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Collection Number: 03549

Collection Title: Bullitt Family Papers, 1772-1960

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This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 3.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,000 items)
Abstract In part, microfilm. The majority of the collection is correspondence. Included are letters to Mildred Ann (Fry) Bullitt at Oxmoor Plantation, Louisville, Ky., from friends and relatives, and a few from Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, New Mexico, and England. The letters relate principally to family and community news. Many of the Civil War-era letters are from Confederate prisoners of war. Other letters relate to Morgan's raid of July 1862 and efforts to get aid to Confederate prisoners. Most late 19th-century letters were written by Thomas Walker Bullitt to his wife while he travelled on business for his law firm. He wrote from New York, Canada, and London, among other places. Letters in the late 1890s and early 1900s are from James Bell Bullitt to his parents while he was a student at Washington and Lee University and in medical school at the University of Virginia. Letters for the period 1903-1920 are principally of James B. Bullitt and his family in Oxford, Miss., and Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was teaching in the medical schools. During World War I he was stationed at a military hospital in France and wrote of his daily life. Letters from the period 1920-1945 are from James B. Bullitt's sister, Agatha Bullitt Grabisch, from Berlin, Germany, where she was a journalist and teacher. She wrote about economic and political conditions as well as about visitors and family affairs. Volumes include three diaries, 1857-1864, of T. W. Bullitt during his time as a student at Centre College, Danville, Ky.; while studying law in Philadelphia; and during the Civil War. John Bell Bullitt's diary, 1928-1929, describes his travels in western Europe. Materials on microfilm are items from the genealogical files of William Marshall Bullitt (1873-1957). Families represented include the Bullitts, Christians, Logans, and Frys.
Creator Bullitt family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bullitt Family Papers, #3549, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Available on Microfilm:
Volumes 1, 2, and 3
53 items from the Agatha Bullitt Grabisch correspondence
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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In part, microfilm. The majority of the collection is correspondence. Included are letters to Mildred Ann (Fry) Bullitt at Oxmoor Plantation, Louisville, Ky., from friends and relatives, and a few from Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, New Mexico, and England. The letters relate principally to family and community news. Many of the Civil War-era letters are from Confederate prisoners of war. Other letters relate to Morgan's raid of July 1862 and efforts to get aid to Confederate prisoners. Most late 19th-century letters were written by Thomas Walker Bullitt to his wife while he travelled on business for his law firm. He wrote from New York, Canada, and London, among other places. Letters in the late 1890s and early 1900s are from James Bell Bullitt to his parents while he was a student at Washington and Lee University and in medical school at the University of Virginia. Letters for the period 1903-1920 are principally of James B. Bullitt and his family in Oxford, Miss., and Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was teaching in the medical schools. During World War I he was stationed at a military hospital in France and wrote of his daily life. Letters from the period 1920-1945 are from James B. Bullitt's sister, Agatha Bullitt Grabisch, from Berlin, Germany, where she was a journalist and teacher. She wrote about economic and political conditions as well as about visitors and family affairs. Volumes include three diaries, 1857-1864, of T. W. Bullitt during his time as a student at Centre College, Danville, Ky.; while studying law in Philadelphia; and during the Civil War. John Bell Bullitt's diary, 1928-1929, describes his travels in western Europe. Materials on microfilm are items from the genealogical files of William Marshall Bullitt (1873-1957). Families represented include the Bullitts, Christians, Logans, and Frys.

The collection also includes writings by members of the Bullitt family and others; miscellaneous financial and legal materials; diaries of Thomas Walker Bullitt and James Bell Bullitt; and miscellaneous other materials.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated.

About 750 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters written prior to 1860 consist primarily of letters to Mildred Ann (Fry) Bullitt at Oxmoor, from friends and relatives in various places in Kentucky and Virginia as well as Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, New Mexico, and England. This series contains roughly 125 Civil War-era letters, mostly from Confederate prisoners of war. Later correspondence includes letters, 1890s-early 1900s, from James Bell Bullitt to his parents while a student at Washington and Lee University and later a medical student at the University of Virginia. Also included are letters, 1903-1920s, from James Bell Bullitt and his wife, Evelyn Bryan Bullitt, to his mother. These letters are written from Oxford, Miss., and Chapel Hill, N.C., where James was a university faculty member. Letters written between 1920 and 1945 are primarily from James's sister, Agatha Bullitt Grabisch, written from Berlin, Germany, where she worked as a journalist and teacher.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1785-1817 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1818-1819 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1820-1825 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1828-1829 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1830-1852 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1853-1855 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1856-1860 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1862 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-September 1863 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

October-December 1863 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

January-June 1864 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

July-December 1864 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1861-1865 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1866-1867 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1868-1869 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1870 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1871-1872 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1873-1876 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1877 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1878-1879 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1880-1882 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1883 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1884-1885 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

January-March 1886 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

April-December 1886 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1887-1888 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1889 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1890 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1891 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

January-June 1892 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

July-December 1892 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1893 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1894 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1895 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1896 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

January-August 1897 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

September-December 1897 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

1898 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

1899 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

1900 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

January-April 1901 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

May-June 1901 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

July 1901 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

August 1901 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

September-December 1901 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

January-August 1902 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

September-December 1902 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

1904-1905 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

1906 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

1907 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

1908 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

January-June 1909 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

July-December 1909 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

January-March 1910 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

April-August 1910 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

September-December 1910 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

1911 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

January-June 1912 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

July-December 1912 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

January-April 1913 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

May-August 1913 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

September-December 1913 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

January-June 1914 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

July-December 1914 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

January-June 1915 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

July-September 1915 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

October-December 1915 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

January-June 1916 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

July-August 1916 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

September-December 1916 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

1917 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

January-July 1918 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

August 1918 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

September-December 1918 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

January-February 1919 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

March 1919 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

April-December 1919 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

1920 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

1921 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

1922 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

1923-1924 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

1925-1929 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83a

1941-1945 #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 83a

Folder 83b

Correspondence of Agatha Bullitt Grabisch #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 83b

Folder 83c

Typed transcriptions of Agatha Bullitt Grabisch letters #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 83c

Folder 84

Letters to James Bell Bullitt, undated #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 84

Folder 85

Letters to William C. Bullitt, undated #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 85

Folder 86

Letters to Mrs. T. W. Bullitt, undated #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 86

Folder 87-88

Folder 87

Folder 88

Miscellaneous correspondence, undated #03549, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1785-1945 and undated." Folder 87-88

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About 20 items.
Folder 89

Writings by and presumably by members of the Bullitt family #03549, Series: "2. Writings, circa 1855; 1869 and undated." Folder 89

Includes handwritten versions of two essays about the Union and the Constitution; notes for a speech, probably by William C. Bullitt, condemning lenient immigration and naturalization policies for Roman Catholics, circa 1855; "To the Voters of Beargrass," 1869, an address by William C. Bullitt; and "Memoirs of the Bullitt Family," by Alexander Scott Bullitt.

Folder 90

Writings presumably not by members of the Bullitt family #03549, Series: "2. Writings, circa 1855; 1869 and undated." Folder 90

Poems, songs, miscellaneous undated writings and notes

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About 65 items.
Folder 96

Newspaper clippings #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 96

Folder 97

Miscellaneous printed material #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 97

Folder 98

Miscellaneous material #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 98

Folder 99

Volume 1: Diary of Thomas Walker Bullitt, 1857-1862; 1893 #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 99

Folder 100

Volume 2: Diary of Thomas Walker Bullitt?, 1861 #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 100

Folder 101

Volume 3: Reminiscences and prison journal of Thomas Walker Bullitt, 1862-1864 (typescript) #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 101

Folder 102

Volume 4: Cash and check book of Thomas Walker Bullitt, 1872-1878 #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 102

Folder 103

Volume 5: Cash and memoranda book of James Bell Bullitt, 1902-1903 #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 103

Folder 104

Volume 6: Diary of James Bell Bullitt, 1928-1929 #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Folder 104

Image Folder PF-3549/1

Four pictures #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." PF-3549/1

Two photographs of an unidentified individual, and two drawings by James Bell Bullitt.

Reel M-3549/1-14

M-3549/1

M-3549/2

M-3549/3

M-3549/4

M-3549/5

M-3549/6

M-3549/7

M-3549/8

M-3549/9

M-3549/10

M-3549/11

M-3549/12

M-3549/13

M-3549/14

Genealogical and family history information from the files of William Marshall Bullitt, 1772-1957 #03549, Series: "4. Miscellaneous, 1857-1929 and undated." Reel M-3549/1-14

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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