A Guide to the Alexander M. Glasgow Papers, 1795-1888
Alexander M. Glasgow was a Rockbridge County, Virginia, merchant and a Captain for the United States Army during the Civil War.
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).
This collection is open for research use.
Alexander M. Glasgow Papers, 1795-1888, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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