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Collection Number: 01074

Collection Title: Zeb Vance Walser Papers, 1825-1930.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 900 items)
Abstract Zeb Vance Walser (1863-1940) was a lawyer, public official, and historian of Lexington, N.C. The collection includes papers of Walser consisting chiefly of notes, writings, correspondence, and pictures gathered in biographical research in the 1920s about the North Carolina members of the Confederate Congress and other Confederate officials. There is also a small set of unrelated correspondence, chiefly letters from North Carolina and national political leaders, which includes a letter, 1918, from Theodore Roosevelt and three letters from Walter Clark. Volumes include ten books of Walser's lecture notes as a University of Michigan law student, 1885-1886; a book of official letters received while he was a deputy federal internal revenue collector at Lexington, N.C., 1891-1892; historical and political scrapbooks; and other items.
Creator Walser, Zeb Vance, 1863-1940.
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 Zeb Vance Walser Papers, #1074, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the children of Zeb Vance Walser, 1946. Additional materials received from Richard G. Walser of Raleigh, N.C., February 1973 and May 1979.
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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Zeb Vance Walser (1863-1940) was a lawyer, public official, and historian, of Lexington, N.C. Walser was born in Yadkin College, N.C., to Burgess Gaither Walser and Francis Estelle Byerly Walser. He was educated at Yadkin College; the University of North Carolina, 1880-1884; and the University of Michigan Law School, 1884-1886. He began practicing law in Lexington, N.C., and was married in 1894 to Frances Estelle Adderton.

Walser served in the North Carolina House of Representatives, 1888-1890 and 1894-1896; North Carolina State Senate, 1896-1900; and as a North Carolina Supreme Court reporter, 1900-1905. He was also actively involved in the presidential campaigns of Charles Evans Hughes, 1916, and Leonard Wood, 1920.

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The collection includes papers of Zeb Vance Walser consisting chiefly of notes, writings, correspondence, and pictures gathered in biographical research in the 1920s about the North Carolina members of the Confederate Congress and other Confederate officials. There is also a small set of unrelated correspondence, chiefly letters from North Carolina and national political leaders, which includes a letter, 1918, from Theodore Roosevelt and three letters from Walter Clark. Volumes include ten books of Walser's lecture notes as a University of Michigan law student, 1885-1886; a book of official letters received while he was a deputy federal internal revenue collector at Lexington, N.C., 1891-1892; historical and political scrapbooks; and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Congress of the Confederate States, 1861-1865 Material.

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Arrangement: by subject according the Walser's proposed chapter headings.

Includes correspondence, biographical sketches and photographs of Confederate congressmen, and genealogical material prepared and collected by Zeb Vance Walser for a proposed book on the Congress of the Confederate States.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 1a

Folder 1

Confederate States Cabinet #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

State Convention of 1861 #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 2-3

Folder 4

Provisional Congress of the Confederate States #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 4

Folder 5

Confederate Congress, first and second #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 5

Folder 6

Bocock, Thomas Stanley #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 6

Hunter, Robert Mercer Talliaferro #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 6

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Folder 7

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Folder 11

Folder 12

#01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 7-12

See Images (P-1047/1-46)

Folder 13

Arrington, Archibald Hunter #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 13

Folder 14

Ashe, Thomas Samuel #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 14

Folder 15

Avery, William Waightstill #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 15

Folder 16

Bridgers, Robert Rufus #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 16

Folder 17

Craige, Burton #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 17

Folder 18

Davidson, Allen Turner #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 18

Folder 19

Davis, George #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 19

Folder 20

Dortch, William Theophilus #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 20

Folder 21

Fuller, Thomas C. #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 21

Folder 22

Gaither, Burgess Sidney #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 22

Folder 23

Gilmer, John Adams #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 23

Folder 24

Graham, William Alexander #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 24

Folder 25

Kenan, Owen Rand #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 25

Folder 26

Lander, William #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 26

Folder 27

Leach, James Madison #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 27

Folder 28

Leach, James T. #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 28

Folder 29

Logan, George W. #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 29

Folder 30

McDowell, Thomas David Smith #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 30

Folder 31

McLean, James Robert #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 31

Folder 32

Morehead, John Motley #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 32

Folder 33

Puryear, Richard Clanselle #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 33

Folder 34

Ramsay, James Graham #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 34

Folder 35

Reade, Edwin Godwin #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 35

Folder 36

Ruffin, Thomas #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 36

Folder 37

Smith, William Nathan Harrell #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 37

Folder 38

Turner, Josiah #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 38

Folder 39

Venable, Abram Watkins #01074, Subseries: "1.1. Sketches and Research Material" Folder 39

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Walser, Henry, circa 1840-1850 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/1

Photograph of drawing.

