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James T. Shackelford Papers


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James T. Shackelford Papers, 1852-1895 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Title: James T. Shackelford Papers, 1852-1895Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1885-1890

Extent: 6.0 Folders

Date Acquired: 04/09/2003

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of documents and correspondence of James T. Shackelford. Much of this relates to the Richmond Gold and Silver Mining Company. The researcher should also refer to the William Rodes Shackelford collection as he is a son of James T. Shackelford. This collection may have come in combined with the John H. McDowell papers as there were several McDowell items that were pulled and put in that collection.

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Folder 1: Correspondence to James Shackelford, 1852-1895Add to your cart.
The correspondence contained within this folder is general in nature and comes from a variety of people. There are a couple letters from Shackelford's father in which he talks about having moved to Missouri and the problems he encountered after the move. He states that it was hard to find "help" in the area in the way of cheap laborers to assist him with his duties around the property. There are a couple letters from Shackleford's brother, some business correspondence pertaining to mining, and one from a cousin who was attempting to get Shackleford to invest in his real estate business.
Folder 2: J.H. Collins to James Shackelford, 1885-1890Add to your cart.
Collins wrote to Shackelford often to inform him of the operations taking place in Colorado as part of a mining business. He goes into great detail to inform Mr. Shackelford about what kinds of minerals they were excavating as well as the amounts which they found. In some of the letters he provides insight as to the conditions of the workers and explains any problems that he may have been encountering with the employees.
Folder 3: H. Turner to James Shackelford, 1885Add to your cart.
As with the Collins correspondence, Mr. Turner wrote to Shackelford to inform him as to the activities in Colorado in regard to mining. He, too, presents very specific information relating to quantities of minerals found and the course of action for selling those findings.
Folder 4: Financial Documents, 1859-1892Add to your cart.
These files reflect the purchases made by Mr. Shackelford. Most of the receipts are for equipment which was presumably used to operate the mining business in which he held interest. There are few other scraps of paper which are written agreements for payment, and they outline the terms thereof.
Folder 5: Land Documents, 1859-1864Add to your cart.
Contained within this folder are two deeds and a record which was handwritten and contains information about future payments for a parcel of land.
Folder 6: Ephemera, 1885-1893Add to your cart.
There are two clipped newspaper articles contained in the folder as well as a price list containing going rates for minerals by the ounce in 1885 and two business cards.

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