02/08. Small Collections and Vertical Files
Record Group Term
Record subgroup for the ALPLM Manuscripts Department for collections and vertical files. Small collections include personal and family papers, corporate records, county records, and military records. Vertical files include small collections of unknown or varied provenance used predominantly as ready reference files, documenting Illinois counties and cities, individuals, businesses, organizations, and events.
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 97
Scope and Contents Letter to Jonathan E. Cooper of Carlton, Greene County, Illinois, describing conditions in Kentucky, especially a cholera epidemic in the larger cities, and local marriages. Williams favors Andrew Jackson in the presidential contest.
Dates: Created: October 11, 1832
Collection — Box 95
Scope and Contents Family papers include Charles's Yale diploma (1834), 1 letter from Charles to his wife Mary, 2 letters from Mary to Charles, 1 letter from Martin Welles (father of Charles) to Mary grieving over the sudden death of Charles (from cholera); 26 legal papers.
Dates: Created: 1834 - 1868
Collection — Box 94
Scope and Contents Letters to Samuel Williams in Cincinnati. Letter, 1831, discusses his poor business investments and apologizes for his poor social behavior towards his friends in Ohio and explains the move to Illinois. Letter, 1833, discusses life in Illinois, the possibility of returning to Ohio and teaching school and the "Asiatick cholera" that has "committed dreadful ravages in Cincinnati." Letter, 1840, discusses the upcoming election, politics and gives his opinion of Andrew Jackson ("Mad Andrew...
Dates: Created: 1831 - 1840
Collection — Box 94
Scope and Contents Letter to "Friend Thomas" written while traveling the Illinois River aboard the "Daniel Hillman" to copper mines in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. Had started west but got "250 miles on the plains from Council Bluffs" when they had to return due to sickness and death of some of the party. The boat is taking freight from Alton and St. Louis. Mentions friends and family near Waverly and the Eustes family who left for California and have not been heard from since. Refers to much cholera on the plains.
Dates: Created: July 13, 1852
Collection — Box 85
Scope and Contents Letter to C.H. Milner sent from Moline, Illinois re: no payment for ropes sold to Captain Littleton with description of ropes, "proceed against the boat..according to law", dam broken and mill has stopped operations and "no cholera here yet".
Dates: Created: May 5, 1849
Collection — Box 67
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of diary kept January through December 1849 writes of local events, social activities, politics, weather, family and cholera. Mentions several cases appearing in court and the outcomes. Several mentions of people preparing and leaving for California. A brief discussion of a large fire in St. Louis, May 18, 1849 started from a steamboat and spread. Numerous entries re: cholera and those who died.
Dates: Created: 1849