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Collection Number: 00663

Collection Title: Shotwell Family Papers, 1829-1930 (bulk 1829-1887).

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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 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Nathan Shotwell was a Presbyterian minister who held pulpits in antebellum Virginia and North Carolina and in Tennessee after the Civil War. His son, Randolph Abbott Shotwell (1844-1885) was a Confederate officer, North Carolina editor, and politician prominent on the conservative side of Reconstruction. The collection contains personal correspondence, sermons, and notes of the Reverend Nathan Shotwell and correspondence and scrapbooks of his son, Randolph Abbott Shotwell. More than half the collection comprises manuscript sermons and sermon notes by Nathan Shotwell. Other papers include Nathan Shotwell's correspondence about church matters and with his relatives in Washington County, Pa., and in New Jersey. Randolph Abbott Shotwell's correspondence includes letters from Jonathan Worth, Zebulon Baird Vance, and others discussing Reconstruction politics in North Carolina and Shotwell's arrest in 1871 for Ku-Klux Klan activities. An undated letter to Shotwell from an unidentified correspondent details Ku Klux Klan activity in Gaston County, N.C.
Creator Shotwell family.



Shotwell, Nathan.



Shotwell, Randolph Abbott, 1844-1885.
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 Shotwell Family Papers, #663, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. F. A. Shotwell of Rogersville, Tenn., prior to 1940 and November 1943.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aa.
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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Nathan Shotwell was a Presbyterian minister who held pulpits in antebellum Virginia and North Carolina and in Tennessee after the Civil War. His son was Randolph Abbott Shotwell.

Randolph Abbott Shotwell (1844-1885) was a Confederate officer, North Carolina editor, and politician prominent on the conservative side of Reconstruction. After the Civil War he became a member of the Ku Klux Klan and in 1871 was imprisoned in connection with Klan activities. He was subsequently pardoned by Ulysses S. Grant and returned to politics.

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The collection includes personal correspondence, sermons, and notes of the Reverend Nathan Shotwell and correspondence and scrapbooks of his son, Randolph Abbott Shotwell. More than half the collection comprises manuscript sermons and sermon notes by Nathan Shotwell. Other papers include Nathan Shotwell's correspondence about church matters and with his relatives in Washington County, Pa., and in New Jersey. Randolph Abbott Shotwell's correspondence includes letters from Jonathan Worth, Zebulon Baird Vance, and others discussing Reconstruction politics in North Carolina and Shotwell's arrest in 1871 for Ku Klux Klan activities. An undated letter to Shotwell from an unidentified correspondent details Ku Klux Klan activity in Gaston County, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated.

Series includes correspondence, sermons, notes, lectures, and clippings of Nathan Shotwell. Correspondence is chiefly on religious topics but there are also a few personal and buisiness letters. There is one letter, 1871, from Randolph Abbott Shotwell while imprisoned in connection with Ku Klux Klan activities.

Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a

Introductory material #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1829-1839 #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

1840-1859 #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1860-1930 #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 3

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Undated #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 4

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Folder 21

Sermons #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 5-21

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Folder 25

Clippings #00663, Series: "1. Nathan Shotwell Papers, 1829-1930 and undated." Folder 22-25

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Series inlcudes correspondence and scrapbooks of Randolph A Shotwell. The correspondence is chiefly political, discussing taxes and Reconstruction in North Carolina and his arrest in 1871 for Ku Klux Klan activities. An undated letter to Shotwell from an unidentified correspondent details Ku Klux Klan activity in Gaston County, N.C. Among the correspondents are Johnathan Worth, Zebulon Baird Vance, Thomas F. Drayton, J. O. Graham, F. B. McDowell, Joseph H. Worth, W. L. McIntire, Henry K. Nash, Nathan Shotwell, Frances C. Fisher, Christian Reid, W. J. Green, E. J. Holt, M. McGehee, J. W. Harper, A. W. Graham, A. M. Scales, Walter Clark, and J. W. Blount.

Folder 26

1868-1879 #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 26

Folder 27

1880-1885 #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 27

Folder 28

Undated #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 1: Scrapbook #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 2: Scrapbook #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 3: Scrapbook #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 4: Scrapbook #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 5: Scrapbook #00663, Series: "2. Randolph A. Shotwell Papers, 1868-1885." Folder 33

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 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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