William McNaught Papers
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William McNaught Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: McNaught, William, 1814-1896
Title: William McNaught Papers
Dates: 1836-1911
Quantity: 5.5 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 5.5 linear feet ( 8 document boxes, half document box, and 2 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS156

Biographical/Historical Note

William McNaught (1814-1896 April 13) immigrated to the southern United States after leaving Scotland in 1832. William McNaught lived in Newport, Florida before moving to Georgia, where he spent a significant portion of his adult life. He married Judith A. Spencer (1828-1882) and they had four children: Euphemia McNaught, John McNaught, Mary McNaught, and William McNaught. In 1859, William McNaught moved his family to Georgia from Florida. He appears in the 1860 Federal Census residing with his family in the Black Hall area in Fulton County, Georgia. 1 William McNaught’s business interests included Confederate Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Fulton Export-Import Corporation, Fulton Paper Mill Company, Fulton Petroleum and Mining Company, Georgia Petroleum Company, McNaught Land Company, McNaught-Ormond and Company, Novelty Iron Works Company, and Texas Land Company.


Scope and Content Note

The collection is primarily a series of correspondence and documents relating to William McNaught’s business interests; and a limited collection of personal correspondence between family members. The business records document ordinary business activities as well as the effects of the Civil War on his commerce. Several letters document the difficulties collecting funds from debtors after the Civil War. During the Civil War William McNaught with a group of investors formed the Fulton Exporting and Importing Company, which purchased a steamer to transport goods into the Confederate States. Soon after the delivery of the steamer, it sunk at the mouth of the Suwannee River in Florida and some effort was made to salvage the steamer. A significant number of slave documents are found throughout the collection. Most of these documents provide a brief physical description of the slave as well as their given name. The collection also includes correspondence written by Euphemia McNaught Knapp, John McNaught, and William McNaught, Jr. John McNaught graduated from Harvard and then spent several months on a European tour. Many of his letters reflect on the society in Europe and the contrast to American society. His sister “Pollie” inquired about the fashions of Europe in one of her letters to him and he provides her with a brief sketch of the fashions in England, Ireland, and Paris. The letters written by Euphemia describe life in Canada during the Civil War and in Atlanta after the war as well as financial difficulties after her husband abandons her and their children.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged Folders arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Business records--Georgia--Atlanta
Clothing and dress--19th century
Fashion--19th century
McNaught family
McNaught, William, 1814-1896
Slave bills of sale--Georgia
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William McNaught Papers, MSS 156, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase 1968 (1968.1)

Description Control

Reprocessed in 2009


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


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Container List

 

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11Accounts and Receipts, 1850-1869
 
2Accounts and Receipts, 1870-1884
 
3Accounts and Receipts, 1885-1886
 

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21Accounts and Receipts, 1887-1890
 
2Accounts and Receipts, 1891-1894
 

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31Business agreements and documents, 1860-1888
 
2Business, Atlanta Paper Mills, 1864-1883, undated
 
3Business, Confederate Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 1862- 1869
 
4Business, Disbar (Tumbler) Lock, undated
 
5Business, Fulton Exporting and Importing Company, 1863
 
6Business, Georgia Petroleum Company (Fulton Petroleum and Mining Company), 1865-1869
 
7Business, Land distribution records, undated
 
8Business, McNaught Land Company, 1892-1895, undated
 

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41Business, McNaught, Ormond and Company, 1859-1886, undated
 
2Business, Novelty Iron Works, 1863-1876, undated
 
3Business, Patent of Invention Canada document, 1882
 
4Business, Promissory notes and payment records, 1857-1894
 
5Business, Real property transaction documents, including slave transactions, 1847-1870
 

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51Business, Real property transaction documents, 1871-1892
 
2Business, Texas Land Company, 1870-1884
 
3Cancelled checks, 1882-1894
 
4Civil War diary/journal, 1862-1864
 

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61Correspondence, Euphemia Knapp, 1885-1906
 
2Correspondence, John McNaught, 1867-1911
 
3Correspondence (business), William McNaught, 1861-1885
 
4Correspondence (business), William McNaught, 1886-1887
 
5Correspondence (business), William McNaught, 1888-1890
 

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71Correspondence (business), William McNaught, 1891-1895
 
2Correspondence (personal), William McNaught, 1862-1891
 
3Correspondence, William McNaught Jr., 1884-1888
 
4Correspondence, William McNaught Jr., 1889-1893
 

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81Correspondence, Morrison Family, 1836-1881
 
2Correspondence, James Ormond, 1845-1881
 
3Correspondence, L.W. Smith Estate, 1856-1887
 
4Journal/diary, undated
 
5Ledger, William McNaught, 1892-1894
 
6Ledger, William McNaught, 1894-1896
 
7Memorandum books, 1883, 1892
 

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91Memorandum book, undated
 
2Memorandum book, undated
 
3Memorandum book, undated
 
4Miscellaneous documents, 1892, undated
 
5Newspaper clippings, 1881-1920, undated
 
6School notebook, William McNaught, Jr., 1877
 

Box

MSS OS 4.339Scrapbook, R. Herbert Knapp, 1879
 

Box

MSS OS 4.340Scrapbook, undated