New Finding Aids Online

I added four Private Collection finding aids to the website today. Most of my attention these days is focused on our online catalog (MARS), but luckily we have a new staff member, Lee Todd, who is now working on EAD as well. These finding aids are courtesy of him:

Wetherington, Julia, Papers, 1948 – 1951 – Julia Wetherington, 1892-1978, daughter of Oliver Hazard and Nannie (Daughtery) Wetherington, was born at Tuscarora, Craven County, N.C. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1913. In 1938 she began work as a state elementary school supervisor in the Division of Instructional Services, N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction. During 1949 Miss Wetherington, having been granted a leave of absence by the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction, worked as an education advisor in the denazification program under the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany to reform the school system of post-war Germany. Miss Wetherington completed her work in Germany toward the end of 1949, returned to Raleigh, and resumed her work in the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction. She retired in 1958. The papers in this collection all relate to Miss Wetherington’s experience in post-war Germany. They include a file of biographical and personnel materials, copies of briefing notes and historical reports, an article by Vaughn R. De Long on “School Reform in Land Hesse”, nine sets of note cards, and souvenirs.

Wheeler, Dr. Samuel Jordan, Notebooks, 1832 – 1879 – Dr. Samuel Jordan Wheeler (1810-1879) was educated at Hertford Academy; graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.; studied medicine with Dr. Nathan Chapman, first president of the American Medical Association. He married Lucinda Bond, daughter of Lewis Bond, state legislator from Bertie County. A Baptist active in the Chowan Association, he practiced medicine, farmed, and taught at the Chowan Baptist Female Institute. Dr. Wheeler owned and edited The [Murfreesboro] Citizen, 1858-1859 and served with the mounted “partisan rangers” on picket duty, 1862-1864. Includes a medical day book of 145 pages and a diary. The day book contains the accounts of his patients in intermittent years between 1834-1870 and the accounts of boarders, some of whom were young ladies attending the Chowan Baptist Female Institute [Chowan College] in Murfreesboro, 1849-1855. The diary of 1879, written on the back of weekly weather chronicles of the War Department is essentially a day by day account of the slow dying of Dr. Wheeler at “Willow Hall” in Bertie County.

Williams, Kate Middleton Pearsall, Papers, 1877 – 1946 – Kate Middleton Pearsall (1861-1909) was the daughter of Jeremiah and Jemima Haywood Pearsall of Duplin County. Presumably, her teaching career lasted only through the decade of the 1880s and closed upon her marriage to Robert Williams of Mount Olive, N.C. By a previous marriage Robert Williams had two children, Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Richard Edward Wooten) and George R. Williams, and by his marriage to Kate Middleton Pearsall, one son, James Henry Williams (1891-1949). Kate Pearsall Williams entered Hygeia Hospital and Sanatorium in Richmond, Virginia, for treatment of a heart condition in the autumn of 1907 and remained there through the winter of 1907/08. She died July 2,1909. The collection consists of letters, invoices, bills, receipts, post cards, two manuscript volumes, cancelled checks, and notes. The majority of the letters are those written by James H. Williams to his mother while in school at Faison and Oxford and those written to him by Mrs. Williams from their home in Mount Olive or from Hygeia Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. The invoices, bills, and receipts date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother’s guardianship from 1905 to 1909. Earlier materials relate to the education of Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams and include a copybook and notebook.

Young, John Augustus, Diary, 1861 – 1888 – John Augustus Young (1814-1888) was born in Iredell County. Young built the Rock Island Manufacturing Company, a woolen mill. Young served in the 4th Regiment of North Carolina Troops (1861-1862) but returned to wool manufacturing for troops. After the failure of his mill in 1870, Young served as clerk of Inferior Court, Mecklenburg County until 1885 and then as postmaster of Charlotte until his death. The collection includes a diary of thirty-one pages kept by Young in 1861, a sample pay voucher, a list of flare and cannon signals (1861), and a photocopy of Young’s obituary (1888). The diary recounts the 4th Regiment’s organization after his appointment in May; giving general details of Battle of Bull Run; describing Col. George B. Anderson and leave spent with Maj. Bryan Grimes at a plantation in Virginia; and mentioning epidemic of measles, nursing service by ladies of Richmond, machinery ordered from England for his mill, and clothing for the regiment.

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