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Louise Withers Sloan Papers

Identifier: DC098

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, school work, financial records, clippings and invitations. The biographical information includes newsclippings, a copy of her eulogy and also information about William Richardson, a long-time suitor. The correspondence from 1907 to 1911 is primarily between Louise and her family while she was attending Peace College. She discusses college life and gets news about Davidson events. The correspondence between 1911 and 1917 is primarily with friends and her suitor, William Holt Richardson. Richardson was working as a newspaper reporter and makes references to world events, such as the sinking of the Lusitania. Later correspondence is with friends and family. There are separate folders for correspondence related to her brief teaching career and her work with the Peace College yearbook, the Lotus. There are also postcards (housed in Box 3) that complement and continue the correspondence in the letters. The calling cards are examples of cards left by visitors. They include printed and handwritten cards. The financial records are incomplete but do reflect her interests in investments and the rental properties she owned in Charlotte and Davidson, NC. There is a notebook from 1906 that lists her childhood accounts and an early draft of a will. The collection also include examples of her school work and two essays written by Sloan and three accompanying photographs for the Whitefield tree piece. There are additional photographs of Louise as a child and in her later years.


  • Creation: 1906-1992

Biographical / Historical

Miss Louise Withers Sloan (1892-1992) was the daughter of James Lee Sloan, Jr. and Ida Withers. She attended Peace College in Raleigh and was one of the early female graduates of Duke. She taught elementary school in Bladen County and later sold real estate and insurance in Davidson, NC. She lived in her family home on Main Street until the 1980s. The house was sold to the town of Davidson. She died in Falls Church, VA in 1992.


3 boxes (3 boxes + oversize)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Town of Davidson gave materials from Miss Sloan's home to the Davidson Historical Society. The president of the Society, Rupert Barber, donated this file to the College Archives. (96-174).|2007-153|2010-021

Processing Information

Processed on October 1996|December 2012

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository