Guide to the John McLean Harrington Papers, 1760-1922

Collection Overview

Correspondence, diary (1860), and other papers, of Harrington and of his father, James Stephens Harrington, state legislator. The correspondence includes information on public education in Guilford and Chatham counties, the Civil War, post-war activities of the Republican Party in North Carolina, and family matters. Includes weather reports for 1869-1870 and 1879-1882.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
John McLean Harrington papers
Harrington, John McLean, 1839-1887
7.1 Linear Feet, 972 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Information folder
Box 1
Correspondence, 1775-1869
Box 1
Correspondence, 1870-1911
Box 2
Diary, 1859-1860
Box 2
Weather book, 1869-1870
Box 2
Weather chart book, 1879-1882
Box 2
Legal Papers
Box 3
Financial papers, 1782-1865
Box 3
Financial papers, 1866-1922
Box 4
Writings and Speeches
Box 4
Account books
Box 4
Box 4
Box 5
Box 5
Printed Material
Box 5
Topical series
Box 5
Topical Series
Box 6
School and tax records
Oversize-folder Folder 1
Harnett County Tax List
Oversize-folder Folder 1
Oversize-folder Folder 2

Historical Note

Harrington was a teacher, surveyor, clerk, and sheriff, of Harnett Co., N.C.

Subject Headings

Separated Material

Separated Material

Broadside F-281: Election notice! :an election will be held on the second Thursday in November, the 9th day of the month, at the several precincts in the county of Cumberland for the following officers ...

Broadside F-306: A sheet of advertisements prepared by John McLean Harrington and possibly intended to be inserted into one of his publications

Related Material

Harrington published two handwritten newspapers during his career--The Young American (Jan.-Dec. 1858) and The Nation (April-Sept. 1858). Some of these newspapers form a part of his collection at Duke, while others are located in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Typewritten transcriptions of the surviving issues have been prepared by Cambell University Libraries and are available at:

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John McLean Harrington Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University


The John McLean Harrington Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library between 1935-1950.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, December 2010

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2010