Guide to the Meriwether Lewis Walker Papers, 1809-1887

Collection Overview

Papers of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas L. Walker, physician, and Peachy Harmer Gilmer, physician, residents of Albemarle and Campbell counties, Va. Collection consists largely of bills and receipts, including several relating to Gilmer's treatment of soldiers during the Mexican War, and several for the Petersburg (Va.) Female College and for Mrs. Mead's School, Richmond, Va.

Correspondence makes references to Virginia politics; the Whigs and the Democrats; the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad; abolitionism; the iron industry in Virginia; financial success of Judith Page (Walker) Rives' "Christmas Eve;" industrial development and internal improvements in Lynchburg, Va.; the Texas legislature and governor, and the University of Texas; the curriculum at Petersburg Female College; health problems caused by tobacco manufacture; and railroads. Also included are an account and memorandum book, 1853-1879, and a sketch of the Charleston, S.C., defenses.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Walker, Meriwether Lewis.
Meriwether Lewis Walker papers 1809-1887
Language of Material
2.4 Linear Feet, approx. 818 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, 1809-1849
Box 1
Papers, 1850-1887, undated
Box 2

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Meriwether Lewis Walker Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University


The Meriwether Lewis Walker Papers were purchased by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff,

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2010

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.