University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alexander M. Glasgow Papers, 1795-1888



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Glasgow, Alexander M.
Title: Glasgow, Alexander M., Papers
Dates: 1795-1888
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, accounts books and financial papers, land and legal papers, literary productions, minutes, speeches, and a printed pamphlet, the Alexander M. Glasgow Papers, 1795-1888, document social and family life in Virginia throughout the 19th century, including the Civil War, tobacco culture, slavery, and Washington College.
Extent: 1 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Alexander M. Glasgow was a Rockbridge County, Virginia, merchant and a Captain for the United States Army during the Civil War.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, accounts books and financial papers, land and legal papers, literary productions, minutes, speeches, and a printed pamphlet, the Alexander M. Glasgow Papers, 1795-1888, document social and family life in Virginia throughout the 19th century, including the Civil War, tobacco culture, slavery, and Washington College. The correspondence (1810-1888) illustrates the relationships between correspondents, primarily in Lexington, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Virginia, such as Joel Leftwich, John W. Brockenbrough, John Poe, Benjamin E. Scruggs, Alexander M. Glasgow, and members of the Garland, Dorman, and Kerr families. The financial papers (1795-1875) include receipts and invoices and relate to the business affairs of James Garland, John Kerr, James Edmondson, Martha Glasglow, William Smiley, and Robert C. Hawkins, among others. Compositions of James B. Dorman and Alexander M. Glasglow include political speeches (1840-1859); drafts of letters to newspaper editors and the Board of Trustees of Washington College (1850-1859); and legal papers (1814-1888), such as contracts and drafts of court decisions, including one ruling related to Pedlar River Dam. The land papers (1805-1867) include titles, contracts, and a hand drawn map of southern Florida, while the minutes (1856-1863) are from meetings of the American Colonization Society. Additionally, the collection includes a pamphlet advertising J. F. Allen and Co.’s tobacco products (1878).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brockenbrough, John W. (John White), 1806-1877
Dorman family -- Archives
Dorman, James Baldwin, 1823-1893
Edmondson, James
Glasgow, Alexander M. -- Archives
Glasgow family -- Archives
Glasgow, Martha
Garland family -- Archives
Garland, James, 1791-1885 -- Archives
Hawkins, Robert C.
Kerr family -- Archives
Kerr, John, 1782-1842 -- Archives
Leftwich, Joel, 1759-1846
Poe, John
Scruggs, Benjamin E.
Smiley, William
Subjects (Organizations)
American Colonization Society.
Washington College (Lexington, Va.) -- History.
United States. Army. -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Subjects
Slavery -- Virginia
Tobacco -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
Places
Lexington (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
Lynchburg (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
Richmond (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
Rockbridge County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
Virginia -- History -- 19th century
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington (D. C.) -- History -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander M. Glasgow Papers, 1795-1888, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2D212 Correspondence, 1810-1888, undated
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2D213 Account books, 1797-1875
Financial papers, 1795-1834
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2D214 Financial papers, 1835-1881, undated
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2D215 Legal papers, 1814-1888
Land papers, 1805-1867
Minutes, 1856-1863
Literary efforts, 1850-1859, undated
Speeches, 1840-1859
Miscellaneous papers, 1820-1866, undated
Fragments, undated
Printed material, 1878