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Collection Number: 04021

Collection Title: Sarah Rebecca Cameron Papers, 1827-1970

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3600 items)
Abstract Sarah Rebecca Cameron of Hillsborough, N.C., daughter of William Cameron (1816-1893) and Emma S. (Moore) Cameron, was a novelist under the pseudonym of H. M. Legrange, and author of articles and poems for children's and religious magazines. She was an active supporter of the Confederate cause. In the 1870s and 1880s she was employed by the U.S. Treasury Department. Correspondence, writings, financial and legal material, volumes, and other materials belonging to Sarah Rebecca Cameron and members of her family. Correspondence is mostly personal and relates primarily to family matters. Also included is a large amount of correspondence among other family members, including copies of letters, circa 1827-1834, between Sarah's grandmother, Anne Call Cameron (1794-1856), and her great- grandfather, Judge Daniel Call; and correspondence, circa 1900-1915, between Sarah's brother, Allan Jones Cameron, and his children, William (1893-1910) and Anne. Also included are letters from publishers of periodicals to which Sarah made contributions, and fan mail. Volumes consist of family diaries, including one kept during the Civil War, and those of Sarah's sisters Anna Alexander Cameron and Emma Moore Cameron, as well as several composition books belonging to Sarah's nephew William Cameron.
Creator Cameron, Rebecca.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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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 Sarah Rebecca Cameron papers #4021, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Miss Annie Cameron in November 1977 and October 1978.
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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Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, July 2010

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Sarah Rebecca Cameron was born on 26 April 1845. She was the first or second child (evidence is conflicting) of Dr. William and Emma Moore Cameron of Hillsboro, North Carolina. She was educated at the Nash-Kollock School for Girls in Hillsboro. During the Civil War, she was an active supporter of the Confederate cause. In the 1870s and 1880s Cameron worked for the United States Treasury in Washington, DC, and as a secretary in New York and New Orleans.

In 1872 Cameron published her only novel, Salted With Fire , under the pseudonym of H. M. LeGrange. During this period she also co-edited the Randolph Abbott Shotwell Papers with J. G. de Roulhac Hamilton. She also wrote articles and poems for periodicals, and during the 1880s wrote a column for the children's page of the Episcopal Church's Church Messenger . Sarah Cameron died in 1936.

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Correspondence, writings, financial and legal material, volumes, and other materials belonging to Sarah Rebecca Cameron and members of her family. Correspondence is mostly personal and relates primarily to family matters. Also included is a large amount of correspondence among other family members, including copies of letters, circa 1827-1834, between Sarah's grandmother, Anne Call Cameron (1794-1856), and her great- grandfather, Judge Daniel Call; and correspondence, circa 1900-1915, between Sarah's brother, Allan Jones Cameron, and his children, William (1893-1910) and Anne. Also included are letters from publishers of periodicals to which Sarah made contributions, and fan mail. Volumes consist of family diaries, including one kept during the Civil War, and those of Sarah's sisters Anna Alexander Cameron and Emma Moore Cameron, as well as several composition books belonging to Sarah's nephew William Cameron.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1827-1940.

About 1500 items.

Primarily personal correspondence between Sarah Rebecca Cameron and friends and relatives concerning family matters. Also included is a large amount of correspondence among other members of the Cameron family including copies of letters (circa 1827-1834) between her grandmother, Anne Call Cameron, and her grandfather, Judge Daniel Call; and correspondence (circa 1900-1915) between Sarah Cameron's brother, Alan Cameron, and his children, William and Annie Cameron.

Correspondence also includes Sarah Cameron's professional communications, ranging from letters from publishers of various periodicals to which she made contributions in the form of poems and articles, to letters from readers of the Church Messenger of the Episcopal Church, in which she wrote a column for the children's page under the name "Aunt Becky."

There is also correspondence relating to Cameron's involvement in the North Carolina Division of the Daughters of the Confederacy, in which she served as president and historian.

Also addressed to Sarah Cameron were letters concerning the shipment of goods purchased by mail, specifically clothing and home remedies.

Folder 1

1827-1834

Folder 2

1835-1840

Folder 3

1841-1860

Folder 4

1861-1867

Folder 5

1868-1869

Folder 6

1870-1871

Folder 7

1872-1875

Folder 8

1876-1879

Folder 9

1880

Folder 10

1881

Folder 11

1882-1883

Folder 12

1884-1885

Folder 13

1886

Folder 14

1887

Folder 15

1888

Folder 16

1889-1890

Folder 17

1891

Folder 18

1892

Folder 19

1893-1894

Folder 20

1895

Folder 21

June-December 1896

Folder 22

1897-1898

Folder 23

1899-1900

Folder 24

1901-January 1903

Folder 25

February-December 1903

Folder 26

1904-1905

Folder 27

January-August 1906

Folder 28

September-December 1906

Folder 29

January-June 1907

Folder 30

July-December 1907

Folder 31

January-May 1908

Folder 32

June-July 1908

Folder 33

August-September 1908

Folder 34

October-November 1908

Folder 35

December 1908

Folder 36

January 1909

Folder 37

February 1909

Folder 38

March 1909

Folder 39

April 1909

Folder 40

May 1909

Folder 41

June-July 1909

Folder 42

August-September 1909

Folder 43

October-November 1909

Folder 44

December 1909

Folder 45

January 1910

Folder 46

1-15 February 1910

Folder 47

15-30 February 1910

Folder 48

March-May 1910

Folder 49

June-July 1910

Folder 50

August-December 1910

Folder 51

January-April 1911

Folder 52

May-December 1911

Folder 53

January-July 1912

Folder 54

August-September 1912

Folder 55

January-August 1913

Folder 56

September-November 1913

Folder 57

December 1913

Folder 58

January 1914

Folder 59

February-March 1914

Folder 60

April-December 1914

Folder 61

1916-1920

Folder 62

1921-1940

Folder 63-66

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Undated

Folder 67

Undated fragments

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About 30 items.

Primarily receipts for food, clothing, and medication, as well as receipts for tuition and school supplies for Annie Cameron at St. Mary's School in Raleigh. Also included is a receipt (dated 2 May 1816) to John Cameron, Sarah's uncle, for taxes on Cameron property in Luninburg County, Virginia.

Folder 68

Financial and legal material, 1815-1917

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About 70 items.

Creative writings from several members of the Cameron family. The principal author is Sarah Rebecca Cameron, although there are also a few other writers. The majority of the material, however, is unsigned.

Folder 69

A. Cameron-E. Cameron

Folder 70

Sarah Rebecca Cameron

Folder 71

D-Z

Folder 72-75

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Unsigned Writings

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11 items.

Volumes include several diaries written by Anna and Emma Cameron, sisters of Sarah Rebecca Cameron; a volume of addresses with a list of letters written and received by Cameron from 1887-1888; a volume containing a list of employees, with hours worked and amounts paid to each; and composition books used by Sarah's nephew William Cameron. There is also an oversize volume which appears to have been used for several purposes. This volume, belonging to Sarah's father William Cameron, was used as an acount book from 1810 through the 1840s, but also includes a list of pupils of Lockhill School and a list of boarders and their accounts. The book was given to Sarah Cameron on 18 May 1861, and was used as a journal by her and possibly other family members until 1865. This volume was further used to record letters written and received from July 1868 - April 1871.

Folder 76

Volume 1: "The Soul's Inquiries Answered," with entries by Emma Cameron

Folder 77

Volume 2: Diary of Emma Cameron

Folder 78

Volume 3: Diary of Emma and Anna Cameron

Folder 79

Volumes 4 and 5

Volume 4: Address book and list of letters written and received 1887-1888 #04021, Series 4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920., Folder 79
Volume 5: Listing of employees and their accounts #04021, Series 4. Volumes, circa 1870-1920., Folder 79
Folder 80

Volume 6: Composition book of William Cameron on Roman history

Folder 81

Volume 7: Composition book of William Cameron on English history

Folder 82

Volume 8: Composition book of William Cameron on Chemistry

Folder 83

Volume 9: Composition book of William Cameron on English

Folder 84

Volume 10: "The Little Toy Shop" - Accounts

Folder 85

Volume 11: "The Penny Store" - Accounts

Oversize Volume SV-4021/12

Volume 12: Book used for accounts circa 1810-1840 and as a journal by members of the Cameron family circa 1861-1865

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.1. Printed Material, circa 1860-1910.

