Guide to the Daniel W. Jordan papers, 1827-1935 and undated
Planter and legislator of Camden, South Carolina. Collection comprises Daniel W. Jordan family and business correspondence, account books (1836-1877) and other financial papers, Jordan's accounting diploma from 1827, shipping records, notes on family history, and other material. Includes records and correspondence concerning Jordan's turpentine business, plantation management, the sale of cotton, slavery and associated labor and production, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, St. Mary's College (Raleigh, N.C.), the wreck of the steamship Charmer (1861), in which Jordan's daughter perished, and student life in Charleston, S.C.
- Collection Number
- Daniel W. Jordan papers
- 1827-1935 and undated
- Jordan, Daniel W., 1810-1883
- 6.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 4563 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Family and business correspondence and accounts of Daniel W. Jordan, planter and owner of Laurel Hill plantation, slaveholder, and South Carolina legislator. The many pieces of correspondence contain references to the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1847; letters from Benjamin Blossom & Son and De Rossit & Brown, both of New York City, concerning Jordan's turpentine business; correspondence concerning slavery; letters from W. J. Gingham of W. J. Gingham & Sons' Select School, Oaks, Orange County, North Carolina, concerning Valentine Jordan's attendance, 1860-1861; letters from daughters "Sallie Vic" (Victoria Jordan), 1857-1858, and from Cora Jordan, 1860, while they attended a school in Charleston, South Carolina; letters referring to the deaths of Victoria (Jordan) Davie and her husband in the burning of the steamship Charmer, 1861; and correspondence concerning Jordan's cotton business and relations with Lyon Brothers & Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Also among the correspondents are Joseph B. Bryan, H. G. Carrison, John S. Cheek, H. S. Ellenwood, William R. Harris, M; W. Ransom, John C. Tuttle and William A. Tuttle.
The plantation account books cover the period 1836-1877 and include lists of slaves, ration accounts, and cotton cultivation accounts. Also includes Jordan's bookkeeping diploma, 1827. There are receipts from Albert Smedes, St. Mary's College, Raleigh, North Carolina, for tuition of Rowena Ralston, 1854, and Victoria Jordan, 1856.
Addition (97-189) (4 items; dated 1866-1895 and n.d.) contains Jordan's personal and family reminiscences, most of which were written in 1868, accounts of Laurel Hill Plantation, possibly including slave accounts, chiefly in 1866 but also 1895, one letter, and apparent notes towards a will, undated. There is also a photocopy of reminiscences and family history.
Unprocessed addition (04-301)(300 items, 0.6 lin. ft.; dated 1834-1859) contains family correspondence, including letters to and from members of Jordan's extended family.
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- Jordan, Daniel W., 1810-1883
- Jordan family
- St. Mary's College (Raleigh, N.C.) -- Students
- University of Alabama -- Students
- Charmer (Ship)
- Cotton trade -- South Carolina
- Cotton growing -- South Carolina
- College students -- Southern States
- Planters -- South Carolina
- Plantations -- Economic aspects
- Plantations -- South Carolina -- History
- Plantations -- South Carolina
- Slaves -- South Carolina
- Slavery -- South Carolina
- Turpentine -- Economic aspects
- Universities and colleges -- Southern States
- Women -- Education -- Southern States
The Daniel W. Jordan papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1934, with additions in 1997 and 2004.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff
Encoded by Paula Jeannet, February 2014
Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 1934, 1997-0189, and 2004-0301