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Sallie Stirewalt Paisley Collection

Identifier: DC054

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence relating to her real estate and business investments from 1898 to 1934. While the correspondence is fairly routine, it does reflect economic changes during World War I and the Depression. There are also letters from Davidson College students written during World War I. The students were Jack M. Black (class of 1918), Harry D. Williamson (class of 1919), and Irwin P. Graham (class of 1908). There are also some financial records of Bynum Stirewalt, newspaper clippings on family history, and photographs and a privately published 1972 genealogy of Paisley and Allied Families by Oscar Paisley. The volume contains some family stories and photographs along with the charts. James Porter Paisley appears on page 1207.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1934


Biographical / Historical

Sallie Stirewalt Paisley was born in 1857 and grew up in Catawba Springs and Statesville, North Carolina. Her father, Valentine Stirewalt, managed several businesses. Her brother, Bynum Stirewalt attended Davidson College, graduating in 1894. She married Porter Paisley, Davidson College class of 1880 in 1883. The wedding was held in the Philanthropic Hall on the Davidson campus. Porter Paisley was a tutor at the college from 1880 to 1884 and began studies at Union Theological Seminary in 1886. He died in 1888. Sallie returned to Davidson and managed a boarding house on North Main Street. In the 1920s her boarding house was closely associated with the Kappa Alpha fraternity. She was choir director and organist for the Presbyterian Church. She also had several real estate investments. She died in 1935. The College Archives also has materials on the Stirewalt Family (DC0139s) and photographs of Sallie Paisley in the Local History Photograph collection.


.42 Linear Feet (2 boxes)



Physical Location

Carrel Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Davidson College by the Discovery Place. They deaccessioned the materials in 1996 and had no clear record of accession. Geneaology volume remove from library collection in 2015

Processing Information

Processed on Mar-97

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository