D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives


Mildred ALEXANDER BAIRD White Collection

M1979.01.01 

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I.A. Harris Scrapbook (1870-1908) [Page10, 14]  from the
Mildred Alexander Baird White Collection

Title Mildred Alexander Baird White Collection
Alt. Title Mildred A. B. White Collection
Creator Mildred A. B. White
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/white_mildred_a_b/default_white_mildred.html
Subject Keyword Mildred A. B. White ; I. A. Harris, M.D. ; Richmond Pearson ; physicians ; medical practice ; race relations ; politics ; wars ; Buncombe County ; Asheville, NC ; African Americans in western North Carolina ; Robert Brank Vance ; Mecklenburg county ; Jupiter, North Carolina ; Jeter Pritchard ;
Subject LCSH White, Mildred Alexander Baird
Harris, I. A. 
Pearson, Richmond 
Medical care -- North Carolina -- Buncombe County
Physicians -- North Carolina -- Buncombe County
Description The main item in this collection is a large account book of Buncombe County physician Isaac A. Harris, dated 1870 through 1897, listing prices charged for office calls and treatments. Attached to most of the pages of the ledger, are a  number of newspaper clippings, notices, pages from articles, on various subjects.  Many reflect the political views of Harris who lived in Jupiter, a small village some fifteen miles north of Asheville.  Harris was politically active in the Republican party and participated in the Mt. Herman Lodge of Freemasonry in Asheville.

Also included in the collection are letters written by several North Carolina politicians including Richmond Pearson ; articles about Jeter Pritchard, and other politically active men in Buncombe County.  The clippings capture the politics and the social life of the years at the end of the century. Included are an assortment of portraits of notable individuals of the time.

[Mrs. White's full name is Mildred Alexander Baird White, which relates her to the Baird family, relatives of the Pearson family.]

Includes the Melton Family Correspondence (Civil War)

Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville
Contributor Southern Highlands Research Center
Date 2001-06-30
Type Collection ; Text 
Format 1 document container
Source M79.1.1
Language English
Relation Alexander, J.B. (John Brevard), 1834- . The History of Mecklenburg County : from 1740 to 1900. Charlotte, N.C.: Observer Print House, 1902. ; Full text available of J. B. Alexander.  Biographical Sketches of the Early Settlers of the Hopewell Section and Reminiscences of the Pioneers and their Descendants by Families, with some Historical Facts and Incidents of the Times in Which They Lived [sic], Charlotte, Observer Printing and Publishing House, 1897 (1 item): http://www.archive.org/stream/sketchesofearlys00alex/sketchesofearlys00alex_djvu.txt ;
Coverage 1870-1900's ; Asheville, NC  ; Jupiter, NC ; western North Carolina ;
Rights Any display, publication or public use must credit D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Donor number 52
Acquisition  1979-01-22 
Citation Mildred Alexander Baird White Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Southern Highlands Research Center staff ; Special Collections staff, 1980 and 2001
Last updated 2005-12-05 JW ; 2008-02-25 ; 2010-12-11 hw
Biography "Dr. I. A Harris, who had attended lectures at Philadelphia, and adjourned with other Southerners to Richmond on account of the war, moved into northern Buncombe about this time (c. 1869). He is still engaged in practice, being at present on the Pension Board."  in Medicine in Buncombe County Down to 1885; Historical and Biographical Sketches, by Gaillard S. Tennent, M.D., 1905. 

Isaac A. Harris, as the appointed physician, was charged with the inspection of all social service agencies in the County of Buncombe, including hospitals, prisons, care-homes, etc.. Many of the clippings pertain to his work and to those political events that impacted his life and those around him. 

According to Preston Arthur in his History of Western North Carolina, in January of 1865,  I.A. Harris met with many notable politicians and civic leaders at the Buck Hotel in Asheville to sign a paper that declared that the people were tired of any more warfare and that they desired peace and the restoration of the Union.  The declaration was prepared by Justice A.S. Merrimon and  Adolphus M. Gudger saw to it that it was delivered to Judge John Baxter in Knoxville, TN. who then gave it to the military commander of Knoxville. I.A Harris was an officer of the Confederate Army at the time that his signature was placed on the paper. Others at the January meeting included:  Weston Holmes, Alfred M. Alexander, J.E. Reid, J.L. Henry, adolphos E. Baird, G.M. Roberts and Adolphous M. Gudger, and A.S. Merrimon.

I.A. Harris married Catherine Weaver, daughter of Montreville Michael Weaver. Her brother was Dr. Henry Bascomb Weaver (married Hattie Penland), a physician in Asheville. 

M79.1.1 Item Description
  i.a. HARRIS Scrapbook The I.A. Harris, M.D.  account book re-used by Harris as a scrapbook for clippings and correspondences from 1870 through 1908 (total of 222  pages), is found here in two parts:

PART  I

PART  II

Also see:  Documents (Western North Carolina Heritage)

 

 

Book Book, by J. B. Alexander titled, Biographical Sketches of the Early Settlers of the Hopewell Section and Reminiscences of the Pioneers and their Descendants by Families, with some Historical Facts and Incidents of the Times in Which They Lived [sic], Charlotte, Observer Printing and Publishing House, [1897] reprint  (1 item).
 
UNCA SPEC COLL  F264.H8 A3 1897
 

 

Photocopies Four photocopied items of genealogical information on the Alexander and Baird families; includes the Baird's who fought in the Mogul Wars; the Alexander's who fought in the Revolutionary War; and the establishment of Buncombe and Mecklenburg counties (4 items)
  MELTON FAMILY Melton/ Baird/ Alexander Correspondence during the Civil War