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John Thomas Alderman (1853-1932) was an educator and Baptist historian in North Carolina. The John Thomas Alderman Papers consists of biographical information, articles, personal correspondence, biographies of N.C. Baptists, church and association historical notes and materials, and miscellaneous items.

Biographical and Historical Note

John Thomas Alderman, educator, state senator, Baptist historian, and Mason was a native of Salemburg, Sampson County, N.C. He served as superintendent of schools of Henderson, N.C. until his retirement in 1923. He was a North Carolina state senator in 1925 and 1929 and was chair of the historical commission of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He was an active Mason, holding many offices, culminating with his election as Grand Mast of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in 1914.

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Collection Overview

The John Thomas Alderman Papers is a collection of John Thomas Alderman's personal papers, biographies, association history materials, church history materials, and various miscellaneous items ranging from 1755-1930 and contains roughly 140 items.

The John Thomas Alderman Papers is arranged into five different series: Series 1. Personal Papers; Series 2. Biographies; Series 3. Association History Materials; Series 4. Church History Materials; Series 5. Miscellaneous.

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Collection Inventory

  • Biographical Information / Box 1 Folder 1
  • Personal Papers
    • Articles / Box 1 Folder 2
    • Correspondence / Box 1 Folder 3
      • Albritton, John Thomas: False dates for Eastern B/A churches
      • Alderman, John Thomas: History of Moutain Union B/A
      • Babb, Thomas W.: Babb's field of labor at Jones' School House
      • Baggett, J.D.: Beaver Dam Baptist Church records, 1802-1858
      • Baker, S.J.: Church records of Yadkin B/A and Brier Creek Church
      • Bunn, A.D.: History of Wake Forest College
      • Cheek, John M.: Hassell's History of the Church of God
      • Clark, Charles C.: Elijah Clark and New Bern Baptist Church
      • Fletcher, James Floyd (1858-1946): Stephen Ross and the Mountain Union Baptist Association
      • Jones, H. Frederick: Centennial of Memorial Baptist Church, Greenville, N.C.
      • Page, Jesse Martin (1877-1953): Rowan Baptist Church records
      • Shell, Pinkney Jerome: Mitchell County B/A History
      • Stewart, H.L.: Eastern B/A and the centennial meeting
      • Turner, George Scott: Cedar Creek and Cumberland Baptist associaitions
      • Von Miller, R.M.: Johnston Baptist Association minutes
      • Wright, C.C.: Foote's Methodist Armor Reviewed
    • Notebooks (2 volumes) / Box 1 Folder 4
    • Report (1922-1923) / Box 1 Folder 5
  • Biographies
    • Alderman, Amariah Biggs (1819-1889) / Box 1 Folder 6
    • Biggs, Noah (1842-1914) / Box 1 Folder 7
    • Cooper, Fleet (1750-1828) / Box 1 Folder 8
    • Daniel, Robert Thomas (1773-1840) / Box 1 Folder 9
    • Devin, Robert Ira (1822-1914) / Box 1 Folder 10
    • Dillahunty, John (1730-1816) / Box 1 Folder 11
    • Johnson, Laura Alderman (1857-1924) / Box 1 Folder 12
    • McDuffie, Marshall V. / Box 1 Folder 13
    • Marsh, Robert Henry (1837-1924) / Box 1 Folder 14
    • Mikael , David (1819-1905) / Box 1 Folder 15
    • Montague, Edwin Jordan / Box 1 Folder 16
    • Newton, Samuel / Box 1 Folder 17
    • Page, S.C. / Box 1 Folder 18
    • Page, Wiley (1846-1918) / Box 1 Folder 19
    • Palmer, Paul / Box 1 Folder 20
    • Parker, Joseph & William / Box 1 Folder 21
    • Perry, Winston (1797-1873) / Box 1 Folder 22
    • Posey, Humphrey (1780-1846) / Box 1 Folder 23
    • Skinner, Thomas Edward (1825-1905) / Box 1 Folder 24
    • Stradley, Joshua Addison (1832-1912) / Box 1 Folder 25
    • Stradley, Mary Francis / Box 1 Folder 26
    • Wells, David (1794-1863) / Box 1 Folder 27
    • White, Daniel (1784-1824) / Box 1 Folder 28
  • Association History Materials
    • Beulah Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 29
