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Nathaniel C. Browder Collection

Identifier: MSS 80-36

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies of materials used by Nathaniel C. Browder (1904 - ) in the production of his book The Cherokee Indians and Those Who Came After and pre-publication drafts of the book DeSoto and Other Spanish Explorers and Their Historians (privately published in Hayesville, NC, 1975).

In the collection are photocopied items from the papers of General Winfield Scott, contained in the National Archives (Washington, DC). Inclusive dates of these copies are 1836-1838. Other photocopied materials in the collection are from the John Gray Bynum collection, William L. Connelly collection, and Chiliab Smith Howe collection, all in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. The originals of the photocopies of the W. G. Williams letterbook (1837-1838), concerning surveys in Cherokee County, NC, are in the National Archives and the University of Tennessee Library. Also included in the collection is correspondence between Browder and H. G. Jones, regarding the restoration of Fort Butler.

An addition to this collection contains three unrelated items:

(1) A photocopy of a letter dated November 18, 1776, from William Moore to General Griffith Rutherford concerning an expedition against the Cherokees in western North Carolina; the letter was photocopied from the Griffith Rutherford Papers, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and permission should be requested from that depository for use.

(2) A photocopy of the will of R. H. Alexander of Burke County, NC, and dated 1878.

(3) A record book of an unidentified country store in the Elf Community, Hayesville, NC, for the year 1901. The book contains prices and the names of several customers


  • 1776 - 1977

Conditions Governing Use

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States