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The bibliography is arranged by topic and subtopic. Within each category, published materials are listed first, followed by manuscript materials. Published materials are arranged alphabetically. The manuscript materials are arranged first by repository and then by collection name or number. Within a collection, items are listed chronologically, earliest first.

Published Materials
Manuscript Materials
  • Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    William Bagley Letter Books (#863-z)
  • Daniel Moreau Barringer Papers (#3359)
  • Letter from Frank Smith to Daniel M. Barringer, Jan. 30, 1826 [1827]
  • Battle Family Papers (#3223-a)
  • A. D. Betts Papers (#3173)
  • Account book of student expenses, 1852-1853
  • Willis G. Briggs Papers (#3077)
  • Letter from William S. Grandy to his uncle, July 31, 1842
  • Brownrigg Family Papers (#2226)
  • Letter from Richard Brownrigg to his father, Mar. 5, 1811
  • Mary Biddle Norcott Bryan Papers (#1988)
  • Letter from Henry R. Bryan to his mother, Jan. 19, 1853
  • Burgwyn Family Papers (#1687)
  • Burwell Family Papers (#112)
  • Letter from UNC student to his female cousin, Feb. 8, 1817
  • John Caldwell Papers (#329)
  • Description of the University and the system of studies, by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, a handwritten addition, dated May 3, 1837, reports on Tod Caldwell's grades (paper circular)
  • Cameron Family Papers (#133)
  • DeRosset Family Papers (#214)
  • Letter from Moses John DeRosset to his father, Oct. 12, 1815 (In which he asks for money)
  • Letter from William Lord DeRosset to his father, Mar. 3, 1851
  • Letter from William Lord DeRosset to his mother, Nov. 9, 1851 (Includes description of a book burning)
  • William Carey Dowd Papers (#1722-z)
  • UNC Diploma and Dialectic Society certificate, 1858, OP-1722-z
  • Pen and pencil combination awarded to William C. Dowd as valedictorian, 1858
  • James Laurence Dusenbery Diary (#2561-z)
  • Entry on Aug. 7, 1841 (In which he describes the "fresh treat," a tradition in which freshman provided a wagon loaded with watermelons for the upperclassmen)
  • Bartholomew Fuller Papers (#3621-z)
  • Essay, advice from a student in the "Dangers of a College Life," [1848]
  • Gordon and Hackett Family Papers (#1040)
  • William A. Graham Papers (#285)
  • John Wesley Halliburton Papers (#4414-z)
  • Letter from John Wesley Halliburton to his second cousin and fiancé:, Juliet Halliburton, Mar. 11 1861 (Regarding dancing)
  • Letter from John Halliburton to Juliet Halliburton, Mar. 19, 1861 (Includes description of students playing in the snow)
  • Letter from John Halliburton to Juliet Halliburton, May 12, 1861
  • Hawkins Family Papers (#322)
  • Letter from John D. Hawkins to John Branch, Oct. 17, 1829
  • Letter from John D. Hawkins, Jr. to his father, Aug. 11, 1839
  • Letter from Philemon B. Hawkins to his father, Feb. 26, 1841 (Regarding student drunkenness)
  • Ernest Haywood Collection of Haywood Family Papers (#1290)
  • Resolution of the Board of Trustees concerning illness on campus, July 11, 1799
  • Message to parents addressing the concern that students were spending too much money, Dec. 15, 1802 (printed circular)
  • Letter to the Board of Trustees, Mar. 4, 1807 (Concerning the Sophomore class's study of Greek)
  • John Steele Henderson Papers (#327)
  • Printed invitation for the UNC commencement ball from W. A. Blount to R. B. Haywood, [May 1843]
  • Printed invitation for the UNC commencement ball from Junius B. Wheeler to Major A. Henderson and Lady, June 6, 1850
  • Printed program for commencement exercises, June 2, 1853
  • Printed program for commencement exercises, June 2, 1859
  • Printed UNC receipt for funds deposited for the use of Leonard Henderson, July 18, 1859
  • Letter from Leonard Henderson to his mother, July 26, 1859
  • Letter from Leonard Henderson to his mother, Sept. 30, 1859 (In which he recounts how a fellow student fell out of a tree)
  • Letter from Leonard Henderson to his mother, Oct. 16, 1859 (In which he recounts how a fellow student caught fire and was ignored by other students but later saved by a servant)
  • Letter from Leonard Henderson to his father, Feb. 1860 (Regarding permission to leave college)
  • Printed invitation to commencement ball, June 6, 1861
  • Gustavus A. Henry Papers (#1431)
  • Letter from James Lee, Jr. to Major G. A. Henry, Oct. 20, 1850
  • John DeBerniere Hooper Papers (#835)
  • Letter from Jerry Hooper to his Master, Oct. 19, 1861 (Jerry Hooper was a slave who apparently had been hired out to serve students but was having difficulty finding work because so many students left for the war)
  • Henry Francis Jones Papers (#3019-z)
  • Theodore Bryant Kingsbury Papers (#403)
  • Letter from John Osborne Guion to his cousin Theodore Kingsbury, Mar. 13, 1846 (Includes description of the boarding house)
  • Lewis Family Papers (#427)
  • Letter from Kenelm Harrison Lewis to his father, Exum Lewis, Sept. 6, 1835a
  • Letter from Kenelm Harrison Lewis to his sister, May 6, 1836
  • Letter from William Figures Lewis to his sister, May 2, 1840
  • Letter from Exum L. Whitaker to William Figures Lewis, Apr. 1, 1843
  • Letter from Richard Henry Lewis to his uncle, June 6, 1852
  • Letter from R. H. Speight to his uncle, Apr. 15, [1867] (Includes mention of the death of Dr. James Phillips)
  • Manly Family Papers (#4409)
  • Order of exercises for UNC commencement, June 7, 1855
  • Letter from Arthur Mc[Kimmon] to Sophie Manly, Oct. 25, 1859
  • Letter from Arthur [McKimmon] to Sophie Manly, Nov. 15,1859
  • Letter from Arthur McKimmon to Sophie Manly, Nov. 20, 1859
  • W. H. Maverick Papers (#498-z)
  • Letter from William H. Maverick to his mother, Nov. 19, 1866
  • Official UNC receipt given to William H. Maverick upon the payment of his college expenses, Aug. 21, 1867
  • William Sidney Mullins Papers (#531-z)
  • Journal, June 1, 1841 to Oct. 30, 1841
  • Journal, Oct. 27, 1840 to Mar. 15, 1841 (Includes comments on daily life and the Philanthropic Society)
  • Pettigrew Family Papers (#592)
  • Polk and Yeatman Family Papers (#606)
  • Notebook of Lucius J. Polk while a student at UNC, 1821
  • Thomas Ruffin Papers (#641)
  • Letter from William Thomson to Thomas Ruffin, Apr. 10, 1822
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Jan.1841
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Mar. 1841
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Apr. 1, 1841
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Apr. 1841
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, May 11, 1841
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Aug. 1841
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Jan. 29, 1842
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Feb. 21, 1842
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, July 18, 1842
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, [Nov.-Dec.] 1842 (Requests that his father let him leave college in order to go to sea and make it his profession)
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Jan. 11, 1843
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Jan. 27, 1843 (Includes a description of a disturbance on campus)
  • Letter from Elisha Mitchell to Thomas Ruffin, Feb. 2, 1843 (Letter written by the faculty to inform the parents the role their son played in the disturbance)
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Feb. 20, 1843
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, July 24, 1843
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Sept. 6, 1843
  • Letter from Thomas Ruffin, Jr. to his father, Thomas Ruffin, Jan. 13, 1844
  • Skinner Family Papers (#669)
  • Letter from Tristam Lowther Skinner to his father, Sept. 22, 1840
  • John Francis Speight Papers (#3914)
  • Letter from W.F. Lewis to his sister, Sept. 19, 1841 (Regarding the shooting of a student)
  • Letter from James P. Rives to Seth, Sept. 8, 1867
  • Letter from Richard Harrison Speight to his mother, Sept. 25, 1867
