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Collection Number: 03956

Collection Title: William Henry Snow Papers, 1831-1902; 1934.

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 170 items)
Abstract William Henry Snow, originally from Vermont, went to Australia in the 1850s to oversee telegraph construction, served in the 6th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War, and was a pioneer in the wood products industry in High Point, N.C. The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal papers, and other items of members of the Snow family and Tomlinson family, primarily of Guilford County, N.C., and of David Jordan of Guilford County and Davidson County, N.C. Included are three letters, 1853, from William Henry Snow, one written in the Cape Verde Islands and two in Australia, discussing natural surroundings and the possibility of settling in Australia; six Civil War letters from Snow concerning his military experiences in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment; scattered Snow and Tomlinson family correspondence; miscellaneous business and legal papers, chiefly 1840-1865, of Josiah Tomlinson, Clarkson Tomlinson, William S. Tomlinson, and David Jordan, including a few items relating to Jordan's work as a teacher in common schools in Davidson County, and about forty items, 1856-1860, relating to a lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Randolph County, N.C.
Creator Snow, William Henry, 1825-1902.
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 William Henry Snow Papers, #3956, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Shelley Bencini of Chapel Hill, N.C., October 1972.
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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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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William Henry Snow (1825-1902), originally from Vermont, went to Australia in the 1850s to oversee telegraph construction, served in the 6th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War, and was a pioneer in the wood products industry in High Point, N.C.

Some members of the Tomlinson family of Guilford County, N.C., were Clarkson Tomlinson, postmaster at Bloomington, N.C.; Josiah Tomlinson; and William S. Tomlinson.

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The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal papers, and other items of members of the Snow and Tomlinson families chiefly of Guilford County, N.C., and of David Jordan of Guilford County and Davidson County, N.C. Included are three letters, 1853, from William Henry Snow, one written in the Cape Verde Islands and two in Australia, discussing natural surroundings and the possibility of settling in Australia; six Civil War letters from Snow concerning his military experiences in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment; scattered Snow and Tomlinson family correspondence; miscellaneous business and legal papers, chiefly 1840-1865, of Josiah Tomlinson, Clarkson Tomlinson, William S. Tomlinson, and David Jordan, including a few items relating to Jordan's work as a teacher in common schools in Davidson County, and about forty items, 1856-1860, relating to a lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Randolph County, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Snow Family Series, 1853-1902; 1934.

About 30 items.

This series includes a typed biographical sketch of William Henry Snow; three letters, 1853, from Snow while in the Cape Verde Islands and Australia, discussing natural surroundings and the possibility of settling in Australia; and six Civil War letters written while he was serving in the 6th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in Suffolk, Va., and New Bern, Plymouth, Morehead City, and Kinston, N.C. There are also scattered family communications and a few miscellaneous financial, legal, and genealogical items.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03956, Series: "1. Snow Family Series, 1853-1902; 1934." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1853-1902, 1934 #03956, Series: "1. Snow Family Series, 1853-1902; 1934." Folder 1

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About 140 items.

Chiefly miscellaneous business papers of several members of the Tomlinson family including Josiah, Allen, William, Enos, Clarkson, and William S. Tomlinson of Guilford County, N.C., and of partnerships and firms with which they were involved. Interfiled with the series are scattered papers, 1850-1884, of David Jordan, teacher in common schools in Davidson County, N.C., in the 1850s, employee of the North Carolina Railroad during the Civil War, and later justice of the peace in Guilford County, N.C. There is also a group of papers, 1856-1860, related to the Uarrie (or Uwharee) Lodge 58, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Randolph County, N.C., chiefly concerned with the erection of a building and issues of membership.

Folder 2

1831-1839 #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1846-1849 #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1850-1857 #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1858-1860 #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1861-1862 #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1863-1865 #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1866-1887 and undated #03956, Series: "2. Tomlinson Family Series, 1831-1887 and undated." Folder 8

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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