Louis Hampton Papers


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Descriptive Summary




Repository: Western Carolina University Hunter Library Special Collections
Creator: Hampton, Louis
Title: Louis Hampton Papers, 1903 - 1949
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Hunter Library Special Collections.
Abstract: The collection contains a variety of items relating to Louis Hampton of North Carolina (later of Tennessee). Included is a letter written to Louis Hampton from Horace Kephart (1862-1931), Hampton's personal ledger dating from 1903-1949, and receipts for purchases made primarily between 1948 and 1949.
Extent: .1 linear feet


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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research during Hunter Library's Special Collections business hours, or by appointment.

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Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Louis Hampton Papers, Special Collections, Western Carolina University Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC, USA.

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Acquisitions Information


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Processing Information

Processed by George Frizzell, 2006 January
Encoded by Anna R. Craft, 2008 August

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Biographical Note

The 1910 federal census lists a "Lewis A. Hampton," age 46, in the Forney's Creek district of Swain County, North Carolina. Also in the household is a son, Golman J. Hampton, age 12. The Heritage of Swain County, North Carolina, 1988 (Bryson City, N.C.: Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society in cooperation with the History Division of Hunter Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1988) also lists, on page 180, Lewis A. Hampton, born December 20, 1863, and with a son, Golman Jackson Hampton, from a previous marriage, born July 8, 1897. According to addresses on the postal cards in the collection, Hampton was living in Anderson County, Tennessee, in the 1940s.

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Content and Scope

The collection contains a variety of items relating to Louis Hampton of North Carolina (later of Tennessee). There is one piece of correspondence, a letter written by Horace Kephart (1862-1931) to Louis Hampton, addressed from Lindale, Georgia, and dated October 5, 1909. In the letter, Kephart details his travels over the past year, his current living arrangements with Mr. and Mrs. Bob Barnett, future plans, and requests for news from Hampton about recent events in Swain County, North Carolina. At this time Kephart was beginning to establish himself as a writer and an authority on outdoor life and Southern Appalachia. He had lived in Swain County from 1904 to 1907, and would return in 1910. A picture of Hampton appeared in Kephart's photograph album, and is available for viewing at Hunter Library's "Horace Kephart: Revealing an Enigma" website. For additional information on Horace Kephart, see the manuscript collection, accession no. MSS 90-24.

In addition to these items, the collection also contains a personal ledger of Louis Hampton with dates from 1903 to 1949, detailing sources of income and expenditures as well as receipts for purchases made by Hampton, made primarily between 1948 and 1949.

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This collection is arranged in four folders according to subject and date.

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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Hampton, Louis--Correspondence.
Account Books.
Barnett, Bob.
Kephart, Horace, 1862-1931--Correspondence.
Swain County (N.C.)--History.

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Detailed Description of the Materials


Folder 1 Letter from Horace Kephart to Louis Hampton, 1909
Folder 2 Personal ledger of Louis Hampton, 1903-1949
Folder 3 Envelopes, 1946-1948
Folder 4 Receipts for purchases, 1948-1949

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