  • Cornelia Phillips Spencer Papers (#683)
  • Letter from Cornelia Phillips Spencer to her sister-in-law, Fanny Phillips, Jan. 23, 1868
  • David Lowry Swain Papers (#706)
  • John Dudley Tatum Letters (#3279-z)
  • Letter from John Dudley Tatum to his sister, Anna, Sept. 30, 1856
  • Edmonia Cabell Wilkins Papers (#2364)
  • Letter from Edmund W. Wilkins to his uncle, Feb. 4, 1851
  • Wilson and Hairston Family Papers (#4134)
  • Letter from John [Illegible] to Peter Hairston, Oct. 4, 1837
  • Wooster Family Papers (#2120-z)
  • Essay contrasting college and home life, Oct. 31, 1857
  • University of North Carolina Miscellaneous Personal Papers (#3129)
  • Letter from Thomas L. Spragins to his brother, Mel Spragins, Sept. 22, 1808
  • Letter from Samuel Edward Westray to his mother, Sept. 18, 1855
  • The Freshman's Friend, [1846], (notebook of about 150 pages that appears to be an unauthorized "crib" for students facing examinations, "published 1846," with the title "The Freshman's Friend")
  • University Archives, Wilson Library
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Inventory of the Office of the Registrar of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, Student Records and Faculty Reports (#40131)
  • Reports of Aug. 12, 1795 and Sept. 12, 1795 (Describes honors given for compositions and conduct)
  • Report of Mar. 25, 1798 (Includes lists of students, with annotations indicating whether or not their examinations were approved)
  • Record by class of courses, grades, and absences, Jan. 1833-June 1849, vol. 1: 1833-1849 (a ledger with student grades listed by subject)
  • Minutes of the Board of Trustees (#40001)
  • Records of the Dialectic Society (#40152)
  • Minutes of the Debating Society, June 3-Dec. 10, 1795
  • Agreement to Establish the Debating Society, 1795, Minutes, vol. 1, p. 1-8
  • Laws and Regulations of the Debating Society, 1795-1798, Minutes, vol. 1, p. 9-14
  • Inaugural address, by James K. Polk, May 20, 1818
  • Catalogs of Books, vol. 1: 1833-1834?
  • Address, by William Hill, Oct. 25, 1843
  • Address, by Samuel F. Phillips, Jan. 1841
  • Address, by Thomas J. Robinson, July 21, 1848
  • Records of the General Faculty and Faculty Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#40106)
  • Minutes of the General Faculty and Faculty Council (Stating the laws of the university including student and faculty regulation and admission requirements), microfilm reel 1, vol. 1:2 1814-1821, p. 1-34
  • Minutes of Nov. 1818 (In which student Matthew Perkinson is accused of using spirits of turpentine in "torturing and injuring animals belonging to the inhabitants of the village")
  • Minutes of Feb. 1819 (An account of how students are drunk and violent during a holiday from classes)
  • Minutes of Apr. 15, 1819 (In which student W.A. Anthony requests dismissal from college because of an argument with tutor [Simon Jordan])
  • Minutes of Oct. 27, 1823 (An account of Chapel Hill horse races, and how the faculty rule it improper for students to attend)
  • Minutes of June 2, 1824 (In which students pledge to stop gambling)
  • Minutes of Aug. 14, 1850 (An account of a student riot in which the students were drunk and stoned the faculty when they tried to intervene)
  • Minutes of Feb. 21, 1851 (An account of students painting caricatures of professors on University property, setting off gunpowder explosions, making an uproar on campus and in the village, and assaulting the faculty with stones)
  • Records of the Philanthropic Society (#40166)
  • Minutes of the Philanthropic Society, Aug. 10-Dec. 6, 1795
  • Minutes of June 26, 1798 (This entry outlines the laws for giving society diplomas)
  • Minutes of Mar. 5, 1799 (Meeting to create rules establishing a memorial for deceased members)
    UNC Miscellaneous Diplomas (#3050-z)
  • Adam Springs's diploma, 1798
  • John R. Hutchins's Dialectic Society Diploma, 1852
  • University Papers (#40005)
  • University Papers, Oversized Materials (#40005)