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Collection Number: 02120-z

Collection Title: Wooster Family Papers, 1788; 1836-1899 (bulk 1844-1865).

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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 132 items
Abstract The Wooster family of Wilmington, N.C., counted among its members Lucy Wright Wooster (fl. 1844-1846) and her children, Ann Empie Wooster (fl. 1844-1846), William Augustus Wooster (1839-1862), and John Lewis Wooster (1831-1885). The collection contains the correspondence and papers of the Wooster family, chiefly 1844-1865. Most of the collection consists of letters to Ann Empie Wooster from her mother, Lucy Wright Wooster, in Philadelphia, Pa., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1844-1846, describing life in those places and including an account of anti-Catholic rioting in Philadelphia; papers of Lucy Wright Wooster's son, William Augustus Wooster (1839-1862); and Civil War letters from another son, John Lewis Wooster (1831-1885); and other military and civilian relatives. Papers of William A. Wooster include essays he wrote as a student at the University of North Carolina, 1859-1860, and lengthy letters, 1860-1862, that he wrote while serving with the 18th North Carolina Regiment (and perhaps other units) about camp life, and other military matters, as well as social affairs and philosophical ruminations.
Creator Wooster family.
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 Wooster Family Papers, #2120-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Alice Boatwright, 1939.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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 Wooster family of Wilmington, N.C., counted among its members Lucy Wright Wooster (fl. 1844-1846) and her children, Ann Empie Wooster (fl. 1844-1846), William Augustus Wooster (1839-1862), and John Lewis Wooster (1831-1885).

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The collection includes correspondence and papers of the Wooster family, chiefly 1844-1865. Most of the collection consists of letters to Ann Empie Wooster from her mother, Lucy Wright Wooster, in Philadelphia, Pa., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1844-1846, describing life in those places and including an account of anti-Catholic rioting in Philadelphia; papers of Lucy Wright Wooster's son, William Augustus Wooster (1839-1862); and Civil War letters from another son, John Lewis Wooster (1831-1885), and other military and civilian relatives discussing conditions and events of the war at home in Wilmington, N.C, and in camps in South Carolina and North Carolina. Papers of William A. Wooster include essays he wrote as a student at the University of North Carolina, 1859-1860, and lengthy letters, 1860-1862, that he wrote while serving with the 18th North Carolina Regiment (and perhaps other units) about camp life, and other military matters, as well as social affairs and philosophical ruminations. Following his death in battle, 1862, there is a group of letters of condolence written to the family.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 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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