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Collection Number: 00523

Collection Title: Joseph M. Morehead Papers, 1753-1919 (bulk 1880-1913)

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5500 items)
Abstract Joseph M. Morehead was a Confederate officer and a lawyer of Greensboro, N.C. The collection includes legal and business papers, chiefly 1880-1913, of lawyers Joseph M. Morehead and James Turner Morehead, Jr. (1838-1919) of Guilford County, N.C. Papers include briefs and correspondence with clients and other lawyers. Also included are papers concerning the Guilford Battleground Company of which Joseph Morehead was president; family correspondence after 1900 of James Morehead; and antebellum papers of their father. Volumes include records of cases and estate settlements. A few papers pertain to the two men's careers as Confederate officers and in Reconstruction politics. James Turner Morehead should not be confused with his cousin of the same name, James Turner Morehead (1840-1908), a North Carolina and New York City industrialist.
Creator Morehead, Joseph M. (Joseph Motley), b. 1840.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
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 Joseph M. Morehead Papers, #523, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received prior to 1940.
Addition received from James T. Morehead of New York, N.Y., April 1954.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009

Finding aid updated June 2010 by Kathryn Michaelis for digitization.

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Joseph Motley Morehead (born 1840) was a Confederate officer and lawyer of Greensboro, N.C. He also served for a time as president of the Guilford Battleground Company.

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The collection includes legal and business papers, chiefly 1880-1913, of lawyers Joseph Motley Morehead and James Turner Morehead Jr. (1838-1919) of Guilford County, N.C. Legal papers include briefs and correspondence with clients and other lawyers and are related to matters of debt collection, estate settlement, property disputes, divorces, agreements, and insurance policies. Also included are papers concerning United States and North Carolina military history and monuments, particularly related to the Guilford Battleground Company of which Joseph Morehead was president. There are also genealogical materials and photographs, family correspondence after 1900 of James Morehead, and antebellum papers of James T. Morehead, Senior. A few papers pertain to the two men's careers as Confederate officers and in Reconstruction politics. Volumes include records of cases and estate settlements, account books, political items, and a muster-out roll for Company D, 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Volunteers, 1898.

Prominent correspondents represented in the collection include Thomas Ruffin, P. Murphy, William Alexander Graham, Alfred M. Scales, Julian Shakespeare Carr, Augustus Washington Graham, Mathew Whitaker Ransom, Walter Clark, Lindsay Patterson, William Cicero Hammer, Marion Butler, Stephen B. Weeks, Lee S. Overman, Armistead Burwell, W. A. Hoke, D. Schenck, F. M. Simmons, Charles B. Aycock, Kemp P. Battle, Josephus Daniels, William E. Dodd, M. S. Robins, William Kitchin, Robert Digges Wimberly Connor, Alfred Moore Waddell, Robert D. Gilmer, Burton Craige, Joseph M. Dixon, C. Alphonso Smith, George T. Winston, Samuel A. Ashe, Angus Wilton McLean, Nathan W. Walker, and Frank Porter Graham.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid

Folder 1

1753, 1808-1810, 1817-1829

Folder 2

1830-1839

Folder 3

1841-1845

Folder 4

1850-1859

Folder 5

1860-1869

Folder 6

1870-1879

Folder 7

1880-1881

Folder 8

1882

Folder 9

1883

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1884

Folder 12

1885

Folder 13

1886

Folder 14

1887

Folder 15

1888

Folder 16

1889

Folder 17

1890

Folder 18a

1891

Folder 18b

1891

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1892

Folder 21

1893

Folder 22

1894

Folder 23

1895

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

1896

Folder 26

January-June 1897

Folder 27a

July-August 1897

Folder 27b

September-December 1897

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

1898

Folder 31

January-June 1899

Folder 32a

July-October 1899

Folder 32b

November-December 1899

Folder 33

January-February 1900

Folder 34

March-May 1900

Folder 35a

June-August 1900

Folder 35b

July-August 1900

Folder 36

September-December 1900

Folder 37a

January-February 1901

Folder 37b

March 1901

Folder 38a

April-May 1901

Folder 38b

June 1901

Folder 39a

August-September 1901

Folder 39b

October-December 1901

Folder 40a

January-March 1902

Folder 40b

April-May 1902

Folder 41a

June 1902

Folder 41b

July-August 1902

Folder 42

September-October 1902

Folder 43

November-December 1902

Folder 44a

January 1903

Folder 44b

February 1903

Folder 44c

March 1903

Folder 44d

April 1903

Folder 45a

May-June 1903

Folder 45b

July 1903

Folder 46a

August 1903

Folder 46b

September 1903

Folder 47

October-December 1903

Folder 48a

January-March 1904

Folder 48b

January-March 1904

Folder 49

April-May 1904

Folder 50

June-September 1904

Folder 51

October-December 1904

Folder 52

January-March 1905

Folder 53

April-May 1905

Folder 54a

June-August 1905

Folder 54b

September-December 1905

Folder 55a

January-March 1906

Folder 55b

April-May 1906

Folder 56a

June-September 1906

Folder 56b

October-December 1906

Folder 57a

January-February 1907

Folder 57b

March-June 1907

Folder 57c

July-September 1907

Folder 58a

October 1907

Folder 58b

November-December 1907

Folder 59

January-February 1908

Folder 60

March-June 1908

Folder 61a

July-August 1908

Folder 61b

September-December 1908

Folder 62a

January-June 1909

Folder 62b

July-October 1909

Folder 62c

November-December 1909

Folder 63a

January-April 1910

Folder 63b

May 1910

Folder 63c

June-December 1910

Folder 64

January-June 1911

Folder 65

July-December 1911

Folder 66

January-April 1912

Folder 67

May-December 1912

Folder 68

January-April 1913

Folder 69

May-December 1913

Folder 70

1914

Folder 71

1915

Folder 72

1916

Folder 73

1917

Folder 74

January-February 1918

Folder 75

March 1918

Folder 76

April 1918

Folder 77

May 1918

Folder 78a

June-December 1918

Folder 78b

January-June 1919

Folder 78c

July-September 1919

Folder 78d

October-November 1919

Folder 79

1922-March 1924

Folder 80

1-17 April 1924

Folder 81

18-30 April 1924

Folder 82

May 1924-1934

Folder 83a

Undated

Folder 83b

Undated

Folder 84-88

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Miscellaneous and undated

Folder 89-90

Folder 89

Folder 90

Clippings

Folder 91

Maps

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-523/1

Guilford Battle Ground Park blueprints, 1902, 1904, undated

Six blueprints including proposed designs of monuments to the memory of Generals Nash and Davidson.

Folder 92

French drawing journal

Folder 93

Miscellaneous

Folder 94

Genealogy

Folder 95

Family data from England and Scotland

Folder 96

Family Bible records

Folder 97

Miscellaneous

Folder 98

Volume 1: Settlement with Andrew Lindsay, 1827; Expenditures, 1828-1856

Folder 99

Volume 2: Attorney's case record, James T. Morehead Jr., 1870-1876

Folder 100

Volume 3: Miscellaneous notes and land descriptions, Joseph M. Morehead, 1877

Folder 101

Volume 4: Bank book, James T. Morehead, 1882-1915

Folder 102

Volume 5: Selected pages from Branson's North Carolina Business Directory 1883

Folder 103

Volume 6: Canvass book, Rockingham County, N.C., 1884

Folder 104

Volume 7: Congressional campaign memoranda and voting results, 1880-1886

Folder 105

Volume 8: Account book, James T. Morehead, 1896-1912

Folder 106

Volume 9: Muster-out roll, Company D, 2nd Regiment, North Carolina Volunteers, 1898

Folder 107

Volume 10: Scrapbook, political affairs, circa 1888

Folder 108

Volume 11: Court transcript, case of Wilson Fulton, undated

Folder 109

Volume 12: Account book, estate of Colonel James T. Morehead, 1919

Folder 110

Volume 13: Account book, estate of Colonel James T. Morehead, 1919

Image Folder PF-523/1

Nine photographs:

P-523/1: Reproduction of engraving, John Motley Morehead, circa 1840-1860 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/2: Photograph of painting, James Kerr, circa 1820-1840 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/3: Photograph of painting, Joseph Williams #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Photographer: O.W. Cole, Danville, Va.

P-523/4: Photograph, "Monuments to Morehead ancestors, of American Revolution," circa1950-1960 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/5: Photograph, man with bicycle next to monument to "James Morehead of the N. C. Continental Line," circa 1905-1915 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/6: Postcard, unidentified man standing in front of house, circa 1905 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1
P-523/7: Postcard, circa 1902 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Features reproduction of drawing of three African American children eating watermelon. Caption reads: "Greetings from the Sunny South."

P-523/8: Postcard, circa 1904 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Features reproduction of drawing of four young women in bathing costumes, lying in sand on their stomachs, kicking their heels up. Caption reads: "Four of a kind."

P-523/9: Postcard, circa 1907 #00523, Imagefolder PF-523/1

Features reproduction of drawing of submarines firing at each other. Caption reads "Monitor and Merrimac."

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