Guide to the Meriwether Lewis Walker Papers, 1809-1887

Collection Overview

Papers of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas L. Walker, physician, and Peachy Harmer Gilmer, physician, residents of Albemarle and Campbell counties, Va. Collection consists largely of bills and receipts, including several relating to Gilmer's treatment of soldiers during the Mexican War, and several for the Petersburg (Va.) Female College and for Mrs. Mead's School, Richmond, Va.

Correspondence makes references to Virginia politics; the Whigs and the Democrats; the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad; abolitionism; the iron industry in Virginia; financial success of Judith Page (Walker) Rives' "Christmas Eve;" industrial development and internal improvements in Lynchburg, Va.; the Texas legislature and governor, and the University of Texas; the curriculum at Petersburg Female College; health problems caused by tobacco manufacture; and railroads. Also included are an account and memorandum book, 1853-1879, and a sketch of the Charleston, S.C., defenses.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Meriwether Lewis Walker papers
Walker, Meriwether Lewis
2.4 Linear Feet, approx. 818 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

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[Identification of item], Meriwether Lewis Walker Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1809-1849
Box 1
Papers, 1850-1887, undated
Box 2

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The Meriwether Lewis Walker Papers were purchased by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1990.

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Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2010