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Arrington, Archibald Hunter, circa 1840-1850 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/2

Photograph of painting.

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Ashe, Thomas Samuel, circa 1845-1860 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/3

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Avery, William Waighstill, circa 1850-1860 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/4

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Bocock, Thomas Stanley, circa 1875-1890 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/5

Photographer: W. W. Foster, Richmond, Va.

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Bridgers, Robert Rufus, circa 1875-1885 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/6

Cabinet card.

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Craige, Burton, circa 1860-1875 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/7

Photograph of drawing.

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Davidson, Allen Turner, circa 1885-1905 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/8

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Davis, George, circa 1880-1895 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/9

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Dortch, William T., circa 1875-1889 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/10

Engraving. Engraver: Clement, Goldsboro, N.C.

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Fuller, Thomas C., circa 1885-1900 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/11

Engraving. Engraver: E. G. Williams and Brothers, New York, N.Y.

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Gaither, Burgess Sidney, circa 1865-1885 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/12

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Gilmer, John Adams, circa 1850-1870 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/13

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Graham, William A., circa 1855-1875 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/14-15

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Kenan, Owen Rand, circa 1845-1865 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/16

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Lander, William, circa 1847-1865 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/17

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Leach, James Madison, circa 1860-1880 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/18

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Leach, James T., circa 1850-1870 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/19

Carte-de-visite. Photographer: William Shelburn, Raleigh, N.C.

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Logan, George W., circa 1865-1885 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/20

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McDowell, Thomas David Smith, 1886 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/21

Cabinet card.

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McLean, James Robert, circa 1865-1870 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/22

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Morehead, John Motley, circa 1850-1865 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/23

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Puryear, Richard Clauselle, circa 1845-1865 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/24

Cabinet card. Photographer: Wortham and Bowly, Winchester, Va.

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Ramsay, James Graham, circa 1865-1885 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/25

Engraving.

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Reade, Edwin Godwin, circa 1874-1894 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/26-28

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Ruffin, Thomas, circa 1850-1862 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/29

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Smith, William Nathan Harrell, 1866 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/30

Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Watson's, Raleigh, N.C.

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Smith, William Nathan Harrell, circa 1865-1870 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/31

Engraving.

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Turner, Josiah, circa 1865-1885 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/32

Engraving. Engraver: E. G. Williams and Brothers, New York, N.Y.

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Venable, Abraham Watkins, circa 1830-1845 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/33

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Andrews, Alexander Boyd, circa 1895-1915 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/34

Engraving.

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Benjamin, Judah P., circa 1855-1875 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/35

Photogravure.

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Butler, Marion, circa 1885-1905 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." OP-P-1074/36

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Garfield, James A., circa 1871-1881 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/37

Cabinet card. Photographer: Wortham and Bowly, Winchester, Va.

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Lee, Robert E., circa 1860-1870 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/38

Photogravure.

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Moses, George H., circa 1910-1930 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/39

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Stephens, Alexander, circa 1860-1880 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/40

Photogravure.

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Toombs, Robert, circa 1865-1885 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/41

Photogravure.

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House Committee on Penal Institutions, Session of 1889 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." OP-P-1074/42

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Senate of North Carolina, Session of 1895 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." OP-P-1074/43

Photographer: C. P. Wharton, Raleigh, N.C.

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Unidentified man in a World War I uniform, circa 1917-1918 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/44

Photographer: Hitchcock Studio, Lexington, N.C.

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Confederate capitol at Montgomery, Ala., circa 1862-1865 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/45

Photogravure.

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Confederate capitol at Richmond, Va., circa 1862-1865 #01074, Subseries: "1.2. Photographs, circa 1840-1918." P-1074/46

Photogravure.

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Arrangement: alphabetical by North Carolina counties.

Includes correspondence pertaining to the production and distribution of "Congress of the Confederate States, 1861-1865."

