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Theodocius Joshua Scurlock Papers

Identifier: Mss. 81 Scu4

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Scope and Contents

The collection is primarily composed of letters received by Dr. Theodocius Joshua Scurlock (1828-1887), a graduate of Tulane University and a resident of Texas and Mexico, 1855-1888, from family members in Alabama and Texas, and friends in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. The letters reflect the restlessness of the pre-Civil War years, and the difficulties and disillusionment felt by many people during Reconstruction. The diary included was kept by Scurlock on his journey to Mexico, December 1867-April 1869, in which he gives his impressions of the people he encountered as well as the natural history of the regions he passed through.


  • Creation: 1855-1888

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Per email communication of June 2012 from the son and daughter-in-law of the donor, Christopher L. Neal and Colleen Stone Neal, to Swem Library copyright was released specifically including the right to make digital copies of the collection.

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Dr. Theodocius Joshua Scurlock of Texas and Mexico, and graduate of Tulane University.


1.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection has been organized into six Series: 1. Letters, 1850-1859

2. Letters, 1860-1869

3. Letters, 1870-1879

4. Letters, 1880-1889

5. Letters, no date

6. Diary

The letters in this collection are arranged into Series by ten year increments, the Subseries are then arranged chronologically into individual years. Not every year produced letters and this is reflected in overall arrangement.

Acquisition Information:

Gift from Rosemary Corley Neal, in April 1981.

Physical Description

116.00 items


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Processing Information:

Processed by Frances M. Pilaro in 1985.

Guide to the Theodocius Joshua Scurlock Papers
Frances M. Pilaro.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository