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Guide to the Frederick Fraser Papers, 1700-1911 and undated

Summary

The Frederick Fraser Papers comprises documents of a cotton planter in South Carolina. Papers include correspondence concerning the sale of cotton, some personal correspondence, assorted financial transactions concerning cotton, some miscellaneous personal papers, and a scrapbook that contains a variety of materials related to social life in South Carolina and the Civil War, including: correspondence, newspaper clippings, poems, copies of tombstone engravings, invitations, photographs, and postcards.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11440
Title
Frederick Fraser papers
Date
1700-1911 and undated
Creator
Fraser, Frederick
Extent
2 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Frederick Fraser Papers include correspondence concerning the sale of cotton, some personal correspondence, assorted financial transactions concerning cotton, some miscellaneous personal papers, and a scrapbook (152 p.). Includes an 1872 letter from Iredell Jones concerning his trial as a member of the Klu Klux Klan. The scrapbook contains a variety of materials related to both the social lives of the De Saussure, Fraser, and several other South Carolina families, as well as their activities during the Civil War, including: correspondence, newspaper clippings, poems, copies of tombstone engravings, invitations, photographs, and postcards. Scrapbook also includes letters from Henry De Saussure Fraser, a surgeon in Virginia. His letters describe military activities and life as a Union prisoner from 1863-1864 in Fort McHenry and Old Capitol Prison, as well as the Charleston earthquake in 1886. The scrapbook also includes a small volume of the De Saussure family genealogy. Persons mentioned in the collection include Thomas Boone Fraser, Sr., Daniel De Saussure, and Henry William De Saussure.

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

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1791-1907 and undated
(8 folders)

Business correspondence concerning the sale of cotton, including commercial problems during the War of 1812, and particularly in Charleston, South Carolina. Includes an 1872 letter from Iredell Jones concerning his trial as a member of the Klu Klux Klan. Also includes some personal correspondence, primarily with the individuals John Dawson, Ladson, H. Cunningham, and B. W. Martin, and an anonymous individual identitified only as I.H.L.

Box 1
Bills and receipts, 1700-1809
(6 folders)

Assorted financial transactions on the sale of cotton

Box 2
Bills and receipts, 1810-1903
(5 folders)

Assorted financial transactions on the sale of cotton

Box 3
Miscellaneous documents, 1878 and undated

Shopping lists, property deeds and agreeements

Box 3
Scrapbook, 1778-1911 and undated

Scrapbook containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, biographical profiles, poems, photographs, copies of tombstone engravings, and postcards.

Box 4
 

Historical Note

Frederick Fraser was a cotton planter in the South Carolina low country in the early to mid-1800s. He was associated with the Fraser and Thompson firm in the Charleston, S.C., cotton business.


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Provenance

The Frederick Fraser Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library gift and purchase, between 1945 and 1961.

Processing Information

Processed by Paul Sommerfeld, April, 2017