Clayton Special Collections

Special collections are generally manuscript documents or archival collections specific to a library, historical society, or archival collection. Special collections at Clayton Library are materials that make up a special collection in other library or archival collections that have been microfilmed and made available for research at Clayton Library. The material in these collections normally covers America's colonial time period, but a few collections have material that covers the 19th and early 20th century also.



Andrea Collection

The Leonardo Andrea Genealogical Collection for South Carolina

Leonardo Andrea was an educator, and after his retirement, spent most of his time doing historical and genealogical research. He died in 1966, after more than thirty years collecting genealogical and historical materials, and specializing in South Carolina families. After his death, his sister, Connie Andrea, arranged for the microfilming of his papers by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Although many of the families in this collection are from South Carolina, there are also families from North Carolina, Virginia, and other Southern states. Andrea's research files are organized into three parts: Correspondence, Genealogical Folders, and Miscellaneous Genealogical Data.

The Correspondence section consists of 21 reels of microfilmed letters received by Andrea from correspondents throughout the United States. Letters are filed alphabetically by correspondents' surnames and may include pedigrees charts or genealogical sketches.

The Genealogical Folders section consists of 51 reels of microfilm and are organized alphabetically by surname of interest. Folders vary in size and content, and may contain correspondence, transcripts of public records and Bible records, clippings, pedigree charts, family group sheets, genealogical sketches, etc. Information on related families may also be included.

The Miscellaneous Genealogical Data section consists of 2 reels of microfilm and are organized alphabetically in folders by first letter of surname.

A guide to the contents of the microfilm reels may be found in Clayton Library's Microprint Finding Aids section under "Special Collections - Andrea."

For further information on this collection, see also:

"FamilySearch catalog" at FamilySearch.org

  • FamilySearch has digitized the Leonardo Andrea Collection. If you open their catalog and do a title search of "Andrea Collection," you will find links to the digitized microfilm.

"The Andrea Files." The Andrea Files, South Carolina Genealogical Research. Web.

  • This site is an index to the various sections of the Andrea Collection.

Archives D´Outre-Mer

Archives D'Outre-Mer and National Archives Overseas (ANOM) are responsible for the preservation of information related to the establishment of a French colonial presence overseas. Clayton Library has a partial collection of microfilm sets from this archive, which includes the following:

  • F5B: Passenger Lists from France to the Colonies, 1716-1830
  • C11D: Correspondence from Acadia
  • C11, E: Correspondence from Canada to France
  • C10B: Ile De Saint-Christophe: Correspondence et Memoires, 1627-1798
  • D2C: Civil and Military Personnel Records, 1650-1798
  • F1A: Fonds De Colonies
  • C13 A-C: Correspondence from Louisiana to France, 1678-1819
  • B: Correspondence from France to the Colonies, 1679-1800s
  • D2D: Pension and Other Records, 1685-1788

These collections are organized in rough chronological order. The correspondence records include letters from the King of France and his Naval Ministers to the colonies.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Archives Nationales D'Outre-Mer." Archives Nationales D'Outre-Mer. Web.

  • Visit the English version of the French National Archives website for a history of the collection.

Archives Nationales (France). Archives du dépôt des fortifications des colonies: Indes. Aix-en-Provence: Centre des archives d'Outre-Mer, 1998. Clayton Library call number: A673 E. IND

  • This French language book contains information regarding the Colonies of the East Indies.

Archives Nationales. Les Archives Nationales: état Général Des Fonds. Paris: Archives Nationales, 1978. Clayton Library call number: A673 FRANCE V. 1-V. 4

  • Written in French, this invaluable set of four books has content lists for the source material.

Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Claitor's Publishing Division, 1970. Clayton Library call number: C754 LA V. 1-V. 2

  • This book covers the earliest European settlers in the Louisiana area.

Centre des archives d'outre-mer (France). Dépôt des papiers publics des colonies (DPPC): Notariat: Répertoire numérique. Aix-en-Provence : Centre des archives d'outre-mer, 2001. Clayton Library call number: C397 FRANCE

  • Written in French, this book contains a content list for a portion of the source material.

Archivo General de Simancas

This collection covers the service records of military personnel serving in New Spain (now modern day Florida) and in Louisiana, from the year 1787 to 1801. It was authored by the Archives of Simancas and originated in Spain. The material, which is in microfilm format, is arranged alphabetically by personnel surname, first name, rank, regiment, age, and corresponding call number. Further resources include other legajos of the Archivo general de Simancas through the web site, Archivos Espanoles en Red, which is maintained by the Spanish ministry of Culture, Education, and Sports. The collection is on 11 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Archivo General De Simancas. Catalog XXII Del Archivo De Simancas, Secretaria De Guerra (Siglo XVIII) Hojas De Servicios De America. Valladolid: Patronato Nacional De Archivos Históricos, 1958. Clayton Library call number: A673 SPAIN

  • This book is essentially an index of the microfilm.

Shepherd, William Robert. Guide to the Materials for the History of the United States in Spanish Archives. Carnegie Institution of Washington. Publication no. 91. Clayton Library call number: 016.973 S548 USA

  • This book is taken directly from the papers of the Department of Historical Research at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Alvarez Terán, Concepción, Translated by Robert de Berardinis. The CLF Guide to Military Service Records, 1786-1800, of the Provinces of New Spain and of Florida and Louisiana from the Archivo General de Simancas. Houston, TX : Clayton Library Friends, 2006, 2005. Clayton Library call number: A473 SPAIN

  • These documents are from the war of the Archivo General de Simancas known as Guerra Moderna (Modern War). Most of the records are from the section of the Secretary of War (eighteenth century) and Modern War (nineteenth century).

Spain. Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores. Documentos relativos a la independencia de Norteamérica existentes en archivos españoles. Madrid : Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Dirección General de Relaciones culturales, 1976-1985. Clayton Library call number: 973.3 D637 USA V. 1, PT. 1-8

  • This eight volume set is written in Spanish.

Barbour Collection

The Barbour Collection is a statewide compilation of abstracted town records of births, marriages, and deaths for Connecticut. There is a statewide index by surname and also a compiled transcription by town. The collection covers the time period from colonial days to the 1850s for most surviving Connecticut town records. The Barbour Collection was named for General Lucius Barnes Barbour, Connecticut's Examiner of Public Accounts from 1911-1934, who directed the project to transcribe the records. The index is contained in eighty reels of microfilm and the abstract volumes - arranged by township - are contained in seventeen reels. The collection is located in the Connecticut section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records." History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 1996. Web.

  • This website describes the historical context of the collection, as well as its organizational method and accessibility.

White, Lorraine Cook. The Barbour collection of Connecticut town vital records. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., c1994-c2002. Clayton Library call number: W585 CONN V. 1-55

  • This fifty-five volume set is arranged by town, and then alphabetically by surname.

Barnes Papers

Thomas Jefferson Barnes (1883-1956), was a historian and genealogist specializing in the records and history of Warren and Grundy Counties in Tennessee. His collection consists of genealogical data for approximately 500 families; records for forty cemeteries and thirteen churches; and copies of public records, including county records and an 1812 tax list for Warren County. The data is arranged by family name and subject within numbered folders. The collection is on three rolls of microfilm located in the Special Collections section of Clayton Library's Microprint department. See the introduction on the first roll for arrangement and index.


