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 Details

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

Collection Overview

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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Contents of the Collection

Family correspondence, 1834-1863 and undated
Box 1
Correspondence and accounts, 1830-1848 June
Box 2
Correspondence and accounts, 1848 July-1851 June
Box 3
Correspondence and accounts, 1851 July-1853
Box 4
Correspondence and accounts, 1854 January-1855
Box 5
Correspondence and accounts, 1855 May-1857 December
Box 6
Correspondence and accounts, 1858 January-1860 April
Box 7
Correspondence and accounts, 1860 September-1871 June
Box 8
Correspondence and accounts, 1871 July-1935
Box 9
Other papers, 1827-1913
Box 10
N.Y. shipping and commercial lists, 1850 February-1851 July
Box 11
Correspondence from N.Y., 1854 January-1854 July (Gilwood)
Box 11
Manuscript volume: "List of Negroes," Camden, S.C., 1862 May
Volume L:2087

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The Daniel W. Jordan papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1934, with additions in 1997 and 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet, February 2014

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 1934, 1997-0189, and 2004-0301