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Collection Number: 03433

Collection Title: William Asbury Whitaker Papers, 1596-1957

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 970 items)
Abstract William A. Whitaker was a chemist; business executive; and collector of art, autographs, literary and historical manuscripts, and rare books. The collection consists of manuscripts collected by Willaim A. Whitaker. Among them are materials pertaining to British and Spanish colonial America; the Revolutionary War, including correspondence of General Nathanael Greene; slavery, including certificates of freedom and slave bills of sale; the Civil War; English literature, including correspondence by George Cruikshank, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackery, and others; and other items, including correspondence of Henry Clay. Also included are Whitaker's personal correspondence, 1904-1957; his diaries, 1952-1956; and records of his collecting activities.
Creator Whitaker, William Asbury, 1883-1960.
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 William Asbury Whitaker Papers #3433, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of William A. Whitaker of New York, N.Y., 1959; addition received as bequest of Whitaker, 1960; addition transferred from the Rare Book Collection in 1968.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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William Asbury Whitaker was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1883. His parents were William A. Whitaker, Sr., and Anna Bitting Whitaker. Whitaker graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1904 and did postgraduate work at Columbia University (1905) and at the University of Chicago (1911-1912). He was a teacher of chemistry and metallurgy, first at the City College of New York and later at the University of Kansas (1911-1918). He moved to the import/export business, worked as a chemist, and was a partner in the firm of Francis I. DuPont. He retired in 1940.

Whitaker's passion was collecting books and manuscripts. Starting in 1946, he made a series of major donations to the University of North Carolina Library. In recognition of Whitaker's accomplishments in his profession and for his generosity, the University awarded him an honorary degree in 1956. William A. Whitaker died in New York City on 28 February 1960.

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The collection is divided into three major components: Series 1 and 2 represent Whitaker's collection of autographs, literary, and historical manuscripts; Series 3 comprises Whitaker's personal papers; and Series 4 is his collection of images of autograph subjects and his postcard collection. The majority of his correspondence and diaries center on his activity as a collector and donor to the University of North Carolina.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Americana, 1630-1865.

153 items.

Arrangement: topical.

This series consists of manuscripts collected for their autograph value. Selected autographs of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and members of the Continental Congress are present. Subseries 1.6 and 1.7 contain substantive correspondence by Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene and 19th-century orator Henry Clay. Engravings of Clay, Greene, and others can be found in Series 4.

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8 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Collected manuscripts pertaining to Spanish territories in the colonial Americas (Florida and Mexico): #03433, Subseries: "1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. " Folder 1

Orders by Don Rodrigo Pacheco, Marquis de Cerralvo, Viceroy of New Spain, to the Royal Officials of the City of Mexico, 16 June 1630 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Official copy of a royal letter to the Royal House of the City of Mexico, 9 November 1702 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Official copy of a royal letter to the Duke de Albuquerque, Viceroy of New Spain regarding the protection of New Spain, 25 August 1703 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Document by the Duke de Albuquerque, Viceroy of New Spain, approving purchase of muskets to strengthen the Presidio of Florida, 5 November 1703 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Document by the Duke de Albuquerque, Viceroy of New Spain, approving expenditures for St. Augustine, Florida, 26 February 1706 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Royal letter by Philip V of Spain to the Bishop of the Pueblo of Los Angeles appointing the Bishop to procure provisions for the Province of Florida, 8 December 1723 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Royal letter to the Bishop of the Pueblo of Los Angeles acknowledging receipt of information regarding the situation in Florida, 20 May 1726 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
Official copy of a royal letter to the Bishop of Los Angeles regarding importing provisions into Florida, 20 November 1741 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.1. Spanish America, 1630-1741. , Folder 1
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832.

22 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

A sampling of documents collected primarily for their autograph value, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Folder 2

1667-1776: #03433, Subseries: "1.2. Early South, 1667-1832." Folder 2

Rappahanock County, Va., deed, 3 May 1667 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Westmoreland County, Va., deed, April 1705 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Ann Arundel County, Md., deed, 29 May 1766 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Letter to Lachlan McIntosh from Henry Laurens, Charleston, S.C., 5 December 1768 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Warrant from Governor William Tryon to the Treasurer of the Northern District requesting funds for his residence in Newbern, N.C., 12 March 1770 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Judgement signed by Governor Samuel Johnston (North Carolina), 27 August 1772 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Letter from Samuel Johnston to James Iredell, Halifax, N.C., 2 May 1776 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 2
Folder 3

1780-1794: #03433, Subseries: "1.2. Early South, 1667-1832." Folder 3

Petition of Philip Miner (Savannah, Ga.) signed by George Walton (Chatham County, Ga.), 1780(?) #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Petition of John Garrett (Savannah, Ga.) signed by George Walton (Chatham County, Ga.), 1783(?) #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Jefferson County, Va., deed, 1786 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Order for salary to be paid to Thomas Smith, signed by Charles Pinckney, Charleston, S.C., 14 July 1790 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Iredell County, N.C. survey by William Sharpe, 24 January 1793 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Order to pay John Haywood, Halifax, N.C., 1 July 1794 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Request for orders to the Governor of Maryland from William Miller of Frederick Town, Md., 12 November 1794 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Governor William Moultrie to the President and Senate, Columbia, S.C., 8 December 1794 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 3
Folder 4

1795-1832: #03433, Subseries: "1.2. Early South, 1667-1832." Folder 4

Governor William Blount (North Carolina) to Colonel David Henley, Knoxville, Tenn., 5 August 1795 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
Abbeville County, S.C., survey signed by Charles Pinckney, 30 May 1797 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
Lease to James Ormand by Isaac Franks, Germantown, Md.(?), 8 November 1798 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
Letter to Major John Habersham from Benjamin Hawkins, Savannah, Ga., 6 October 1799 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
Botetourt, Va., deed, 15 October 1799 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
John Randolph of Roanoke letter to Richard K. Randolph, R.I., 25 March 1811 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
Augustin Smith Clayton letter to William Turner, Eatonton, Ga., 16 March 1832 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.2. Early South, 1667-1832., Folder 4
Museum Item MU-3433/1

Sampler made by Nancy Clark of Charlotte, N.C., 1830 (in the North Carolina Collection Gallery) #03433, Subseries: "1.2. Early South, 1667-1832." MU-3433/1

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25 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 5

Documents and forms pertaining to sale and freedom of slaves: #03433, Subseries: "1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856." Folder 5

Sale of slave, Warwick County, Va., 23 August 1769 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Ten certificates of freedom, New York City, 27-29 April 1811 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Two certificates of freedom, New York City, 21, 25 April 1814 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave, Halifax, N.C., 22 January 1830 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave receipt, 5 January 1831 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave, Halifax, N.C., 1 May 1835 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave, 14 October 1835 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave, Leon County, Fla., 7 May 1839 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave receipt, 25 May 1839 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave, New Orleans, La., 7 January 1842 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slave, Baltimore, Md., 4 May 1851 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Deed of 30 slaves by William J. Sims, Union, S.C., 26 January 1832 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Sale of slaves, Tallahassee, Fla., 1 February 1854 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Slaves listed in the estate of William Stone, 16 January 1856 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
Slaves furnished for the Confederate States of America, Charleston, S.C., 21 December 1864 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.3. Slavery, 1769-1856., Folder 5
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31 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

A rough grouping of documents relating to the revolutionary war and the pre-Civil War United States.