Bexar Archives

The Bexar Archives provide documentation of military, civil, religious, and political life of the Spanish province of Texas and the Mexican state of Coahuila y Texas. They begin with the Canary Island settlers circa 1718 and climax with the independence of Texas in 1836. This collection contains the official Spanish documents and correspondence which accumulated in San Antonio when the city was the center of government under Spanish and Mexican rule.

Available on fourteen rolls of microfilm, this collection is located in the Bexar County, Texas section of the Clayton Library Microprint department. The material has a table of contents page listing subjects alphabetically by first letter. Following this is an index of persons and subjects. The major sections of the index include:

  • Section I, Land grants and sales
  • Section II, Mission Records
  • Section III, Lands Outside of Bexar County
  • Section IV, Wills and Estates
  • Section V, Legal proceedings
  • Section VI, Decrees, Edicts & Proclamations
  • Section VII, Oficios and Powers of Attorney
  • Section VIII, Postal Administration
  • Section IX, Custom House Reports
  • Section X, Military Reports
  • Section XI, Special Collection ( Bowie and Crockett Estates, etc.)
  • Section XII, Broadsides. There are also Wills and Estates, Vol. 1-9, 1736-1838.
  • Section C, Contracts and Agreements
  • Section D, Protocol

This material has been transcribed and made available by the University of Texas at Austin.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Bexar Archives Online - Introduction - Center for American History." The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Web.

  • Visit and search a digitized version of the collection as well as translations of the documents.

Kielman, Chester V. Guide to the microfilm edition of the Bexar Archives, 1717-1803. Austin, Tex.: University of Texas, 1967-1971. Clayton Library call number: K47 TEX V. 1-3

  • This three volume set is a description of the microfilm collection, divided chronologically as follows: v. 1. 1717-1803, v. 2. 1804-1821, v. 3. 1822-1836

University of Texas at Austin. Library. Archives Collection. Béxar Archives. 1717-1836. Austin : University of Texas at Austin. Center for American History, 1995. Clayton Library call number: B572 TEX

  • Contains an itemized list of the University of Texas holdings relating to the Bexar Archives.

Benavides, Adàn. The Béxar Archives, 1717-1836 : a name guide. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989. Clayton Library call number: B456 TEX

  • A typical entry in this name guide contains a name, date, summary, roll number and page numbers.

Leal, John Ogden. Censuses of San Antonio and the Missions, etc., 1782-1804. San Antonio, Tex., 1979. Clayton Library call number: L435 BEXAR TEX

  • These censuses were created from information in the Bexar Archives.

López Prieto, Pedro. Siege of Camargo. Austin, Tex.: San Felipe Press, 1975. Houston Metropolitan Research Center call number: 972.03 L864

  • This book was translated and edited in part from the Bexar Archives, and is housed in the Texas Room of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Kesaris, Paul L. A guide to the microfilm edition of the Bexar Archives translations. Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, 1989. Houston Metropolitan Research Center call number: 976.402 K42

  • This volume can be found in the Texas Room of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Robert Bruce Blake Collection

Historian Robert Bruce Blake spent over thirty years translating and typing early Spanish records from San Antonio and Nacogdoches during the Texas Colonial period. The records cover the period 1744-1836. This set of books consists of seventy-five original volumes and eighteen supplemental volumes and is located in the first floor office of William Clayton in the Clayton House under the call number: B636 TEX. Contents, from the Nacogdoches and Bexar Archives, include wills, land grants, muster rolls, family histories, official documents, personal letters, and more.

This collection has also been digitized and is available on FamilySearch.org through the Family History Books Family History Library digital project.


British Colonial Office Records

Authored by the British Public Record Office, the British Colonial Office Records are a microfilm collection of record sets regarding the early British Colonies as they were governed in the Americas. The record types range from warrants to patents, and span from an earliest recorded date of 1620 to 1807.

There is no index to this microfilm set, but it is organized into collections by geographic region in rough chronological order. This microfilm set covers the following regions:

  • Carolinas and Bahamas
  • Americas and West Indies
  • New England
  • Florida - East and West
  • American Colonies
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

For further information on this collection, see also:

Virginia State Library, Colonial Records Office. The British Public Record Office: history, description, record groups, finding aids, and materials for American history, with special reference to Virginia. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1960. Clayton Library call number: V817 VA

  • While not specifically about the microfilm collection, this book contains a concise overview of the history of the British Public Record Office.

Great Britain Public Record Office. Records in the British Public Record Office relating to South Carolina.Columbia: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1928. Clayton Library call number: G786 SC (five volumes)

  • Taken directly from the text- "In 1895 these records were procured for the Historical Commission of the State of South Carolina ... by the late W. Noel Sainsbury, of London, and are here reproduced in facsimile from the transcripts made by Mr. Sainsbury and his assistants".

Thurston, Anne. Sources for colonial studies in the Public Record Office. London: HMSO, 1995-1998. Clayton Library call number: T544 GR BRT

  • This reference guide includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Cabildo Records of Louisiana

The Cabildo Records of Louisiana are a collection of court documents and council or judicial records of the early settlements in present day Louisiana. Preserved on microfilm by the Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah, this collection spans from 1714 to 1804. There is no index within the microfilm collection, but researchers may consult related texts. Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name
  • Death or recording date
  • Death or recording place
  • Name or administrator

Records may also contain the following:

  • Names of heirs or other family members
  • Witnesses
  • Guardians
  • Relationships
  • Residences
  • Property descriptions
  • Inventory of the estate

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Louisiana Court Records." Familysearch.org. Web.

  • This wiki entry offers a brief history of Louisiana courts, as well as other resources for further learning.

Ruff, Verda. The Cabildo Records of New Orleans, 1769-1785: An Index to Abstracts in the Louisiana Historical Quarterly. V. J. Ruff, 1987. Clayton Library call number: R922 ORLEA LA

  • This book is a reliable and concise index for this collection.

Ocerin, Enrique De, Conde De Abasolo. Indice De Los Expedientes Matrimoniales De Militares Y Marinos Que Se Conservan En El Archivo General Militar, 1761-1865. Madrid: [publisher not identified], 1959. Clayton Library call number: O15 SPAIN v. 1-2

  • Though this is a spanish language text, it offers a useful guide to the material.

Calvert Papers

George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, was issued a charter by Charles I in 1632 for the colony of Maryland. His descendants served as Lords Proprietor of the colony, mostly on an absentee basis, until the American Revolution. The Calvert Papers include private family papers, deeds, and wills from England and Maryland, along with official documents concerning governmental matters forwarded to England by the colonial legislature. Of particular interest to genealogists are the colonial Land Office records, which include grants, warrants, patents, alienation fines, and quit rents from 1736 to 1761. The collection is on 27 reels of microfilm and is located in the Special Collections section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Cox, Richard J. A guide to the microfilm edition of the Calvert Papers. Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society, [date not identified].

  • This guide is located by this collection in Clayton Library's Microprint department.

Ellis, Donna M. and Karen A. Stuart. The Calvert Papers: calendar and guide to the microfilm edition. Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society, 1989.

  • This guide is located by this collection in Clayton Library's Microprint department.

