Spruill Family Papers, 1849-1903

Manuscript Collection #337

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Spruill Family Papers
    Creator: Spruill family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1849-1903) consisting of copies, originals, correspondence, financial records, farm journals, educational accounts, poetry, lists of text books and curricula.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 114 items , copies and originals, consisting of correspondence, financial records, farm journals, educational accounts, poetry, and miscellaneous.
  • Description
     

    Although primarily personal in nature, correspondence (1849-1903) in the collection, nevertheless, touches on a variety of subjects concerning eastern North Carolina during the nineteenth century, including agriculture, education, health, religion, society, and domestic life.

    With regard to agriculture, correspondents discuss crops, weather, farm failure, and loss of property, or give instructions on the preparation of crops for market. In correspondence (October 5, 1870) from Pasquotank County, one correspondent worries that the opening of free schools will ruin private institutions. Another letter (September 17, 1881) notes the prevalence of diphtheria in and around Plymouth, N.C., which had caused the death of many black children. Interesting also is a letter (April 22, 1868) referring to an upcoming visit by an Episcopal bishop to Plymouth.

    A letter (September 11, 1861) relates the efforts of eastern North Carolinians and the Confederate Army to "blockade Roanoke Island against the Yankees." An authorization (August 20, 1863) from Col. S. L. Freemont, chief engineer and superintendent of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, to James H. Hill for purchase of food stuffs is also included.

    Financial records (1859-1866) consist of accounts, receipts, warrants, an insurance premium notice, charges for tuition and board at St. Mary's College in Raleigh (1901), and an 1877 common school teacher's certificate.

    The collection contains an 1872-1873 catalogue of the Camden Male and Female Academy, Camden, North Carolina, which lists the various curricula, textbooks, and fees then in force. A folder of miscellaneous items includes a patent medicine book (ca. 1890) and two copies of the North Carolina Farmer (March and November 1881), which provide advice on plowing, the effectiveness of various fertilizers and medicines, and the cultivation or raising of cotton, tobacco, fruits, rice, corn, jute, cattle, poultry, and sheep. In addition, there are several Civil War and romantic poems as well as a list of books to be read.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    May 9, 1977, 24 items; Originals,Papers (1857-1903), of a Washington County, N.C., family, containing correspondence, poetry, a school catalogue, and a farm magazine.

    February 11, 1981 (Addition), 90 items; Copies, papers (1849-1901), including correspondence, educational accounts, a daybook, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mr. William E. Elmore, Greenville, N.C., and Mr. Jerry T. Jackson, Roper, N.C. Originals for copied material in the possession of Mr. Jerry T. Jackson, Roper, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. William E. Elmore
    Gift of Mr. Jerry T. Jackson

    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

    Spruill Family Papers (#337), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Mitchell; Fred Harrison, December 1988

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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