This Omeka resource includes selected correspondence from the Cameron Family Papers within the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill to assist educators and students with interpretations of antebellum plantation life in the southern United States. While the full Cameron Family Papers includes some 35,000 items, this resource includes a curated selection of letters written between 1844-1847 that were found to include details about the lives and deaths of enslaved persons as a primary theme of interest, as well as details about daily operations and practices of plantations. Each letter in this resource was photographed on site in the Special Collections Library, then transcribed and saved to this collection with tags for easy referencing of themes. For questions, contact the creator of the resource, Dr. Kevin Oliver, Professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State University (

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William Piper Letter, December 20, 1846


In a brief note, the overseer Piper updates Duncan Cameron about ongoing plowing, fencing, and cleaning at Snow Hill plantation. Cotton has been sent…

William Hams Letter, January 7, 1847


Overseer William Hams at Stagville Plantation writes to Thomas Bennehan to discuss slave health and mentions ongoing jobs on the plantation: fencing,…

Unknown Author, Letter, March 11, 1847


Unknown author from Mississippi replies to Duncan Cameron regarding the legality of slaves being moved into Mississippi and the fertility of soil in…