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Clarkson family papers

Identifier: MS0023

Scope and Contents

Material and family papers collected by Judge Francis Osborne Clarkson. Includes typescript copy of an autobiography by Jane Campbell Harris Woodruff (1788-1834) describing life in Charleston, S.C., and on a Florida plantation, reminiscences of life in Charlotte in the 1880s and 1890s by Margaret Bland, and a history of the First Presbyterian Church property. Also includes 94 pamphlets collected by Clarkson and his father, Judge Heriot Clarkson, reflecting their interests in the history and politics of Charlotte and North Carolina, patriotic societies, and alcoholism and prohibition. Included in the bound pamphlets are many regarding the Society of the Cincinnati as Heriot Clarkson was an honorary member of the North Carolina Chapter. Much of the collection is made up of photocopies.


  • Creation: 1779, 1829, 1875-1966
  • Creation: 1875 - 1966


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 Note

The Clarkson family of Charlotte originated in South Carolina [see Francis O. Clarkson, Thomas Boston Clarkson of South Carolina (Charlotte, N.C., 1973)]. Family members include Heriot Clarkson (1863-1942), Mecklenburg County lawyer, legislator, and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice (1923-42); and his son Francis Osborne Clarkson (b. 1895), Mecklenburg County lawyer, North Carolina State Senator (1931 32), and North Carolina Superior Court Judge (1953-59).


1.75 Linear Feet

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This collection contains family papers and material about Charlotte, as well as pamphlets about the history and politics of Charlotte and North Carolina, patriotic societies, and alcoholism and prohibition. The North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati is well represented in the pamphlet collection as Heriot Clarkson was made an honorary member in 1902.


The collection is organized in four series:

  • I. Pamphlet collection, 1875-1966
  • II. Manuscripts, 1780-1941
  • III. Printed ephemera, 1906-1960
  • IV. Land records, 1779

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Francis O. Clarkson, 1969 and 1980.

Related Materials

Francis Osborne Clarkson Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill, SHC #3275; Heriot Clarkson Papers, North Carolina State Archives; Heriot Clarkson Papers, UNC Chapel Hill, SHC #1313; Dr. Tucker Harris Collection, South Carolina Historical Society.

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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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