Bennett Taylor papers--addition
Many of the letters are digitized on the Thomas Jefferson Foundation website. Also included is a compact disk containing scans of the 30 Taylor family letters.
While Bennett Taylor had a low income and probably did not enslave people, his relatives did. Some letters describe "servants" who are helping them with cooking or cleaning or experiencing sickness. One letter in particular mentions the selling of "Eugenia". (January 8, 1857) It is likely that this is an enslaved person.
This addition to the collection contains the original letters. The existing collection contains photocopies of the letters, and printed items including a circular about Bennett Taylor campaigning for Clerk of the Circuit Court (October 1, 1874), a Sketch of the Life of Lieutenant Colonel Bennett Taylor, Death memoriam of Jane Hollins Randolph (January 18, 1871), and information about the death of Captain Lewis Randolph. There is also an essay containing the genealogy of Rawleigh Colston.
There is a related collection in the University Archives that contains an autograph album of Bennett Taylor with signatures of his fraternity brothers, Alph Kappa at the University of Virginia. RG-30/17/1.821
- 1851 - 1894
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
0.08 Cubic Feet (2 legal size folders including existing collection. One CD of digital files of the 30 family letters. ) : Original family correspondence (addition) photocopies (existing collection)
Language of Materials
Folder 2 is the original collection which contains photocopies of the letters in the family correspondence of Bennett Taylor from 1851 to 1894. It also has printed information about the Taylor family.
There is also a CD containing digital files of the 30 letters of family correspondence.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Bennett Taylor papers addition
- Ellen Welch
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States