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Collection Number: 03903

Collection Title: Henry McGilbert Wagstaff Papers, 1804-1831; 1915-1953.

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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 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 600 items)
Abstract Henry McGilbert Wagstaff (1876-1945) was an author, editor, and professor of history at the University of North Carolina, 1907-1945. The collection includes family and personal papers of Wagstaff, consisting principally of correspondence, 1915-1945. Correspondence relates to Wagstaff's life and study in England, 1921-1923; his work for the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1928-1940; University of North Carolina affairs; and the management of his Person County, N.C., tobacco farms, which were leased to tenants. Also included are manuscripts and typed drafts of published and unpublished writings by Wagstaff, and material related to his incomplete history of the University of North Carolina. Volumes include fragmentary accounts for general merchandise, 1804-1831, and three ledgers of tobacco farm accounts, 1932-1953.
Creator Wagstaff, Henry McGilbert.
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 Henry McGilbert Wagstaff Papers, #3903, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frances Wagstaff (Mrs. Alex B.) Coxe of Chapel Hill, N.C., July and May 1970.
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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Henry McGilbert Wagstaff (1876-1945) was an author, editor, and professor of history at the University of North Carolina, 1907-1945. Wagstaff was born in Roxboro, N.C., and educated at the University of North Carolina and John Hopkins University. He specialized in English history but also had a special interest in Southern and North Carolina history and edited a number of the James Sprunt Historial Publications at the University of North Carolina.

His wife was Mary Jefferson Stephens Wagstaff.

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The collection includes family and personal papers of Henry McGilbert Wagstaff, consisting principally of correspondence, 1915-1945. Correspondence relates to Wagstaff's life and study in England, 1921-1923; his work for the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1928-1940; University of North Carolina affairs; and the management of his Person County, N.C., tobacco farms, which were leased to tenants. Also included are manuscripts and typed drafts of published and unpublished writings by Wagstaff, and material related to his incomplete history of the University of North Carolina. Volumes include fragmentary accounts for general merchandise, 1804-1831, and three ledgers of tobacco farm accounts, 1932-1953.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated.

Mainly Henry McGilbert Wagstaff's letters to and from his friends, particularly his scholarly colleagues, but also family and relatives, former students, friends in England, and his Chapel Hill, N.C., neighbors. The correspondence covers a wide range of subjects related to his writing and editing; to the the University of North Carolina affairs and his service on faculty committees (on Living Conditions, 1923; Executive Committee, 1924; on Honorary Degrees, 1939-1943); to his Person County, N.C., tobacco farms leased to tenants; to his life and study in England, 1921-1923; and to the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1928-1940, of which he was president in 1928. Among the correspondents are Louis Round Wilson, Harry W. Chase, Frank Porter Graham, Chester Penn Higby, Oliver Perry Chitwood, Livingstone Porter, John P. Hollis, Robert Digges Wimberly Connor, Guy E. Snavely, Charles Wood, and Louis Graves. The largest part of Wagstaff's family correspondence is with his brother Roscoe, and items concerning his nephew Guy J. Winstead who was killed in World War I.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03903, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1-4

Folder 1

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Folder 4

Louis Round Wilson letters, 1930-1940 #03903, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated." Folder 1-4

Folder 5-29

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Folder 21

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Folder 29

General correspondence, 1915-1940 #03903, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated." Folder 5-29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

General correspondence, 1941-1945 #03903, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated." Folder 30-31

Folder 32

General correspondence, undated #03903, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Clippings #03903, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1915-1945 and undated." Folder 33

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Includes manuscripts and typed drafts of published and unpublished writings by Wagstaff, and material related to his incomplete history of the University of North Carolina.

Folder 34

"Wiley Buck" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 34

Folder 35

"Concord Community: A Retrospect" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 35

Folder 36

"Our Two Captains " #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 36

Folder 37

"Uncle Calvin" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 37

Folder 38

"This and That" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 38

Folder 39

"A Footnote to Social History" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 39

"Abimelech Matthew Jordan, Colporteur" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 39

"A Quick-Witted Young Man" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 39

Miscellaneous stories #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 39

Folder 40

"The Faculty of UNC in 1941" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 40

"Unfinished Sketches of University Administrators" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 40

Folder 41

"Some Reflections on Anglo-American Relations" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 41

"Financial History of North Carolina, bibliography" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 41

Short piece on A. A. Klutz and H. H. Patterson of Chapel Hill, N.C. #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 41

Folder 42

"Agricultural College" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 42

"Why we Fight" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 42

"Confidence: of Two Kinds" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 42

"A Few Facts about Chapel Hill and the University" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 42

"British Contributions to Modern Civilization" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 42

Miscellaneous notes and memoranda #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 42

Folder 43

Book review of Wiley Buck and Other Stories of the Concord Community #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 43

"On Religion" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 43

Folder 44-45

Folder 44

Folder 45

"Davie and Federalism" #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 44-45

Folder 46-48

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

History of the University of North Carolina #03903, Series: "2. Writings" Folder 46-48

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Includes fragmentary accounts for general merchandise, 1804-1831, and three ledgers of tobacco farm accounts, 1932-1953. The tobacco farms were located in Person County, N.C., and owned variously by Henry McGilbert Wagstaff; Henry McGilbert Wagstaff and Mrs. Bradsher; Henry McGilbert Wagstaff estate; and Mrs. Henry McGilbert Wagstaff. Enclosures from tobacco farm accounts consist of bank deposit slips, sales slips from tobacco warehouses, and miscellaneous bills. Most of the farm business was conducted at Roxboro, N.C.

Folder 49-50

Folder 49

Folder 50

Fragments of account books, 1804-1820 #03903, Series: "3. Account Books, 1804-1953." Folder 49-50

Folder 51

Volume 1: Tobacco farm account book, 1933-1944 #03903, Series: "3. Account Books, 1804-1953." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 2: Tobacco farm account book, 1934-1944 #03903, Series: "3. Account Books, 1804-1953." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 3: Tobacco farm account book, 1946-1953 #03903, Series: "3. Account Books, 1804-1953." Folder 53

Folder 54

Enclosures #03903, Series: "3. Account Books, 1804-1953." Folder 54

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 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.

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

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