Folder 40

Miscellaneous #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 40

Folder 41

Alamance-Brunswick counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 41

Folder 42

Buncombe-Cherokee counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 42

Folder 43

Chowan-Davie counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 43

Folder 44

Duplin-Greene counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 44

Folder 45

Guilford-Jackson counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 45

Folder 46

Johnston-Mecklenburg counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 46

Folder 47

Mitchell-Pasquotank counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 47

Folder 48

Pender-Rowan counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 48

Folder 49

Rutherford-Union counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 49

Folder 50

Vance-Yancey counties #01074, Subseries: "1.3. Production and Distribution Correspondence, 1925-1929." Folder 50

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Folder 56

Volume 1: Student notebook, Zeb Vance Walser, 1880-1881 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 56

Folder 57-67

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Folder 67

Volumes 2-11: Student notebooks, Zeb Vance Walser, 1885-1886 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 57-67

Folder 68

Volume 13: Scrapbook, 1880-1887 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 68

Includes historical, biographical, and political items. Also includes anecdotes, book reviews, and poems.

Folder 69

Volume 14: Scrapbook, 1896 and 1898 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 69

"Campaign Book" includes clippings, speeches, cartoons, and anecdotes dealing with state and national political campaigns.

Folder 70

Volume 15: Letterbook, Zeb Vance Walser, 1891-1893 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 70

Includes letters to Zeb Vance Walser as Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue at Lexington, N.C., from the Collector in Asheville, N.C., and the Agent in Greensboro, N.C.

Folder 71-72

Folder 71

Folder 72

Volumes 16-17: Letterbooks, Zeb Vance Walser, 1897-1900 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 71-72

Includes copies of outgoing letters of Zeb Walser Vance while serving as Attorney-General of North Carolina, containing his opinions addressed to various judges and lawyers of North Carolina, also other matters pertaining to the office of Attorney-General.

Folder 73

Volume 18: Ledger, 1905 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 73

Includes accounts with North Carolina business firms and others.

Folder 74

Volume 19: Collected anecdotes and poems, 1906 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 74

Folder 75

Volume 20: Farm book, Zeb Vance Walser,1907 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 75

Includes clippings of suggestions and items of interest to farmers.

Folder 76

Volume 21: Collection docket, 1908 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 76

Almost entirely blank except for two cases.

Folder 77

Volume 22: Minutes, Lexington City School Board, 1929-1930 #01074, Series: "2. Volumes" Folder 77

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Includes diplomas, commissions, appointments, and licenses, 1872-1916, of Zeb Vance Walser.

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Diplomas, commissions, and licenses #01074, Subseries: "Addition of February 1973" OPF-1074/1

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Contains correspondence of Zeb Vance Walser, 1889-1920, including letters from North Carolina and national political leaders, especially North Carolina Republican chairmen. Among the correspondence is a letter, 1918, from Theodore Roosevelt and three letters from Walter Clark. There are also speeches and reports, biographical sketches, and clippings and other memorabilia. Also included are six scrapbooks, chiefly political, kept by Walser.

Folder 52-55

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Correspondence and other papers, 1889-1920 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 52-55

Folder 78

Volume 23: Scrapbook, 1887-1888 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 78

"Literary Scrapbook" includes clippings of interest to Zeb Vance Walser, many about Republican leaders, especially Abraham Lincoln, and Republican politics. Also includes orations and an index.

Folder 79

Volume 24: Scrapbook, 1888-1898 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 79

"Scrapbook of Politics" includes clippings about North Carolina and national politics, many referring to Zeb Vance Walser. Also includes excerpts from legislative journals, mainly speeches of Walser.

Folder 80

Volume 25: Scrapbook, 1891 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 80

"Literary Scrapbook" includes literary and other clippings, many biographies and speeches. Also includes clippings about politics and Zeb Vance Walser.

Folder 81

Volume 26: Scrapbook, 1897-1912 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 81

Includes political, biographical, and literary clippings, many about the 1912 presidential campaign. Also includes clippings about Zeb Vance Walser.

Folder 82

Volume 27: Scrapbook, 1882-1918 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 82

Includes political, biographical, and personal clippings, many related to the 1912 presidential campaign in North Carolina. Also scattered programs, invitations, political tickets, and other personal memorabilia.

Folder 83

Volume 28: Scrapbook, 1914-1919 #01074, Subseries: "Addition of May 1979" Folder 83

Includes programs and other memorabilia, many related to the death of Theodore Roosevelt and the Roosevelt Memorial Association. Also includes clippings about North Carolina history and politics.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 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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