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Ulrich Bonnell Phillips papers

Call Number: MS 397
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of the research files of Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, an author and history professor. The papers include Phillips's notes and transcripts of historical source materials and the collected papers of several southern families from 1712-1933. The collected papers include correspondence, account books, business records, farm and plantation records, diaries, photographs, and other papers which focus primarily on the years 1790-1865, and the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia and the Piedmont region of Georgia. Phillips's own papers in the collection include a small amount of correspondence, lecture notes, typescript versions of published essays and reviews, transcripts of materials from various sources, his research notes arranged by topic, and related printed matter.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Access is to glass slides and negatives is restricted for preservation purposes. Researchers must use digital surrogates available in the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Image Database (MADID).

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the material was purchased from the estate of U. B. Phillips in 1934. There was also a gift of additional material by Mrs. Phillips and David M. Potter in 1961. Transfer from the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 2006.


Arranged in eighteen series and one addition: I. Correspondence, 1748-1961. II. Records, Bonds, and Accounts, 1753-1882. III. Account Books and Diaries, 1812-1899. IV. Pamphlets, 1712-1918. V. Bryan Family, 1828-1883. VI. Cabell-Hare Family, 1792-1825. VII. Dorman Family, 1821-1881. VIII. McDowell Family, 1792-1861. IX. Moore Family, 1794-1865. X. Newton-Steele Family, 1803-1864. XI. Reid Family, 1758-1867. XII. Thomas Family, 1849-1888. XIII. Willson Family, 1806-1869. XIV. Walker Family, 1818-1847. XV. Transcripts. XVI. Manuscripts, 1904-1939. XVII. Research Notes. XVIII. Miscellanea.

Majority of material found within 1800 - 1861
25.75 Linear Feet (52 boxes)
Related Names
Phillips, Ulrich Bonnell, 1877-1934
Language of Materials