Cape Cod Families

"Genealogical Notes of Cape Cod Families" contains handwritten transcripts of records from town halls, cemeteries, churches, and other repositories in the Cape Cod, Massachusetts area. The records, which were transcribed onto cards and filed alphabetically by surname, include births, marriages, and deaths of residents of Cape Cod from colonial times to the early 20th century. The collection is on eight rolls of microfilm; an introduction and list of surnames appears at the beginning of the first roll. The collection is located in the Special Collections section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.


Carter Family Papers

The Carter Family Papers consist of private letters, land records, and diaries of Landon Carter, a successful Virginia planter and politician, and his son Robert Wormeley Carter, both of Sabine Hall Plantation in Richmond County, Virginia. The original papers are part of the Sabine Hall Collection at the University of Virginia Library. The collection consists of four reels of microfilm and is located in the Special Collections section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.

  • Reel 1: index of correspondents; list of topics and land documents
  • Reel 2: correspondence and diaries on political topics
  • Reel 3: diaries from Pre- and Revolutionary times of 1771-1777
  • Reel 4: diaries that cover 1776-1778 and 1783-1784

For further information on this collection, see also:

Hoffman, Paul P., et al. Guide to the microfilm edition of the Carter Family Papers, 1659-1797, in the Sabine Hall Collection. University of Virginia Library, 1967.

  • This guide is located by this collection in Clayton Library's Microprint department.

South Carolina Combined (Consolidated) Alphabetical Index

The South Carolina Combined (Consolidated) Alphabetical Index collection is a computer generated finding aid to thirty early record series held by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The collection is derived from various civil records such as land grants and conveyances from the state of South Carolina.

Ranging from 1695-1925, the index is arranged alphabetically by surnames and place names. This makes it easily accessible even to novice researchers. Types of records included on the index are Colonial land records, court records, property sales, fiscal records, and Revolutionary War records. This collection is located in the South Carolina section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.

There are 19 rolls in this collections, arranged as follows:

  • Roll 1: Hannah (Slave) (AC Tuxberry Ld and Timber Co.) - Berkeley County
  • Roll 2: Berkeley County - Broad River
  • Roll 3: Broad River - Charleston Neck
  • Roll 4: Charleston Neck - Craven County
  • Roll 5: Craven County - Disher, Louis
  • Roll 6: Disher, Mark - Fitzsimons, Christopher
  • Roll 7: Fitzsimons, Christopher - Granville County
  • Roll 8: Granville County - Hornby, H.
  • Roll 9: Hornby, William - King Street
  • Roll 10: King Street - Main, Charles
  • Roll 11: Main, James - Moncks Corner
  • Roll 12: Moncks Corner - Payne, Robert K
  • Roll 13: Payne, Robert K. - Reynolds, David
  • Roll 14: Reynolds, David - Saunders, Anarinthia
  • Roll 15: Saunders, Anarinthia - St. John, James
  • Roll 16: St. John Janes - Unmensetter, John
  • Roll 17: Underwood - Withers, Thomas
  • Roll 18: Withers, Thomas - Spindex Index (Oran, Peter)
  • Roll 19: Spindex Index (Orange County) - Spindex Index (Zylstra, Peter)

For further information on this collection, see also:

"South Carolina Department of Archives and History On-Line Records Index." South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Web.

  • Search an online index to the South Carolina Combined (Consolidated) Alphabetical Index and other document groups of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

"South Carolina Department of Archives and History." FamilySearch.org. Web.

  • Visit the South Carolina Department of Archives and History wiki page for more South Carolina information and links.

P. H. Cook Collection

The Cook Collection contains nine typescript family histories compiled by Georgia researcher P. H. Cook. The collection consists of five rolls of microfilm located in the Special Collections section of Clayton Library's Microprint department. Each volume is indexed.

The family histories include:

  • The Hardin Creek Harpers of Early Wilkes County, Georgia
  • Descendants of Ezekiel Slaughter, John Johnson, Sr., and Elizabeth Ashfield Johnson
  • Some Saxon Ancestors of James Pitt Milner Harper
  • Descendants of John Thrasher of Clarke County, Georgia
  • Some Ancestors and Descendants of John Drury Cook of North Carolina and Georgia
  • Descendants of Nathan Sims
  • Descendants of John and Mary Gunn of Caswell County, North Carolina
  • Some Descendants of Edward Wellborn of Georgia

Corbin Manuscript Collection

The Corbin Manuscript Collection is composed of material generally pertaining to central and western Massachusetts for the period 1650-1850, with lesser amounts into the 1950s. Created by the husband and wife team of professional genealogists Walter E. and Lottie S. Corbin, this collection represents over thirty years of their work in transcribing public and private records found in libraries, homes, churches, town clerks' offices, and cemeteries.

Seventy-seven villages and towns are represented, as well as a few towns in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Many of the transcriptions represent unpublished material, such as manuscript local histories, church records, family bible entries, and gravestone inscriptions. The collection also includes research on more than five hundred families.

This collection is on sixty rolls of microfilm. A guide to the microfilm reels may be found in Clayton Library's Microprint Finding Aids section under "Special Collections - Corbin."


Cuban Papers

The Papeles Procedentes de la Isla de Cuba, more commonly known as the Cuban Papers, are a collection of documents generated by Spanish authorities during Spanish rule along the Gulf Coast from approximately 1761 to 1821. Documents range geographically from Florida to the Mississippi Valley to Louisiana. However, as New Orleans was the principal seat of government in Louisiana, much of the material relates directly to activities in and around that city.

Documents may include reports from Spanish outposts; correspondence; records related to the settlement of immigrants; censuses; records relating to births, marriages, and deaths; passenger lists and lists of ships and crews; supply records; account books; government passes; employment records; legal proceedings; and lists of all kinds.

The documents are divided into 2,375 legajos, or bundles, and may be written in Spanish, French, or English. The collection is on 1,000 rolls of microfilm and is in the Special Collections section of the Clayton Library Microprint department. This is not a complete collection of the Cuban Papers, but includes all records pertinent to what is now the United States.

There is a partial index available online at http://pares.mcu.es. This is not an every name index to the records; instead, it focuses on prominent people and subjects. The index references legajos, but not specific pages within the legajo.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Hill, Roscoe R. Descriptive Catalogue of the Documents Relating to the History of the United States in the Papeles Procedente de Cuba. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1916.

  • Of the 2,375 legajos of the Cuban Papers, Hill’s Catalogue covers only 143, those considered most relevant to United States history. This book may be found next to the Cuban Papers microfilm in the Clayton Library.

Winston De Ville Collection of Acts of the French Monarch (Printed Broadsides), 1650s-1791

The Winston De Ville Collection of Acts of the French Monarch is a collection of broadsides that were part of the personal property of Winston De Ville, a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. The material in this collection originated and concerns the country of France, from the 1650s to 1791. There is no calendar or index, and it is roughly grouped into related acts. This collection has been preserved and published by the Clayton Library Friends. It is on one roll of microfilm in the Special Collections section of Clayton Library's Microprint Department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

France Nobility. Familysearch.org. Web.

  • This Familysearch.org wiki entry discusses the structure of documentation for France Nobility.

Wroth, Lawrence C. and Gertrude L. Annan. Acts of French Royal Administration: A Calendar for Canada, Guiana, Louisiana, and the West Indies, 1540-1790. Ville Platte, LA: Provincial Press, 1999. Clayton Library call number: W598 FRANCE

  • This book is a useful guide to some of the material featured in this collection.

