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Bullitt family papers, 1785-1960.

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Creator: Bullitt family.
Collection number: 3549
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Abstract: In part, microfilm. The majority of the collection is correspondence. Included are letters to Mildred Ann (Fry) Bullitt at Oxmoor Plantation, Louisville, Ky., from friends and relatives, and a few from Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, New Mexico, and England. The letters relate principally to family and community news. Many of the Civil War-era letters are from Confederate prisoners of war. Other letters relate to Morgan’s raid of July 1862 and efforts to get aid to Confederate prisoners. Most late 19th-century letters were written by Thomas Walker Bullitt to his wife while he travelled on business for his law firm. He wrote from New York, Canada, and London, among other places. Letters in the late 1890s and early 1900s are from James Bell Bullitt to his parents while he was a student at Washington and Lee University and in medical school at the University of Virginia. Letters for the period 1903-1920 are principally of James B. Bullitt and his family in Oxford, Miss., and Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was teaching in the medical schools. During World War I he was stationed at a military hospital in France and wrote of his daily life. Letters from the period 1920-1945 are from James B. Bullitt’s sister, Agatha Bullitt Grabisch, from Berlin, Germany, where she was a journalist and teacher. She wrote about economic and political conditions as well as about visitors and family affairs. Volumes include three diaries, 1857-1864, of T. W. Bullitt during his time as a student at Centre College, Danville, Ky.; while studying law in Philadelphia; and during the Civil War. John Bell Bullitt’s diary, 1928-1929, describes his travels in western Europe. Materials on microfilm are items from the genealogical files of William Marshall Bullitt (1873-1957). Families represented include the Bullitts, Christians, Logans, and Frys.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In series 1, there are about 125 Civil War Era letters. Included are discussions of the situation of African Americans in the North and South, and various political issues.

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