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John Frederick Nash Papers

Identifier: DC053

Scope and Contents

The majority of the collection relates to John Frederick Nash but there are also records documenting the Nash and Floyd families. The materials relating directly to John Frederick Nash include correspondence, literary materials, medical ledger, insurance records, legal and financial records, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and artifacts. The correspondence includes letters sent to Nash by family members while he was a student at Davidson College, letters written during World War I and during the period he served in the reserves, and letters relating to his medical and political careers. The literary material is an essay written by Nash while a student at Davidson. Within the legal and financial materials are copies of deeds, wills, and stock certificates. The insurance files contain copies of policies and the St. Paul School file has copies of programs and reports. The printed material contains copies of medical articles written by Nash, programs from civic organizations, reports and bulletins issued by the United States Army pertaining to Nash's service,and newspaper clippings about his career and family history. The scrapbooks contain photographs of family, friends, students at Davidson, and military camps. They also contain programs and newspaper clippings on a variety of topics. Along with additional photographs relating to World War I, there are sets of postcards from France. The artifacts primarily date from World War and were part of Nash's medical kit. The records documenting the Floyd and Nash families include correspondence, financial materials, genealogical materials, clippings, and photographs. The correspondence includes a letter written to Frederick Nash by James W. Osborne discussing conditions at Davidson College in 1852 and family letters written during the Civil War. The financial materials include a subscription pledges for the salary of Rev. F. Nash in 1845 and receipts for Shepard Nash, 1896. Within the genealogical files, there are printed histories and family trees prepared by family members. There is also printed material on North Carolina history as it relates to the Nash family, including postcards of Tryon Place, the first home of North Carolina governors. The photographs are primarily portraits of family members.


  • 1847 - 1978

Biographical / Historical

John Frederick Nash was graduated from Davidson College in 1911. He also attended the North Carolina Medical College and studied in New York. He began practicing medicine in St. Paul, North Carolina in 1916. During World War I, he served in the Medical Corps in France. He returned to St. Paul after his service and became active in civic affairs. He married Agnes Floyd of Fairmont, North Carolina and had four children. He served twice as mayor and was a trustee of the St. Paul Presbyterian Church. He father Shepard Nash attended Davidson College in the early 1880s and his brother, Shepard Kollock Nash was a member of the class of 1915. He was also a descendant of Abner Nash (1740-1786), the second governor of North Carolina, and Frederick Nash (1781-1858), the fourth chief justice of North Carolina.


1.35 Linear Feet (3 boxes + oversize )



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Gene Mallonee

Processing Information

Processed on Mar-97
John Frederick Nash Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository