Guide to The E.B.C. Hambley Papers 1877 - 1977

Collection Number Mss 19988

G.A. Pfeiffer Library, Mary Fisher Floyd Archives & Special Collections


Collection Information


Abstract: The E. B. C. Hambley papers consist of items donated to Pfeiffer University by Juliette Leonard Hambley on August 18, 1977. The Papers also include additional items supplied by staff of G. A. Pfeiffer Library. Materials range in date from approximately 1877 to 1987.

Contact Information:
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G.A. Pfeiffer Library
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Processed by
Holly A. Mercer
Date Completed
1998
Encoded by
Jonathan C. Hutchinson

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Pfeiffer University
Title
E.B.C. Hambley Papers
Call Number
Mss 19988
Extent
1 archival box, .25 linear feet, oversize materials
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Pfeiffer University Archivist.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access
Certain restrictions as to the use or copying of the materials in this collection may apply. The copyright interests in the papers of E. B. C. Hambley have not been transferred to Pfeiffer University. Please contact the University Archivist for more information on copyright.
Acquisitions Information
The E. B. C. Hambley papers consist of items donated to Pfeiffer University by Juliette Leonard Hambley on August 18, 1977. The Papers also include additional items supplied by staff of G. A. Pfeiffer Library.
Provenance
The E. B. C. Hambley papers consist of items donated to Pfeiffer University by Juliette Leonard Hambley on August 18, 1977. The Papers also include additional items supplied by staff of G. A. Pfeiffer Library.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], E.B.C. Hambley Papers, Mary Fisher Floyd Archives, Pfeiffer University.
Copyright Notice
The copyright interests in the papers of E. B. C. Hambley have not been transferred to Pfeiffer University. Please contact the University Archivist for more information on copyright.

Biographical Notes

Egbert Barry Cornwall Hambley, 1862-1906
May 2, 1862 Born in Penzance, Cornwall, England

1881 - Became assistant to the principal of the Gold Hill Mines

1884-1887 - Returned to England to become engineer at John Taylor and Sons; traveled to India and South Africa to observe mining practices.

1886 Director of Salisbury Cotton Mills

1887 Returned to NC; married Lottie Clark Coleman of Warrenton, NC

1888 Director of Davis and Wiley Bank of Salisbury

1898 Became affiliated with banking and brokerage firm of Whitney and Stephenson of Pittsburgh

1900 Began building mansion on South Fulton Street, Salisbury, NC

1901 Whitney Dam project begun

August 13, 1906 Died of typhoid fever

George I. Whitney, 1847-
November 24, 1847 born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1868 received Master of Arts degree from Western University

1871 left Citizens' National Bank of Pittsburgh

1881 built water works at New Castle, PA

1882-1889 president of and owner of Central Passenger Railway Company

1884 member, New York Stock Exchange; formed Whitney & Stephenson, brokers

1886 organized Hostetter-Connellsville Coke Company

1901 Whitney dam project begun by the Whitney Company

1904 accident at Barringer Mine, owned by Whitney; 8 people die

1906 Pittsburgh money barons marked Whitney for financial ruin; collapse of Whitney project

1907 Whitney files for bankruptcy

1910 Whitney Dam property sold to North Carolina Electric and Power Co.

Scope and Content Note

The E. B. C. Hambley Papers, mss 19988, were the gift of Juliette Leonard Hambley, wife of the third son of E. B. C. Hambley. Items in the collection originally formed an exhibit in the G. A. Pfeiffer Library. Most of the printed items about Mr. Hambley were written well after his death. The correspondence are facsimiles. However the photographs are authentic as are the realia which together form the bulk of the collection.

In addition to material about Hambley, there are items that concern his business and social acquaintances as well. Most notable of these individuals is George I. Whitney.

The E. B. C. Hambley Papers are significant because Hambley was not only a witness to the significant growth in the region at the turn of the century, but he also was an impetus of that growth. In addition to his gold mining interests, he also ran a cotton mill, a bank, a granite quarry, was a farmer and rancher, was a founder of the Salisbury Gas and Electric Light Company, and helped finance the infamous Whitney Dam project. He was the only local man to hold office with the Whitney company. One source stated that Hambley was responsible for bringing more than $30 million into Piedmont North Carolina.

E. B. C. Hambley met and courted Lottie Coleman, the daughter of Dr. Littleton William Coleman of Rockwell. Lottie was the great granddaughter of North Carolina governor William Hawkins. Their children were: William Hawkins, Littleton Coleman, James Young, Charlotte Isabel.

Juliette Leonard Hambley's obituary highlights her interest in writing and literature. The biographical sketch of Christian Reed (Frances Christine Fisher Tiernan) is probably part of this collection because of the common interest of the two women; also, Mr. J. M. Tiernan was an associate of E. B. C. Hambley. Juliette Hambley was the wife of cotton broker William Hawkins "Tops" Hambley, who died December 31, 1972.

Names in the collection include: Egbert Barry Cornwall Hambley; Juliette Leonard Hambley; Littleton Coleman; Lottie Coleman Hambley; Christian Reed; J. M. Tiernan; George I. Whitney.

Subjects include: Gold Mining - Southern states; Industry in NC; Rowan County, NC; Stanly County, NC; North Carolina architecture; North Carolina fiction; and to a small extent, family life at the turn of the century.

Online Catalog Headings

E.B.C. Hambley Papers.
Mary Fisher Floyd Archives.
Hambley, E. B. C. (Egbert Barry Cornwall), 1862-1906.
Hambley, Juliette Leonard.
Whitney, George I.
Gold Mines and Mining - Southern States.
Rowan County (NC) History
Stanly County (NC) History.

Organization of Collection

The collection is divided into 4 series.

Correspondence, 1878-1907
Pictures, nd
Printed Materials, ca. 1904-1960
Realia, nd

Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1878-1904.
4 folders

- This small series consists mostly of letters written by E.B.C Hambley.

Pictures, nd
5 folders

- The Pictures series consists of pictures of E.B.C Hambley, his wife Lottie Coleman Hambley and George I. Whitney.

Printed Materials ca. 1904-1960
12 folders

- This series contains postcards, clippings, obituaries and articles about E.B.C Hambley and his family. .

Realia, nd.

- Items include: Cash box and Gold ore from Whitney Gold Mine, Gold Hill, NC.

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