    • Broad River Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 30
    • Cape Fear Baptist Association (1805-1826) / Box 2 Folder 31
    • Cedar Creek, Cumberland County / Box 2 Folder 32
    • Chowan Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 33
    • Eastern Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 34
    • Goshen Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 35
    • Macon Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 36
    • Mountain Union Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 37
    • Raleigh Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 38
    • South River Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 39
    • Three Forks Baptist Association / Box 2 Folder 40
  • Church History Materials
    • Baptist Chapel, Sampson County / Box 2 Folder 41
    • Beaver Dam, Cumberland County / Box 2 Folder 42
    • Bethel, Sampson County, Eastern / Box 2 Folder 43
    • Brier Creek, Wilkes County / Box 2 Folder 44
    • Ephesus, Person County / Box 2 Folder 45
    • Fork, Davie County, South Yadkin / Box 2 Folder 46
    • Hephzibah, Wake County, Raleigh / Box 2 Folder 47
    • Hominy, Buncombe County / Box 2 Folder 48
    • Island Creek, Duplin County / Box 2 Folder 49
    • Kinston First, Lenoir County / Box 2 Folder 50
    • Lee's Chapel, Nash County / Box 2 Folder 51
    • Magnolia, Cumberland County / Box 2 Folder 52
    • Mt. Harmony, Person County / Box 2 Folder 53
    • Olive Branch, Person County / Box 2 Folder 54
    • Riley's Creek, Pender County / Box 2 Folder 55
    • Rock Grove, Person County / Box 2 Folder 56
    • Rocky Mount First, Nash County / Box 2 Folder 57
    • Rose Hill, Duplin County / Box 2 Folder 58
    • Rowan, Sampson County / Box 2 Folder 59
    • Shiloh, Camden County / Box 2 Folder 60
    • Spring Branch, Sampson County / Box 2 Folder 61
    • Three Forks, Watauga County / Box 2 Folder 62
    • Wallace First, Duplin County / Box 2 Folder 63
    • Well's Chapel, Sampson County / Box 2 Folder 64
    • Wheeley's, Person County / Box 2 Folder 65
    • Wilmington First, New Hanover County / Box 2 Folder 66
  • Miscellaneous
    • Account Book / Box 2 Folder 67
    • American Baptist Historical Society / Box 2 Folder 68
    • Beasley, L.A. / Box 2 Folder 69
    • Broadside Advertising Revival / Box 2 Folder 70
    • McGlothlin, W.J. / Box 2 Folder 71
    • NC Baptist Union Meeting / Box 2 Folder 72
    • Unidentified Notes / Box 2 Folder 73

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Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Alderman, John Thomas, 1853-1932
Title
John Thomas Alderman Papers
ID
MS2
Date [inclusive]
1853-1932
Extent
0.84 linear feet 2 letter boxes

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2014
Conditions Governing Access Note
Collection is open for research. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note
Donated by Mrs. John T. Alderman of Henderson, N.C. on January 13, 1937. 
Preferred Citation Note
John Thomas Alderman Papers, MS2, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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General Note

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also has John Thomas Alderman Papers. Their John Thomas Alderman Papers consists of "correspondence relating to his position as Masonic leader and articles and lectures written by Alderman on various topics. Correspondence about members, dues, conferences, initiations, conferring of degrees, officer elections, resignations, expulsion of members for various reasons, and the distribution of philanthropic funds." It contains about 300 items and was purchased from J. Douglass Mattox of Raleigh, N.C. in 1997. http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/a/Alderman,John_Thomas.html The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also has the Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman Papers; Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman was John Thomas Alderman's mother.

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