In Search of Lawtons and Basingers: The Hunt Begins. Again.

So, we’re at the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Our goal is to view two family collections in the Southern Historical Collection, those collections being the Alexander Robert Lawton Family Papers and the William Starr Basinger Family Papers.

I had pre-registered online, but Sugar had not, and the nice library people helped him, but when they got to the part where he was to enter his email address, everything got stuck for a bit, because he doesn’t have one.  That’s right.  The only person in the state of SC without email.  Actually, he’s probably got one that was assigned to him when he signed up for an internet connection, but he doesn’t know what it is, and even if he did, he doesn’t know the password.  Ah, simplicity, thy name is Sugar.

We cleared that hurdle,  they took our photos, and we were asked what collection we wanted to start with, which was the Lawton one.  We were set up in a small room with a table and two chairs.  Then came the problem.

The files take up 1.5 linear feet of shelf space with 1500 items in 7 file boxes plus an oversized box.  We decided to look at the first folder in the first box which began in the early 1800’s, then to the third box looking at the year 1877 for Corinne’s death, then the file folder with the photos.

You are allowed to take photos with your digital camera, which I did, but it’s going to be really difficult to transcribe the documents.  You can request copies made by the library, but the copies aren’t available the same day.  At some point we’ll go back to the library and copy EVERYTHING, but for now, this will do.  It’s all good.

After a couple of hours and some lunch, we viewed the William Starr Basinger papers, which only had 45-50 items, so I took photos of all of them.

It’s gonna be a long ride.


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One Response to “In Search of Lawtons and Basingers: The Hunt Begins. Again.”

  1. Sarah Alexander Cunningham Helps Me Solve A Mystery | Ruthrawls's Blog Says:

    […] mother was Nora.  That’s Nora Lawton, y’all.  And from our excursion to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library to view the A. R. Lawton Family Papers in the Southern Historical Collection, we had learned that […]


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