Papers of the Dabney family [manuscript] 1792 [1880-1971].


Papers of the Dabney family [manuscript] 1792 [1880-1971].

The collection consists chiefly of letters to the Dabney & Davis families, particularly Lily Heth Davis Dabney, Richard Heath Dabney, Virginius Dabney, Eugene Davis, Lucy Minor Davis, James Ewell Heath, Susan C. Dabney Smedes, Alice Chancellor Davis White, and John Shelton White. Most of the correspondence concerns family activities. Topics of interest include Reconstruction, World War I debt repayment, prohibition, the University of Virginia, the schooling of Indian children, postal service, the 19th century legal profession, plantation management, and organizations with which members of the family were connected including the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, St. George's chapter, New York, N.Y. The Citizen's Union Organization, New York, N.Y., and the Albemarle Colportage & Sunday School Society. In the collection are mss. for Gold that did not glitter, and The story of Don Miff, by Virginius Dabney, The causes of the French revolution, by Richard Heath Dabney, and letters & review regarding Memorials of a Southern planter by Susan Dabney Smedes. In addition there are scrapbooks, diaries, articles, photographs, daguerreotypes, periodicals, clippings, financial papers, school papers, journals & notebooks. The latter cover such diverse topics as meteorology, agriculture, Latin, mathematics, history, French, philosophy, law, & psychology. Of special interest are a group of drawings by Indian children, 1887. Among the correspondents are Woodrow Wilson, Ray Stannard Baker, Harry Byrd, Charles Dickens, David Starr Jordan, William Ewart Gladstone, Andrew Lang, and Howard Worth Smith.

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