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Collection Number: 02645

Collection Title: William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928.

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract William Peterkin Upshur (1881-1943) of Richmond, Va., was a Marine Corps officer. The collection includes letters from Upshur to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. John N. Upshur in Richmond, Va., written every few days, except during 1912, 1913, and 1923. The letters were written from Virginia Military Institute, 1898-1901; University of Virginia, 1902-1903; the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, 1904; on the U.S.S. Kearsarge off the Atlantic coast and in the West Indies, 1905-1907; Virginia and South Carolina, 1908-1911; Peking (Beijing, China), 1914; Haiti, 1915-1917; and at Quantico, Va., and Richmond, Va., Annapolis, Md., Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and other American cities and marine stations, 1917-1928. Upshur described his educational, military, and other experiences, as well as his surroundings and reflections, sometimes in significant detail.
Creator Upshur, William Peterkin, 1881-1943.
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 Peterkin Upshur Letters, #2645, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. George Benson, Richmond, Va., 1943.
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 Peterkin Upshur (1881-1943) of Richmond, Va., was a Marine Corps officer.

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The collection includes letters from William Peterkin Upshur to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. John N. Upshur in Richmond, Va., written every few days, except during 1912, 1913, and 1923. The letters were written from Virginia Military Institute, 1898-1901; University of Virginia, 1902-1903; the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, 1904; on the U.S.S. Kearsarge off the Atlantic coast and in the West Indies, 1905-1907; Virginia and South Carolina, 1908-1911; Peking (Beijing, China), 1914; Haiti, 1915-1917; and at Quantico and Richmond, Va., Annapolis, Md., Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and other American cities and marine stations, 1917-1928. Upshur described his educational, military, and other experiences, as well as his surroundings and reflections, sometimes in significant detail.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1898 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 1

Folder 2

January-May 1899 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 2

Folder 3

June-December 1899 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 3

Folder 4

January-April 1900 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 4

Folder 5

May-June 1900 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 5

Folder 6

September-December 1900 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 6

Folder 7

1901 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 7

Folder 8

1902 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 8

Folder 9

1903 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 9

Folder 10

1904 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 10

Folder 11

1905 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 11

Folder 12

1906 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 12

Folder 13

1907 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 13

Folder 14

1908 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 14

Folder 15

1909-1911 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 15

Folder 16

1914-1916 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 16

Folder 17

1917-1919 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 17

Folder 18

1920 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 18

Folder 19

1921-1922 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 19

Folder 20

1924 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 20

Folder 21

January-June 1925 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 21

Folder 22

July-December 1925 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 22

Folder 23

January-August 1926 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 23

Folder 24

September-December 1926 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 24

Folder 25

January-February 1927 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 25

Folder 26

March-July 1927 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 26

Folder 27

August-December 1927 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 27

Folder 28

1928 #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 28

Folder 29

Postcards #02645, Series: "William Peterkin Upshur Letters, 1898-1928." Folder 29

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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