Currie Family Papers

MC 713

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Currie Family
Title
Currie Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
1852-1891
Identification
MC 713
Extent
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Currie Family Papers were purchased by Special Collections from Charles Apfelbaum of Valley Stream, New York, on August 28, 1987.

Processing Information

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Related Materials

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.

  1. Correspondence, 1852-1890 (Box 1, Folders 1-3)
  2. Financial documents, 1852-1887, n.d. (Box 1, Folders 4-7)
  3. 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,

1852-1890

Box 1, Folders 1-3

series I Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1852-1868

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

Correspondence, 1871-1879

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,

1852-1887, n.d.

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

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