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The collection is arranged into two series; 1) Thomas F. Furman Family Correspondence, and 2) William M. Butt Family Correspondence. Arrangement is chronological.

Scope and Contents

The Thomas F. Furman Family Papers contain nineteen letters from Thomas to Nancy, before and after their marriage in 1833. There are fifteen letters to Nancy from friends and Furman family members. Henrietta (Dargan) Furman, wife of Josiah B. Furman, Thomas’ brother, is a frequent correspondent. There are several letters from Nancy’s cousin B.F. Davis (Benjamin Franklin) Davis, (1812 – 1858). There is one letter to Thomas from a sister. Topics include family news, religion, politics, Thomas’ studies and the possibility of war.

The William M. Butt Family Papers consist of nine letters from William M. Butt to his wife, Sarah, during the American Civil War. He died 1 September 1862.