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Henry Tutwiler papers

Identifier: W-0081

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two account books and one commonplace book compiled by Henry Tutwiler.

The slim, black-and-green account book records the tuition payments and expenditures of students at Greensboro Academy in Hale County, Alabama. Entries are recorded from October 1868 to July 1869, a period when Henry Tutwiler's daughter, Julia Strudwick Tutwiler, served as the school's principal.

A 200-page yellow account book records Henry Tutwiler's personal expenditures in entries dated from 1865 to 1873. Notable entries include payments to three women identified as doctors who may have been faculty members at Greensboro Academy: Nora Nugent, Annie Lamb, and Ann Feeney.

The large brown commonplace book includes quotations and reviews of a wide range of scientific, technical, and educational texts. After weather entries for July 1862, Tutwiler abbreviated the weather entries and added very brief war-related entries beginning in May 1864. The back of the book contains detailed weather charts.


  • 1862 - 1884


Physical Description

Second notebook (yellow binding) is somewhat fragile.

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Biographical / Historical

Henry Tutwiler was born on November 16, 1807, in Harrisburg, Virginia. One of the first students to enroll at the University of Virginia, he received his AM degree in 1829. Tutwiler joined the staff of the newly-formed University of Alabama in 1831 as a professor of ancient languages. In 1835, he married Julia Ashe. The couple had eleven children, including daughter Julia Strudwick Tutwiler, an educator and reformer. He left The University of Alabama in 1837, teaching mathematics and chemistry at Marion College and LaGrange College until founding the Green Springs School for Boys in 1847. Tutwiler died in Hale County, Alabama, on September 22, 1884.


0.2 Linear Feet

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Contains three notebooks: an account book recording tuition payments at Greensboro Academy; a second account book documenting Henry Tutwiler's personal expenses; and a commonplace book containing book reviews, weather reports, and very brief entries about the Civil War.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

Henry Tutwiler letter, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Julia Strudwick Tutwiler papers, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Physical Description

Second notebook (yellow binding) is somewhat fragile.


Title on Spine: Henry Tutwiler's Account and Weather Books With an Index to his Correspondence, 1862-1884

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Haley Aaron, 2013



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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266