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Virginia Americana Collection, 1792-1889

Collection Overview

Title: Virginia Americana Collection, 1792-1889

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in series is follows:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2:  County Records

       Subseries A: Campbell County

       Subseries B: Dimwiddie County

       Subseries C: Floyd County

       Subseries D: Henry County

       Subseries E: Montgomery County

       Subseries F: Patrick County

       Subseries G: Scott County

       Subseries H: Unknown Counties

Series 3: General

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of documents pertaining to the state of Virginia, primarily focused on Henry and Patrick Counties. The papers span the years from 1792 to 1889 and include court documents, a small amount of correspondence, voting records, and bills of sale. The collection does not focus on a specific aspect of Virginia, but provides information on political, commercial, and to some extent, personal experiences in Virginia during the 19th century.

There are many items of note in this collection including a land contract dated 1792 by which trustees of the town of Lynchburg grant title to a one-acre lot. Bills of estate sales in which slaves are among the items sold and a copy of a bond between a governor and three indentured men are also included in the collection. Two letters, one early in the Civil War and another near the end, give eloquent witness to the changed situation of the writer. Detailed voting records from one Virginia county during the decade of the 1880s are also included.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions other than federal copyright regulations. Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Acquisition Method: Materials in this collection were purchased by the staff of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Virginia American Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was updated in January 2016.

Other Note: BCA 0099 SAA 099


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
The personal letters in this series provide rich insight into the personalities, attitudes and experiences of the writers. They also indirectly picture the economic and social situation. The business letters provide more direct information on how economic transactions were conducted.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Regarding Payment for building of Henry County Jail Pillory and Stocks (1805)
Folder 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
James Burns to Mary Shirts (1823, 1844)
Folder 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
James H. Hooe to Andrew McNabb & Joseph Fellows (1817,1818)
Folder 4: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Letters from a Rebel Lady in Virginia (J.C. Preston) to Mr. John Preston (1861) and Mr. Walter Preston (1864?)
Folder 5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Sally Isom to a former classmate who attended a female seminary in Virginia (1874)
Series 2: County RecordsAdd to your cart.

Many of the court records are letters requesting payment or judgments enforcing payment by one plaintiff to another. All of them are prior to the Civil War, and many are dated in the first 15 years of the 19th century. Among them is an incomplete 1829 copy of a land grant made in 1795, perhaps in what was then Patrick County.

The voting records of Patrick County are dated 1880 to 1889, and consist of total votes for electors for President and Vice President, State Representatives, Attorney General, Governor, an amendment to the United States Constitution (1882), a Constitutional Convention, Justice of the Peace, and County Officers. Each document contains not only the outcome of each election, but also the number of votes cast for each candidate.

Sub-Series A: Campbell CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Court Documents [2]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series B: Dimwiddie CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Court Documents [1]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series C: Floyd CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Documents [1]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series D: Henry CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Court Documents [14]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series E: Montgomery CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Documents [1]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series F: Patrick CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Court Documents [2]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Voting Records (I: 1880)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Voting Records (II: 1881-1886)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Voting Records (III: 1886-1889)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series G: Scott CountyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Court Documents [1]Add to your cart.
Sub-Series H: Unknown CountiesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Court Documents [6]Add to your cart.
Series 3: GeneralAdd to your cart.
In this series the bond of three men to the governor of Virginia and the concert program sung by former slaves are both of unusual interest.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Program of SpiritualsAdd to your cart.
An 1875-1876 program of spirituals sung by the Virginia Choristers, including some original Hampton Singers
Folder 18: Property Transactions, (1792-1885)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Indentured Labor Bond with a Governor of Virgina (1816)Add to your cart.