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Richards family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Richards, Samuel P.
Title: Richards family papers
Dates: 1842-1945, undated
Quantity: 3.8 linear ft. (8 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS176

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Pierce Richards (1824-1910) and his brother Jabez J. Richards opened their "Book, Music, and Fancy Store" in Macon, Georgia in October of 1848. In 1855, they opened another store in Atlanta and the store proved so successful that eventually they closed the Macon store and established a headquarters in Atlanta. After fleeing to New York City during the Civil War, the brothers returned to Atlanta and postwar business began to grow. Samuel retired from the business in 1894. He left his business to his three sons.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the diaries and typewritten transcripts of the diaries of Samuel P. Richards. Journals of Irene Richards, Sarah V. Richards, and Dora Richards. There is also correspondence, family history, a Bible, and scrapbooks containing various information. These papers chronicle daily events in Atlanta and prices and availability of goods. They also describe the shelling and evacuation of the city and also the travels of S.P. Richards to New York City as a refugee in 1864, and his return to Atlanta over a year later.


Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Richards, Dora
Richards, Irene
Richards, Jabez J.
Richards, Sarah
Slavery--Georgia
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel P. Richards papers, MSS 176, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1968 and subsequent additions.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

Series I. Diaries and transcriptions, 1842-1909, undated

2.1 Linear feet (5 document cases)
This series contains the diaries of Samuel P. Richards, his wife Sarah, and daughters Dora, and Irene.

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12Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 1, June 1842 - May 1844 View online.
2Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 2, May 1844 - March 1846 View online.
3Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 3, March 1846 - January 1848 View online.
4Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 4, January 1848 - August 1849 View online.

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21Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 5, September 1849-November 1851 View online.
2Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 6, November 1851 - May 1853 View online.
3Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 7, May 1853 - July 1855 View online.
4Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 8, July 1855 - October 1860 View online.

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31Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 9, October 1860 - June 1864 View online.
2Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 10 Diary, Sarah V. Richards, Volume 2, July 1864 - April 1865; November 1853 - March 1857 View online.
3Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 11, May 1865 - November 1869 View online.
4Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 12, December 1869 - November 1875 View online.
5Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 13, December 1875 - April 1883 View online.

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41Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 14, May 1883 - May 1900 View online.
2Diary (fragment), Samuel P. Richards, December 1898 - February 1908 View online.
3Diary, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 15, June 1900 - October 1909 View online.
4Diary, Sarah V. Richards, Volume 1, April 1852 - October 1853 View online.
5Diary, Dora Richards, 1866-1867 View online.
6Diary, Irene Richards, Volume 1, 1875 View online.
7Diary, Irene Richards, Volume 2, 1876 View online.

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51Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 9, pp. 1-123, October 1860 - June 1864 View online.
2Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 9, pp. 124-232, October 1860 - June 1864 View online.
3Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 10, pp. 1-60 View online.
4Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, May 1865 - November 1869 View online.
5Diary transcriptions, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 11, pp. 64-144, May 1865 - November 1869 View online.
6Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 11, pp. 145-230, May 1865-November 1869 View online.
7Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 12, pp. 1-87, December 1869-November 1875 View online.
8Diary transcriptions, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 12, December 1869 - November 1875 View online.
9Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 13, pp. 1-97, December 1875 - April 1885 View online.
10Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 13, pp. 98-188, December 1875 - April 1883 View online.
11Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 14, pp. 1-69, May 1885 - May 1900 View online.
12Diary transcription, Samuel P. Richards, Volume 14, pp. 70-136, May 1885 - May 1900 View online.
 

Series II. Richards family correspondence and ephemera, 1842-1945, undated

1.67 Linear ft. (3 document cases)
This collection contains letters of Samuel Richards, Richards family estate records, corresondence of Richard's wife Sarah, newspaper clippings, an invitation and program to the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt, and multiple. scrapbooks

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61Estate records, 1888-1935
2Family history - letters, 1921-1935, undated
3Irene Richards, letterbook, 1871
4Letters, Sarah Van Valkenburg and Samuel Richards, 1851-1852, undated
5Letters, Sarah Van Valkenburg and Samuel Richards, 1854-1865
6Letters, miscellaneous, 1847-1868, undated
7Newspaper clippings, undated
8White House, inaugural, 1905, 1921
9Rich's and Atlanta, 1945
10Daughters of Confederacy, 1920-1924

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71Scrapbook, 1842-1844
2Scrapbook, undated
3Scrapbook, 1903

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81Scrapbook, 1890-1903