Guide to the Jacob Van Lear Papers, 1815-1889
The bulk of this collection consists of receipts for dry goods, and farming equipment, including a S.C. bill for taxes on horses and slaves. There are also a few family letters, and two wills signed by Jacob Van Lear in 1820 and 1821.
- Collection Number
- Jacob Van Lear papers
- 1807-1907 and undated
- Van Lear, Jacob, 1789-1876
- 1.0 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The majority of the collection is financial papers. These are arranged chronologically, with one folder per year. Most of the financial papers are invoices, bills, accounts, receipts, and taxes. Some of the receipts are for slaves, equipment for his farm, and basic goods. The collection also contains court papers, contracts, and wills; letters of condolence for the death of Claudia, Van Lear's daughter; an historical essay about a Reverend J. Watts; correspondence with Van Lear's brother-in-law, James Tate; and four undated recipes for medicine.
The collection is arranged into five general topics which are: Financial Papers, Correspondence, Legal Papers, Recipes, and one essay. Materials are arranged chronologically within each topic.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
Use & Permissions
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Jacob Van Lear Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
First folder is 1815-1868. Second folder is 1873-1905 and undated.
Jacob Van Lear was a resident of Augusta Co., Va. He married Jane Berry Tate, and the two had seven children, Claudia, John, William, Samuel, Mary, Eveline, and James.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Farm Management -- Virginia -- Records and correspondence
- Slaves -- South Carolina
- Slaves -- Prices
- Tobacco industry -- Kentucky
The Jacob Van Lear Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1959 and 1970.
Processed by Ben Saalfeld, April 2016
Accessions described in this guide include: 1959-0046, 1970-0165