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Guide to the Graham Family Papers, 1773-1885.

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, diaries, account books, records, sermons, and other papers (chiefly, 1800-1880) of the Graham family of Virginia. Includes letters of the Rev. William Graham, Presbyterian minister and one of the founders of Liberty Hall Academy (later Washington and Lee University); material relating to the patent on Dr. William A. Graham's fire extinguisher; records (1774-1803) of tuition charges and books bought by Washington College students; correspondence between Edward Graham and Edmund Ruffin discussing scientific experiments; and Civil War diaries of Alexander Graham, Archibald Graham, and Edward Graham.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Graham family papers
Extent
2.5 linear feet, 4 boxes, 1113 items including 11 vols.
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection holds records of three generations of a family of Scots-Irish Presbyterians. Correspondence of Reverend William Graham (1746-1799), who moved from Pennsylvania to Lexington, Virginia, about 1776 and was one of the founders of Liberty Hall Academy (later Washington and Lee University) refers largely to his investment in land on the Ohio River near Marietta after 1796, and his lawsuit claiming he had been cheated.

The bulk of the collection comprises the correspondence of William's brother, Edward Graham, a lawyer and professor at Washington College. There are many letters between Edward's wife, Margaret (Alexander) Graham, and her children. Represented also are William A., Archibald A., Nancy, Elizabeth, and Edward, Jr. Included is correspondence of Edward Graham with Edmund Ruffin concerning scientific experimentation and many letters concerning the patent application of William A. Graham, an inventor, for his fire extinguisher.

There is also correspondence of Dr. John Graham and Beverly Tucker Lacy, grandsons of Edward Graham. Account books of Archibald Graham of Lexington, 1840-1880, 7 vols., include one volume (6 pp.) on the administration of Edward Graham's estate and the guardianship of Martha and Elizabeth Lyle. Account books, 2 vols., of Edward, Sr., contain judgments and court actions, 1801-1811, and accounts of Washington College, Lexington, 1831-1836. A commonplace book, 1820, may relate to Edward Graham. There is a genealogy of the Alexander and Graham families by John A. Graham.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence and papers, 1783-1823
Box 1
Correspondence and papers, 1824-1873
Box 2
Correspondence and papers, 1874-1885
Box 3
Correspondence and papers, undated
Box 4
Account book, 1840-1864

Account book of Archibald Graham. Administration of Edward Graham's estate and guardianship of Martha and Elizabeth Lyle.

Volume L:1429
Account book, 1857-1858

Account book of Archibald Graham.

Volume S:1430
Account book, 1860

Account book of Archibald Graham.

Volume S:1431
Account book, 1866-1867

Account book of Archibald Graham.

Volume S:1432
Account book, 1866-1868

Account book of Archibald Graham.

Volume S:1433
Account book, 1868-1870

Account book of Archibald Graham.

Volume S:1434
Account book, 1879-1880

Account book of Archibald Graham.

Volume S:1435
Account book, 1801-1811

Account book of Edward Graham, Sr.

Volume S:1436
Account book, 1831-1836

Account book of Edward Graham, Sr.

Volume S:1437
Commonplace book, 1820
Volume S:1438
Genealogy book, undated

Genealogy of Alexander and Graham families.

Volume M:1439

Historical Note

The Rev. William Graham was a Presbyterian minister and one of the founders of Liberty Hall Academy (later Washington and Lee University); He performed many scientific experiments, one of which led him to the patent on the modern fire extinguisher.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], the Graham Family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

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