Guide to the William Sims papers, 1770-1860
Correspondence, financial papers, and legal documents, concerning William Sims' extensive plantation holdings in South Carolina. Includes two account books. Correspondence is primarily related to business matters, including cotton trade and prices; the price and availability of slaves; and the beginnings of a textile industry on the plantation. Local and state politicians in South Carolina are often mentioned, as is the general economic plight of the Southern planter in the period (ca. 1819-1830), and currency problems in the state (ca. 1826-1830). One personal letter effusively describes newly settled land in Mississippi and the quality of the cotton grown there.
Detailed financial papers form the bulk of the collection, and concern the cotton trade (including weights, bale numbers, shipping, prices, and sales), and household and plantation expenses. Legal papers are confined to deeds, documents of land litigation, military commissions, and documents relating to slaves, such as indentures and lists of slaves on the plantation. Also includes genealogical information on the Sims family.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Sims, William.
- William Sims papers, 1770-1860
- Language of Material
- 3.6 Linear Feet, 385 Items
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William Sims was a cotton grower in Union County, South Carolina.
- Cotton growing--Mississippi.
- Plantation owners--Correspondence.
- Cotton trade--South Carolina.
- Plantations--Records--South Carolina.
- Plantations--Economic aspects.
- Business records--South Carolina.
- Money--South Carolina.
- Slavery--South Carolina.
- South Carolina--Politics and government.
- South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- South Carolina--Economic conditions.
- Southern States--Economic conditions.
- Mississippi--Description and travel.
- Account books.
[Identification of item], William Sims papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The William Sims papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchased between 1978-1990. This collection forms part of the Harry L. and Mary K. Dalton Collection, 1695-1955, undated.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff
Encoded by Kimberly Sims, March 2011
Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.