mitchell to John Ravenscroft, 8 February 1825

Documenting the American South

Folder 3

1901-1909 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 3

Folder 4

1916-1919 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 4

Folder 5

1920-1923 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 5

Folder 6

1926-1928 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 6

Folder 7

1930-1934 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 7

Folder 8

1942-1955 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 8

Folder 9

1963-1974 #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 9

Folder 10

Undated letters #05181, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1860-1972." Folder 10

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About 30 items.

Other materials include legal documents, clippings and articles about family members, household inventories, and recipes. Legal documents include inheritance tax documentation for Margaret Harriss from the estate of Fanny L. Barry, Eliza London Cronly's will, and Mary Cronly and Margaret Cronly's appointment of Margaret Harriss as their attorney in fact. Clippings, articles, and writings relate to Henry Armand London (1846-1918), Captain John Pembroke Jones (1825-1910), and Edith Ward London (1881-1933). There are obituaries for Captain John Jackson London, Fanny Barry, and Margaret Harriss. Also included is a wedding announcement from 1946 for Emily London Harriss's wedding to Dugald Stewart III. Household inventories with dates are dated 1944 and 1952. Also included is a list of names with items, possibly a gift list. Other items include Eliza London's grade report from 1879, a program for a play in 1908 featuring a Miss Jones, and a child's notebook belonging to Emily Harriss. Miscellaneous items include a copy of the London family coat of arms; sonnets by Glen Levin Swiggett; and a sermon called "Our Victory and Our Duty" from 1898 by Reverend P. H. Hoge, D. D., concerning the new roles of African Americans in society.

Folder 11

Legal materials #05181, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1898-1970." Folder 11

Folder 12

Clippings and articles #05181, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1898-1970." Folder 12

Folder 13

Inventories and recipes #05181, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1898-1970." Folder 13

Folder 14

Other personal items #05181, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1898-1970." Folder 14

Folder 15

Miscellaneous items #05181, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1898-1970." Folder 15

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About 30 items.

Pictures of Emily London Harriss Stewart Short and family members. Most photographs of Short are of her as a small child, there is one photograph of her as an adult. There are also pictures of siblings Robert Cronly, Jean Cronly Boatwright, and Margaret Cronly Harriss; Captain Pembroke Jones; William Nehemiah Harriss; Robert London; Marion Sanders Harriss; the Boatwright House labeled as "Homeplace of Emily Harriss"; and two pictures taken in 1893 of a ship labeled "Marion S. Harriss" from "the sailing fleet of Harriss."

Folder 16

Short, Emily London Harriss Stewart #05181, Series: "3. Pictures, 1859-1950s." Folder 16

Folder 17

Cronly, Robert, Jean, and Margaret #05181, Series: "3. Pictures, 1859-1950s." Folder 17

Folder 18

Other individuals #05181, Series: "3. Pictures, 1859-1950s." Folder 18

Folder 19

Unidentified individuals #05181, Series: "3. Pictures, 1859-1950s." Folder 19

Folder 20

House and boat #05181, Series: "3. Pictures, 1859-1950s." Folder 20

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Items separated include pictures (P-5181) and oversize papers (OP-5181).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton, December 2004

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, December 2004

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