About 50 items.

These materials include newspaper clippings (primarily poems), broadsides, religious materials, and material pertaining to the United Daughters of the Confederacy which includes national and regional constitution and by-laws.

Folder 86

Newspaper clippings

Folder 87

Broadsides

Folder 88

Religious material

Folder 89

United Daughters of the Confederacy

Folder 90

Other printed material

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About 100 items.

School materials belonging to Annie and William Cameron, drawings and patterns, certificates, and miscellaneous materials.

Folder 91

William and Annie Cameron: school materials

Folder 92

Drawings and patterns

Folder 93

Certificates

Folder 94

Miscellaneous

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Image Folder PF-4021/1

Three pictures:

P-4021/1: Elizabeth Cameron, 1959. Photograph: 9 x 7.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/1
P-4021/2: Annie Sutton Cameron, niece of Sarah Rebecca Cameron, 1955. Photograph: 25 x 20 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/1
P-4021/3: Judge Alfred Moore, grandfather of SRC, 17--. Reproduction of engraving: 15 x 10 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/1
Image Folder PF-4021/2

Four pictures:

P-4021/4: Hugh Williamson, circa 1800. Reproduction of engraving: 15 x 11.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
P-4021/5: Preston Bynum, 1876. Carte-de-visite. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
P-4021/6: M. Duke B., possibly brother of Preston Bynum, 1876. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: J. H. Van Ness, Charlotte, NC. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
P-4021/7: Reverend Masterson, 19--. Photograph: 17.5 x 12.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/2
Image Folder PF-4021/3

Two photographs:

P-4021/8: Grant Shepherd, circa 1915-1920. Photograph: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/3
P-4021/10: Annie Sutton and William Cameron, niece and nephew of SRC, 1902. Photograph: 6.5 x 5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/3
Special Format Image SF-P-4021/9

Emma, Anna, and Sarah Rebecca Cameron, 1869. Tintype: 6 x 10 cm.

Image Folder PF-4021/4

Four photographs:

P-4021/11-13: Annie Sutton Cameron and unidentified man, award presentation, 1955. Photograph: 25 x 20 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/4
P-4021/14: Thomas and Strudwick Arrasmith, 1928. Photograph: 25 x 20 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/4
Image Folder PF-4021/5

Five mounted photographs:

P-4021/15: Bynum Gymnasium, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/16: Howell Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/17: Davie Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/18: Smith Building, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
P-4021/19: South Building, UNC-Chapel Hill, circa 1910. Photograph: 17 x 10 cm. (mount: 20 x 25 cm.) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/5
Image Folder PF-4021/6

Three pictures:

P-4021/20: Unidentified woman, 19--? Carte-de-visite. Photographer: George G. Rockwood, New York, NY. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/6
P-4021/21: Football team, unidentified, 1908. Photograph: halftone, 10x8 cm (mount: 15x13 cm) #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/6
P-4021/22: Unidentified street scene, circa 1935-1945. Photograph: 15 x 9.5 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Imagefolder PF-4021/6
Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4021/1

Two oversize pictures and a letter:

OP-P-4021/23: Picture of young woman, circa 1920-1930. Chalk drawing: 30 x 40 cm. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Opaperfolder OPF-4021/1
OP-4021/24: Picture of C.M.S. Noble, 1933. Charcoal: 30 x 45 cm. Artist: Rebecca Cushman. #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Opaperfolder OPF-4021/1
Letter from William Cameron to Emma S. Cameron, 24 April 1840 #04021, Series 6. Pictures., Opaperfolder OPF-4021/1
Photograph Album PA-4021/1

1 album (approximately 100 photographs); 25 x 32 cm.

Photographs of activities at several elementary schools (including Carrboro, NC, Elementary School). Primarily plays, pageants, etc., circa 1920s-1930s.

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