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John L. Kerr Papers, 1847-1929

Manuscript Collection #203

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Title: John L. Kerr Papers
Creator: Kerr, John L.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1847-1929) including correspondence, deeds, plats, family letters, bills, poems.
Extent: 0.044 Cubic feet, 13 items , copies, consisting of correspondence, deeds, plats, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

June 27, 1972, 13 items, copies; Papers (1847-1929), including correspondence, legal papers, maps, etc. Loaned for copying by Ronald Moye, Greenville, 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

John L. Kerr Papers (#203), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Ronald Moye

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, July 1975

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

James Kerr emigrated from Scotland prior to 1848 and settled in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. The family soon spread into nearby Wayne County, Pennsylvania, where they remained for several generations. A descendant, John L. Kerr, apparently moved to Columbia Falls, Montana.

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Correspondence in the collection includes a letter (1848) from Thomas Waugh in Scotland relating family news and describing life and events in that country after the departure of James Kerr for America. A second letter (1849) comments on life in Canada and compares conditions there with those in Scotland.

Other items pertain to Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and consist of deeds, plats, and contracts for Kerr land in that county. These include a bill of sale for timber (1905) and the deed for a cemetery lot in nearby Carbondale. Also of interest are two printed poems written by John L. Kerr while residing in Columbia Falls, Montana.

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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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