Collection Number: 05651

Collection Title: John Grant Rencher and William Conway Rencher Autograph Books, circa 1859-1865

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Abstract John Grant Rencher and William Conway Rencher were students at the University of North Carolina during the Civil War. The John Grant Rencher and William Conway Rencher Autograph Books contain autographs, biographical information, quotes, and personal notes to the brothers from University of North Carolina students of the classes of 1859 through 1865. Topics include campus affiliations, such as the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies on campus, and student views on politics, fighting in the war, justifications for the war, and other issues. A few women also signed the books.
Creator Rencher, John Grant (1840-1909)

Rencher, William Conway (1842-1901)
Language English
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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 John Grant Rencher and William Conway Rencher Autograph Books #5651, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased at Leland Little Auctions by Thomas S. Kenan III in September 2015 (Acc. 102318).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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John Grant Rencher (1840-1909) received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1862 and an M.A. in 1866. His brother William Conway Rencher (1842-1901) received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1866 and an M.A. in 1881. Both were law students and members of the Dialectic Society. The brothers had ties to Chatham County, N.C., but while students they hailed from Santa Fe, N.M., where their father, Abraham Rencher, served as governor of the territory of New Mexico from 1857 to 1861.

John Grant Rencher served as a captain in the Confederate Army, 33rd regiment, company K. William Conway Rencher served as a major in the Confederate Army.

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The John Grant Rencher and William Conway Rencher Autograph Books contain autographs, biographical information, quotes, and personal notes to the brothers from University of North Carolina students of the classes of 1859 through 1865 during the Civil War. Topics include campus affiliations, such as the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies on campus, and student views on politics, fighting in the war, justifications for the war, and other issues. A few women also signed the books. Undated annotations include further information about students' departures from the university, military service, occupations, marriages, and other biographical information.

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Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2016

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2016

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