Perkins & Perkins Law Firm Records
Scope and Contents
The records chiefly contain legal correspondence, financial and legal documents and bound folio volumes from the law firm of Perkins and Perkins, consisting of George Perkins and his son, W. Allan Perkins, 1903-1916.
In addition, some legal correspondence and documents represent the service of George Perkins as attorney for the City of Charlottesville, 1904-1916. There is very little personal correspondence or documents in these records.
- Creation: Majority of material found in 1751, 1835-1920
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Biographical / Historical
George Perkins (1847-1918) was a lawyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attorney for the City of Charlottesville from November 18, 1896 to January 1, 1915. George was born in Cumberland County, Virginia, to William Allen Perkins and Ann Henderson. Having joined the Confederate forces during the Civil War, he attended the University of Virginia from 1865-1868. He then married Eliza Norris Watson, and they had at least three children, Hay W. Perkins, Annie H. Perkins, and W. Allan Perkins. Perkins apparently shared a legal practice with Judge E.R. Watson (deceased 1887) after graduating from the University of Virginia. George Perkins was a also a member of the Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville and served as an Elder (1888-1918) and a Clerk of Session (beginning in 1890).
George Perkins was joined in his law practice by his son, W. Allan Perkins (1880-1960), soon after Allan studied law at the University of Virginia and graduated around 1903. W. Allan Perkins was married to Lizzie Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins and their children were Hazelhurst Bolton Perkins (1911-1923) and William Allen Perkins, Jr. (1925-2014). Allan Perkins also represented the University of Virgina as an attorney from about 1915-1952, was Treasurer of the University Alumni Association, served on the Charlottesville School Board and was a director of the Farmington Country Club.
18.5 Cubic Feet (36 legal document boxes, 12 ledgers and one small oversize folder (14" x 18'))
Language of Materials
The collection has been arranged in three series, 1) Legal Correspondence, 2) Financial and Legal Documents and 3) Bound Folio Volumes and Related Material.
The legal correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent or the company name. All the years of each correspondent have been gathered and filed together.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Perkins and Perkins Law Firm records were given to the University of Virginia Library Special Collections on August 4, 1953, by W. Allan Perkins, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Two items have been removed from the collection and sent to Rare Books for individual cataloging:
Broadside for public auction sale of "Nimrod Hall," near Millboro, Bath County, Virginia, May 4, 1899
Broadside for Sheriff’s Sale at Public Auction, Crozet, Albemarle County, March 17, 1908, to satisfy a legal suit between M.R. and Polly Graves v Virginia Ginseng Company, for Sheriff L.C. Watts.
Some materials were damaged by water prior to their arrival at the University of Virginia Library. These items have been given extra support with mylar enclosures or file folder inserts.
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Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States