Guide to the William T. Gannaway papers, 1853-1906


William Gannaway was a Professor of Latin and History at Trinity College in Randolph County from 1857 until his retirement in 1892. The collection includes account books and grade books as well as a small amount of correspondence and notes. The material ranges in date from 1853-1906.

Collection Details

Record Group
William T. Gannaway papers
Gannaway, William T.
2.4 Linear Feet, 40 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection largely includes grade books and account books. These consist of personal account books (Gannaway, like many other teachers, was also a working farmer) and college account books. They have not been separated. The is a report to the Trustees from 1864 as well as miscellaneous memoranda, receipts, financial records and notes, and a small amount of correspondence, including a letter from E. F. Finch in 1888 that concerns the financial affairs of Charles Heitman and their effects on Trinity College. The material ranges in date from 1853-1906.

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[Identification of item], William T. Gannaway Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Container List

2 boxes
Account Book, 1875-1877
Oversize-folder 1
Account Book, 1872
Expense Book, 1878
Account Book, 1878-1885
Day Book, 1853-1877
Grade Book, 1886-1887
Account Book, 1872
Grade Book, 1873
Grade Book, 1869
Grade Book, undated
Grade Book, 1873
Account Book, 1861-1865
Account Book, 1870-1871
Expense Account, Trinity College (Randolph Co.), 1882-1887
Oversize-folder 2
Receipt Book, 1882-1883
Account Book, 1883-1884
Account Book, 1886-1906
Account Book, 1888-1891
Account Book, 1892-1899
Account Book pages, 1900-1902 (folder)
Papers, including receipts and correspondence (folder)

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

William Trigg Gannaway was born in Wythe County, Virginia in 1826. He graduated from Emory and Henry College in Bristol, Tennessee in 1847. In the autumn of that year, he opened a high school at Floyd Court House, Virginia. He conducted this school for a few years when he was elected head of a high school at Germanton, North Carolina. He ran this school until he was appointed Professor of Latin and History at Trinity College in Randolph County, North Carolina in 1857. In the absence of Braxton Craven, Gannaway served as President of the college from 1863-1865. He remained at Trinity College until it moved to Durham in 1892, when he retired from teaching. After retiring, he kept his home and farm in Randolph County. He died in 1911.

Related Material

  • Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.) collection, 1836-1990 (Duke University Archives)

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Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, February 2007

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, April 2007