Guide to the Charles Anthony Hundley Papers, 1841-1921


Business and family correspondence and papers of Charles Anthony Hundley and of Daniel W. Owen, his son-in-law. Hundley's papers relate to his student days at Emory and Henry College, a proposed expedition to California in 1849-1850, business dealings in the Midwest (1850s), post-Civil War business affairs, and the settlement of Hundley's estate. Owen's papers begin about 1880 and chiefly concern politics and agriculture, but also include information on the higher education of women and World War I. Correspondents include Elisha E. Hundley, father of Charles, Claude A. Swanson, and P. B. Owen. Formerly known as the Hundley-Owen Papers.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Charles Anthony Hundley papers
Hundley, Charles A. (Charles Anthony)
2.5 Linear Feet, 5 boxes, 2,436 items.
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains papers of Charles A. Hundley (d. 1863), planter, commission agent and lawyer; of his father, Elisha Hundley (d. 1879), planter and land speculator; and of Daniel W. Owen, related by marriage, a planter, businessman, and member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Included are personal letters and school compositions of Charles A. Hundley while a student at Emory and Henry College; letters, 1849-1850, related to a California expedition organized by Elisha Hundley; correspondence, 1850-1852, between Charles A. Hundley and his future wife, Fanny Edmunds; correspondence, 1853-1861, of Elisha Hundley pertaining to mid-western land firms, and to the operation of his tobacco farm by Charles; correspondence after 1863 dealing with the estate of Charles A. Hundley and with the raising of his children, Eddy and Nannie; correspondence of Nannie Hundley while attending the Augusta Female Seminary, Staunton, Virginia; correspondence after 1879 concerning the estate of Elisha Hundley; letters after 1914 from the political associates and constituents of Daniel W. Owen concerning legislative issues; letters from D. B. Owen, Daniel Owen's son, concerning the management of the latter's farm, Hyco Hill Stock Farm; and letters from business firms in which Daniel Owen owned stock.

Scattered letters refer to the Salem Female Institute, 1857; the Atlantic Cable, 1858; the need for higher education for women, 1914; a committee to aid women and children in warring Europe, 1914; the Owen Memorial Fund for the building erected in Kwangju, Korea, 1914; the education of D. W. Owen's son, F. C. Owen, at Hampden-Sydney Institute, Farmville, Virginia, 1916-1917; and the fighting in France, 1918.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1841-1857
Box 1
Correspondence, 1858-1914
Box 2
Correspondence, 1915-1921
Box 3
Correspondence, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, undated
Box 5

Historical Note

Charles A. Hundley (d. 1863), was a planter, commission agent and lawyer from Denniston, Virginia. His father, Elisha Hundley (d. 1879), was a planter and land speculator. Daniel W. Owen, who was related to the Hundleys by marriage, was a planter, businessman, and member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

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The Charles Anthony Hundley Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1944.

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