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Collection Title: Lavender Family Paper

Accession Number: AM 98-72

Inclusive Dates: ca. 1853-1982

Volume: .20 cu.ft.

Given By: Donated by Mrs. Virginia Lavender.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Press Release:

December 14, 1998

Mrs. Virginia Lavender of Memphis, Tennessee has donated to the USM Archives Lavender family papers which document life in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi from 1853 to 1982.

One of the items in the collection is a bill of sale issued by Menken Brothers, Importers and Dealers in Dry Goods, Etc. of Memphis, dated 1872. The bill shows that J.L. Parker on the maternal side of the Lavender family paid a grand total of $46.95 for merchandise. For this sum, Mr. Parker acquired one trunk, 4 pairs of children's shoes, a pair of bachelor's boots, 246 yards of various kinds of fabric, and a pair of cloth gaiters or leg coverings which reached from the ankle to the knee.

The Lavender Family Papers include an autograph album, tax receipts, bills of sale, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Mrs. Lavender is the mother of Ms. Kay Wall, Director of Public Services in the USM Libraries.

Form of Material:

Documents relating to the families of G.C. Lavender and J.L. Parker of Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. Included are:

  1. Receipts.
  2. Voter registration certificate.
  3. Poll tax and propert tax receipts.
  4. Certificate of membership in Sons of Temperance.
  5. Newspaper clippings.
  6. Bill of sale for cotton.
  7. Autograph album.
  8. Photographs.
  9. Correspondence.
  10. Oath of Allegiance to the Union following the Civil War.

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