Albert R. Smith Collection

Manuscript Collection #9
Smith, Albert R.
Physical description
0.055 Cubic Feet, 29 items , consisting of a personal journal, a will, a report, deeds, a letter, certificates, accounts, receipts, newspapers, and a pamphlet.
Preferred Citation
Albert R. Smith Collection (#9), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Collection (1848-1931) of Johnston County (NC) family including journal, will, deeds, letter, certificates, etc.

Scope and arrangement

The Albert R. Smith Collection contains the papers of N. T. Ryals and his ancestors, all of Johnston County.

Of considerable interest is the personal journal (1896-1900) of Ryals in which he preserved a daily one-line account of his work, the weather, and occurrences. Among the events noted in the journal are political conventions, congressional nominations, attendance at an 1896 William Jennings Bryan speech in Rocky Mount, "Red Shirt" activity in 1900, and Democratic election victories during each campaign. The journal also contains comments on the weather, marriages, deaths, accounts of income and expenses, and a resumé of agricultural activities.

Other items include a copy of the will of Jacob Woodall (1848), Johnston County deeds and plat (1859-1869), an arbitrator's report, a letter discussing family matters, accounts, receipts, a Confederate twenty-dollar bill, Johnston County teachers certificates (1889, 1890), two newspapers (The Smithfield Herald, Smithfield, N.C., Sept. 9, 1898, and The Lash, Moravian Falls, N.C., Jan. 1920), and two copies of a U.S. Department of Agriculture pamphlet entitled The Peafowl and Their Care (Nov. 1931). Newspapers in the collection are in the oversize folder.

Administrative information
Custodial History

September 21, 1967, 29 items; Papers (1848-1931) of Ryals family of Johnston County, consisting of a journal, a will, deeds, a letter, certificates, accounts, receipts, a report, newspapers, and a pamphlet. Deposited April 1966 by Mr. Albert R. Smith, Greenville, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Albert R. Smith

Processing information

Processed by D. Lennon, September 1967

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Ryals, N. T.
Woodall, Jacob
Family Names
Ryals family
Corporate Names
Democratic Party (N.C.)--History
Agriculture--North Carolina--Johnston County
Deeds--North Carolina--Johnston County
Money--Confederate States of America
Teachers--Certification--North Carolina
Johnston County (N.C.)--Genealogy
North Carolina--Politics and government--19th century