Krakovitch, Odile. Arrêts, déclarations, édits et ordonnances concernant les colonies, 1666-1779: inventaire analytique de la série Colonies A. Paris: Archives Nationales, 1993. Clayton Library call number: A673 FRANCE

  • This invaluable book, written in French, directly concerns decrees given to the Colonies.

Draper Manuscript Collection

The Draper Manuscripts are a collection of early records compiled by historian and collector Lyman Copeland Draper on the history of the Trans-Alleghany West from the 1740s to the War of 1812. The collection is divided into fifty series, and each series has multiple volumes. The primary focus is on the settlements of the Ohio River Valley and the early frontier states of Kentucky and Tennessee. There is no detailed index to the entire Draper collection, but some published sources are available to help researchers locate information in the collection. The collection is on 134 rolls of microfilm in the Special Collections section of the Clayton Library Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Harper, Josephine L. Guide to the Draper Manuscripts. State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1983. Clayton Library call number: 973 D765 USA

  • This guide, prepared by the curator of the Draper Manuscripts Collection, contains a description of all fifty series, and includes an index to names and places cited in the descriptions.

Draper Calendar Series. The following six volumes contain detailed descriptions of eleven series in the Draper Manuscript collection, including an overview of each document by date and an index of names and places. All volumes can be found under Clayton Library call number: 973 D765 USA.

  • Volume 1: The Preston and Virginia papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts. Includes Series QQ (William Preston) and ZZ (Virginia).
  • Volume 2: Calendar of the Kentucky papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts. Includes Series CC (Kentucky).
  • Volume 3: Calendar of the Tennessee and King's mountain papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts. Includes Series XX (Tennessee) and DD (King's Mountain).
  • Volume 4: Calendar of the George Rogers Clark papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts. Includes Series J (George Rogers Clark).
  • Volume 5: Calendar of the Thomas Sumter papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts. Includes Series VV (Thomas Sumter).
  • Volume 6: Calendar of the frontier wars papers of the Draper collection of manuscripts. Includes Series SS (David Shepherd), TT (South Carolina), UU (South Carolina in the Revolution), and U (Frontier wars).

Draper Series. The following volumes edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites and Louise Phelps Kellogg present a detailed history of the American frontier compiled from sources contained in the Draper Manuscripts Collection. Each volume contains transcripts of documents from several Draper series, as well as other research sources. Features include detailed maps and indexes. All volumes can be found under Clayton Library call number: 973 D765 USA.

  • Volume 1: Documentary history of Dunmore's war, 1774.
  • Volume 2: The revolution on the upper Ohio, 1775-1777.
  • Volume 3: Frontier defense on the upper Ohio, 1777-1778.
  • Volume 4: Frontier advance on the upper Ohio, 1778-1779.
  • Volume 5: Frontier retreat on the upper Ohio, 1779-1781.

Emigrant Savings Bank Records

The Emigrant Savings Bank was founded by officers of the Irish Emigrant Society for the welfare of Irish immigrants. In its records you may also find German and French immigrants. This set contains index books; test books; deposit-account ledgers; and transfer, signature, and test books from the holdings of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, New York Public Library.

Test books of the mid-1860s may give depositor's local address, occupation, names of spouse and children, date of arrival in the U.S., name of ship, port of embarkation in Ireland or Great Britain, port of U.S. entry, birthplace, residence in Ireland, name of nearest large town, first names of parents and siblings, and father' s occupation. Later test books are less detailed but still note the county of origin in Ireland. Indexes are in three sections: 1850-1866, 1867-1877, and 1878-1880. This third section refers to records that are missing or not found. Names are alphabetical within sections by individual years.

This collection is on twenty-three rolls of microfilm in the New York section of the Clayton Library Microprint department. A guide to this collection can be found in the New York Finding Aid Notebook or in the Foreign Finding Aid Notebook, both located in the Clayton Library Microprint department.


French Marine Service, Historique Port de Brest, Pierre Landais, #174 and Fonds Des Manuscripts #31

The French Marine Service, Historique Port de Brest, Pierre Landais, #174 and Fonds Des Manuscripts #31 are the memoirs of Captain Pierre Landais, also known as Pierre Le Landais, spanning from 1775 to 1815. This collection was preserved on microfilm by the Archives Nationales in France, and concerns the regions of France and the Eastern seaboard of the United States.

The entries recount his military career, and cover historical events such as the Serapis-Bonhomme Richard event, his dispute with Captain John Paul Jones, and his flight to America. It is organized chronologically by entry, however, there is no index. It is on two rolls of microfilm in the France section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Admiral Pierre Landais - JStor." Paullin, Charles O. JSTOR. Web.

  • Excerpted from The Catholic Historical Review, this offers an excellent biographical sketch of Landais' life.

"France Military Records." FamilySearch.org. Web.

  • This Wiki entry discusses military records in France and where to find them.

Les Combattants Français de la Guerre Américaine, 1778-1783 (French Soldiers in the American Revolution). Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Clayton Library call number: 973.347 F815 USA

  • This book, printed in French with English translations, features Pierre Le Landais on pages 180, 182, and 222.

Girard/Stevens/Geary Collection

The Girard/Stevens/Geary Collection was authored by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission and contains files specific to Pennsylvania. The files concern the business and personal affairs of the following three prominent Pennsylvanians:

  • Stephen Girard (1750-1831) was a noted philanthropist and banker who established Girard Bank and Girard College. His documents date from 1786-1856 with the bulk from 1828-1842.
  • John White Geary (1819-1873) served in prominent military and public service positions throughout his life, culminating in two terms served as Governor of Pennsylvania. His documents date from 1847-1873.
  • Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) was also a politician. He served in the House of Representatives for numerous terms and was known for his outspoken anti-slavery ideals. His documents date from 1833-1865.

The papers of these men are separated into sections by both subject matter and original author; however, there is no index. This collection is on one roll of microfilm located in the Pennsylvania section of Clayton Library's Microprint department.


Hale Collection

The Charles R. Hale Collection contains marriage and death notices abstracted from 90 of the earliest Connecticut newspapers, along with tombstone inscriptions from over 2000 Connecticut cemeteries. The transcriptions were recorded in several W.P.A. projects directed by Charles R. Hale in the 1930s and 1940s. The collection is on 242 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Connecticut section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

An Introduction to the Charles R. Hale Collection. Prepared by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 2018. Web.

Cemeteries from the Hale Collection.Web.

  • This website is a collection of cemeteries transcribed from the Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Records as found in the Connecticut State Library.

The Hammatt Papers: Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1633-1700

The Hammatt Papers is a book compiled by Abraham Hammatt (1780-1854) concerning the history of the earliest inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts from the years 1633-1700. Abraham Hammatt was a member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society who spent the majority of his twilight years in Ipswich. The Hammatt papers contain information about the linear descendants of the earliest inhabitants of Ipswich. Genealogical data for 9,000 families was gathered from wills, inventories, tax lists, list of freemen, conveyances, court orders, and other records. The collection is on 6 microcards and is filed in the microcard drawer in the first microfiche cabinet in Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Hammatt, Abraham. The Hammatt Papers: Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts 1633-1700. Ipswich, Massachusetts: Press Ipswich Antiquarian Papers, 1980. [Reprint of the 1880-99 ed]. Clayton Library call number: 974.4 H224 MASS

  • Introduction of the Hammatt Papers. Includes a brief biographical sketch of the author Abraham Hammatt as well a description of the subject material.

