North Carolina Office of Archives & History Department of Cultural Resources
Historical Publications Section The Vance Papers
Joe A. Mobley, Editor
Historical Publications Section
4622 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4622
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'The Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance'
Vance Papers

Last Updated 9/21/10


Zebulon Baird Vance is a name known to most North Carolinians. Having served his state as governor during the critical years of the Civil War, Vance became a symbol of leadership, integrity, and loyalty. The Vance Papers have long been available to scholars in manuscript form. A microfilm compilation, (The Papers of Zebulon Vance, by Gordon B. McKinney and Richard M. McMurry, Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1987) is also available. The need for a published edition arose during the 1960s and the centennial of the Civil War.

The Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance, Volume I, (1843-1862), edited by Frontis W. Johnston, appeared in 1963. Over a period of three decades several editors attempted to continue the project. In 1983 Gordon B. McKinney, then a member of the history department at Western Carolina University, agreed to assume responsibility for producing a letterpress edition of the Vance Papers. A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) delayed work on the letterpress edition so that Dr. McKinney and Dr. Richard M. McMurry could prepare a microfilm edition of the Vance Papers, consisting of thirty-nine reels.

Upon accepting a position in Washington, D.C., Dr. McKinney was unable to begin work on the letterpress edition. No progress occurred until Joe A. Mobley assumed responsibility for the Vance Papers in 1991. The Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance, Volume 2 (1863) was published in 1995.

The next volume to be published will be The Papers of Zebulon Baird Vance, Volume 3 (January 1864-May 1865). No publication date has been set.

For more information about this documentary project contact the editor, Joe A. Mobley, at

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