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Collection Number: 01784-z

Collection Title: John W. Thomas Papers, 1848-1893

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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 About 20 items
Abstract John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) was the founder of Thomasville, N.C. The collection includes scattered letters to Thomas, concerning the Glen Anna Female Seminary at Thomasville, N.C., a saw mill, and other business matters; letters to Thomas's sister Sallie and her husband, S.L. Smith, about family and other matters; and other family correspondence.
Creator Thomas, John W., 1800-1871.
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 John W. Thomas Papers, #1784-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles O. Long of Thomasville, N.C., October 1950.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) was the founder of Thomasville, N.C.

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The collection includes scattered letters and papers, 1848-1893, of John Warwick Thomas and other members of the Thomas family, including his sister Sallie Smith and her husband S.L. Smith. Topics generally concern family matters and news, education and school events, and business dealings. Business papers include bills, estimates, and correspondence related to operating a steam saw mill and other ventures.

Other correspondents include H.E. Ronnsaville, Thomas M. Hampton, Charles Manly, T.M. Jones, W.W. Holden, Ralph Gorrell, M.E. Thomas, P.C. Thomas, P.E. Zink, and John C. Booth.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 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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