Dobbins family papers

Abstract

The Dobbins famiy papers include correspondence to and by members of the family about life in the south in the nineteenth century. The collection also includes ledgers, an account book and recording notebooks relating to plantation and the medical profession.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dobbins family papers
Date
1808-1877
Extent
0.67 Cubic feet
Subjects
Contractors.
Contracts.
Freedmen--Kentucky.
Medical records--Kentucky.
Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Toll roads--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell
Preferred Citation
55M44 : [Identification of item], Dobbins family papers, 1808-1877, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Dobbins family consisted of: Joseph Dobbins, a builder in Northern Kentucky, particularly the Covington and Newport areas; Lawrence and Washington Berry, brothers from the Covington area; Sophia Buckner, also from Northern Kentucky; and John Hawkins Stevenson, a medical doctor practicing in the 1830s and 1840s.
Scope and Content
The Dobbins family papers are comprised of the papers of Joseph Dobbins. They include contracts, bills, receipts, and two account books. There is a letter from Lawrence Berry to Washington Berry about James Madison's and James Monroe's place in the political picture of 1808. Also included is a letter by Sophia Buckner. There are seven letters between A. E. Earle and his son, Frank Earl that described life on a southern plantation in 1865 and 1866. The Earl letters document conditions of the newly freed slaves, agricultural conditions, and comment on politics. There are also records of the Covington and Lexington Turnpike Company kept by L. Timberlake, Treasurer. Finally, the collection contains a notebook and some papers belonging to John Hawkins Stevenson on his medical studies and practice.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1808-1830

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Correspondence, 1831-1855

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Correspondence, 1861-1877

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Correspondence, 1808-1866

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Ledger and receipts, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Account book, 1816-1819

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Joseph Dobbins' Daybook, 1817-1836

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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John H. Stevenson's Medical Notebook, 1836-1854

  • Box 1, Folder 7
Scope and Contents note

Stevenson's Medical notebook was also used as a scrapbook.

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