Folder 6

1750-1789: #03433, Subseries: "1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853." Folder 6

Six items relating to Daniel, Thomas, and Moses St. John of Norwalk, Conn., 1749-1769 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Southampton, Suffolk County, N.Y., deed, 3 April 1750 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Order to pay Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island, signed by Hopkins, 5 April 1755 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Bond for Sherburne Sleeper of Rockingham County, N.H., 13 September 1771 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Boston, Mass., deed, 5 December 1771 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Owen Biddle to Philadelphia Committee of Safety, 1 June 1776 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Christr. Leffingwell to Governor Trumbull, Norwalk, Ct., 1 October 1776 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Request for storing ammunition directed to the Penn. Board of War, signed by Richard Bache, 20 June 1777 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Benjamin Hawkins letter to Abner Nash, Philadelphia, Pa., 17 November 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Payment receipt signed by Robert McPherson, Continental Congress, Philadelphia, Pa., 16 April 1782 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Letter to Brigadier General McIntosh from Robert Morris, Office of Finance, 22 October 1783 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
William Murren (Charleston, S.C.) letter to Isaac Franks, supply officer, Philadelphia, Pa., 22 April 1784 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Richard Caswell to Jas. Glasgow, 22 January 1787 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Pay roll for the Members of Council signed by five members; Benj. Lincoln, Nathan Cushing, Jonathan Greenleaf, Samuel Adams, and William Phillips, 9-12 September 1788 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Bethlehem, Pa., deed, 9 December 1789 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 6
Folder 7

1790-1853: #03433, Subseries: "1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853." Folder 7

Printed resolution of the United States Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson, 14 June 1790 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
Port of entry paper for the schooner, "Hanna," signed by Thomas Jefferson, 12 April 1804 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
Richard Stockton letter to Garret D. Wall, Princeton, N.J., 17 February 1823 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
Club notice signed by Michael Faraday, 4 March 1824 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
Treasury Department notice signed by Joseph Nourse, 29 October 1824 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
Daniel Webster letter, 25 May 1834 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
J.C. Spencer letter, New York, 11 March 1840 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
Endorsement of William A. Ingersoll, 4 March 1853 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.4. Revolutionary War Era, 1750-1853., Folder 7
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865.

42 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Grouping of primarily correspondence relating to the Civil War, and participants in the war (some pre-dating the conflict).

Folder 8

1844-1862: #03433, Subseries: "1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865." Folder 8

William T. Sherman letter, Fort Moultrie, S.C., 30 June 1844 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Jefferson Davis letter to Comm. Meade, 21 December 1859 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Muster roll signed by Robert E. Lee, 31 December 1860 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Walter Gywnn letter, Fort Moultrie, S.C., 18 January 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Charleston, S.C. report on Morris Island batteries, 30 January 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Castle Pinckney arms request, 19 February 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Letter to Governor Ellis (North Carolina), regarding delivery of rifles, 8 June 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Letter to Virginia governor from War Department, Confederate States of America, 15 August 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Yankee troop movement report by Brigadier General James Boggs, 28 August 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
General Ripley ordinance requisition, South Carolina, 8 September 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Receipt to Major Leadbetter, 21 September 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Requisition for Enfield rifles, South Carolina, 8 November 1861 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
South Carolina Treasury Department, William Gist letter, 28 February 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Statement of Major Baskerville, 26 February 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian, letter to the Vice President, 1 May 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Fort Jackson, La. report, 15 April 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Report for Brigadier General Daniel Ruggles, Confederate States of America, 21 May 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Telegram to General Ruggles, 19 June 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Chatham County, Ga. mortgage, 4 September 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
James Walker letter, 23 September 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Telegram to General Ruggles, 18 October 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Telegram, 22 October 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Captain George Schwartz letter from camp near Falmouth, Va., 27 December 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 8
Folder 9

1863-1865: #03433, Subseries: "1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865." Folder 9

