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John Thomas Alderman Papers

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John Thomas Alderman (1853-1932) was an educator and Baptist historian in North Carolina. This collection consists of biographical information, articles, personal correspondence, biographies of N.C. Baptists, church and association historical notes and materials, and general materials related to Baptists and his work.

Biographical and Historical Note

John Thomas Alderman was an educator, state senator, Baptist historian, and Mason. He was a native of Salemburg, Sampson County, N.C., and 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; he also served as chair of the historical commission of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. In addition to his interest in Baptist history, Alderman was an active Mason who held many offices in the organization, culminating with his election as Grand Mast of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in 1914.

Collection Overview

This collection contains John Thomas Alderman's personal papers, biographies, association history materials, church history materials, and other related Baptist materials ranging from 1755-1930.

The John Thomas Alderman Papers is arranged into five series: Series 1. Personal papers; Series 2. Biographies; Series 3. Association history materials; Series 4. Church history materials; and Series 5. General Baptist materials.

Collection Inventory

  • 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
    • Biographical Information / Box 1 Folder 1
  • 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
  • General Baptist materials
    • 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

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]
1755-1930
Extent
0.84 linear feet  2 document boxes

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2014
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
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. 
Preferred Citation Note
John Thomas Alderman Papers, MS2, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Alderman, John Thomas, 1853-1932

Subject(s)

  • Baptist associations--North Carolina--History--Sources
  • Baptists--North Carolina--History--Sources

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill holds two related collections: John Thomas Alderman papers #4904, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman Diary #4479, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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