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Dr. F. A. Byrd Papers

 Collection — Box: 516
Identifier: MSS 1968-042

Scope and Contents

Personal, family, and business correspondence, land deeds, letter of testamentary, papers of the administrator of the estate of Dr. F.A. Byrd. Business and personal papers, certificates of membership, licenses to practice as Physician and Surgeon, 13 early envelopes (some with stamps attached); business correspondence, statements, invoices, and one bound account book.

Orders and invoices for marble slabs and headstones for family graves (with names, etc.); declaration of taxable property, tax receipts, note payable to Harrison Reed, Governor of Florida; certificate of "Amnesty Oath;" codicil to a Last Will, letter testamentary. Sales of land, land deeds, bill of sale, sales of land at public auction, contacts; sales of enslaved persons, custodianship of black children, etc. Civil War letters, charter of Home Guard organization with list of names of volunteers; "Hints for the consideration of White Men," (relates to problems with slaves) etc. Florida politics, including one newspaper clipping. Family correspondence (one letter pertains to yellow fever in Florida, one to travel by vessel from St. Marks to New Orleans, and one to early development of St. Teresa); philosophy, poetry, and a recipe for making "Hard Soap." Thirty seven items in poor condition have been photocopied for use to preserve the originals.

Also known as MSS 0-42.

Online Copies Available

Selected documents from this collection have been digitized and are available through the FSU Digital Library Florida Manuscript Materials collection.


  • Created: 1819-1892
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/22/1968

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Works in this collection are in the public domain in the United States. Any user may copy, distribute, display, or broadcast them without restriction.

Biographical or Historical Information

A physician and surgeon, Dr. Byrd's records show that he also had a farm. Dr. Byrd was born April 16, 1822, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and died in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, December 26, 1874.


6 folders (6 Folders)

0.00 Linear Feet

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Custodial History

Co-donors with Mrs. Whitner were Mrs. James D. Plant, Miss Emilie Blackburn and Dr. Thomas B. Magath.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Katherine Byrd Whitner and members of her family.

Existence and Location of Originals

This is microfilmed, Film 9648, user copy in Scholars Commons.

Portions of collection available online?: No

Related Materials

This is microfilmed, Film 9648, user copy in Scholars Commons.

Processing Information

Processed April 1968.

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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