Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Related Materials
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Currie Family
- Currie Family Papers
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 713
- 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
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The Currie Family Papers were purchased by Special Collections from Charles Apfelbaum of Valley Stream, New York, on August 28, 1987.
Processed by Kim Allen Scott, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in November 1987.
Preferred Form of Citation
Currie Family Papers (MC 713), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.
The Currie family moved to eastern Arkansas from Tennessee prior to the Civil War. Dr. Calvin J. Currie probably came first, settling in Richland Township, St. Francis County, around 1850. His brothers, James B. Currie and William J. Currie, followed with their wives and children. By the time of the 1860 census all three Currie brothers were living in Washington Township, Jackson County, Arkansas. This area later became part of Woodruff County when it was created in 1862. The Currie brothers all became prominent landowners and planters, each owning a number of slaves on their productive cotton-growing operations. James B. Currie may have died before 1870, and his wife, Mary, moved back to Tennessee. Most of the postwar correspondence is between Mary and descendents of the Currie brothers living around Woodruff County. Franklin Currie, another brother mentioned in the correspondence, also appears to have been living in Tennessee after the Civil War.
Scope and Content Note
Letters, promissory notes, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to the Currie families of Woodruff County, Arkansas.
The letters describe farming conditions, some local politics and race relations, and mostly family gossip regarding health, marriages, and deaths. The promissory notes include sections of ledger books and other financial records from both Arkansas and Tennessee transactions. The miscellaneous documents include some items which do not appear to directly relate to the Currie family.
Records relating to the Currie Family Papers include:
James B. Currie Ledger, MC 900
Arrangement of the Papers
The collection has been arranged in three series.
- Correspondence, 1852-1890 (Box 1, Folders 1-3)
- Financial documents, 1852-1887, n.d. (Box 1, Folders 4-7)
- Miscellaneous documents (Box 1, Folder 8)
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
series 1: Correspondence,
Box 1, Folders 1-3
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 1||
Jeb Thumb to "Esteem Friend" [Franklin Currie], June 13, 1852
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 2||
L. Martin (North Cache, Arkansas) to James B. Currie (Richland, Arkansas), December 18, 1852
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 3||
A. Stewart (Des Arc, Arkansas) to James B. Currie [Washington Township, Jackson County, Arkansas?], May 3, 1857
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 4||
Thomas C. Sugg [Augusta, Arkansas?] to James B. Currie [Washington Township, Jackson County, Arkansas?], January 15, 1859
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 5||
J.H. Rice (Batesville, Arkansas) to "Brother Currie" [James B. Currie, Washington Township, Jackson County, Arkansas?], April 13, 1859
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 6||
J.M. McCurdy (Augusta, Arkansas) to James B. Currie [Washington Township, Jackson County, Arkansas?], September 5, 1859
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 7||
Unaddressed, unsigned letter, probably from James B. Currie, April 29, 1866
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 8||
H.M. Couch (Gage"s Point, Arkansas) to James B. Currie (Washington Township, Woodruff County, Arkansas), July 21, 1867
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 9||
William J. Thompson (Augusta, Arkansas) to James B. Currie (Washington Township, Woodruff County, Arkansas), March 11, 1868
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||Item 10||
James B. Currie (Woodruff County, Arkansas) to Kate Currie (Brownsville, Tennessee), March 16, 1868
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 1||
B.R. Falks (Augusta, Arkansas) to Mary P. Currie (Durkansville, Tennessee), February 10, 1871
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 2||
J.T. Bell (Augusta, Arkansas) to James F. Currie (Ripley, Tennessee), November 14, 1871
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 3||
Kittie Currie (Augusta, Arkansas) to "My dear sister" [Mary P. Currie?], April 4, 1873
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 4||
Dora Currie Monroe (Augusta, Arkansas) to Mary P. Currie, November 8, 1875
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 5||
Mary P. Currie (Augusta, Arkansas) to "Dear Child.", December 6, 1875
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 6||
William Monroe (Augusta, Arkansas) to Kate Currie [Coogston, Tennessee?]., April 4, 1876
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 7||
Mary P. Currie (Askew, Arkansas) to Kate Currie, May 14, 1877
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 8||
Mary P. Currie (Askew, Arkansas) to Kate Currie, May 24, 1877
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 9||
Fannie Moore to Kate Currie, August 10, 1877
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 10||
Dora Monroe (Augusta, Arkansas) to "My Darling Aunt" [Mary P. Currie?]., March 19, 1878
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 11||
James W. Currie (Augusta, Arkansas) to "Dear Mama" [Mary P. Currie?], April 16, 1878
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 12||
W.G. Orgain to "Mrs. M.F. Currie.", December 13, 1878
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||Item 13||
Dora Monroe (Augusta, Arkansas) to "Dear Aunt and Cousin." [Mary P. Currie and Kate Currie], May 22, 1879
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||
Correspondence, 1883-1890, n.d.
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 1||
E.G. Thompson and Minor Gregory (Augusta, Arkansas) to "Mrs. M.F. Currie" (Lautendale, Tennessee), July 30, 1883
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 2||
Howell Jordan to "Dear Mother-in-law.", June 2, 1887
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 3||
B.P. Lewis (Palistine, Arkansas) to Jack M. Currie, July 20, 1887
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 4||
E.B. Currie (St. Thomas, Arkansas) to M.F. Currie (Henning, Tennessee), January 8, 1888
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 5||
April 5, 1888, Alice Currie (Henning, Tennessee) to M.F. Currie [Haywood, Arkansas?]
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 6||
March 20, 1890, Kate Currie to "Dear Son" [Edgar Currie]
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 7||
"Mother" to "My dear Francis.", September 22, [?]
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 8||
W.J. Winsett to "Mrs. Currie.", n.d.
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 9||
Unsigned letter from Augusta, Arkansas to "Aunt Mary.", n.d.
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||Item 10||
"Linda B." to Kate Currie, n.d.
series 2: Financial documents,
Box 1, Folders 4-7
Promissory notes, receipts, ledger pages, and other financial records pertaining to the Currie families in Arkansas and Tennessee. All records have been arranged chronologically by decade.
|series II||Box 1||Folder 4||
Financial documents, 1850s 39 items
|series II||Box 1||Folder 5||
Financial documents, 1860s 17 items
|series II||Box 1||Folder 6||
Financial documents, 1870s 28 items
|series II||Box 1||Folder 7||
Financial documents, 1880s, n.d. 15 items
series 3: Miscellaneous documents,
Box 1, Folder 8
Blank land pre-emption bond, ca. 1859 deed of conveyance between John and Mary Flemming and James W. Murrell for a parcel of land in Prairie County, Arkansas, January 14, 1867 unsigned manuscript essay entitled "Spring," dated May 7, 1875; Arkansas notary commission for J.J. Gentry, Sebastian County, Arkansas, August 21, 1891; undated plat drawing of vacant land near home of "J. Currie."
|Box 1||Folder 8||
Miscellaneous documents 5 items
END OF COLLECTION