Accessions: MSS 80-3, MSS 80-9
Inclusive dates: 1796-1956
Size of collection: 10 linear ft.
William Holland Thomas (1805-1893), a businessman and politician from western North Carolina, served in the North Carolina Senate (1848-1861), was influential in regional railroad concerns, and active with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as an advisor and agent. In 1862 Thomas organized the Thomas Legion, which he commanded with the rank of Colonel. The collection concerns Cherokee Indian affairs, family life, and business affairs. The legal and business papers include land grants, deeds, Indian claims, various legal documents, and bills or receipts.