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Clarkson Family Papers

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Clarkson Family Papers

Clarkson family papers
MS0023

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Clarkson family
Title
Clarkson family papers
ID
MS0023
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1875-1966
Date [inclusive]
1779, 1829, 1875-1966
Extent
1.75 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Material and family papers collected by Judge Francis Osborne Clarkson. Includes typescript copy of an autobiography by Jane Campbell Harris Woodruff (1788-1834) describing life in Charleston, S.C., and on a Florida plantation, reminiscences of life in Charlotte in the 1880s and 1890s by Margaret Bland, and a history of the First Presbyterian Church property. Also includes 94 pamphlets collected by Clarkson and his father, Judge Heriot Clarkson, reflecting their interests in the history and politics of Charlotte and North Carolina, patriotic societies, and alcoholism and prohibition.

Preferred Citation note

Clarkson Family Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Clarkson family of Charlotte originated in South Carolina [see Francis O. Clarkson, Thomas Boston Clarkson of South Carolina (Charlotte, N.C., 1973)]. Family members include Heriot Clarkson (1863-1942), Mecklenburg County lawyer, legislator, and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice (1923-42); and his son Francis Osborne Clarkson (b. 1895), Mecklenburg County lawyer, North Carolina State Senator (1931 32), and North Carolina Superior Court Judge (1953-59).

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains family papers and material about Charlotte, as well as pamphlets about history and politics of Charlotte and North Carolina, patriotic societies, and alcoholism and prohibition.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized in four series:

  • I. Pamphlet collection, 1875-1966
  • II. Manuscripts, 1780-1941
  • III. Printed ephemera, 1906-1960
  • IV. Land records, 1779

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gifts of Francis O. Clarkson, 1969 and 1980.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Francis Osborne Clarkson Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill, SHC #3275; Heriot Clarkson Papers, North Carolina State Archives; Heriot Clarkson Papers, UNC Chapel Hill, SHC #1313; Dr. Tucker Harris Collection, South Carolina Historical Society.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Clarkson family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Politics and government
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina--Politics and government

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Collection Inventory

 Series I Pamphlet collection 1875-1966 

Scope and Contents note

This series comprises 9 bound volumes containing 94 pamphlets collected by Heriot and Francis Clarkson. The collected pamphlets reflect the elder Clarkson's particular interests in alcoholism and prohibition, and Society of the Cincinnati, the Sons of the American Revolution, the North Carolina Democratic Party, World War I and its aftermath, and North Carolina history. An author and partial subject index is included.

Volume
1-9
Volume

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Volume 1 includes statement by Mecklenburg County Democratic Executive Committee on 1928 presidential campaign; and 1928 North Carolina Democratic Party Handbook.

1

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

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Volume 2 includes 1918 Democratic Party State Platform; guide to the Tower of London (1888); and pamphlets on alcoholism and prohibition.

2

Pamphlets 1875-1966   

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Volume 3 includes Frank Parsons, "The Bondage of Cities" (1900), on home rule for cities; Matt W. Ransom, "The South Faithful to Her Duties," 1875 speech in United States Senate; and pamphlets on alcoholism and prohibition.

3

Pamphlets 1875-1966   

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Volume 4 includes history of the 119th Infantry (2nd North Carolina Infantry), 1917-1919; catalogue (1919-1920) of the Salisbury Normal & Industrial Institute; and R. D. W. Connor, "Race Elements in the White Population of North Carolina" (1920), presentation copy.

4

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

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Volume 5 includes Harry Hayden, "The Story of the Wilmington Rebellion," (1936); Rev. S. F. Conrad, 20 page pamphlet attacking evolution, Charlotte, (circa 1925); and annual report of the Julius Rosenwald Fund (1930).

5

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

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Volume 6 includes Henry T. Thompson, "The Establishment of the Public School System of South Carolina" (1927); Carolina Military Institute, Charlotte, N.C. Final Official Register, 1873-82 (1902).

6

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

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Volume 7 includes early Maps of Carolina from the Henry P. Kendal Collection (1937).

7

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

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Volume 8 includes a statement supporting establishment of a branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank branch in the Carolinas (circa 1924).

8

Pamphlets 1875-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Volume 9 includes Frank Porter Graham, "The Faith of an American" (1952) presentation copy (The Spiral Press).

9

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 Series II Manuscripts 1780-1941 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains manuscripts documenting the lives of Clarkson ancestors, as well as the experiences of family members in Charlotte and North Carolina. Also includes a history of the First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

Box
1
Box Folder

Jane Campbell Harris Woodruff diary 1829 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of a 121-page transcript of a diary, entitled "Narrative of Jane Campbell Harris Woodruff: An Autobiography" (1829). The typescript was prepared in 1905 from a copy of Woodruff's original handwritten diary (location of original unknown). Woodruff (1788-1834) was the great great aunt of Francis Clarkson (see Clarkson family genealogy previously mentioned). Her diary traces her upbringing in socially prominent Charleston, S.C., and describes her romance and marriage (1816) to Capt. Joseph Woodruff (a U.S. Army officer and paymaster from Georgia), and their purchase of and move to a 2000 acre plantation, "Spring Garden," near St. Augustine, Fla., on the St. John's River. Written shortly after her husband's death, her autobiography reveals the trials and tragedies of the family's removal to a frontier life, including confrontation with hostile Indians, lack of supplies and fresh food, death of several of their children, disease, inclement weather, and the hardships of travel.

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Margaret A. Bland essay 1931 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of a 13-page typescript, entitled "Some Personal Recollections of Charlotte in the Eighties and Nineties" (1931). Bland, Francis Clarkson's aunt, wrote this essay for presentation to the Altrusa and Cranford Book Clubs in 1939. The essay gives the flavor of the social life of young women in Charlotte during the 1880s and 1890s, discussing in particular schools, primarily the Charlotte Female Institute, and various women's organizations in Charlotte.

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Francis Clarkson journal 1931 

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Photocopy of a 24 page journal, entitled "Camping Trip to the Great Smokies". This was written by Francis Clarkson about his four day camping trip in the Smoky Mountains in July and August, 1931, with his brother Thomas Simon Clarkson and friend G. T. Carswell. Includes copies of related photographs.

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First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte: History 1941 

Scope and Contents note

23 page typescript historical account of the church, entitled "A Brief Sketch of Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and the First Presbyterian Church Property" (1941). Written by John James.

1 4

Revolutionary War letter 1780 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of a 6 page typescript of a letter written by a Clarkson ancestor, Mary Oulfield Heriot, to Colonel Robert Heriot (10-31-1780) in Georgetown, S.C. to her husband, a prisoner of the British during their capture of Charleston, S.C. The letter reflects attempts on the part of the American army to negotiate release of the prisoners and the hard living conditions that many colonists experienced during the American Revolution.

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 Series III Printed ephemera 1906-1960 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains printed material documenting the legal profession in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte churches, and Samuel A'Court Ashe.

Box
1
Box Folder

Mecklenburg Bar 1960 

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, including information on Heriot and Francis Clarkson.

1 6

Charlotte churches 1906, 1944, 1960 

Scope and Contents note

Includes pamphlets about First Methodist (1944) and First Baptist (1960) and a Sunday School bulletin from First Baptist (1906).

1 7

Samuel A'Court Ashe 1941 

Scope and Contents note

A copy of "Memorial to Captain Samuel A'Court Ashe," an 8 page tribute to a fellow member of the Society of the Cincinnati, by Heriot Clarkson (1941).

1 8

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Land records 1779 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains documentation of a 1779 Rowan County land grant for 400 acres made to Adley Osborne and signed by North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell.

Oversize
OF1
Folder
6

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