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Guide to the William Thomas Leavell Papers, 1831-1932

Summary

Collection contains the papers of W. T. Leavell and of his son-in-law, Edward Allen Hitchcock McDonald, Confederate officer, attorney, and businessman. Leavell's papers contain correspondence with leaders of the Episcopal Church concerning church business, doctrinal disputes within the church, and debates between the Episcopal Church and other Protestant denominations; along with family letters and papers which provide information on the salaries, duties, and home life of a minister. The papers of Edward Allen Hitchcock McDonald contain letters from Civil War veterans of McDonald's regiments, the 11th Virginia Cavalry and the 77th Virginia Militia, concerning battles and skirmishes in which they participated; a manuscript copy of McDonald's "The History of the Laurel Brigade," and letters, 1870-1890, pertaining to the Louisville Abstract and Loan Company and general business conditions in Louisville, Ky.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10149
Title
William Thomas Leavell papers
Date
1831-1932
Extent
5.6 Linear Feet, 17 boxes; 5,136 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises the papers of W. T. Leavell and of his son-in-law, Edward Allen Hitchcock McDonald, Confederate officer, attorney, and businessman. Leavell's papers contain correspondence with leaders of the Episcopal Church concerning church business, doctrinal disputes within the church, and debates between the Episcopal Church and other Protestant denominations; and family letters and papers which provide information on the salaries, duties, and home life of a minister.

The papers also contain material pertaining to the economic and agricultural conditions in Leavell's parishes in Virginia and West Virginia and genealogical material on many of his parishioners; letters while a student at Bristol College, Bristol, Pa., 1833-1836, and at Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, 1836-37; letters from brothers and sisters in Spotsylvania and Culpeper counties, Va., discussing agriculture; correspondence between daughter Anne Leavell and John M. Daniel in the 1870s, both before and after their respective marriages; and over 200 sermons. Leavell was a teacher at Fairfax Institute, 1837-39. Box 9 contains a diary in which Leavell included much autobiographical information.

The papers of Edward Allen Hitchcock McDonald contain letters from Civil War veterans of McDonald's regiments, the 11th Virginia Cavalry and the 77th Virginia Militia, concerning battles and skirmishes in which they participated; a manuscript copy of McDonald's "The History of the Laurel Brigade," and letters, 1870-1890, pertaining to the Louisville Abstract and Loan Company and general business conditions in Louisville, Ky.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1831-1837
(1 box)
Box 1
Papers, 1838-1841
(1 box)
Box 2
Papers, 1842-1847
(1 box)
Box 3
Papers, 1848-1852
(1 box)
Box 4
Papers, 1853-1857
(1 box)
Box 5
Papers, 1858-1869
(1 box)
Box 6
Papers, 1870-1876
(1 box)
Box 7
Papers, 1877-1889
(1 box)
Box 8
Papers, 1890-1896
(1 box)
Box 9
Papers, 1897-1901
(1 box)
Box 10
Papers, 1902-1932, and undated
(1 box)
Box 11
Papers, undated
(1 box)
Box 12
Exercises, miscellaneous, undated
(1 box)
Box 13
EAH McDonald manuscript : History of the Laurel Brigade, no date
(1 box)
Box 14
Sermons I
(1 box)
Box 15
Sermons II
(1 box)
Box 16
Sermons III
(1 box)
Box 17
 

Historical Note

William Thomas Leavell was an Episcopal clergyman and farmer, of Charles Town (Jefferson Co.), W. Va.


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Provenance

The William Thomas Leavell papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in October, 1947; June 1948; and October 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by: Alice Poffinberger, June, 2014

Accessions described in this finding aid: 48-2373, 48-141, 4-22-86