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Collection Number: 04678

Collection Title: Wetter Family Papers, 1809-1963

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Wetter family ancestors include Edward Telfair (ca. 1735-1807), merchant, member of the Continental Congress, and governor of Georgia. Family members important in this collection are Mildred R. Gould, Louise G. Koch, Pierce T. Wetter (d. 1963), and Telfair S. Wetter (d. 1939), all of whom inherited shares in Sharon Plantation, Chatham County, Ga. Pierce Wetter was a conscientious objector during World War I and was imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, 1918-1921, because of this. Telfair Wetter ran the Baltimore office of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) during that same period. Correspondence, 1919-1921, is chiefly between Pierce Wetter in Leavenworth and Telfair Wetter at the I.W.W. office in Baltimore, Md. These letters include much discussion of strikes and other labor actions; political prisoners and their trials; events of the Russian Revolution; Communism in general; and internal I.W.W. politics, especially tensions between the Baltimore and Philadelphia branches. The Wetter brothers strongly disagreed on such topics as who among the radical leaders was sincerely committed to the cause, whether or not married women were necessarily parasites, and if conscientious objectors should accept individual pardons or insist on solidarity. Most letters are signed, "Yours for the O.B.U." or "Yours for freedom." Also included are letters, financial and legal documents, clippings, and other materials relating to the management and sale of Sharon Plantation by Mildred Gould; Louise Koch; Pierce Wetter; Telfair Wetter; and Pauline L. Wetter, Telfair Wetter's widow. There are also a few photographs of unidentified persons and places.
Creator Wetter family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Wetter Family Papers #4678, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed June 2004) available.
  • Reel 1: Folders 1-4
  • Reel 2: Folders 5-11, P-4678
Acquisitions Information
Received from Harold L. Katz of Baltimore, Md., in October 1993 (Acc. 93134).
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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Wetter family ancestors include Edward Telfair (ca. 1735-1807), merchant, member of the Continental Congress, and governor of Georgia. Family members important in this collection are Mildred R. Gould, Louise G. Koch, Pierce T. Wetter (d. 1963), and Telfair S. Wetter (d. 1939), all of whom inherited shares in Sharon Plantation, Chatham County, Ga. Pierce Wetter was a conscientious objector during World War I and was imprisoned at Leavenworth, 1918-1921, because of this. Telfair Wetter ran the Baltimore office of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) during that same period.

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Correspondence, 1919-1921, is chiefly between Pierce Wetter in the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas and Telfair Wetter at the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) office in Baltimore, Md. These letters include much discussion of strikes and other labor actions; political prisoners and their trials; events of the Russian Revolution; Communism in general; and internal I.W.W. politics, especially tensions between the Baltimore and Philadelphia branches. The Wetter brothers strongly disagreed on such topics as who among the radical leaders was sincerely committed to the cause, whether or not married women were necessarily parasites, and if conscientious objectors should accept individual pardons or insist on solidarity. Most letters are signed, "Yours for the O.B.U." or "Yours for freedom." Also included are letters, financial and legal documents, clippings, and other materials relating to the management and sale of Sharon Plantation, Chatham County, Ga., by Mildred Gould; Louise Koch; Pierce Wetter; Telfair Wetter; and Pauline L. Wetter, Telfair Wetter's widow. There are also a few photographs of unidentified persons and places.

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Contents list

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence, 1919-1921, is chiefly between Pierce Wetter in Leavenworth and Telfair Wetter at the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) office in Baltimore. These letters include much discussion of strikes and other labor actions, political prisoners and their trials, events of the Russian Revolution, Communism in general, and internal I.W.W. politics, especially tensions between the Baltimore and Philadelphia branches. The brothers strongly disagreed on such topics as who among the radical leaders was sincerely committed to the cause, whether or not married women were necessarily parasites, and if conscientious objectors should accept individual pardons or insist on solidarity. Most letters are signed, "Yours for the O. B. U." or "Yours for freedom." Later letters are mostly concerned with the management and sale of Sharon Plantation by Mildred Gould, Louise Koch, Pierce Wetter, Telfair Wetter, and Pauline L. Wetter, Telfair Wetter's widow. The 1960 letter relates to maintenance of family graves at Bonaventure Cemetery, and the 1963 letters are about family history.

Folder 1

1918-1921 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 1

Folder 2

1922-1925 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 2

Folder 3

1926 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 3

Folder 4

1927 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 4

Folder 5

1930s #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 5

Folder 6

1940-1944 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 6

Folder 7

1945-1946 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 7

Folder 8

1960; 1963 #04678, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1918-1963." Folder 8

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About 100 items.
Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

Financial and legal materials, 1809-1940s #04678, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1809-1963." Folder 9-10

Deeds, indentures, bills, receipts, and other items, chiefly relating to family property, especially Sharon Plantation. Some items are handwritten copies of earlier documents.

Folder 11

Miscellaneous, 1898-1963 and undated #04678, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1809-1963." Folder 11

Clippings about family members and Sharon Plantation; a family chart showing early descendants of Edward Telfair; five photographs of unidentified person and four photographs of an unidentified building, all undated (P-4678/Folder 1).

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Items separated include photographs (P-4678).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, December 1993

Encoded by: Linda Sellars, June 2004

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