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Tarleton family papers

Call Number: MS 481

Scope and Contents

The Tarleton Family Papers consist of letters, photographs, and miscellaneous items of the Tarleton and Lightfoot families of Alabama, primarily from the Civil War era. Most of the letters were written by Robert Tarleton to his mother and his fiancée and wife while he was at military camps during the war and doing business away from home in the early years of Reconstruction. The photographs show Tarleton and his wife, their parents, and a few other people.

The Tarleton Family Papers were given to Yale University Library by Mr. And Mrs. Robert M. Tarleton and by Mrs. A. R. Colvin in 1940 and 1942.

Additional Tarleton family photographs are located in the Historical Picture Collection (MS 713):

- Margaret (Brack) Tarleton

- Robert Tarleton

- Robert Tarleton and another young man

- Captain Jack and Sarah (Mrs. Jack) Eggleston

- Alfred Ross, borther of Sarah Bee (Ross) Lightfoot

- Unidentified young man


  • 1830-1888
  • Majority of material found within 1861 - 1869


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Tarleton and Mrs. A.R. Colvin in 1940 and 1942.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Correspondence, autograph album, genealogical notes, photographs and miscellaneous papers of the Tarleton and Lightfoot families of Alabama. The major figures represented in the collection are Robert Tarleton, his wife Sarah Bernard Lightfoot Tarleton, and Sarah Bee Ross Lightfoot. Most letters were written by Robert Tarleton and date from the Civil War period. The papers also contain an 1834 letter from Marquis de Lafayette to the President of the French Chamber of Peers.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Tarleton (1838-1868): doctor; studied medicine in New York City; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; taken prisoner and escaped, 1864.

Guide to the Tarleton Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
February 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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