Collection Number: 05679

Collection Title: McKeithen Family Papers, circa 1800s-1927

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Size 4 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract Letters circa 1909-1926 between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen of Aberdeen, N.C., written during their engagement and marriage as well as a small amount of scattered family correspondence and papers. The collection also contains digital transcriptions of the McKeithens's letters created by their granddaughter Anne McKeithen.
Creator McKeithen Family
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the McKeithen Family Papers #5679, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
In addition to the PDF files described here in Series 3, transcriptions of most letters in the collection are available as Microsoft Word docx files in the Carolina Digital Repository. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Anne McKeithen in February 2016 (Acc. 102527).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Mary Norman Leland and Edwin T. McKeithen were married in 1911. They settled in Aberdeen, N.C., and had three sons.

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The collection contains courtship letters circa 1909-1911 between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen, called Norman, and her fiance Edwin T. McKeithen written while Norman was a student at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and Edwin worked in Rockingham, N.C., in real estate and insurance as well as letters circa 1911-1926 written after their marriage while Mary Norman Leland McKeithen was visiting family in Johnson City, Tenn., and Clayton, Ala. There are also letters between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and her parents on the occasion of her engagement and her honeymoon; a 1913 letter to Mary Norman Leland McKeithen's mother Effie Williams Leland from a family member relating his desertion to Canada during the Civil War; a letter, dated 1927, from Edwin T. McKeithen to his fifteen year-old son urging him to delay playing football; and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911.

114 items.

Arrangement: Letters have been kept in the order in which they arrived at the repository.

Letters have been annotated with the number of the corresponding transcription found in Series 3.

Letters between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen, called Norman, and her fiance Edwin T. McKeithen written while Norman was a student at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and Edwin worked Rockingham, N.C., in real estate and insurance. Edwin traveled for work and his letters are often written from trains and hotels.

Folder 1

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 1

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 1-7.

Folder 2

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 2

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 8-17.

Folder 3

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 3

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 18-25.

Folder 4

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 4

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 26-39.

Folder 5

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 5

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 40-45.

Folder 6

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 6

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 46-54.

Folder 7

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 7

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 55-61.

Folder 8

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 8

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 62-69.

Folder 9

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 9

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 70-76.

Folder 10

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 10

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 77-84.

Folder 11

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 11

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 85-90.

Folder 12

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 12

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 91-95.

Folder 13

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 13

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 96-100.

Folder 14

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "1. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence Before Marriage, 1909-1911." Folder 14

Letters corresponding to transcriptions 101-114.

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33 items.

Arrangement: Letters have been kept in the order in which they arrived at the repository.

Letters have been annotated with the number of the corresponding transcription found in Series 3.

Letters between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen, called Norman, and her husband Edwin T. McKeithen written while Mary Norman Leland McKeithen was visiting her parents in Johnson City, Tenn., and while visiting her grandparents in Clayton, Ala.

Folder 15

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1911-1926 #05679, Series: "2. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence After Marriage, 1911-1926." Folder 15

Letters corresponding to transcriptions A1-A13.

Folder 16

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1911-1926 #05679, Series: "2. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence After Marriage, 1911-1926." Folder 16

Letters corresponding to transcriptions A14-A28.

Folder 17

Correspondence between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen, circa 1911-1926 #05679, Series: "2. Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen Correspondence After Marriage, 1911-1926." Folder 17

Letters corresponding to transcriptions A29-A34. Letter corresponding to transcription A-31 is missing.

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147 items.

Arrangement: The original numbering system has been retained. Transcriptions 1-114 correspond to letters written before the McKeithen's marriage found in Series 1, transcriptions A1-A39 correspond to letters written after their marriage found in Series 2.

Digital transcriptions of the letters between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen found in Series 1 and 2. The transcriptions were created by Anne McKeithen, granddaughter of Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin McKeithen.

Digital Folder DF-5679/1

Digital transcriptions 1-114: Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen correspondence before marriage, circa 1909-1911 #05679, Series: "3. Digital Transcriptions of Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen Correspondence, circa 1909-1926." DF-5679/1

Digital Folder DF-5679/2

Digital transcriptions A1-A39: Edwin T. McKeithen and Mary Norman Leland McKeithen correspondence after marriage, circa 1911-1926 #05679, Series: "3. Digital Transcriptions of Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and Edwin T. McKeithen Correspondence, circa 1909-1926." DF-5679/2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Other Family Letters and Papers, 1910-1927.

About 20 items.

Includes letters between Mary Norman Leland McKeithen and her parents written on the occasion of her engagement and her honeymoon; a 1913 letter to Mary Norman Leland McKeithen's mother Effie Williams Leland from a family member relating his desertion to Canada during the Civil War; a letter, dated 1927, from Edwin T. McKeithen to his fifteen year-old son urging him to delay playing football and other items.

Folder 18

Family correspondence, 1910-1911 #05679, Series: "4. Other Family Letters and Papers, 1910-1927." Folder 18

Contains two letters dated 1910 to Mary Norman Leland McKeithen from her father Warren Allston Leland, one upon the occasion of her engagement; one letter dated 1911 from Mary Norman Leland McKeithen to her parents written while on her honeymoon in New York City, N.Y.; and one letter from Edwin T. McKeithen dated 1911 to his mother-in-law Effie Williams Leland written ten days after his marriage.

Folder 19

Family correspondence, 1913 and 1927 #05679, Series: "4. Other Family Letters and Papers, 1910-1927." Folder 19

Contains a letter dated 1913 to Effie Williams Leland from a family member in Eufaula, Ala., relating his experiences in the Confederate Army, his desertion to Canada, and his return home through Cuba. Also contains a letter dated 1927 from Edwin T. McKeithen to his 15 year-old son urging him to delay playing football.

Folder 20

Letters, circa 1800s #05679, Series: "4. Other Family Letters and Papers, 1910-1927." Folder 20

Contains a letter to Mary Norman Leland McKeithen's grandfather, who was a professor and minister at Columbia Bible College, and an unidentifed letter.

Folder 21

"Mack[?] Isom's few words of courtship-he was a colored man of Clayton, Ala." #05679, Series: "4. Other Family Letters and Papers, 1910-1927." Folder 21

Handwritten passage on Edwin T. McKeithen's stationary. Note from collection donor received with the item: "A rendering of a soliloquy recited by an African-American man (in Charleston?) early 20th century."

Folder 22

Loose envelopes #05679, Series: "4. Other Family Letters and Papers, 1910-1927." Folder 22

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Processed by: Jackie Dean, April 2016

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, April 2016

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