The Hammatt Papers on HathiTrust. HathiTrust Digital Library. HathiTrust.org. Web.

  • The HathiTrust Digital Library is an online archival collection of digital preserved books. The Hammatt papers are digitized and can be assessed through Hathitrust.org.

Hardin Papers

The Atascosito Archives [also known as the Hardin Papers] are a collection of documents stored at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center relating to the history of what was then known as the Atascosito District in Texas. The documents contain records dealing with the administration of the Atascosito District. The Atascosito District consists of the present-day counties of Liberty, Chambers, Jefferson, Orange, Jasper, Newton, Tyler, Polk, Hardin, and San Jacinto. The years cover a ten-year period from 1826-1836. The Atascosito Archives were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by descendants of the Hardin family. The collection is on one roll of microfilm and is filed in the Texas section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Texas State Library and Archives Commission." Texas State Library. Web.

  • The official Texas State Library and Archives Commission website page for the Hardin papers lists a short description of each document .

Schaadt, Robert L. & De Berardinis, Robert Calendar of the Atascosito Archives. Houston, Texas. Clayton Library Friends, 2004. Clayton Library call number: S291 LIBER TEX

  • This book was created exclusively by the Clayton Library Friends.

"Texas State Historical Association." The Handbook of Texas. Web.

  • The Handbook of Texas online has a biographical sketch regarding the life of William Hardin and his contribution to Texas history.

Hines Collection

The Lovit Hines Collection contains records for Lenoir County, North Carolina. The papers included in this collection were gathered by Lovit Hines of Kinston. Filed in date order, the documents date from 1737 to 1914, and include some that are undated. They consist of land grants from both George II and George III, deeds, bonds, letters, plats, bills of sale, and similar documents associated with land transactions. The majority of the collection consists of deeds, including grants or deeds from the state as well as from individuals, along with a few quitclaim deeds. The collection is on one roll of microfilm located in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information about Lovit Hines, see:

"NCpedia Lovit Hines." NCpedia the online encyclopedia about all things North Carolina. Web.


Leon S. Hollingsworth Genealogical Card File

Leon S. Hollingsworth was a Georgia genealogist who researched families in the Southeast United States (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina). His collection consists of 45,000 index cards which are now available on 12 rolls of microfilm divided into two parts. Part 1 is an alphabetical listing of surnames on rolls 1-11 and part of roll 12. Part 2 on roll 12 is a small section alphabetical by place and topic. There is an Introduction and Index at the beginning of the first roll and in a booklet (975.8 H741) on the Finding Aids shelf. The numbers in the Index are NOT page numbers but tell how many cards there are on a surname. There is no sub-alphabetization by first name under the surname so one must look through all the cards for that surname. Most of the cards give the sources for the information. There are no dates given for the collection, but a quick look shows dates from the 1700's to the 1900's. The twelve microfilm rolls of this collection is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

Container List

  • roll 1. A - Bowen
  • roll 2. Bowers - Cofield
  • roll 3. Cogburn - Easterling (partial)
  • roll 4. Easterling - Greshon
  • roll 5. Gribben - Hudnal
  • roll 6. Hudson - Lowder
  • roll 7. Lowe - Morriset
  • roll 8. Morrison - Prather
  • roll 9. Pratt - Saxon (partial)
  • roll 10. Saxon - Swanson
  • roll 11. Swanzey - Whiddon
  • roll 12. Whigham - Z; place files A-Z

For further information on this collection, see also:

Hollingsworth, Leon Stephens. Leon S. Hollingsworth Genealogical Card File: an introduction and inventory. Atlanta, Ga.: R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation,1979. Clayton Library call number: 975.8 H741 GA

  • A guide to this collection.

Barnette, Mic. "The Leon S. Hollingsworth Card File." The CLF Newsletter, vol. 9, no. 1, February 1995. Clayton Library call number: PER TEX


Laredo Archives

The Indexes to the Laredo Archives cover the Spanish period 1749-1821, the Mexican period 1821-1836, the Republic of the Rio Grande period 1840- (Jan-Nov), the Republic of Texas period 1836-1846, and the United States period 1846-1872. Spanish documents deal with matters such as wars with England and France, military, and other government dealings. Mexican rule documents contain various insurrections, civil and criminal litigation, problems with Indians, church history, and education. Most of the Mexican rule documents are dealings of day to day problems in Laredo. The majority of the documents are written in Spanish, but there are documents written in English. The collection is on 16 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Wood, Robert D. Death and Taxes. San Antonio, Tex.: printed by St. Mary's University Duplicating Services, 2001. Clayton Library call number: W878 WEBB TEX

Wood, Robert D. Documents for the History of Laredo. San Antonio, Tex.: printed by St. Mary's University Duplicating Services, 1999. Clayton Library call number: W878 WEBB TEX

Wood, Robert D. Documents para la Genealogia. San Antonio, Tex.: Borderlands Bookstore, [between 1990-1999?] Clayton Library call number: W878 WEBB TEX

Wood, Robert D. Documentos Referentes a Los Indios: Documents on the Indians. [Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], 1998. Clayton Library call number: W878 WEBB TEX

Wood, Robert D. Index to the municipal correspondence, 1825-1845, and verbal arbitrations and decisions, 1832-1842. Laredo, Tex.: St. Mary's University Duplicating Services, 2000. Clayton Library call number: W878 WEBB TEX


Lee Family Papers

This collection contains the papers of Arthur Lee (1740-1792), Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), and William Lee (1783-1795) of Virginia. It includes the collections housed at the University of Virginia Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. The collection includes bills, receipts, bills of lading, and personal, political, diplomatic, and commercial correspondence. There are a number of manuscript items and pamphlets written by the Lees. Among the subjects covered are the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War. The papers include The Proceedings of the Secret Committee of the Continental Congress, from September 18, 1775 on, and papers of John Ross, William Brigham, and Robert Morris. It is an excellent source for the study of the American Revolution. The collection is on 8 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Guide to the microfilm edition of The Lee family papers, 1742-1795. Charlottesville, Va.: Microfilm Publications, University of Virginia Library, 1966. Print. Clayton Library call number: L477 LEE FAM GUIDE

  • This guide is shelved in a pamphlet box on the microfilm cabinets of family histories.

Letters of Application and Recommendation during the Administration of ...

The Letters of Application and Recommendation of the Department of State, also known as the Presidential Papers, are a collection of requests of employment within the U.S. Government from the presidential administrations of John Adams to Andrew Johnson. Most of the applicants came from the Northeastern part of the United States with a few coming from Western regions. The recommendations tend to come from members of Congress and other government officials. Names of individual applicants are listed alphabetically along with cross references and dates of each application. This collection can be found in the Special Collections section of the Clayton Library's Microprint department.

The presidential administrations covered include:

  • John Adams (1797-1801)
  • Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
  • James Madison (1809-1817)
  • James Monroe (1817-1825)
  • John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
  • Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
  • Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler (1837-1845)
  • James Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore (1845-1853)
  • Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan (1853-1861)
  • Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson (1861-1869)

For further information on this collection, see also:

"The National Archives." The National Archives. Web.

  • Source descriptions are found in finding aids of the National Archives Maritime records.

