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Dr. Edward Bradford Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1964-028

Scope and Contents

Contains personal and business correspondence, documents, bills, receipts, etc., of Dr. Edward Bradford, general merchant and plantation owner. Collection also includes a letter of introduction of James E. Broome, Tallahassee, Fla., to Hon. Jacob Thompson, Washington City, and a long handwritten letter of Governor Bragg, Raleigh, N.C., and other important papers show that Dr. Bradford was a well-known and prominent citizen.

For the period before 1840 there are only a few scattering bills, receipts, and notes, but from 1840 to 1866 records of the plantation, commission merchants, forwarding agents, and New York cotton brokers evidence that a prosperous business was transacted. Another letter from James E. Broome about the sale of slaves, records of the "hiring of slaves out to other plantation owners and farmers show that they were important slave owners.

Also, letters of Geo. H. Meginnis pertaining to "bacon and pork of the commissary store house all being issued to the soldiers or turned over to the state authorities by order of Governor Jones and Capt. Wescott to be dealt out to the poor and needy families of the state, and expressing doubt that: "The Yankees will respect the action of the authorities" - together with an application of A. H. Hopkins for exemption of the plantation overseer - show that they had their difficulties during the Civil War. The correspondence of F. Whitaker, William H. Branch and others show that there was considerable wrangling over division of estate.

Also known as MSS 0-28.


  • Created: 1830-1871


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to the Florida State University Libraries.

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Edward Bradford was a general merchant and plantation owner in Leon County, Florida.


4.00 folders

0.00 Linear Feet

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Method of Acquisition

Gift of Florida State Library, Tallahassee, Fla. (2-14-55) Gift of Louise Richardson and Clara R. Hayden, Tallahassee, Fla. (retrieved the papers from trash pile set on fire at plantation) Gift of Mrs. Henry Moore, Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia. (6-22-63)

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Collection is available on microfilm: Film 9648.

Related Materials

Collection is available on microfilm: Film 9648.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US