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Collection Number: 05372

Collection Title: Digby Gordon Seymour Papers, 1893-1902

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Digby Gordon Seymour (1855-1927) was a railroad engineer who lived and worked in the southeastern United States. He was the father of Knoxville, Tenn., lawyer and businessman Charles Milne Seymour (1882-1958), who was the father of Tennessee medical doctor and historian Digby Gordon Seymour (1923- ). The collection chiefly includes letters, 1893-1902, written by Digby Gordon Seymour at his work locations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee to his oldest son, Charles Milne Seymour. Also included are telegrams from Digby Seymour and a letter from him to another son, James. These communications contain fatherly advice, especially comments on and encouragement of Charles Seymour's studies. Digby Seymour wrote of borrowing money to pay for Charles Seymour's attendance at Sewanee Military Academy in Tennessee and at the University of Tennessee and for his family's monthly expenses; expenditures for rent, food, clothing, shoes, and travel; and a lawsuit with R. M. Quigley & Co., a Saint Louis contractor for which he had previously worked. In later letters, he discussed his political opinions, especially his support for Republican politicians. Items of note include a 22 March 1900 letter that provides directions for staging an eleven-act minstrel show.
Creator Seymour, Digby Gordon, 1855-1927.
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 Digby Gordon Seymour Papers #5372, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Carmen Valentino in December 2007 (Acc. 100825).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Digby Gordon Seymour (1855-1927) was a railroad engineer who lived and worked in the southeastern United States. He was born in Kentucky, but educated at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. Throughout his career, he worked for a number of employers and, for a time, was engaged in a lawsuit with R. M. Quigley & Co., a Saint Louis contractor for which he had worked. Digby Seymour married Josephine Ermine Douglas, and the couple had several children, including Charles Milne Seymour and James Seymour.

Digby Seymour's eldest son, Charles Milne, was born on 17 July 1882. He attended Sewanee Military Academy, 1897-1899, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1903. He later became a lawyer, businessman, and community leader in Knoxville, Tenn. Charles Seymour married Flora Nell Gloster in 1906, and they had eight children: Nell Gloster, Jane Scott, Charles Milne Jr., Josephine Douglas, Arthur Gloster, Dorothy Gordon, Richard Caswel, and Digby Gordon. Charles Milne Seymour died in 1958.

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The collection chiefly includes letters, 1893-1902, written by railroad engineer Digby Gordon Seymour at his work locations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee to his oldest son, Charles Milne Seymour. Also included are telegrams from Digby Seymour and a letter from him to another son, James Seymour. These communications contain fatherly advice, especially comments on and encouragement of Charles Seymour's studies. Digby Seymour wrote of borrowing money to pay for Charles Seymour's attendance at Sewanee Military Academy in Tennessee and at the University of Tennessee and for his family's monthly expenses; expenditures for rent, food, clothing, shoes, and travel; and a lawsuit with R. M. Quigley & Co., a Saint Louis contractor for which he had previously worked. In later letters, he discussed his political opinions, especially his support for Republican politicians. Items of note include a 22 March 1900 letter that provides directions for staging an eleven-act minstrel show.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: chiefly chronological.

Folder 1

Letters, 1893-1897 #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 1

Letters to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour in Fairmont, Ind., September 1893; "In Camp," April-May 1896; and Tuscaloosa, Ala., April-May 1897

Folder 2

Letters, June-December 1898 #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 2

Letters to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour in Georgiana, Ala.

Folder 3

Letters, January-December 1899 #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 3

Letters to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour in Georgiana, Ala., January-August 1899; Bon Air, Tenn., September-October, 1899; Knoxville, Tenn., October 1899; and Brookwood, Ala., October-December 1899.

Folder 4

Letters, January-July 1900 #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 4

Letters to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour in Brookwood, Ala., January-May 1900, and Ducktown, Tenn., May-July 1900.

Folder 5

Letters, July-December 1901 #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 5

Letters to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour in Ducktown, Tenn., July 1901, and Vicksburg, Miss., August-December 1901.

Folder 6

Letters, January-August 1902 #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 6

Letters to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour in Vicksburg, Miss., January-May 1902, and "In Camp," May-August 1902

Folder 7

Other papers #05372, Series: "Papers, 1893-1902 and undated." Folder 7

Letter to Digby Seymour, January 1899; letter to James Seymour from Digby Seymour in Vicksburg, Ala., January 1902; telegrams to Charles Seymour from Digby Seymour, July 1899-March 1902; papers marked "Rule for Vertical Curves"; fragments; and clippings.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amanda Ross, December 2007

Encoded by: Amanda Ross, December 2007

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