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Guide to the Sheek Family Papers, 1767-1939

Abstract

Collection contains mainly letters (mostly between 1850-1869) to members of the Sheek family of North Carolina, from relatives who had migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Texas. The letters concern religion in the West, economic conditions, farming on the frontier, Texas during the 1840s-1860s, sectional strife, Civil War experiences, and conditions in the Confederacy and after the war.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Sheek family papers
Extent
3.5 linear feet, 7 boxes, 2,941 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains mostly letters (mainly 1850-1869) to members of the Sheek family of North Carolina, from relatives who migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Texas. The letters concern religion in the West, economic conditions, farming on the frontier, Texas during the 1840s-1860s, sectional strife, Civil War experiences, and conditions in the Confederacy and after the war.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48-hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1820-1869
(4 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1870-1929 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 2
Bills and receipts, 1767-1829
(5 folders)
Box 3
Bills and receipts, 1820-1839
(4 folder)
Box 4
Bills and receipts, 1840-1849
(5 folders)
Box 5
Bills and receipts, 1850-1899
(5 folders)
Box 6
Bills and receipts, undated
Box 7
Legal papers and printed materials, undated
(2 folders)
Box 7
Weaving drafts and other documents, undated
Box 7

Historical Note

The Sheek family of North Carolina had many relatives who migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Texas in the mid-nineteenth century.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Sheek family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Sheek family papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1950.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff.