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Collection Number: 04326

Collection Title: David E. Whisnant Papers, 1893-1967

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 30 items)
Abstract Correspondence of David E. Whisnant, University of North Carolina professor of English, relating to his biography of James Boyd (1888-1944), editor and novelist, and correspondence, writings, a tape recording, and other materials relating to Susan Chester [Mrs. A. Hunt Lyman] (1868- 1917?), founder of the Log Cabin Settlement, a pioneering social service center near Asheville, N.C.
Creator Whisnant, David E., 1938-
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 David E. Whisnant papers #4326, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from David Whisnant of Catonsville, Maryland, in 1982.
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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David Whisnant is an author and professor in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He gathered the material in this collection in the course of his research on James Boyd and Susan Chester.

James Boyd (1888-1944), author, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but spent much of his life in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Three of his five novels, Drums (1925), Marching On (1927), and Long Hunt (1930), are set in North Carolina. Boyd owned and edited the Southern Pines Pilot. (For further information see Dictionary of North Carolina Biography and James Boyd by David Whisnant.)

Susan Guion Chester [Mrs. A. Hunt Lyman] (1868-1917?) established one of the first southern settlement houses, the Log Cabin Settlement, near Asheville, North Carolina, in 1895. Chester married A. Hunt Lyman (d. 1902) in 1898. In 1917, Chester disappeared from a New York-bound steamer. (For more information see Whisnant's article in this collection.)

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Correspondence of David E. Whisnant, University of North Carolina professor of English, relating to his biography of James Boyd (1888-1944), editor and novelist, and correspondence, writings, a tape recording, and other materials relating to Susan Chester [Mrs. A. Hunt Lyman] (1868- 1917?), founder of the Log Cabin Settlement, a pioneering social service center near Asheville, N.C.

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Contents list

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5 items.

Whisnant's correspondence with Katherine (Mrs. James) Boyd about corrections on the manuscript of his biography of her husband and permission to use Boyd's papers, and a letter of permission from Paul Green, undated, to quote from his correspondence with Boyd.

Folder 1

Letters, 1967 and undated #04326, Series: "1. James Boyd, 1967 and undated." Folder 1

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21 items.

Letters, primarily from Susan Chester's brother-in-law, about her disappearance and efforts to find her; photocopies of clippings about her disappearance; photocopies of articles by Chester on settlement house work; typescript of "Susan G. Chester and the Log Cabin Settlement: First Social Settlement Institution in the Southern Mountains," by David Whisnant; and a taped interview by Whisnant with Eilene Gardner about Susan Chester and the Log Cabin Settlement.

Folder 2

Clippings and correspondence #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." Folder 2

Folder 3

Whisnant manuscript #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." Folder 3

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Lyman house (7 1/2 x 9 and 3 1/2 x 5 copy) #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." P-4326/1-2

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The Log Cabin Settlement House (5 1/2 x 7 and 3 1/2 x 5 copy) #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." P-4326/3-4

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Group portrait including Mrs. Chester, Susan's mother, 1904 (4 x 5 negative only) #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." P-4326/5

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Old Grace Church (4 x 5 negative only) #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." P-4326/6

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New Grace Church built around 1906, original photograph dated 1915 (4 x 5 negative only) #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." P-4326/7

Audiotape T-4326/1

Interview with Eilene Gardner #04326, Series: "2. Susan Chester, 1893-1917." T-4326/1

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Processed by: Pamela Dean, August 1987

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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