Links to source descriptions are found in the “Officials in Government Service” section of the “Genealogical Research using State Department Records” website.


The William M. Logan Papers 1830-1854 and the Logan Family Papers, 1836-1973

William Mitchell Logan migrated to Texas from Williamson County, Tennessee in 1831 and settled near present-day Liberty. Logan arrived in Texas during the early stirrings of the Texas revolution for independence from Mexico. He served as a soldier during the Texas Revolution and became the first sheriff and tax collector of the newly established Liberty County from 1837 to 1838. The William M. Logan Papers contain 91 folders of documents from the years 1830 to 1852. The majority of the documents consist of store accounts, powers of attorney, agreements, land surveys, promissory notes, receipts, bills of sale, and estate and case papers. The Logan Family Papers, on loan by the family to the Sam Houston Regional Library, were photocopied and filmed for inclusion in this same collection.

The William M. Logan papers are arranged chronologically and have a finding aid and calendar included on the film. The Logan Family Papers are arranged by type of document and then chronologically. The collection is on two rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Texas section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information, see also:

"The Handbook of Texas Online." Texas State Historical Association. Web.

  • This link contains a brief biographical sketch of William Mitchell Logan.

Calhoun, Joyce. The Official Clayton Library Friends Guide to the Microfilm of the William M. Logan Papers, 1830-52, and the Logan Family Papers, 1836-1973. Houston, Texas: Clayton Library Friends, 2005. Clayton Library call number: O32 TEX

  • This resource was created exclusively by the Clayton Library Friends.

"The Vindicator." The Vindicator. Web.

  • William Logan played a role in the 1832 Anahuac Disturbances, which was one of the significant events that began the Texas Revolutionary war fighting for independence from Mexico. His memorial is located in the Liberty County courthouse square.

Louisiana Colonial Records Project

The Louisiana Colonial Record Project is a large collection of documents relating to Louisiana and its surrounding geographical area. They were microfilmed from the French Archives housed in Paris, France. The years covered span from the beginning of 17th century French colonization to the last remaining French territories in the early 20th century. This vast collection contains thousands of items that are of historical and genealogical value to the serious and diligent researcher. The Louisiana Colonial Records contain journals of early French explorers, Colonial maps, and censuses of the earliest French settlements along the Gulf Coast as well as a few in what was known as the Illinois country (Upper Louisiana). Correspondence, passenger lists, ship logs, and vital records from the Colonial period of New Orleans and Biloxi are also in the collection. This information would be vital for genealogists who have pre-statehood ancestry in Louisiana. The collection is on 33 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Louisiana Colonial Records. " University of Louisiana at Lafayette University Libraries. Web.

  • The Louisiana Colonial Records are also on microfilm at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Some of the items inventoried include records contained in the Louisiana State Archives.

Robert de Berardinis & Clayton Library Friends. Official Clayton Library Friends Finding Aid for the Microform Edition of the Library of Congress' Louisiana Colonial Records Project. Houston, Texas: Clayton Library Friends, 2003. Clayton Library call number: O32 LA

  • This collection is a part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Project based on records microfilmed from the French Archives in Paris, France and from a collection stored at the University of Loyola and Louisiana State University

"Louisiana Digital Library. " Louisiana Digital Library. Web.

  • The Louisiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library of more than 144,000 digital items from Louisiana archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories, making unique historical treasure accessible to students, researchers, and the general public in Louisiana and across the globe. The items in the Louisiana Digital Library are as diverse and interesting as the people and places in Louisiana, with photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more documenting the states history and culture. Included in the LDL are early colonial records of the Superior Council Records digitized by the Louisiana Museum Foundation.

Manning Collection of Barnwell County, South Carolina

The Manning Collection of Barnwell County, South Carolina was compiled by William Harris and Edna Manning, who researched and abstracted records of Barnwell County. The collection contains 15 volumes and includes abstracts of wills, marriages, and cemetery records; a record of Barnwell County officials, 1880-1962; and service records of South Carolina veterans in the War of 1812. Eleven of the volumes are devoted to histories of approximately 150 families. The collection is on 6 rolls of microfilm located in the Barnwell County, South Carolina section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information, see also:

"Finding aid to the Barnwell County genealogical records." South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina. Web.

  • This link contains a finding aid to the collection made by the University of South Carolina. NOTE: Each volume includes a more detailed index than that found in this finding aid.

McCubbins Collection

In 1954, the research papers of Mrs. Mamie (Mary Louisa) Gaskill McCubbins were acquired by the Rowan Public Library. The McCubbins Collection consists of source material, genealogies, local histories, and vital records for mainly Rowan County, North Carolina. However, many other North Carolina counties are mentioned as well as some other states. Records found in the collection consist of; wills, abstracted deeds, marriages bonds, court records, lineages, maps, church records, etc. The files are identified by surname and are often a collection of various spellings of last name or related surnames; Abbot/Abot/Abott/Ebert for example may all be in the surname folder identified as Abbott. Please search each page of a folder so that no clues are overlooked. Mrs. McCubbins utilized every scrap of paper available to her and notes can be written sideways along the margin of the pages and occasionally information about a seemingly unrelated surname will be found amongst the pages of a specific folder. Many families form intimate connections over time and research into a related surname can cast light on the history of another family. Mrs. McCubbins gleaned her information from county records, correspondence, maps and oral histories. The collection consists of 76 rolls of microfilm. The first three rolls are indexes. Roll # 1 is a surname index. Rolls # 2 & 3 are surname guides. Check the index for potentially interconnected families.

For further information on this collection, see also:

 

Seger, Constance. "The McCubbins Collection of North Carolina." The CLF Newsletter, vol. 14, no. 3, May 2000. Clayton Library call number: PER TEX

"Mamie McCubbins Collection." Rowan Public Library. Web.

  • The Rowan Public Library History Room is currently working on making the material in the McCubbins Collection available online. They also have a McCubbins Index on this webpage.

Nacogdoches Archives

The Nacogdoches Archives Collection consists of original documents created by Spanish Mexican officials in Texas. The original documents of the Nacogdoches Archives are housed in the Texas State Library and Archives in Austin, where they have been since 1850. The documents date from 1733, which is when the "ayuntamiento" or Town Council of Nacogdoches was formed, to the early months of the Texas Revolution. The documents show correspondence of various Spanish and Mexican officials, military muster rolls (1773-1836), tax lists for Coahuila and Texas from as early as 1783 to as recent as 1835, citizenship of foreigners who settled in Nacogdoches (1824-1827), Citizenship Certificates (1827-1835), Citizenship-Oaths of Admission (1835-1836), census and election records. Records of several subordinate archives include: Ayish Bayou, Liberty, Neches, Sabine, Anahuac, and Department of the Brazos. This collection contains three "sets" of records on microfilm: Calendar (1 roll 1729-1819), Transcript (20 rolls 1733-1836), and Original Documents (27 rolls 1733-1836). The documents are mostly in Spanish with some documents written in English. The collection is on 48 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Nacogdoches Archives." Texas State Library & Archives Commission. Web.

  • This page describes the 27 rolls of Original Documents more fully. The Texas State Library & Archives Commission has digitized the Nacogdoches Archives original documents and they are now available online from Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition. Ancestry Library Edition is available to search in-house at all HPL locations. The link to it can be found here.

