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Collection Number: 03017-z

Collection Title: Paul F. Tavel Papers, 1837-1900

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 30 items
Abstract Paul F. Tavel was probably a native of western Switzerland. He arrived in the United States in 1844. He was apparently interested in agriculture, particularly viticulture, and meteorology; he was also a bookbinder. The collection includes letters, account books, weather observation Records, and other items relating chiefly to Paul F. Tavel's vineyards in Stewart and Davidson counties, Tenn., and to other agricultural efforts and studies; meteorological observations of Tavel and a Mr. Flowers in Stewart County and in Nashville, Tenn.; and items relating to Tavel's bookbinding business. Other family members are mentioned, but authorship of the papers and account books is rarely indicated. Included among the correspondence are letters from Henry Erni of the United States Department of Agriculture, and an 1853 letter that argues against air travel. All post-1873 items relate to Albert B. Tavel (fl. 1874-1900), possibly Paul's son. Many items are in French.
Creator Tavel, Paul F., fl. 1839-1865.
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 Paul F. Tavel Papers #1837-1900, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from W. G. Alexander, of Nashville, Tenn., in 1954.
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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Paul F. Tavel, probably a native of western Switzerland, arrived in the United States in 1844. Little is known of Tavel beyond his interests in agronomy and meteorology, and his trade of bookbinding. A Paul T. Tavel is also mentioned, but his relationship to Paul F. Tavel is unclear. It is possible that they were the same person. All post-1873 items relate to Albert B. Tavel (fl. 1874-1900), possibly Paul F. Tavel's son.

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The collection relates chiefly to Paul F. Tavel's vineyards in Stewart and Davidson counties, Tennessee, and other agricultural efforts and studies; his meteorological observations; and his bookbinding and bookruling business. Other family members are mentioned, but authorship and ownership of the papers and account books are only rarely indicated.

Many of the papers and books are in French. No translation is provided.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and miscellaneous items, 1839-1900.

About 25 items.

Letters, chiefly about agricultural pursuits, and miscellaneous items, including an 1839 explanation of how Paul T. Tavel came into the possession of a painting by Luce Giordano (printed galley sheet with typewritten notes); digest of an article or open letter, dated 23 May 1853, from the Nashville Gazette on the possibility of air transportation; and two railroad tax receipts, dated 11 October 1861.

Folder 1

Correspondence and miscellaneous items, 1839-1900 #03017-z, Series: "1. Correspondence and miscellaneous items, 1839-1900." Folder 1

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5 items.
Folder 2

Volume 1. 1837-1838. Seven loose sheets from an account book detailing purchases of books, maps, pictures, and travel expenses. There is one notation for 1847-1848. #03017-z, Series: "2. Volumes, 1837-1872 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Volume 2. 1846-1858. Account book with four sections: (1)1846-1850. Daily census of livestock, showing births, deaths, purchases, and sales. (2)February to October 1853. Account book for bookbindery. (3)1853-1858. A journal of receipts and expenditures for personal, business, and household items, also including a budget showing totals spent for food, clothing, books, etc. (4)1846-1854. Accounts with various persons for supplies and cash furnished and provisions and notes received, also including accounts for bookbindery. Writing in this section differs from that in the other three sections. #03017-z, Series: "2. Volumes, 1837-1872 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Volume 3. 1846-1872. Weather observation record. 1846-1851. Dover, Stewart County, Tennessee. 1853-1854. Nashville, Tennessee. Records of Mr. Flower. 1855-1872. Nashville, Tennessee, Records of P. F. Tavel, Dry Fork of White's Creek, Davidson County, Tennessee. (Details through 1865 only.) #03017-z, Series: "2. Volumes, 1837-1872 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Volume 4. 185? Lists of household goods, clothes, books, and other personal property with prices and values attached; a list of blacksmith equipment for sale, (1852?); and undated poems, songs, fables, and information on the cultivation of corn and grapes. #03017-z, Series: "2. Volumes, 1837-1872 and undated." Folder 5

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Processing Information

Processed by: Scott Philyaw, July 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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