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Collection Title: Jefferson Davis Soldiers' Home Records

Collection Number: M6

Dates: 1920-1954

Volume: 2.7 cu.ft.

Provenance: Donated by Mrs. O. E. (Audrey H.) Saxon and the estate of Mr. and Mrs. John Tackett Burney in 1962.

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

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

A home for Confederate Civil War Veterans and their wives was established by the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans in 1902 at Jefferson Davis' estate, Beauvoir, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The estate has been deeded to the organization by Davis' wife, Varina Howell Davis, in that same year. The state of Mississippi took charge of the facility in 1904, at which time there were dormitories, dining facilities, and a hospital. Over the years more than 1600 soldiers and their wives lived at Beauvoir; approximately 800 are buried in the private cemetery on the grounds.

By 1940 there were only 55 veterans living there, and the facilities were reduced in size, with the remaining portion of Beauvoir being designated as the Jefferson Davis Shrine. Restoration of the house, gardens, and grounds began in 1941. In 1957 there were only two widows residing at Beauvoir, and the home was closed.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of records of the Jefferson Davis Soldiers' Home, located at Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi. The bulk of the material dates from 1944 to 1954. It documents the operation of the home and includes records of the home's board of directors and superintendents, as well as payroll and budget records, and inmate files.

Series:

  • Board of Directors' Minutes
  • Correspondence
  • Inmate Files
  • Financial Records
  • Miscellaneous

 

Box 1

            Folder 1- Biennial Reports of the Directors, 1920-1923

            Folder 2- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original in Box 2

            Folder 3- Board of Directors Minute Book: Photocopy (1920-1931, Pages 3-101)

            Folder 4- Board of Directors Minute Book: Photocopy (1920-1931, Pages 103-201)

            Folder 5- Board of Directors Minute Book: Photocopy (1920-1931, Pages 203-301)

            Folder 6- Board of Directors Minute Book: Photocopy (1920-1931, Pages 303-401)

            Folder 7- Board of Directors Minute Book: Photocopy (1920-1931, Pages 403-501)

            Folder 8- Board of Directors Minute Book: Photocopy (1920-1931, Pages 503-615)

 

Box 2

            Contents:  Minute Book: Original (1920-1931)

 

Box 3

            Folder 1- Minutes, Board of Director’s Meetings (1945-1953)

            Folder 2- Director’s Receipts to the Board of Directors (1943-1953)

            Folder 3- Board of Director’s Expense Accounts (1948-1954)

            Folder 4- Inmates’ Medical Reports to Board of Directors (1944-1953)

            Folder 5- Miscellaneous, Board of Directors

            Folder 6- Incoming Correspondence, January 1940 to December 1943

            Folder 7- Incoming Correspondence, January 1944 to December 1945

            Folder 8- Incoming Correspondence, January 1946 to December 1947

            Folder 9- Incoming Correspondence, January 1948 to December 1949

            Folder 10- Incoming Correspondence, January 1950 to December 1952

            Folder 11- Incoming Correspondence, January 1953 to December 1953

            Folder 12- Outgoing Correspondence, January 1943 to September 1943

            Folder 13- Outgoing Correspondence, October 1943 to December 1947

            Folder 14- Outgoing Correspondence, January 1948 to December 1953

 

Box 4

            Folder 1- Inmate List and Pensions Paid (1948-1954)

            Folder 2- Inmates Pension Ledger (1938-1945)

            Folder 3- Inmates: Bass, Mrs. Anna

            Folder 4- Inmates: Bass, Mrs. Lou S.

            Folder 5- Inmates: Childress, Mrs. Kate Johnson

            Folder 6- Inmates: Ellis, Mrs. Annie I.

            Folder 7- Inmates: Easterling, Mrs. Alice

            Folder 8- Inmates: Murphee, Mrs. C.C.

            Folder 9- Inmates: Thompson, Mrs. Hettie

            Folder 10- Inmates: Walton, Mr. Jim

            Folder 11- Inmates: Worsham, Mrs. Helen

            Folder 12- Inmates: Miscellaneous Letters

            Folder 13- Ledger, Daily Accounts Posted (1939-1942)

            Folder 14- Accounts Paid Book (1936-1944)

            Folder 15- Accounts Paid Book (1937-1949)

 

Box 5

            Folder 1- Ledger Book, Accounts Paid (1940-1942)

            Folder 2- Itemized List of Accounts (1949-1954)

            Folder 3- Ledger, Transportation Costs Paid 1954

            Folder 4- Itemized Payroll Lists (1948-1954)

            Folder 5- Ledger, Employee Time Keeping (1940-1946)

            Folder 6- Monthly Payroll Lists (1951-1952)

            Folder 7- Monthly Payroll Records (1953-1954)

            Folder 8- Total Monthly Employee Retirement Contributions (1952-1954)


Box 6

            Folder 1- Budget Requisitions (1943-1955)

            Folder 2- Quarterly Reports of Commitments and Disbursements (1943-1953)

            Folder 3- Uniform Quarterly Budget Commission Reports (1933-1953)

            Folder 4- Biennium Budget Estimates (1944-1956)

            Folder 5- Annual State Audit Reports (1943-1949)

            Folder 6- Annual State Audit Reports (1950-1954)

            Folder 7- Dining Room Record Book (1920)

            Folder 8- Office of Price Administration Ration Reports (1942-1943)

            Folder 9- Copies of Legislation Dealing with the Home (1938-1949)

            Folder 10- Miscellaneous

            Folder 11- Miscellaneous Printed Items

            Folder 12- Photographs

       

Box 7

           Folder 1- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original (1920-1931, Pages 3-101)

           Folder 2- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original (1920-1931, Pages 103-201)

           Folder 3- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original (1920-1931, Pages 203-301)

           Folder 4- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original (1920-1931, Pages 303-401)

           Folder 5- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original (1920-1931, Pages 403-501)

           Folder 6- Board of Directors Minute Book: Original (1920-1931, Pages 503-615)

 

Box 8

          Oversized


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