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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company letters W.0002

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

August 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T13:42-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company letters

Unit ID:

W.0002

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (55 letters; 63 pages)

Dates:

1897

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Letters of this Chicago, Illinois, based company to their agents in Montgomery, Alabama, concerning land development projects in southern Alabama in the late nineteenth century.

creator

Green, John M.

creator

Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

none

Preferred Citation:

Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company letters, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

The Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company was based in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1890s and was very active in purchasing land along the Gulf Coast with an eye toward creating and developing communities there, particularly for northerners wanting to escape the bitterly cold winters. To do this they employed agents in the targeted locales to carry out the face-to-face negotiations with the property owners and to accommodate potential northern clients. Thomas J. Scott and Sons was one of these local agencies employed by Southern Alabama Emigration and Development.

Thomas J. Scott and Sons was a firm dealing with real estate and other development projects, based in Montgomery, Alabama.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Acquisition Information:

gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains letters written primarily by John M. Green of the Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas J. Scott and Sons in Montgomery, Alabama, in the late nineteenth century.

The letters, written between 10 February and 29 October 1897, discuss a variety of real estate development projects proposed by the Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company in the Mobile, Loxley, and Perdido areas of south Alabama with their agents in Montgomery. They also discuss the very real hazards and hardships that the almost annual yellow fever outbreaks imposed on those living in south Alabama and how the inevitable quarantines would affect their ability to sell land and property there.

Related Archival Materials note

Thomas J. Scott and Sons records, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

General note

Title on spine: Collection on the Development of Loxley, Alabama

Source(s)

Scott, Charles R. (local)

Scott, Thomas J. (local)

Thomas J. Scott and Sons. (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Baldwin County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Letters (correspondence) (aat)

Loxley (Ala.) (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

Perdido (Ala.) (lcsh)

Real estate development (lcsh)

Southern Life and Culture (localbroad)

Southern Alabama Emigration and Development Company Letters Box W0002.01