Captain George Schwartz letter from camp near Potomac Creek, Va., 19 April 1863 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Colonel James Chesnut Jr. letter to Jefferson Davis, 11 August 1863 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
General Orders No. 1, signed by Major General William T. Sherman, 24 October 1863 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
United States Army Special Requisition signed by Lieutenant George Templeton, 16 November 1863 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Letter to Miss Hattie Crook, Columbia Female College, Columbia, S.C., 13 December 1863 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Two Confederate States of America telegrams to General Beauregard, 24 May, 15 June 1864 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Letter from Hon. James Farrow, Spartanburg, S.C., 6 August 1864 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Two letters to Miss Hattie Crook, Greenville, S.C., 16 September, 4 October 1862 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Morning Report of brigade commanded by Colonel C.C. Crews, 4 November 1864 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Letter from the North Carolina Adjutant General's Office, 12 December 1864 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Telegram from General Hood to General Beauregard, 14 December 1864 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Brigade report, First Tennessee Cavalry, 10 January 1865 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Two letters, to General Beauregard and Colonel Otey, from Major General Wheeler, 12 February 1865 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Telegram to Colonel Otey, 23 February 1865 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Hospital Report, Columbus, Ga., 21-22 February 1865 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
Lieutenant Colonel Roman to Colonel Brent, Augusta, Ga., 4 April 1865 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.5. Civil War Era, 1844-1865., Folder 9
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783.

15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 10

Primary field correspondence by the American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786): #03433, Subseries: "1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783." Folder 10

To Lieutenant Colonel Lee, 15 January 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To General Marion, 16 January 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To General Lillington, 22 January 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Lieutenant Colonel Lee, 26 January 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To General Sumner (Camp Halifax), 18 February 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Lieutenant Colonel Lee (Boyds Mill, between the Haw and Deep Rivers), 5 March 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Lieutenant Colonel Lee (Camp at High Rock Ford), 9 March 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Lieutenant Colonel Lee (Camp at High Rock Ford), 10 March 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
Two letters to Lieutenant Colonel Lee, 19 March 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Lieutenant Colonel Lee (Camp at South Buffalo), 22 March 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Lieutenant Colonel Lee (Camp before Camden), 24 April 1781 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To General George Washington (Headquarters, Charlestown), 11 July 1783 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Greene from Ben Guerard (Charlestown, S.C.), 12 August 1783 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
To Greene from Warner Mifflin, with note by Benjamin Rush, 21 October 1783 #03433, Subseries 1. Americana, 1630-1865. 1.6. Nathanael Greene Correspondence, 1781-1783., Folder 10
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.7. Henry Clay Correspondence, 1807-1848 and undated.

10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence by Henry Clay (1777-1852), American politician and orator. The 9 August 1848 letter has an oval photo of Clay attached to the letter. The undated letter is to the Hon. Joseph Nickolson and has a fragment from a letter addressed to Washington Irving attached.

Folder 11

1807-1848 and undated #03433, Subseries: "1.7. Henry Clay Correspondence, 1807-1848 and undated." Folder 11

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899.

40 items.

Arrangement: topical.

A miscellaneous grouping of manuscripts collected primarily for their autograph value.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. George Cruikshank Correspondence, 1837-1876.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Charles Dickens Materials, 1844-1932.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. William Makepeace Thackeray Correspondence, 1849-1857.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated.

15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 16

Miscellaneous items: #03433, Subseries: "2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated." Folder 16

Two English deeds (in Latin), 1597, 1609 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Two letters by Sir Humphry Davy (inventor of laughing gas), 30 June 1812, 1 December 1818 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Notice from Michael Faraday, 11 January 1837 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Diploma from the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester, signed by John Dalton, 23 January 1844 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter from Thomas Henry Huxley to Lady Wrothesley, 28 September 1867(?) #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by Benjamin Silliman, New Haven, 19 June 1869 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by James Thomas Fields, 5 April 1880 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by S.L. Clemens (Mark Twain), 18 July 1881 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by William Morris (Kelmscott Press), 20 February 1890 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by J.B. Gordon (Georgia senator), 6 December 1895 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by Joesph Conrad, 10 April 1897 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Joseph Jefferson to "Maggie" (Margaret Jane Jefferson Farjeon, wife of Benjamin L. Farjeon), 18 November 1899 #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
Letter by Johnston Forbes-Robertson, undated #03433, Subseries 2. Literary Miscellany, 1587-1899. 2.4. Miscellany, 1597-1899 and undated., Folder 16
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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Personal Papers, 1904-1957.

