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Collection Number: 03235

Collection Title: Robert Walker Withers Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 62 items)
Abstract Robert Walker Withers was a physician, planter, and businessman of Greene and Hale counties, Ala. Papers of Withers include two volumes contain varied accounts and memoranda pertaining to his medical practice and sale of drugs; his lumber and flour mills; agricultural methods; plantation and household expenditures; costs of river transportation; weather; and birth records of the family, slaves, and race horses. The other volumes include an album, 1837-1839, of Miss Maria Withers, and five notebooks of Robert Walker Withers Junior (born 1834), containing his class notes while a student at the University of Virginia, 1852-1853. Two of the latter volumes have been used as scrapbooks. Also available, on microfilm, are scattered business letters, 1820-1890, pertaining to Robert Withers's various business enterprises and to his research in an effort to construct a steam engine fed by artesian wells to power a cotton factory.
Creator Withers, Robert Walker, 1798-1854.
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 Robert Walker Withers Papers, #3235, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Series 2 consists of microfilm of original materials privately owned as of 1958.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired 1856, 1957; 1958
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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Robert Walker Withers was a physician, planter, and businessman of Greene and Hale counties, Ala.

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Papers of Withers include two volumes contain varied accounts and memoranda pertaining to his medical practice and sale of drugs; his lumber and flour mills; agricultural methods; plantation and household expenditures; costs of river transportation; weather; and birth records of the family, slaves, and race horses. The other volumes include an album, 1837-1839, of Miss Maria Withers, and five notebooks of Robert Walker Withers Junior (born 1834), containing his class notes while a student at the University of Virginia, 1852-1853. Two of the latter volumes have been used as scrapbooks. Also available, on microfilm, are scattered business letters, 1820-1890, pertaining to Robert Withers's various business enterprises and to his research in an effort to construct a steam engine fed by artesian wells to power a cotton factory.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03235, Series: "1. Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1794-1822; 1845-1850 #03235, Series: "1. Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)." Folder 1

Folder 2

Volume 1: Physician's ledger, 1821, and plantation accounts, 1827-1841 #03235, Series: "1. Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)." Folder 2

The physician's ledger shows Withers's charges for visits and medicines. This account runs about halfway through the volume. Plantation accounts consist chiefly of receipts and expenses. Also included in the volume are miscellaneous accounts written into the spaces at the bottoms of pages.

Folder 3

Volume 2: 1823-1953 #03235, Series: "1. Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)." Folder 3

Includes memoranda relating to agricultural methods, Negro birth records, horse pedigrees, a list of the children of R.W. and Mary D. Withers, and a running record of the peculiarities of the seasons in Greene County, Ala.

Folder 4

Volume 3: Album of Miss Maria Withers, 1837-1839 #03235, Series: "1. Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)." Folder 4

Poetic tributes from friends in Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and Edge Hill, written in a book containing printed verses, prayers, and religious and sentimental illustrations.

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Folder 8

Folder 9

Volumes 4-8: Robert W. Withers student notebooks, 1852-1853 #03235, Series: "1. Papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853)." Folder 5-9

Five notebooks belonging to Withers while he was a student at the University of Virginia, containing class notes on lectures in Latin, Greek, geometry, and chemistry. Two of the volumes have also been used as scrapbooks and contain recipes, pictures, and miscellaneous clippings.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010

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