Natchez Trace Collection, Provincial and Territorial Documents, 1759-1813

The Natchez Trace ran from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi and includes a portion of Mobile, Alabama. Records included relate to the functioning of the territories under French and then Spanish rule. Civil records including lawsuits, wills, estate inventories, notarized bills, IOU's, accounts, contracts, slave sales and manumissions, and others. Records are in French, Spanish, or English. This collection was arranged by the Center for American History at the University of Texas and is alphabetical by jurisdiction and then by date. No targets appear on the film so locating specific documents can be difficult. The collection is on 10 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department. Use this film in conjunction with the Calendar of the Natchez Trace Collection.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Riffel, Judy. Calendar of the Natchez Trace collection : provincial & territorial documents, 1759-1813. Baton Rouge, LA.: Comite des Archives de la Louisiane, 1999. Clayton Library call number: R564 LA

"Natchez Trace Collection." University of Texas, Briscoe Center for American History. Web.

  • This page on the University of Texas, Briscoe Center for American History website describes the original collection of documents more fully.

Panton, Leslie and Company Papers, 1738-1937

Panton, Leslie and Company was a British trading firm established by merchants William Panton, John Leslie, Thomas Forbes, Charles McLatchy, and William Alexander in 1783 at St. Augustine, Florida. The purpose of the company was to trade with Native Americans living in territories owned by the Spanish during that time. The geographic range covered includes present-day Florida and surrounding territories from the colonial period to the early American era. After the death of William Panton and John Leslie, the company was renamed "John Forbes and Company" in 1804. The Panton, Leslie and Company papers contain correspondences, business papers, court records, and other documents. The documents began in 1739 and end in 1847. The languages of the documents are English, Spanish, and French. The collection is on 26 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center." University of West Florida. Web.

  • Description based on information from University Archives and West Florida History Archives.

Panton, Leslie & Company. The papers of Panton, Leslie and Co.: guide to the microfilm collection. Woodbridge, Conn. Research Publications Inc, 1986. Clayton Library call number: 975 P198 USA

  • Guide to the microfilm of Panton, Leslie & Company papers.

Beverly, Trevia Wooster. Frontier Traders in the Southeastern United States: Panton, Leslie and Company and John Forbes and Company. Houston, TX: T.W. Beverly, 1995. Clayton Library call number: 975 B571 USA

  • Ms. Beverly gives a general overview of the Panton papers as well as the historical context in which the Panton, Leslie and Company came to exist. There are also brief descriptions about the history of the Floridas under British rule after the end of the American Revolution.

Vicente Sebastián Pintado Papers

This collection is comprised of the papers of Vicente Sebastián Pintado [1774-1829], a Surveyor General of Spanish West Florida from 1805 to 1817. The papers contain correspondences, testimonies, bill of sales, land grants, court records, petitions, maps, and other documents associated with Pintado's work as a Surveyor. Spanish West Florida encompasses the gulf coast region of the present-day states of Alabama [Mobile Bay], Mississippi, and Florida [Pensacola]. The Pintado Papers cover the years 1781 to 1842. The vast majority of the documents date from 1799 to 1817.

The collection is divided into four series: General Correspondence, Official Papers, Maps and Plats, as well as an Addition. The General Correspondence include letters from such historical figures as, Vincent Folch [Governor of West Florida], Manuel Gayoso de Lemos [Governor of Baton Rouge], and various surveyors. The collection is on 6 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Vicente Sebastián Pintado Papers." Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Web.

  • This was excerpted from "Vicente Sebastián Pintado Papers: A Finding Aid to the Collection in the Library of Congress".

"Vicente Sebastián Pintado Papers. Concessiones de Tierras (1817/1823)." University of West Florida Digital Collections. Web.

  • The University of West Florida has the Vicente Sebastián Pintado papers available in digitized form.

Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series A-D, F-J

The Records of the Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War is a collection of microfilmed manuscripts stored in major research libraries across the American South. The collection originated in an effort to consolidate dispersed primary source material and have it readily accessible to researchers of slavery, African-American families, and Southern families. Among the records are deeds, wills, estate inventories, slave lists, personal correspondence, account books, and court records. The records are indexed geographically by county and state.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Cooper, Jean L. A genealogical index to the guides of the microfilm edition of records of ante-bellum Southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War. Virginia: 1st Books, 2003. Clayton Library call number: 975 C777 USA. This book is located in the Microprint section next to this collection.

  • Includes indexes for location, plantation name, and surname of plantation owners.

Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration

The Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration is a collection of microfilmed manuscripts stored in major research libraries across the American South. The collection originated in an effort to consolidate dispersed primary source material and have it readily accessible to researchers of the post-Civil War south. The records of the plantations reveal nearly every aspect of southern life in the years after the Civil War. Among the papers microfilmed are not only daybooks and ledgers, inventories and invoices, but also personal letters, diaries, and memoirs. Taken together, the selections are intended to illuminate all aspects of southern life.

Clayton Library does not have a full collection of all the series. It only has the first three parts of Series B. These three parts are on 45 rolls of microfilm and are filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Cooper, Jean L. A guide to the microfilm edition of Records of southern plantations from emancipation to the great migration. Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, 2002. Clayton Library call number: 975 C777 USA.

  • This book is located in the Microprint section next to this collection.

"Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration. Series B, Part 4." LexisNexis. Web.

  • This pdf document is the guide to part four of Series B, Mississippi Cotton Plantations. Though Clayton Library does not have part four of this series, the introduction of the series in this guide gives a good overview and describes the historical context of the collection.

Seabury Papers, 1888-1905 (Mexico)

The microfilm of the Seabury Papers (F.W. Seabury), family tree book and genealogy ledger book, 1888-1905 contains genealogy and land ownership references for many families in various counties in Texas from the time of Mexican rule. Two related books can be found in Clayton's Mexico book collection; Family tree book: (the Seabury papers) and Index to Family tree book (the Seabury papers) by Francis W. Seabury. The one roll of microfilm that makes up this collection can be found in the Mexico section of the Clayton Microprint Department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"A Guide to the Francis William Seabury Papers, 1714-1946." University of Texas at Austin, Briscoe Center for American History. Web.

  • This page describes the original documents that comprise the full collection of the Seabury Papers found at the UT Austin, Briscoe Center for American History.

Shane Manuscript Collection

The Shane Manuscript Collection was compiled by Rev. John Dabney Shane (1812-1864) on the history of Presbyterianism in the American frontier. Rev. Shane interviewed old pioneers and gathered other materials including many old records. Most of the interviews are now part of the Draper Manuscripts (Series CC, Vols. 11-19). The remaining materials in the Shane Manuscript Collection include additional interviews along with many old letters and records of early families and congregations in Kentucky and Ohio. There are 32 reels of microfilm in this collection and it is located in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Hall, William K. The Shane Manuscript Collection: a genealogical guide to the Kentucky and Ohio papers. Frontier Press, 1990. Clayton Library call number: 977 H181 USA

Wooster, Trevia Beverly. "We Dined on 'Steak and Whiskey': An Overview of the Shane Manuscripts." The CLF Newsletter, vol. 11, no. 3, August 1979.

"A Guide to the Shane Collection." Presbyterian Historical Society, The National Archives of the Presbyterian Church USA (PC(USA)). Web.

  • This is an online guide to the papers collected by Rev. John Dabney Shane that are found at the Presbyterian Historical Society, The National Archives of the PC(USA).

Sprague Collection

"Genealogies of the families of Braintree, Massachusetts, 1650-1850, including the modern towns of Randolph and Hobrook and the city of Quincy," also known as the Sprague Collection, is a nearly definitive account, on over 6000 handwritten index cards, of almost all pre-1850 residents of "Old" Braintree, plus many families of Milton. Compiled between 1947 and 1960 by Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, this collection is based on data collected by researchers and town clerks from the early 1800s through the mid-20th century. The index cards are arranged alphabetically by family name. "Sprague's pursuit of genealogy and history began in 1934; involvement with his hometown historical society sparked his interest in families from the original town of Braintree. In 1947 he began work on a major project that would last the rest of his days. He started to abstract vital records, and pre-1792 Suffolk County probate and deeds for Braintree, Massachusetts families. Towns in old Braintree became part of the new Norfolk County in 1732, but Sprague did include some post-1792 information on families in Braintree and the separated towns of Quincy, Randolph, and Holbrook. In all he created over six thousand cards including almost all the pre-1850 population of old Braintree. Some families from nearby Milton and Stoughton (both originally part of the town of Dorchester) were also included" --Introduction, page 2.

The Sprague Collection is on one roll of microfilm and is located in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.


Territorial Papers of the United States

This collection consists of records created by the U.S. Senate, the State Department, and the Interior Department concerning the governing of these areas between the time they were made official United States Territories and the time they became states. Authored by the National Archives, the document dates range from 1789-1869. The span of this collection is extensive, and as such is organized into sets by geographic area and chronological dates. It is also indexed.

The sets are as follows;

  • Territory South of the Ohio River, 29 Aug 1789 - 8 Apr 1808
  • Territory Northwest of the Ohio River, 10 Nov 1791- 30 Jan 1813
  • Miscellaneous Papers and Papers Relating to Territorial Affairs in General, 29 Dec 1789 - 22 Jan 1867
  • Alabama Territory, 3 Mar 1818 - 22 Jan 1822
  • Arizona Territory, 17 Dec 1857 - 27 Feb 1822
  • Arkansas Territory, 3 Mar 1820 - 11 Apr 1836
  • Colorado Territory, 3 Apr 1860 - 20 Feb 1868
  • Florida Territory, 2 Dec 1806 - 1 Apr 1845
  • Idaho Territory, 3 Mar 1863 - 9 Jan 1871
  • Indiana Territory, 20 Apr 1792 - 27 Jan 1830
  • Kansas Territorial Censuses, 1855 - 1859
  • Kansas Territory, 19 Jun 1854 - 5 Jan 1863
  • Louisiana Territory, 23 Jan 1804 - 18 Apr 1822
  • Michigan Territory, 20 Mar 1803 - 6 Jan 1847
  • Minnesota Territory, 18 Feb 1847 - 16 Jun 1860
  • Mississippi Territory, 30 Jun 1799 - 1 Apr 1818
  • Missouri Territory, 10 Mar 1814 - 18 Apr 1822
  • Montana Territory, 3 Mar 1863 - 2 Feb 1869
  • Orleans Territory, 26 Feb 1803 - 26 Dec 1815

For further information on this collection, see also:

"Hathi Trust Digital Library." Hathi Trust Digital Library. Web.

  • The Territorial Papers of the United States have been digitized and are available on the Hathi Trust Digital Library Website.

US State Department & Clarence Edwin Carter. The Territorial papers of the United States. Washington D.C., 1934. Clayton Library call number: 973 U58 USA v. 2-28 [1787-1848]

  • Clayton Genealogical Library contains the book guides to the Territorial Papers of the United States on microfilm.

"National Archives." National Archives. Web.

  • Description of Territorial Papers included in General Records of the Department of State. Details include history, Textual Records and Finding Aids.

"Familysearch.org." Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints. Web.

  • Familysearch.org has digitized the Territorial Papers of the United States on their website.

Turner Collection (Delmarva Peninsula)

This is a microfiche edition of a manuscript collection compiled by Reverend Joseph Brown Turner. The collection consists of genealogical notes concerning several thousand families, with emphasis upon those living on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Delmarva Peninsula is a large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States, occupied by portions of three U.S. states: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The records range in content from the medieval period to 1935, but principally of the 17th through 19th centuries. The notes are arranged alphabetically by surname. Each fiche represents a folder in the original arrangement of the collection. There is an index on fiche 1-40. The index is arranged alphabetically by surname. Each entry includes a location (county, state, or country) and the reference. The reference may not be to material in this collection but to other documents, books, and articles. The collection is on 647 sheets of microfiche and is filed in the Delaware section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

"State of Delaware Official Website." Delaware State Archives. Web.

  • The state of Delaware Official website contains a link to the Delaware State Archives. The Turner collection has been digitized and is available for viewing online.

"Genealogy Center." Allen County Public Library. Web.

  • The genealogical center of Allen County Public Library also has the Turner Genealogical collection on microfiche. This page about the collection breaks down the each microfiche alphabetically.

Vosburgh Collection

The Vosburgh Collection is also called the New York Church Records, 1711-1913, The Vosburgh Collection of New York Church Records, The Vosburgh collection: New York State Protestant Church records, and The Vosburgh collection of Congregational Church records. The original collection of church records for New York was commissioned by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and is known by the name of its editor, Royden Woodward Vosburgh. These records are mostly Dutch and Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, but also includes the Congregational Church of Sandgate, Vermont and the Hardwick Society of Friends (Quaker), Women's Branch, Warren County, New Jersey. Most data has been translated from German. Types of information include births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and membership lists. Various time periods from 1711 to 1913 are covered, but most records are from mid 1700's to late 1800's. There is a table of contents at the beginning of each church record. An index to the counties and churches on each roll is available in the New York Microprint Finding Aid Notebook. The collection is on 12 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the New York section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

Murphy, Robert M. Guide to Vosburgh Church Records on Microfilm. Montpelier, VT: Vermont Historical Society, 1999. Clayton Library call number: M978 NY

"The Vosburgh collection of Congregational Church records." New York Genealogy. Web.

  • This website gives a breakdown by original volume of each church, town years covered and which roll of film each volume is on.

Wagner Collection

The Henry Raup Wagner collection contains letters, correspondences, decrees, and other documents relevant to the historical development of Spanish Texas from 1707-1847. There are also land grants that reveal the names of the earliest American pioneers in Spanish Texas. Some of the Wagner collection also contains material relating to New Mexico and Louisiana during the Spanish colonial period. The collection is on 3 rolls of microfilm and is filed in the Special Collections section of Clayton's Microprint department.

For further information on this collection, see also:

De Berardinis, Robert. Finding aid to the Henry Raup Wagner collection of manuscripts from the Yale University collection of western Americana by the staff of the Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Yale University. Houston, Texas: Robert de Berardinis, 2004. Clayton Library call number: F494 TEX

  • Description of collection comes from the finding aid guide to the Henry Raup Wagner collection housed at Yale University.

"Yale University Library". Yale University. Web.

  • The Yale University Library has the original manuscripts of the Wagner Collection. This website includes the finding aid to the collection.

"Online Archive of California." San Diego State University Special Collections & University Archives. Web.

  • Many of Henry Raup Wagner papers are archived at the San Diego State University Special Collections & University Archives.

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