About 600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957.

About 350 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Whitaker's early correspondence is primarily from his mother and father (William A. Whitaker, Sr. and Anna Bitting Whitaker) of Winston-Salem, N.C. From 1913 to 1915, Whitaker, a professor of the University of Kansas, received a number of letters from John Muldoon. Muldoon lived with an aunt in Atlantic City, N.J. and Whitaker acted as his "Big Brother."

Whitaker's later correspondence centered around building his collection of autographs and books as well as correspondence with UNC librarian, Charles Rush. Most of the correspondence with Rush concerns his substantial donations of books and manuscripts to the University Library. From the late 1940s on, substantial correspondence with rare book dealers is present, including Alan Thomas, Parke-Bernet Galleries (Arthur Swann), Francis Edwards, Ltd., A.S.W. Rosenbach, and Mary Benjamin among others. Copies of Whitaker's correspondence is present in many instances.

The undated correspondence in folder 29 also includes some genealogical materials on the Whitaker family.

Folder 17

October 1904-March 1905 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 17

Folder 18

April-December 1905 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 18

Folder 19

1906-1912 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 19

Folder 20

1913-1917 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 20

Folder 21

1921-1948 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 21

Folder 22

1949 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 22

Folder 23

January-June 1950 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 23

Folder 24

July-December 1950 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 24

Folder 25

1951 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 25

Folder 26

1952 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 26

Folder 27

1953 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 27

Folder 28

1954-1957 #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 28

Folder 29

Undated and family data #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." Folder 29

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-3433/1

Photocopies of pages from manuscript volume of genealogical records, undated #03433, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1904-1957." OPF-3433/1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Diaries, 1951-1956.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Receipts and Acknowledgments, 1930-1957 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Pictures, undated.

175 items.

Arrangement: by format, then content.

This grouping consists of engravings, prints, and postcards. Whitaker collected engraving of individuals whose autographs were present in his collection. The postcards are primarily of the Western United States dating from the early 20th century. They document scenic wonders, mines, and refineries. An autographed postcard of Orville Wright is contained in PF-3433/12.

Image Folder PF-3433/1

Engravings from autograph collection: #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/1

Henry Clay (two items) #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
Jefferson Davis #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
Nathanael Greene #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
William Moultrie #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
Charles Pinckney #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
John Randolph of Roanoke (three items) #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
George Walton #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/1
Image Folder PF-3433/2

Three photographs: #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/2

Photo of William A. Whitaker #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/2
Photo of Whitaker exhibit #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/2
Photo of exhibit from brochure #03433, Series 4. Pictures, undated., Imagefolder PF-3433/2
Image Folder PF-3433/3

Five prints by A. James Harlan, Colorado Springs, Colo., depicting mining camps #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/3

Image Folder PF-3433/4

Six postcards: Arizona, mining operations #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/4

Image Folder PF-3433/5

Nine postcards: Pueblo, Colo. #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/5

Image Folder PF-3433/6

Twenty postcards: Pike's Peak, Colo.; Colorado scenic views #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/6

Image Folder PF-3433/7

Thirteen postcards: miscellaneous Colorado cities and mines #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/7

Image Folder PF-3433/8

Fourteen postcards: various Kansas locations; includes two with zinc ore samples #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/8

Image Folder PF-3433/9

Twenty-eight postcards: Montana #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/9

Image Folder PF-3433/10

Twenty postcards: Utah; includes Salt Lake City #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/10

Image Folder PF-3433/11

Thirty postcards: Yellowstone National Park #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/11

Image Folder PF-3433/12

Seventeen miscellaneous postcards: includes University of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Kitty Hawk card signed by Orville Wright #03433, Series: "4. Pictures, undated." PF-3433/12

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Processing Information

Processed by: Tim Pyatt, April 1995

Encoded by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010

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