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Boling Family papers

Identifier: MSS-0181

Scope and Contents

A small collection of thirty-two items spanning the years from 1833 to 1870. The bulk of the materials in this collection are letters written to Boling's wife Mary Ann Saffold Boling, 1852-65. The letters written in the 1850s to Mrs. Boling are from various members of her family. Many of them relate to James M. Boling or to his estate. The letters written to her in the 1860s from her son offer insight into student life at the University of Alabama and the University of Virginia. One of these letters is almost illegible. The earliest dated piece is an 1833 tuition receipt from the University of Georgia for James M. Boling. The latest dated piece is an 1870 letter addressed to James M. Boling's daughter Bessie. Although the majority of the materials in this collection belong to James M. Boling or to his wife and are easily identified, two letters remain unidentified. At present, the relationship of the writers of these two letters to James M. Boling is unclear. Arrangement is either alphabetical or chronological, depending on content.


  • 1833-1870


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Lowndes County, Alabama, planter, attorney, and state legislator.


0.075 Linear Feet (32 items)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, receipts, mortgages, wills, indentures, and other materials concerning the property and affairs of the Boling and Saffold families of Hayneville, Lowndes County, Alabama.


Purchased from Haunted Book Shop, 1950.

Processed by

Revised by Donnelly Lancaster Walton, November 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013


Guide to the Boling Family papers
November 2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266