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Collection Number: 00596

Collection Title: Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,400 items)
Abstract Individuals represented in the collection include Philip Phillips (1807-1884), South Carolina and Alabama state legislator and United States Representative from Alabama; his wife, Eugenia (Levy) Phillips (1819-1901); their sons, William Hallett Phillips (1853-1897) and P. Lee Phillips (1857-1924); and related members of the Levy and Myers families of Savannah, Ga., and Washington, D.C. The collection includes business papers of Philip Phillips; correspondence and a journal dealing with Mrs. Phillips's imprisonment for abetting the southern cause, by order of General Benjamin F. Butler, at Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 1862; correspondence of William H. Phillips regarding the Yellowstone National Park; journals, including one of Fanny Cohen Taylor about Sherman's occupation of Savannah; and a scrapbook. Correspondents include George Kennan (1845-1924), Siberian traveler and writer; Tati Salmon, planter, government official, and chief of a Tahitian clan, describing the customs and politics of Tahiti; and prominent jurists who wrote concerning the legal writings of P. Lee Phillips and William H. Phillips. Also included is correspondence of P. Lee Phillips concerning maps, mapping, and geographical questions related to the map collection at the Library of Congress.
Creator Myers family.



Phillips 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 Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #596, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
The journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor was edited by Spencer B. King, Jr., and published as "Fanny Cohen's Journal of Sherman's occupation of Savannah," in Georgia Historical Quarterly, XLI (December, 1957), p. 407-416.
Acquisitions Information
1940, 1944, and 1946
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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The Phillips family includes Philip Phillips (1807-1884), South Carolina and Alabama State legislator and United States Representative from Alabama; his wife, Eugenia (Levy) Phillips (1819-1901); their sons, William Hallett Phillips (1853-1897) and P. Lee Phillips (1857-1924); and related members of the Levy and Myers families of Savannah, Ga., and Washington, D. C.

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The collection includes business papers of Philip Phillips; correspondence and a journal dealing with Mrs. Phillips's imprisonment for abetting the Southern cause, by order of General Benjamin F. Butler, at Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 1862; correspondence of William H. Phillips regarding the Yellowstone National Park; journals, including one of Fanny Cohen Taylor about Sherman's occupation of Savannah; and a scrapbook. Correspondents include George Kennan (1845-1924), Siberian traveler and writer; Tati Salmon, planter, government official, and chief of a Tahitian clan, describing the customs and politics of Tahiti; and prominent jurists who wrote concerning the legal writings of P. Lee Phillips and William H. Phillips. Also, correspondence of P. Lee Phillips concerning maps, mapping, and geographical questions related to the map collection at the Library of Congress.

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Contents list

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About 1,400 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Introduction; biographical information; clippings #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 1

Folder 2

1804-1862 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 2

Folder 3

1863-1871 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 3

Folder 4

1872-1875 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 4

Folder 5

1876 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 5

Folder 6

1877-1879 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 6

Folder 7

1880-1881 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 7

Folder 8

1882 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 8

Folder 9

1883-1884 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 9

Folder 10

1885 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 10

Folder 11

1886-May 1887 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 11

Folder 12

June-December 1887 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 12

Folder 13

1888-1889 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 13

Folder 14

George Kennan correspondence, 1886-1889 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 14

Folder 15

George Kennan correspondence, 1890 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 15

Folder 16

George Kennan correspondence, 1891-1892 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 16

Folder 17

George Kennan correspondence, 1893-1895 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 17

Folder 18

1890-1892 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 18

Folder 19

1893-1894 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 19

Folder 20

Tati Salmon correspondence, 1892-1894 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 20

Folder 21

Tati Salmon correspondence, 1895-1897 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 21

Folder 22

1895-February 1896 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 22

Folder 23

March-November 1896 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 23

Folder 24

1897-1899 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 24

Folder 25

Miscellaneous, 1902-1927 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 25

Folder 26

1900-1916 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 26

Folder 27

1917 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 27

Folder 28

1918 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 28

Folder 29

1919 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 29

Folder 30

1920 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 30

Folder 31

1921 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 31

Folder 32

1922-1923 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 32

Folder 33

Miscellaneous undated #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 33

Folder 34

Family letters, undated #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 34

Folder 35

Miscellaneous letters, undated #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 35

Folder 36

Miscellaneous undated #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 36

Folder 37

Caroline Phillips Myers reminiscences #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 37

Folder 38

Letters, undated #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 38

Folder 39

Map of Venezuela/Guiana, undated #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 39

Image Folder PF-596/1

Photographs of Phillips family members #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." PF-596/1

Folder 40

Volume 1: 1830-1818 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 40

Accounts, a few lettercopies, and other records of Jacob Myers   Co., Merchants, Georgetown, S.C.

Folder 41

Volume 2: 28 August-7 September 1861 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 41

Journal of Eugenia Phillips during her imprisonment in Washington with her sister Martha Levy and her daughters Fannie and Lina.

Folder 42

Volume 3: 7-18 September 1861 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 42

Journal of Eugenia Phillips, continued

Folder 43

Volume 4: Copy of Volume 2, with addendum probably written by Lina Myers #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 5: August-September 1861 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 44

The story of the Washington imprisonment, including the journal and an acocunt of subsequent events.

Folder 45

Volume 6: 4 July-6 August 1862 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 45

Diary of Eugenia Phillips during her imprisonment at Ship Island.

Folder 46

Volume 7: 21 December 1864-2 January 1865 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 46

Journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Ga.

Folder 47

Volume 8: 1889 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 47

Manuscript volume, written by Eugenia Phillips, describing her imprisonment experiences.

Folder 48

Volume 9: 1876 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 48

"A Summary of the Principal Events of My Life" by Philip Phillips

Folder 49

Volume 10: 1897 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 49

William Hallett Phillips memorial scrapbook

Folder 50

Volume 11: 15 July 1899-28 May 1903 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 50

Memoirs written by Caroline Phillips Myers for her grandchildren, 1899, with entries added approximately monthly thereafter.

Folder 51

Volume 12: 18 July 1903-15 November 1917 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 51

Caroline Phillips Myers diary, continued

Folder 52

Volume 13: 27 November 1918-23 April 1928 #00596, Series: "Phillips and Myers Family Papers, 1804-1928 (bulk 1862-1900)." Folder 52

Caroline Phillips Myers diary, continued

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2011

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