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The Mystery of Peter Stuart Ney

A guide to materials in Archives and Special Collections related to Peter Stuart Ney, the designer of the college seal, and the mystery of his identity.

Ney and the Local Area

Peter Stuart Ney taught schoolchildren throughout the Carolinas and as he moved from city to city, he certainly made an impression on the local community. Among these communities, there was also heavy speculation as to whether or not Ney was in fact the famed Napoleonic marshal. In our collection, we have materials that relate to Ney's life in the Carolinas and reminiscences from individuals that describe their encounters with Ney.

Poem written by P.S. Ney to Margaret Hampton

Poem written by P.S. Ney for Martha Hampton (1843)

Manuscript Collections

Manuscript materials are largely unpublished documents such as diaries, letters, speeches and sermons. The collections may be about an individual, a family, or a group. The majority of our collections relate to students and alumni of Davidson College and to civic organizations in the town of Davidson, North Carolina.

Listed below are relevant collections related to Peter Stuart Ney and reminiscences of him. Collections are organized by manuscript number, along with a brief description of the collection's contents, and are hyperlinked to the collection's digital finding aid.

Additional Primary Materials

Listed below are relevant collections regarding Peter Stuart Ney that can be found at UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University. Materials are linked and described below.

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