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Collection Number: 03327

Collection Title: William Thomas Sutherlin Papers, 1842-1892.

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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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,150 items)
Abstract William Thomas Sutherlin (1822-1893) was a farmer, leaf tobacco dealer, and tobacco manufacturer of Danville, Va. He also served as mayor of Danville, president of the Danville Bank, a delegate to the Virginia secession convention, and a Confederate officer. The collection contains correspondence and other materials related to Sutherlin's businesses, including those of Sutherlin as tobacco manufacturer and distributor throughout the southeast; Confederate major and quartermaster at Danville; builder and operator of railroad lines in the vicinity of Danville; farmer, banker, capitalist; and holder of miscellaneous positions of trust in the community and state. The papers are concerned also with legislation affecting banking and railroads, current politics in relation to economic conditions, requests for political and economic patronage, loans, and other aid. The Civil War papers include letters from soldiers in Virginia, state legislators, and Confederate congressmen and businessmen, as well as papers relating to Sutherlin's work in procuring provisions for the Confederate Army, locating scarce items for commercial and industrial use, and his own tobacco business. Included are letters, 1860-1866, from traveling salesmen and crop-buying agents covering the southeast on tobacco business.
Creator Sutherlin, William Thomas, 1822-1893.
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 Thomas Sutherlin Papers, #3327, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchase in Danville, Va., in 1958
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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William Thomas Sutherlin (1822-1893) was a farmer, leaf tobacco dealer, and tobacco manufacturer of Danville, Va., 1846-1861. Additionally, he was mayor of Danville, 1855-1861, president of the Danville Bank, delegate to the Virginia secession convention, and Confederate major and quartermaster at Danville. After the Civil War, Sutherlin owned and operated several farms near Danville, was in the state legislature, 1872-1874, served as president of the State Board of Agriculture and was a member of agricultural societies, railroad director, bank director and president, Methodist, Mason, and speaker and writer on economic and agricultural topics.

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The collection contains business correspondence of William Thomas Sutherlin, deeds, bills, notes, voting returns, sales records and balance sheets, circular letters, shipping manifests, lists of current wholesale prices, accounts, telegrams, bankruptcy papers, payrolls and timetables, and contracts with agents, managers, and other business firms. The volumes, 1853-1892, are accounts and memoranda. The correspondence and other papers relate to the varied business affairs of Sutherlin as tobacco manufacturer and distributor throughout the southeast; Confederate major and quartermaster at Danville, Va.; builder and operator of railroad lines in the vicinity of Danville; farmer, banker, capitalist; and holder of miscellaneous positions of trust in the community and state. The papers are concerned also with legislation affecting banking and railroads, current politics in relation to economic conditions, requests for political and economic patronage, loans, and other aid.

The Civil War papers include letters from soldiers in Virginia, state legislators, and Confederate congressmen and businessmen, as well as papers relating to Sutherlin's work in procuring provisions for the Confederate Army, locating scarce items for commercial and industrial use, and his own tobacco business. Included are letters, 1860-1866, from traveling salesmen and crop-buying agents covering the southeast on tobacco business.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated.

About 1,140 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains business correspondence, deeds, bills, notes, voting returns, sales records and balance sheets, circular letters, shipping manifests, lists of current wholesale prices, accounts, telegrams, bankruptcy papers, payrolls and timetables, and contracts with agents, managers, and other business firms. The correspondence and other papers relate to the varied business affairs of William Thomas Sutherlin as tobacco manufacturer and distributor throughout the southeast; Confederate major and quartermaster at Danville, Va.; builder and operator of railroad lines in the vicinity of Danville; farmer, banker, capitalist; and holder of miscellaneous positions of trust in the community and state. The papers are also concerned with legislation affecting banking and railroads, current politics in relation to economic conditions, requests for political and economic patronage, loans, and other aid. The Civil War papers include letters from soldiers in Virginia, state legislators, and Confederate congressmen and businessmen, as well as papers relating to Sutherlin's work in procuring provisions for the Confederate Army, locating scarce items for commercial and industrial use, and his own tobacco business. Included are letters, 1860-1866, from traveling salesmen and crop-buying agents covering the southeast on tobacco business.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1842-1850 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1851-1856 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1857-1859 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

January-March 1860 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

April 1860 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

May 1960 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

June-October 1860 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

November-December 1860 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-February 1861 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1-13 March 1861 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

14 March-July 1861 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

August 1861 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

September 1861 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

October-December 1861 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

January-February 1862 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

March 1862 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

April 1862 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1-20 May 1862 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

21 May 1862-1864 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

January 1865 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

February 1865 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

March 1865 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

April-December 1865 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

January-February 1866 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

March 1866 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

April-10 May 1866 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

11-31 May 1866 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

June 1866 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

July-December 1866 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

January 1867 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

February-March 1867 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

April-July 1867 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

August-December 1867 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

January-June 1868 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

July-December 1868 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

February-8 June 1869 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

9-24 June 1869 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

25 June-30 September 1869 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

November 1871-February 1877 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

March 1877 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

April-July 1877 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

October 1877-July 1879 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

1880-1882 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

1884 #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Undated #03327, Series: "1. Papers, 1842-1884 and undated." Folder 45

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7 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

The volumes are ledgers, memoranda, account books, and daybooks for Sutherlin's businesses, and include information on wages paid to laborers and operating costs.

Folder 46

Volume 1: February 1853-April 1857 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 46

Account of W. T. Sutherlin with Branch Bank of Virginia at Danville.

Folder 47

Volume 2: 1872 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 47

Ledger of W. T. Sutherlin's accounts with individual laborers for provisions advanced and wages paid.

Folder 48

Volume 3: 27 September 1873-30 June 1875 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 48

Daybook of W. T. Sutherlin's accounts with various banks, merchants, and firms.

Folder 49

Volume 4: 1 February 1878-31 May 1879 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 49

Daybook of W. T. Sutherlin's accounts with Johnston & Cheek of Danville, Va.

Folder 50

Volume 5: 1877 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 50

Memoranda titled "Transit No. 1," consisting apparently of surveyor's notes on a trial railroad line from a depot to a warehouse in Milton, N.C.

Folder 51

Volume 6: January 1887-September 1890 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 51

Daybook showing expenditures paid, mostly through bankers Johnston & Cheek, for operating Sunny Side, Cloverdale, Norwood Farm, and other businesses in the Danville area.

Folder 52

Volume 7: 1880; 1891-1892 #03327, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1892." Folder 52

Pages 1-14 are expense accounts, 1880. The remainder of the volume is a ledger, 1891-1892, showing expenditures for operating expenses relating to Cloverdale, Norwood Farm, Mayo's Place, and Sunny Side.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, November 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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