Adelaide L. Fries papers
Collection — Box: SFC3 [F09.090.03.01], Folder: 244
Scope and Contents
Includes a copy of a 4-page pamphlet by S. A. Ashe and Stephen B. Weeks, "An Important Document, The Original First Draught of the Mecklenburg Declaration, Recently Brought to Light" (1907) in which the authors contend that John McKnight Alexander confused names and dates in 1800 while trying to recollect documented events of May 31, 1775 (Mecklenburg Resolves); photocopy of the autographed inscription and title page of Fries's copy of William H. Hoyt's The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence: A Study of Evidence Showing that the Alleged Early Declaration of Independence by Mecklenburg County, on May 20th, 1775 is Spurious (New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1907) [a copy of this book is available in the library's Rare Book Collection]; letter (typewritten copy, initialed, 1916) from Fries to Stephen B. Weeks concerning comments by Traugott Bagge in which he provides limited support for the authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence; and a reprint from The Alumni Review, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1939) of the "Friends of The Library" page containing Archibald Henderson's essay on the so-called "Davie Copy" of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence held by the Southern Historical Collection. [For additional biographical information about Bagge, Fries, Henderson, and Weeks, consult William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (1979).]
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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Material relating to the authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, including a letter (1916) from Fries, an archivist and editor, to Stephen B. Weeks, North Carolina collector and historian, concerning Traugott Bagge's report that "the County of Mecklenburg declared itself free and independent of England" in 1775.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Ms. Joe Brickey, 1997.
Processed by Randy Penninger, October, 1997.
- Papers of Adelaide L. Fries PAPERS, 1907, 1916, 1939
- Finding aid written by Randy Penninger
- October 1997
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