Robert Walker Withers papers, 1794-1890 (bulk 1820-1853).

Creator: Withers, Robert Walker, 1798-1854.
Collection number: 3235
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Abstract: Robert Walker Withers was a physician, planter, and businessman of Greene and Hale counties, Ala. Papers of Withers include two volumes contain varied accounts and memoranda pertaining to his medical practice and sale of drugs; his lumber and flour mills; agricultural methods; plantation and household expenditures; costs of river transportation; weather; and birth records of the family, slaves, and race horses. The other volumes include an album, 1837-1839, of Miss Maria Withers, and five notebooks of Robert Walker Withers, Jr. (b. 1834), containing his class notes while a student at the University of Virginia, 1852-1853. Two of the latter volumes have been used as scrapbooks. Also available, on microfilm, are scattered business letters, 1820-1890, pertaining to Robert Withers’s various business enterprises and to his research in an effort to construct a steam engine fed by artesian wells to power a cotton factory.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Two volumes accounts with slaves for cotton (1835-1839) and slave birth records (1784-1847). See Folders 1 & 3.