The Resource Papers of the Garrett family, (manuscript)

Papers of the Garrett family, (manuscript)

Papers of the Garrett family, 1811-1943
Papers of the Garrett family
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  • The collection consists of the personal correspondence and family records of the Garrett family. Of particular interest are the family letters which contain references not only to family affairs, but also to historically significant events. Correspondence includes letters written in the 1820s by Robert M. Garrett describing his life while he was a student at the medical college in Philadelphia
  • Other topics mentioned in the correspondence are the 1832 cholera epidemic, the sale and disposal of slaves, Baptist church affairs, including the baptism of slaves, a Polk victory celebration in 1844, an 1849 stay at Warm Springs, Va., the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850, the politics surrounding the superintendency of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum, Williamsburg, and an 1851 insane asylum bill
  • Also discussed are the University of Virginia in 1852, the trial of a white man for the murder of slaves (defended by Henry Wise), Henry Clay's funeral, General Winfield Scott and the Whig Party in the 1852 election, the 1854 Louisiana yellow fever epidemic, and descriptions of Dayton, Ala. in the 1860s
  • A series of letters from the Nottingham family on the Eastern Shore describe the occupation of that area by Union troops during the 1862 Peninsular Campaign and post-Civil War conditions. Other correspondence discusses the organization of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the 1872 Democratic National Convention, the 1904 St. Louis Fair, and the thanks of a Japanese scholarship student in 1910
  • Also of special interest are letters (1915-1924) to Lottie and Mary Garrett from President Wilson's physician, Cary Travers Grayson, and his wife Alice Gertrude Grayson and from Edith Bolling Galt Wilson
  • The rest of the collection is composed of family documents. Assorted legal, financial and business papers are chiefly related to the law practices of several Garrett brothers and sons. In addition to the Garrett genealogy, there are genealogies of the Sloughton, Sloss, and Jones families of Maryland
  • Other documents include a commencement address and set of lecture notes on ancient history from the College of William and Mary, essays, speeches, including fourth of July orations, a petition to the General Assembly concerning the Eastern Lunatic Asylum, and a case argued before the Supreme Circuit Court in York County in 1817
  • Among the miscellaneous material are photographs, clippings, life insurance advertisements, poetry fragments, invitations, announcements and greeting cards, including a 1915 card signed by Woodrow Wilson
Cataloging source
Papers of the Garrett family, (manuscript)
  • Special Collections
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System control number
  • (Sirsi) AKC8021
  • (OCoLC)29733981
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