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Taft Family Papers, 1860s-1890s

Manuscript Collection #784

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Title: Taft Family Papers
Creator: Taft family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers of Greenville, NC family (ca. 1860s - 1890s) including civil war era photographs, daguerreotypes, a tintype, family histories, an autograph album, a marriage certificate, a school song, and a clipping. (0.25 cf)
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 24 items , photographs, daguerreotypes, tintype, family histories, autograph album and printed materials

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Accessions Information

August 10, 1999, 24 items; Papers of Greenville, NC family, including photographs, daguerreotypes, a tintype, family histories, an autograph album, a marriage certificate, a school song, and a clipping. Donor: Mrs. Frances Taft Palmer.

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Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Taft Family Papers (#784), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Frances Taft Palmer

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Processed by Jessica Carter April 2004


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

The Taft family is well-established in Pitt County, North Carolina, the first Taft having arrived in Greenville from Uxbridge, Massachusetts before 1811. They were merchants and landowners. For more details on the Taft Family history, see the included written histories.

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The collection consists mainly of photographs of the Taft and Hoover families, of Pitt County, North Carolina. They date from the Civil War-era through the 1890s. The bulk of the photographs are of family members, taken 1865-1900. One photograph is of J.T.B. Hoover in his Confederate uniform. Others subjects include Adelaide Taft, Alice Hoover Taft, and other family members. There are also a few papers from the Taft family in the collection, mainly personal items such as an autograph book, a marriage certificate, and other family-related papers. Included are two family histories, one written by Adelaide Taft Sigmon and the other a record of a Taft family meeting held in Uxbridge, Massachusetts in 1874. See container list for more details.

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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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