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Guide to the William Holland Thomas papers, 1814-1898

Abstract

Indian agent, lawyer, and trader, of Haywood Co., N.C.

Correspondence, account books, day books, ledgers, and other papers, relating to Thomas' life in western North Carolina, the removal of the Cherokee Indians and the status of those who remained, Civil War fighting in east Tennessee, postwar administration of Indian affairs, and his private business operations as a trader among the Cherokees. Includes records of Thomas' five stores in Haywood and Cherokee counties, and business correspondence and accounts of Thomas' son, also William Holland Thomas, a merchant and farmer of Jackson County, N.C. Other subjects include railroads and roads in North Carolina.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Thomas, William Holland, 1805-1893
Title
William Holland Thomas papers 1814-1898
Language of Material
English
Extent
10 Linear Feet, 2789 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains letters and papers of William H. Thomas (1805-1893), lawyer, Indian agent and trader, and colonel in the Confederate Army, concerning his life in western North Carolina, the removal of the Cherokee Indians and the status of those who remained in North Carolina, the building of roads and railroads, fighting during the Civil War in East Tennessee, postwar administration of Indian affairs, and private business of Thomas. There are also account books, day books, and ledgers showing a record of goods bought and sold in Thomas's five stores in Haywood and Cherokee counties. Included also are business correspondence and miscellaneous accounts, 1875-1890, of his son, William Holland Thomas, Jr., merchant and farmer of Jackson County, North Carolina. The library also holds microfilm, 2 reels, William Holland Thomas papers, 1820-1931, in the possession of James R. Thomas, Waynesville, North Carolina.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence and papers, 1814-1842
(7 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence and papers, 1843-1850
(7 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence and papers, 1851-1864
(7 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence and papers, 1865-1899 and undated
(6 folders)
Box 4
Correspondence and papers, undated
(2 folders)
Box 5
Receipts and accounts
(5 folders)
Box 5
Receipts and clippings
(6 folders)
Box 6
Preservation copy of Supplementary Report of Cherokee Indians Remaining in N.C.
(1 folder)
Box 6
Account Book, 1834-1836

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3849
Accounts, 1835-1839

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3850
Accounts, Records of Indebtedness and Inventory of Goods, 1836-1853

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3851
Account Book, 1836-1841

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume M:3852
Account Book: Inventory, Order Book, Notes and Accounts Due, Misc. Accounts, 1836-1841

Indiantown, [Quallatown], Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3853
Account Book, 1837

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3854
Accounts, 1837-1838

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3855
Account Book, 1838

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume M:3856
Diary and Account Book, 1839-1841

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3857
Accounts, 1845-1849 (List of goods sold); Day Book, 1850-1851

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3858
Account Book, 1849-1850

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3859
Account Book, 1864

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3860
Account Book, 1878

Junaluska, Jackson County, N.C.

Volume S:3861
Accounts, 1880

Junaluska, Jackson County, N.C.

Volume F:3862
Accounts of Indebtedness, 1839-1842

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume L:3863
Cash Book, 1837-1872

Calhoun, Tenn.

Volume M:3864
Cash Book, 1838

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3865
Collection Book, 1834-1838

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3866
Collection and Receipt Book, 1875-1880

Junaluska, Jackson County, N.C.

Volume L:3867
Day Book, 1832-1833

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3868
Day Book, 1833-1834

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3869
Day Book, 1834-1835

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3870
Day Book, 1836-1838

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3871
Day Book, 1836-1845

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3872
Day Book, 1837

Indiantown, [Quallatown], Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3873
Day Book, 1837-1839

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3874
Day Book, 1839

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3875
Day Book, 1839-1840

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume L:3876
Day Book, 1839-1840

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3877
[unidentified volume]
Volume L:3878
Day Book, 1840-1841

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3879
Day Book, 1840-1843

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3880
Day Book, 1841-1842

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume L:3881
Day Book, 1845-1848

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3882
Day Book, 1848-1850

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3883
Day Book, 1851

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3884
Day Book, 1851-1853

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3885
Day Book, 1852-1854

Fort Montgomery, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume L:3886
Day Book, 1853-1854

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3887
Day Book, 1853-1854

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3888
Day Book, 1854-1855

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3889
Day Book, 1854-1857

Fort Montgomery, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume L:3890
Day Book, 1855-1856

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3891
Day Book, 1856-1857

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3892
Day Book, 1858-1863

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3893
Depositions, legal notes, etc., 1828-1843

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume M:3894
Diary and Account Book, 1840

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3895
Index to ledger, 1847

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume ff:3896
Indian Book, 1837

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume ff:3897
Indian Book, 1857

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3898
Invoice Book, 1838; Day Book, 1840-1842

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3899
Journal, 1836-1837; Day Book, 1838

Indiantown, [Quallatown], Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3900
Journal and Day Book, 1840-1844

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3901
Land Book, 1837

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3902
Land Book, 1838-1853

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3903
Ledger, 1833-1834

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume ff:3904
Ledger, 1835-1837

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3905
Ledger, 1836-1838

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3906
Ledger, 1836-1845

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3907
Ledger, 1837-1847

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3908
Ledger, 1839-1844

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3909
Ledger [New Firm], 1839-1843

Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3910
Ledger and Day Book, 1839-1841

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3911
Ledger, 1839-1845

Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume F:3912
Ledger, 1840-1845

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3913
Ledger and Indian Accounts, 1840-1858

Quallatown, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3914
Ledger (Postage Accounts), 1844-1845

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume M:3915
Ledger, 1845-1848

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3916
Ledger (White Customers), 1847-1855

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume F:3917
Letterbook, 1835-1842

Scott's Creek, Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3918
Letterbook and Accounts, 1838-1845

Murphy, Cherokee County, N.C.

Volume L:3919
Letterbook, 1858

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume M:3920
List of White Accounts, Notes, Judgements, Etc., 1849-1867

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume M:3921
Miscellaneous Accounts, 1874

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3922
Rail Road Book, 1854-1855

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume S:3923
Register of Reservations Under the Cherokee Treaty of 1817

North Carolina and Tennessee

Volume M:3924
Scrapbook, 1852-1888

Jackson County, N.C.

Volume F:3925
Scrapbook, circa 1890

Waynesville, N.C.

Volume L:3926
Supplementary Report of Cherokee Indians Remaining in N.C., 1835

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume L:3927
Turnpike Records, 1859

Haywood County, N.C.

Volume M:3928

Historical Note

William Holland Thomas (1805-1893) was an Indian agent, lawyer, and trader, of Haywood Co., N.C.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The William Holland Thomas papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library between 1938 and 1952.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff,

Encoded by Noah Huffman, April 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1938 to 1952

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.