Collection Number: 01534

Collection Title: David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866.

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.


expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 375 items)
Abstract David Outlaw, a white farmer and a Whig member of Congress from 1847 to 1853, owned a farm near Windsor in Bertie County, N.C., whose operations included the forced labor of enslaved people. George, an enslaved person, managed the farm in David Outlaw's absence. The collection is chiefly correspondence of David Outlaw to his wife, Emily Outlaw. Subjects discussed are trafficking (then called "hiring out") of people enslaved by the Outlaws; state and national politics, including the Mexican War, slavery, sectionalism, the Wilmot Proviso, the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and various politicians; social life in Washington, D.C.; and Outlaw's family, especially the education of their daughters, and the farm. Also included are a few letters from Outlaw's wife and daughter and genealogical material on the Outlaw and Anderson families of Tennessee (typed transcriptions).
Creator Outlaw, David, 1806-1868.
Language English
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 David Outlaw Papers, #1534, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1948
Additional Descriptive Resources
The original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

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.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

David Outlaw, a white farmer and a Whig congressman from 1847 to 1853, owned a farm near Windsor in Bertie County, N.C., whose operations included the forced labor of enslaved people. George, an enslaved person, managed the farm in David Outlaw's absence. David Outlaw was married to Emily Outlaw.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

David Outlaw, a white farmer and a Whig member of Congress from 1847 to 1853, owned a farm near Windsor in Bertie County, N.C., whose operations included the forced labor of enslaved people. George, an enslaved person, managed the farm in David Outlaw's absence. The collection is chiefly correspondence of David Outlaw to his wife, Emily Outlaw. Subjects discussed are trafficking (then called "hiring out") of people enslaved by the Outlaws; state and national politics, including the Mexican War, slavery, sectionalism, the Wilmot Proviso, the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and various politicians; social life in Washington, D.C.; and Outlaw's family, especially the education of their daughters, and the farm. Also included are a few letters from Outlaw's wife and daughter and genealogical material on the Outlaw and Anderson families of Tennessee (typed transcriptions).

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866.

About 375 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Original finding aid #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 1

Papers, December 1847 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 1

Letter, 20 December 1847, includes instructions for trafficking (then called hiring-out) of enslaved people.

Folder 2

Papers, January 1848 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 2

Folder 3

Papers, February 1848 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 3

Folder 4

Papers, March 1848 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 4

Folder 5

Papers, July-August, December 1848 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 5

Folder 6

Papers, 1849 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 6

Includes discussions of the institution of slavery; a letter, 31 January 1849, concerns a bill to abolish human trafficking (then called slave trade) in the District of Columbia, and a South Carolina law that jailed any free Black person entering a South Carolina port on a vessel from another state until the vessel was ready to deport.

Folder 7

Papers, January-February 1850 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 7

Includes discussions of the institution of slavery.

Folder 8

Papers, March-April 1850 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 8

Includes discussions of the institution of slavery.

Folder 9

Papers, May-June 1850 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 9

Includes discussions of the institution of slavery.

Folder 10

Papers, July-August 1850 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 10

Includes discussions of the institution of slavery.

Folder 11

Papers, September, December 1850 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 11

Includes discussions of the institution of slavery.

Folder 12

Papers, 1851-1852; 1855; 1866; undated #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 1: typed transcriptions #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Folder 13

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1534/1

Two letters from David Outlaw to his wife, 10 December 1850; 18 December 1850 #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." OPF-1534/1

Reel M-1534/1

Microfilm #01534, Series: "David Outlaw Papers, 1847-1855; 1866." Reel M-1534/1

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Back to Top

Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, October 2010

Conscious Editing Work by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2020. Updated abstract, subject headings, biographical note, and scope and content note.

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

Back to Top