Guide to the Edward Telfair Papers, 1762-1831 (bulk 1771-1807)

Collection Overview

Personal, business and political correspondence and other papers, concerning Telfair's mercantile interests in Savannah, his legal work, the Revolution in Georgia, Georgia patriots, planting in Georgia, especially rice and tobacco, the Creek Indians in the 1780s and 1790s, slaveholding and economic conditions in Georgia, land speculation and settlement, the establishment of the federal government, politics during the 1790s, Telfair's administration as governor, and American trade with Great Britain. The bulk of the material is for the period 1771-1807. Includes scattered letters from many Georgia patriots and politicians including Abraham Baldwin, Joseph Clay, Sr., Seaborn Jones, Jr., and others.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Telfair, Edward, 1735-1807.
Edward Telfair papers 1762-1831 (bulk 1771-1807)
Language of Material
8.0 Linear Feet, approx. 911 Items
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Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1767-1774
Box 1
Papers, 1775-1783
Box 2
Papers, 1784-1790
Box 3
Papers, 1791-1841
Box 4
Papers, undated, volumes, 1764-1781
Box 5
Cowper and Telfair Journal, 1775-1782
Box 6
Telfair & Co. Journal, 1774-1775; 1775-1781
Box 7
Oversize Material
Oversize Folder 1

Historical Note

Edward Telfair was a merchant, member of the Continental Congress, and Governor of Georgia. He served three terms as Governor of Georgia and was the first governor to serve under the Georgia Constitution of 1789.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward Telfair Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University


The Edward Telfair Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library between 1940-1960.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff,

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2010

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.