George Lewis Collins Davis papers, 1790-1903 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: George Lewis Collins Davis papers, 1790-1903

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 644

Primary Creator: Davis, George Lewis Collins.

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: family records, survey papers, and letterbook (1780-1839); correspondence, bills and receipts,and legal documents (1840-1849); correspondence, bills and receipts, and legal documents (1850-1859); and correspondence, bills and receipts, and legal documents (1860-1903).

The collection consists of four boxes.

Date Acquired: 12/01/1980

Subjects: Davis, George Lewis Collins., Mississippi. Legislature., Natchez (Miss. : District), Selectmen., Slave trade., Telegraph stations., Western Union Telegraph Company.

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Legal documents., Receipts (financial records), Topographic surveys.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is made up family and business correspondence of George Lewis Collins Davis (1807-1876) of New Orleans and Natchez. He served as surveyor of Natchez, selectman for the city, and in 1855 was representative of his district in the Mississippi legislature. He was also superintendent of the Ohio and New Orleans Telegraph Company, later the Southwest Telegraph Company, the National Telegraph Company and Western Union in Natchez and New Orleans.

The collection covers the dates that Davis lived in Natchez (1840-1860). There are extensive correspondence and financial accounts with his agents in New Orleans describing conditions for renting real and slave property and the problems associated with such a business. There is also a series of surveys from Natchez as well as correspondence concerning the operation of the telegraph office in the Mississippi Valley. Included in the collection are slave sales to T.P. Leathers, a discussion of the causes of cholera in Natchez-under-the-hill (1853 November 3), the operation of the National Telegraph Company at the start of the Civil War and the cooperation with the Confederate state governments, the education of a young lady in New Orleans (1855); surveys of property in Natchez, and a telegram from a slave asking for more clothing (1858 December 16).

Also included in the collection are a few items from the Civil War Period, such as oaths of allegiance to the United States. The majority of the post-war material concerns the settling of Davis' estate and telegraph company accounts. The collection also contains an electrostatic copy of the letterbook of George Davis, the father of George Lewis Collins Davis, containing forty-eight letters (1810-1827) relating to his work at the New Orleans Customhouse.

Biographical Note

George Lewis Collins Davis (1807-1876) of New Orleans and Natchez was a surveyor of Natchez, selectman for the city, and in 1855 was representative of his district in the Mississippi legislature. He was also superintendant of the Ohio and New Orleans Telegraph Company, later the Southwest Telegraph Company, the National Telegraphy Company and Western Union in Natchez and New Orleans. While Davis was in Natchez, he retained real and slave property in New Orleans, which he rented out through a commercial agent, usually D.R. Carroll or William H. Stewart.

For a short period of time Davis served as a weather observer for the Smithsonian Institution. Davis resided in Natchez from 1840-1860.

Subject/Index Terms

Davis, George Lewis Collins.
Mississippi. Legislature.
Natchez (Miss. : District)
Selectmen.
Slave trade.
Telegraph stations.
Western Union Telegraph Company.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Albert B. Davis, Jr.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: George Lewis Collins Davis papers, Manuscripts Collection 644, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 747586922


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[Box 1: Family records, survey papers, and letter book, 1780-1839],
[Box 2: Correspondence, bills and receipts, and legal documents, 1840-1849],
[Box 3: Correspondence, bills and receipts, and legal documents, 1850-1859],
[Box 4: Correspondence, bills and receipts, and legal documents, 1860-1903],
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Box 4: Correspondence, bills and receipts, and legal documents, 1860-1903


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