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Collection Number: 00693-z

Collection Title: Thomas Steele Diary, 1854-1856

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Abstract Thomas Steele was a planter at Woodland, near Cheraw (Chesterfield County), S.C. The collection is a plantation diary, 1854-1856, of Thomas Steele containing almost daily entries recounting planting, cultivating, and harvesting cotton, corn, wheat, oats, and other crops; activities and health of slaves; activities of overseers; and discussion of farm animals, including mules, hogs, and dogs; construction projects; financial transactions; neighbors; cures; weather; and Steele's health. Steele apparently had two children, Willie and Eugene, whom he occasionally mentions sending to school.
Creator Steele, Thomas, fl. 1854-1856.
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 Thomas Steele Diary #693-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Kate Shepherd Bennett of Wadesboro, North Carolina, in 1930.
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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Thomas Steele, planter at Woodland, near Cheraw, Chesterfield County, S.C.

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Plantation diary, 1854-1856, of Thomas Steele, 153 pages. Almost daily entries recount planting, cultivating, and harvesting cotton, corn, wheat, oats, and other crops; activities and health of slaves; activities of overseers; farm animals, including mules, hogs, and dogs; construction projects; financial transactions; neighbors; cures; weather; and Steele's health. Steele apparently had two children, Willie and Eugene, whom he occasionally mentions sending to school.

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Processed by: Lisa Tolbert, June 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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