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Yeaman and Walker Family Collection

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2009.542

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Scope and Contents

The Yeaman and Walker Family Collection consists mainly of correspondence and financial records of the Yeaman and Walker families, mostly relating to tobacco farming in Virginia between 1840 and 1910.  The predominant locations are Pittsylvania County, Botetourt County, Charlotte County, Lynchburg, and Danville. Letters demonstrate economic stress after the Civil War, particularly as it relates to crop and livestock prices. Other topics discussed include sickness and deaths of children and neighbors, as well as community social life. Financial documents include receipts from Lynchburg and Danville tobacco warehouses and other businesses and Thomas B. Yeaman's records of hired work.

Also in the collection are tax records for H. W. Hagerman and J. E. Robertson of Caswell County, North Carolina; guardian accounts for Mary A. Robertson, who attended school at Yanceyville Female Seminary in Yanceyville, North Carolina; and  letters from Hugh L. Chance about John and Archer Moon's estate.


  • Creation: 1836-1937
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1850-1910

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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:

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.

Family History:

Information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:

Walker Family


0.40 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged by series 1-5, Correspondence, Financial Records, Legal Records, Photographs and Notebook Cover.

Custodial History:

Seller purchased collection from on estate in Ringgold, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Acquisition Information:


Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed in November 2009 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Fully processed by Lisa Sparks Carpenter in October 2010.


Guide to the Yeaman and Walker Family Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Lisa Sparks Carpenter, American Studies Intern.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository