Jane, Alice Hayne and Carolyn Brevard, ca. 1884

4. Family Papers

The following collections consist of family papers that document both private and public aspects of family life. The correspondence, land and business records, financial papers, scrapbooks, journals and oral history interviews in these collections can provide a glimpse into the role of some Florida women within their families in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Randolph Family
Papers, 1829-1978
2 cubic feet

The Randolphs settled in Tallahassee in 1829 and were a prominent local family. Thomas Eston Randolph's daughters conducted the first school for girls in Tallahassee. The collection contains drawings, poems, essays, school papers and letters of several Randolph women.

Hughes Family
Papers, 1844-1889
1 cubic foot

The papers of this North Florida/South Georgia family include the diary (1884, 1889) of Kate C. Hughes, which provides a look at life in the mid-19th century from one woman's perspective.

Jane, Alice Hayne and Carolyn Brevard, ca. 1884

Matthews Family
Papers, 1856-1910
.25 cubic foot

This collection includes the correspondence of David and Nancy Matthews. Nancy Matthews' letters to her husband describe life on the home front during the Civil War. Also included is her correspondence to the Internal Improvement Fund regarding her pension claims.

Yarbrough Family
Papers, 1880-1940
.5 cubic foot

The papers of the Yarbrough family of Jefferson County include scrapbooks and notebooks of Corinne Turnbull Yarbrough and Mary Simpson Yarbrough. Of special interest is an 1885 publication, "A Message from China to the Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South," regarding the formation of a joint stock company within the church to finance missionary schools in the Far East.

Taylor Family
Papers, 1850-1969
1 cubic foot

The Taylor family papers include the journals of Elizabeth L. Taylor of Black Creek (1850s) and of Mary C. Taylor (1920). Elizabeth Taylor writes of plantation life in the mid-19th century, including slave life and births. The collection contains photographs and genealogy records of the Taylor and related families of Leon and Wakulla counties.

Knott Family
Papers, 1845-1980
29.8 cubic feet

William V. Knott of Tallahassee had a long career in Florida state government. The collection includes papers of his wife, Luella Pugh Knott; his daughter, Mary Knott Bazemore; and his sister-in-law, Permelia Colley Knott. The papers of Luella Knott include her writings, music and genealogical research. Mary Knott Bazemore was a pediatrician, and her papers reflect her professional life and her interest in the family's real estate holdings. Permelia Knott's papers document her personal and business activities.

Elliot Family
Papers, 1851-1957
.75 cubic foot

The papers of this Tallahassee family include those of Sallie Cotton Elliot and Carrie Elliot. A notebook kept by Sallie Cotton Elliot contains letters describing mid-19th century life at a girls' boarding school. Carrie Elliot was a founder of the Tallahassee Live Oak Trail and a member of other civic organizations. Among her papers are materials relating to the organization of the Live Oak Trail, a scenic route that preserved many of the oldest and largest trees in downtown Tallahassee.

Griscom Family
Papers, 1896-1977
12 cubic feet

This collection includes the personal and business papers of Audrey Crosse Griscom, as well as the correspondence, stocks, tax records, estate records and other business papers of Frances C. Griscom. Frances Griscom's papers include correspondence with Mamie Eisenhower and President Richard Nixon, as well as documents related to the operation of Water Oak Plantation in Leon County.

Palmer Family
Letters, 1856-1915
.25 cubic foot

This collection includes the personal letters of Mary Rebecca Gassaway Palmer. Subject matter includes wedding plans, social activities and life in Monticello, Florida during the Civil War and late 19th century.

Lewis Family
Papers, 1853-1967
21.50 cubic feet

The Lewis family of Tallahassee was the founder of the Lewis State Bank. This collection contains the legal, business and personal papers of several generations of the family involved in the operation of the bank. The women of the family are well represented, with the papers of Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Elizabeth Douglas Lewis, Sarah Davis Lewis, Sarah Everett Lewis Henderson and Mary S. Lewis included in the collection.

Stone Family
Papers, 1827-1959
3 cubic feet

These records were collected by Jeanne Coleman Compton Stone, and include diaries, correspondence and other papers of the Stone family of Calhoun County. Mode Lee Stone was a prominent Florida educator, holding positions within the Tallahassee schools, the Department of Education and Florida State University. The series includes teacher exams and records from the early 20th century as well as the diary and other papers of Stone's first wife, Lois Lancaster.

Simpson Family
Papers, 1825-1978
14.5 cubic feet

This collection includes the letters and papers, dating from the early 20th century, of Dorothy Conrad Simpson, wife of Florida legislator Richard H. Simpson of Monticello.

Call Family and Brevard Family
Papers, 1788-1925
6 cubic feet, 27 microfilm reels, 33 compact discs

This collection consists of the papers of the family and descendants of Richard Keith Call, Territorial Governor of Florida. Included is a diary of his daughter, Ellen Call Long (the first white child born in Leon County), an author and civic leader. The diary describes life on the home front during the Civil War. The series also includes the writings of educator and author, Caroline Mays Brevard.

Blackshear, Pittman, White, Dickens and Drew Families
Papers, ca. 1700s-1970s
23 cubic feet

This collection is made up of correspondence, personal papers, business papers, photographs and other miscellaneous materials of five related families of Jackson County, Florida and Laurens County, Georgia. The collection provides unique documentation of business and family life in Northwest Florida and Southwest Georgia, from the antebellum period through the mid-20th century.

Kirvin Family
Papers, 1891-1918
.5 cubic foot

This series consists of personal papers of Mary Kirvin of Allenton, Florida, which include tax, financial and farming information in addition to family correspondence and letters from her son serving in World War I.

Mary Ann Lines
Lines Family
Memory Books and Memorabilia, 1840-1870
1 compact disc

This collection consists of one compact disk containing 92 images of two memory books kept by Eliza and Mary Ann DuPont and of jewelry items owned by Mary Ann. The memory books date from the late 1840s, and are filled with autographs, essays and mementos of the two girls. The books served as a remembrance of their Quincy home. Mary Ann's book may shed light on the founding of the country's second oldest college sorority by a Floridian whose father felt strongly for his daughters' education at a time when most women did not attend college.

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