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Taylor Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-BC625

Scope and Contents

The Taylor Family Papers, 1846-1987, consist of about 8.25 linear feet (19 manuscripts boxes, 1 shoebox, and one oversize folder). They contain diaries, correspondence, legal papers, records for plantations in Mississipi and Louisiana, memory books, obituaries, and genealogy materials. Most of the papers date from 1862 to 1950.


  • Created: 1846-1987
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1862-1950
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2006


Conditions Governing Access

Open for access


8.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Taylorville, Illinois, lawyer James M. Taylor (1839-1921), his wife Adelia Adelaide Stewart Taylor (1840-1905), six of their children, three grandchildren, cousins, and other relatives are involved in correspondence and legal papers.

Arrangement Note

The Taylor Family Papers are arranged in 17 series with 20 boxes and 1 oversize folder: The Civil War era materials (Box 1). These materials include: -James M. Taylor's diaries (1863, 1864, and a few entries in 1865). -The correspondence of James M. Taylor (1862-1864), John Y. Taylor (1861, 1863), cousins Alexander R. (1864-1865) and Richard S. Thain, and a few letters to soldiers. James, John, Alexander, and Richard were in the 96th Illinois Infantry, the Taylors in Company C and the Thains in Company D. Correspondence includes information about camp life, the Atlanta Campaign, and the Battle of Nashville. -Official papers about James M. Taylor. Family materials (Box 2): -James M. Taylor's diaries for 1859-1860, 1867-1868, 1870-1871. -Miscellaneous certificates and correspondence. -Correspondence of the Stewarts, James' wife's family. This is the oldest material in the collection. Additional papers of James and Addies, including bank books, correspondence, and obituaries for James (Box 3). Family documents (correspondence, bills, and legal papers) from a plantation in Lousiana (Boxes 4 and 5). Family documents (correspondence, bills, and legal papers) from a plantation in Mississippi (Box 6). Family documents (correspondence, bills, and legal papers) from the Fraley Farm in Christian County, Illinois (Box 7). Leslie J. Taylor business and personal correspondence and papers (Box 8). Estate papers (Box 9, 10 and 11). Account books (Box 12). Note that documents related to the Great Depression can be found throughout the aforementioned material also. Clara Taylor and George Taylor papers (Box 13). Grade and memory books of Elizabeth M. Taylor, M. Genevieve Taylor, and Augusta Corzine Taylor (Box 14). Correspondence relating to high school life in Taylorville and college life Dartmouth college of Elizabeth M. Taylor and Sam M. Taylor (Box 15). Legal cases and documents which generally involved Taylor family members as lawyers (Box 16). Legal cases and documents which generally involved Taylor family members as lawyers (Box 17). Legal cases and documents which generally involved Taylor family members as lawyers (Box 18) . Illinois Supreme Court (1921-1924) and Christian County, IL (1922-1931) Bar Dockets (Box 19) Bank statements (Box 20). Financial materials of various sorts can be found throughout the collection but especially in Boxes 3-11, 16, 20, and oversize folder.

Custodial History

Many clippings and some writer's copies of correspondence on brittle acidic paper were crumbling so badly that they were photocopied onto acid-free paper and discarded. These copies may be considered originals for photocopying purposes.

Accruals and Additions


Separated Materials

More than 350 photos, 76 nitrate negatives, 16 maps, and a few assorted books and pamphlets were transferred out of the collection.
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Glenna Schroeder-Lein and Paula de la Cruz-Fernandez
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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