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Ruth Jetton-Oliver papers

Identifier: MS0432

Scope and Contents

The collection is a small assortment of papers and photographs concerning the Jetton family (especially William Howard Jetton and Sarah Elizabeth Jetton), from 1889 to 1982. The contents of this collection are closely related to two other collections in the Atkins Library Special Collections: the Jetton family papers (Mss 366) and the William Howard and Sarah Elizabeth Jetton papers (Mss 391). There are a few letters in the collection written by William A[lexander] Jetton from 1902 to 1904.


  • Creation: 1889 - 1982

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Jetton family immigrated to northern Mecklenburg county late in the eighteenth century and the family owned large tracts of land in that area. One of the more prominent descendants of the family was John Lewis Jetton who, in addition to being a plantation owner, was also a surveyer, executor, teacher, state assemblyman and officer in the 37th North Carolina infantry during the Civil War. Later descendants of note were William Alexander Jetton, Sarah Howard Jetton, William Howard Jetton and his younger sister, Sarah Elizabeth Jetton.

Part of the Jetton property has since been transfered to Mecklenburg County, which turned it into a county park--Jetton Park.


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Language of Materials



The collection primarily concerns William Howard and Sarah Elizabeth Jetton, but is entitled the "Ruth Jetton-Oliver papers" in recognition of the donor and to distinguish this collection from the Jetton family papers and the William Howard and Sarah Elizabeth Jetton papers.


The collection is arranged into the following two series: Papers (1889-1982) and Photographs (1904-2000).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Mrs. Ruth Jetton-Oliver in December 2010.

Related Materials

The Jetton family papers, Mss 366 ; The William Howard and Sarah Elizabeth Jetton papers, Mss 391.

Legal Status

The UNC Charlotte Library is the legal owner and custodian of the Jetton and Oliver family papers.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2010.

Ruth Jetton-Oliver papers
Robert A. McInnes
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Language of description note
The collection was donated by Mrs. Ruth Jetton-Oliver, of Cornelius, NC.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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