Guide to the James Thomas Papers, 1850-1882 (bulk 1852-1861)
This collection contains business and personal correspondence, orders, price bulletins, and other papers, relating to the tobacco business of James Thomas, the tobacco industry in general, and the economic life of Virginia (1850s). Includes information on Thomas' assistance to the Virginia Baptist Seminary (now the University of Richmond). Correspondents and persons mentioned include J. L. M. Curry, George Frederick Holmes, and Basil Manly.
- Collection Number
- James Thomas papers
- Thomas, James
- 12 Linear Feet, 23 boxes (14,008 items)
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
This collection consists principally of the apparently complete business papers and records, 1850-1863, of James Thomas, Jr. (1806-1882), one of the largest of antebellum tobacco manufacturers. In addition to an extensive business correspondence, numerous orders for tobacco from Maine, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Georgia, the Netherlands, England, and Australia are included, as well as prices current bulletins from firms throughout the world. The collection not only gives a detailed history of Thomas's enterprises, but affords much information on the tobacco industry in general and on other phases of the economic life of Virginia in the 1850s. Some of Thomas's private correspondence is also in the collection, including an occasional letter from such men as J. L. M. Curry and George Frederick Holmes. Some information is given on Thomas's aid to Basil Manly in his work with the Virginia Baptist Seminary (later the Univesity of Richmond), and on his financial assistance, which made it possible for the institution to remain open after the Civil War.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], in the James Thomas Papers Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
James Thomas, Jr. (1813-1882) was a tobacco manufacturer of Richmond, Virginia.
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- Curry, J. L. M. (Jabez Lamar Monroe)
- Holmes, George Frederick, 1820-1897
- Manly, Basil
- Thomas, James
- University of Richmond -- History
- Virginia Baptist Seminary (Richmond, Va.)
The James Thomas Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1937.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff.