Gales family papers, 1815-1939.

Creator: Gales family.
Collection number: 2652
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Abstract: Papers of and about Joseph Gales (1761-1841), his wife Winifred Marshall Gales (1761-1839), and their descendants. Included are manuscript reminiscences of the Gales’ experiences as printers, publishers of several newspapers, booksellers in Sheffield, England, refugees from political repression in Germany, and continuing their career in Philadelphia, Pa., Raleigh, N.C., and Washington, D.C.; a biographical sketch of Joseph and Winifred and their descendants; and other family data, including a tribute to Major Seaton Gales. The reminiscences are extremely detailed concerning the political situation that forced them to leave England, descriptions of their various printing shops and of processes and procedures; and social life in Germany, Philadelphia, and Raleigh.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The manuscript volume “Recollections” relates the Gales’ purchase of slaves for household, farm, printing, and later, paper making.