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Collection Number: 03701

Collection Title: Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 (bulk 1892-1904).

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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 950 items)
Abstract Thomas Codgell Wetmore (1869-1906) was an Episcopal clergyman at Fletcher and Arden in Buncombe County, N.C., and founder of Christ's School for boys in Arden. The collection is chiefly letters between Wetmore and his wife, Susanna Boone Allan, in 1892 and 1893, before their marriage and later while he was traveling in the North to raise funds for Christ's School or for his church work, or when Susanna Wetmore was away from home, and letters received from their relatives. Early letters deal chiefly with matters of courtship and engagement, but also discuss Episcopal Church matters and individuals in Lincolnton, N.C., Thomas Wetmore's hometown. Letters from Susanna Wetmore include descriptions of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1894. Thomas Wetmore's letters from 1898 to 1904 discuss cities he visited, especially New York, and Episcopal Church matters.
Creator Wetmore, Thomas Cogdell, 1869-1906.
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 Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, #3701, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, S.C., 1964.
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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Thomas Codgell Wetmore (1869-1906) was an Episcopal clergyman at Fletcher and Arden in Buncombe County, N.C., and founder of Christ's School for boys in Arden. He was the son of William Robards Wetmore and Mary Bingham Wetmore of Lincolnton, N.C. Prior to his work as a minister, Wetmore was was a job printer, a telegraph operator, a railroad station agent, and, for a short time, publisher of a newspaper.

Thomas Codgell Wetmore was married to Susanna Boone Allan, a relative of Susanna Robertson Lyman, wife of the Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina, Theodore B. Lyman.

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The collection is chiefly letters between Thomas Codgell Wetmore and his wife, Susanna Boone Allan. The bulk of the letters, 1892-1893, deal primarily with matters of courtship and engagement, but also discuss Episcopal Church matters in general and Bishop Theodore B. Lyman in particular, and individuals in Lincolnton, N.C. Later letters are were written during periods of separation while Susanna was caring for an aunt at Arden and Wilmington, N.C., and at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., 1894; while she was at Hot Springs, N.C., 1897; and while Thomas was in New York, N.Y., and other northern cities raising funds for his church and school work, 1898-1904.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1-7

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

1872-1892 #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 1-7

Folder 8-26

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

1893 #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 8-26

Folder 27-30

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

1894 #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 27-30

Folder 31-32

Folder 31

Folder 32

1896-1898 #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 31-32

Folder 33-35

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

1899-1908 #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 33-35

Folder 36-40

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Undated letters and fragments #03701, Series: "Thomas Cogdell Wetmore Papers, 1872-1908 and undated." Folder 36-40

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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