Guide to the Thomas Lenoir Papers, 1771-1912


Army officer, of Caldwell Co., N.C.

Correspondence, diary, legal documents, account books, mercantile records, surveying records, and other papers (chiefly 1838-1880) of Lenoir, of his father, William Lenoir, and of his children. The early papers concern horse breeding, legal matters, deism in North Carolina (1790s), and the international situation (1790s). Thomas Lenoir's papers make up the majority of the collection and relate to the settlement of his father's estate, activities of his brother in Tennessee and his sons at the University of North Carolina, and antebellum agriculture in North Carolina. Postwar letters pertain mainly to politics, agriculture, cattle diseases, family matters, student life at the University of North Carolina and at Davis Military School, Winston (now Winston-Salem), N.C., North Carolina militia, and Civil War reminiscences. Correspondents include W. J. Bingham, Calvin J. Cowles, Charles F. Deems, S. F. Patterson, Lewis Williams.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Lenoir, Thomas, 1780-1861.
Thomas Lenoir papers 1771-1912
Language of Material
2,007 Items
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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1771-1805
Box 1
Correspondence, 1806-1839
Box 2
Correspondence, 1840-1853
Box 3
Correspondence, 1854-1864
Box 4
Correspondence, 1865-1912
Box 5
Correspondence, undated
Box 6
Correspondence, undated
Box 7
Bills and Receipts, 1770-1840
Box 8
Bills and Receipts, 1841-1912 and undated
Box 9


(1 box, 8 volumes)
Account book, 1800-1804 and undated
Box 10
Diary, 1806-1807
Box 10
Account book, William Lenoir, 1833
Box 10
Memorandum book, 1837-1838 (including sketches)
Box 10
Accounts of Smithing done by Wheeler Odell in Thomas Lenoir's shop, 1845-1846
Box 10
Memoranda books, 1845-1846; 1847; and 1848-1849
(3 volumes)
Box 10
Diaries, 1850-1852
(2 volumes)
Box 10
Day books, 1864-1868; 1869-1873
(2 volumes)
Box 10
Accounts with Persons of Color, 1866-1872
Box 10
Account book, 1880s
Box 10
Ledgers, undated

For Lower Creek, Boone Fork, and Hickory Tavern "old boundaries".

(6 volumes)
Box 10
Field notes (Linville), undated
(3 volumes)
Box 10
Postmaster's Account book, 1847-1880
Volume M:2244
Account book, 1861-1866
Volume L:2245
Account book, 1870-1877
Volume F:2246
Account book, 1878-1880
Volume L:2247
Account book, 1884-1889
Volume L:2248
Account book, 1822-1876
Volume L:2249
Account book, 1852-1868
Volume L:2251
Diary, 1838-1861
Volume L:2252
Oversize Folder 1
William Lenoir Land Book, 1778-1845
Box 11
William Lenoir Arithmetic book
Box 11
Thomas Lenoir Arithmetic
Box 11
Oversize Folder 2

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas Lenoir Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Thomas Lenoir Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1944-1950.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff,

Encoded by Jane Metters and Meghan Lyon, September 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.