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Collins family papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0346

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of photocopies of letters written by various family members, primarily James S. Collins, Martha Louvenia Symth Collins (Mrs. James S. Collins – second wife of James S.), James “Jim” Madison Collins, Lake Huron Collins Madison, Martin Lomax “Max” Collins, Irene (Mrs. Lomax Collins), and Purser Collins. The letters include two notes to Louvenia from James S. written in 1875 prior to their marriage, three letters to her children Jim, Lake and Max from Louvenia in 1928 giving them instructions on how to divide her property and goods between them after her death, and a series of letters written during the Depression (1931–1934) to Lake from Jim, Irene, and Max.

The collection also contains photocopies of the birth, marriage and death pages from several family Bibles. There are also photocopies of typed and handwritten pages of genealogical data and obituaries clipped from newspapers.

There is also a letter from Sarah Johnson of Troy, Alabama, to Marvin Gerry Stewart of Northport, Alabama, dated 16 May 1990, which accompanies a photocopy of the minutes of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Pike County, Alabama. The first page of the minutes indicates that they start on 4 April 1868 and end on 3 September 1874.

Dates

  • 1875–1990

Creator

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.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (photocopies)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Photocopies of letters written by various family members, primarily James S. Collins, Martha Louvenia Smyth Collins (Mrs. James S. Collins – second wife of James S.), James “Jim” Madison Collins, Lake Huron Collins Madison, Martin Lomax “Max” Collins, Irene (Mrs. Lomax Collins) and Purser Collins. There are also photocopies of the birth, marriage, and death pages from several family Bibles as well as copies of typed and handwritten pages of genealogical data and obituaries clipped from newspapers.

Provenance

Gift of Mr. Madison Gerry Stewart, 1990

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Collins family papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
April 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500