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Rives-Dalton Family Papers, 1846-1883

Manuscript Collection #136

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Title: Rives-Dalton Family Papers
Creators: Dalton family
Rives family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1846-1883) consisting of correspondence with personal matters, comments, slaves, letters, report, etc.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 24 items , consisting of correspondence

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Accessions Information

August 17, 1970, 24 items; Correspondence. Loaned for copying by Mrs. C. J. Lambe and Miss Nan E. Jones, Walnut Cove, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Rives-Dalton Family Papers (#136), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mrs. C. J. Lambe and Miss Nan E. Jones

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Griffin, April 1971

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Correspondence is primarily concerned with routine family and personal matters, such as illnesses, births, deaths, and marriages of relatives and neighbors.

One complete letter is devoted to a detailed description of a case of smallpox suffered by the writer's child (1856). Of interest are comments on current prices for various crops and goods during the period, including corn, pork, flour, cotton, tobacco, salt, sole leather, wagons, horses and mules. Particular note is made of the harsh winter of 1855-1856, the purchase of dresses (1850), the breaking up of slave families (1850), the difficulty of buying slaves (1852), religious revivals (1851), the position of the Know-Nothing (American) Party as the heir to Whig Party support (1856), scarcity of money (1857-1858), and inflationary prices during the early months of the Civil War (1861). Several letters (1857-1860, 1883) were written from South Carolina and Georgia and describe efforts to sell tobacco on a glutted market. Typical of this was his report from Macon, Georgia (1858), that there were already sixteen wagons of tobacco in the yard when he arrived.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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