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Guide to the George W. Van Metre papers, 1732-1943, bulk 1830-1910.

Abstract

George Van Metre was a civil engineer, real estate dealer, local politician and local recorder of weather conditions at Martinsburg, West Virginia. The collection includes surveying notes, drawings, personal and business correspondence and papers of Van Metre as well as William Ferrel and members of his family. Also included are weather observations, account books and letters from a missionary in India.

Descriptive Summary

Title
George Van Metre papers
Creator
Van Metre, George
Extent
9.0 Linear feet
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

The collection is predominantly composed of surveying notes and drawings, together with personal and business correspondence and papers of Van Metre, of William Ferrel (1817-1891), meteorologist, and of other members of the Van Metre and Ferrel (Ferrell) families of West Virginia. The Van Metre and Ferrel families were connected through marriage. The collection also includes weather observations, business diaries, letters relating to family matters, medical records, letters from a missionary in India about her experiences and the people she encounters, and account books.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Letters and Papers, 1732-1879
(3.0 folders)
Box 1
Letters and Papers, 1880-1909
(3.0 folders)
Box 2
Letters and Papers, 1910-1943 and undated
(4.0 folders)
Box 3
Letters, Papers and Pictures, undated
(4.0 folders)
Box 4
Bills and Receipts, 1874-1900
(4.0 folders)
Box 5
Bills and Receipts, 1901-1904
(3.0 folders)
Box 6
Bills and Receipts, 1905-1908
(4.0 folders)
Box 7
Bills and Receipts, 1909-1918 and undated
(4.0 folders)
Box 8
Daybook, 1853-1879
Volume F:6392
Medical Notes, 1856-1857
Volume M:5929
Memorandum Book, 1864-1866
Volume S:5930
Account Book, 1884-1890
Volume S:5891
Diary, 1889
Volume S:5892
Diary, 1890
Volume S:5893
Diary, 1891
Volume S:5894
Surveyor's Notes, 1887-1901
Volume M:5895

Historical Note

George Van Metre was a civil engineer, real estate dealer, local politician and local recorder of weather conditions at Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George W. Van Metre papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The George W. Van Metre paers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1954.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library staff

Accessions described in this finding aid: 48-1860