|Title: ||Elizabeth Ford papers regarding "The Alexander Letters"|
1.6 Linear feet
(4 document boxes)
|Coll. Number: ||ms3239.TEMP|
"The Alexander Papers" was a book published in 1910 and reprinted in the late 1990s. The book concerns the period of 1787 to 1900.
The forward of the book explains its purpose: "In the old days of the South many of the small towns of Georgia contained highly educated well trained families of gentlefolks living on or near the cotton plantations which supported them and their dependent slaves...The six sisters and four brothers children of Adam Leopold Alexander and his wife Sarah Hillhouse Gilbert constituted such a typical family group strongly bound together by ties of affection and accustomed from early childhood to a very free and constant interchange of letters in which have been recorded their history, their accomplishments, and their emotions. This correspondence includes charming word pictures of Southern plantation life and of the environment of the writers in the quarter century before the Civil War."
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of correspondence, printed material, photographs, and ephemera related to the original 1910 publication of "The Alexander Letters," a selection of family letters edited by Marion Boggs and published by George Baldwin. “The Alexander Letters” was an important work detailing one of the high-profile families of Georgia in the 19th century; the work was copyrighted and reprinted in 1980 and 2002. This collection presents genealogical research regarding the Alexander family descendants by Elizabeth Ford, Carolyn B. Timmann, and David Peters Irwin leading up to the 2002 reprinting.
The collection is divided into two series, the first holding Ford's correspondence and research, and the second having more detailed information on various descendants of the Alexander family line. With materials spanning from 1877-2004, the collection showcases Ford's process as a genealogist as well as the history of the Alexander family.
Ford's correspondence and research contain her interactions with other genealogists and researchers, as well as the editing and publishing process of the second edition of "The Alexander Letters" in 2002. The collection also includes a copy of the 2002 edition of the book, originally published in 1910. "The Alexander Letters" contains the correspondence of the Alexander family from 1787-1900 and a thorough genealogical record of the family line from 1787-2002.
The more detailed information on descendants of the Alexander family includes correspondence and information regarding descendants still alive in 2002. This leads to further information related to many 19th and 20th century descendants of the Alexander family, including Edward Porter Alexander, a Confederate Civil War general who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Other highlights of this series include information about Gari Melchers, an American naturalist artist, and Belmont Manor, a plantation home in Virginia. The collection contains primarily copies and transcripts of materials, rather than originals.
Arranged into two series: Series 1. Correspondence and Research; and Series 2. Descendants.
Preferred Citation note
Elizabeth Ford papers regarding "The Alexander Letters." MS 3239. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.
Related material regarding Edward Porter Alexander can be found in the Hargrett Manuscript Repository, ms1135. This collection contains correspondence of Edward Porter Alexander.