Guide to the James A. Tutt Papers, 1807-1908


Mercantile clerk and postmaster of Calhoun (Henry Co.), Mo. Business and personal correspondence and papers (chiefly 1835-1858) of James A. Tutt and various members of the Tutt family relating to Tutt's removal from Virginia to Missouri, the migration of other members of the family to the Old Northwest and to the Trans-Mississippi West, frontier conditions and the difficulties of settling in the West, and Tutt's mercantile activities and career as postmaster of Calhoun, Mo.

Collection Details

Collection Number
James A. Tutt papers
Tutt, James A.
4 Linear Feet, 1,806 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Papers of James A. Tutt contain business letters, receipts, promissory notes bills, invoices, and account sheets concerning, in general, the migration of Tutt and his family from Virginia to Missouri. The papers contain comments on the hiring and selling of slaves, land speculation, and action against Mormons accused of enticing Indians to help them take over Jackson County, Missouri. There are also a ledger of Tutt's general store at Millersburg, Callaway County, Missouri, 1843-1844; a ledger kept by Matthew Arbuckle, U.S. postmaster at Calhoun, 1851-1853, showing postage paid for newspaper and periodical subscriptions by local residents; a volume containing accounts, 1873-1877, of the Calhoun Manufacturing Company, producers of wooden parts for buggies; the ledger, 1879-1883, of a sawmill owned by David H. Pigg and D. W. Pigg, with many accounts for laborers; and three incomplete volumes including a general store inventory, 1855, accounts of Tutt's wool carding operation, 1855, and mercantile accounts, 1855-1858.

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[Identification of item], James A. Tutt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Contents of the Collection

1. James A. Tutt Papers, 1807-1908

10 boxes, 1 bound volume
Papers, 1802-1842
Box 1
Papers, 1843-1844
Box 2
Papers, 1845-1846
Box 3
Papers, 1847-1849
Box 4
Papers, 1850-1852
Box 5
Papers, 1853-1854
Box 6
Papers, 1855-1856
Box 7
Papers, 1857
Box 8
Papers, 1858-1908 and undated.
Box 9
Box 10
Volume F:6690

Historical Note

Mercantile clerk and postmaster of Calhoun (Henry Co.), Mo.

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The James A. Tutt Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1950.

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Encoded by Abraham Lee, January 2010