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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Peter Brannon papers W.0009


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

August 2013


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Peter Brannon papers

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The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


Correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and other materials created by Peter A. Brannon, highlighting his career as a pharmacist, an anthropologist, and an archivist.


Brannon, Peter A. (Peter Alexander), 1882-


Greene, Peter Alexander


Hoyt, William Henry


Smoot, J. Edward, 1868-


Williams, A. S., III

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Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Peter Brannon papers, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

Peter A. Brannon (1882-1967) was a pharmacist and archivist. He received his PhD from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1900 and worked as a pharmacist in Alabama and Georgia from 1900-1910. After 1910, he began a career at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, working as a curator, archivist, and finally serving as the third director of the institution from 1955-1967. Brannon was a member of the national and state Anthropological Society, the Alabama Library Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Source: Alabama Author Database.

General note

Titles on phase box spines: Peter Brannon's Medical Formula Book; Peter Brannon's "Lan-Uska Record, 1924"; Diary of an Archaeological Trip to Georgia - Brannon; Personal File of Peter Brannon; Peter Brannon's Ancestors: The Bass and Perry Families of the Chattahoochee Valley Collection; Miscellaneous Alabama Source Material from the Brannon Collection; Miscellaneous Writings of Peter Brannon; Peter Brannon's Catalog of his Indian Relic Collection; Lowndesboro, Alabama, Manuscript Ordinances, 1866; Correspondence Regarding Marshall Ney and ''Peter Ney"; Russell County, Alabama: Manuscripts and Documents from the Brannon Collection

Related Archival Materials note

Brannon's papers are also held by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. See Peter A. Brannon Papers, 1860-1964, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, and other materials created by Peter A. Brannon, highlighting his career as pharmacist, anthropologist, and archivist. Included are Brannon's incoming and outgoing correspondence; family documents; legal and financial documents; two diaries; manuscripts on a variety of subjects, including banking in Alabama, the spelling of "Tuscaloosa", the history of pharmacy, and "John Bascom," a racehorse from Alabama; a typed manuscript of an untitled novel; a handwritten journal documenting his archeological collections and expeditions between 1905 and 1907; a handwritten list of selected ordinances from Lowndesboro, Alabama in 1866; correspondence between Alabama archivist Peter Brannon and researchers J. Edward Smoot and William Henry Holt relating to Pasqual Luciani and Marshal Ney, French soldiers who reportedly immigrated to America after Napoleon's defeat in 1814; and legal documents, correspondence, receipts, and newspaper clippings created by or related to the institutions and residents of Russell County, Alabama.


Bass, Allen G. (local)

Bass, Elizabeth (local)

Bass, Mattie (local)

Bass, Sterling, Sr. (local)

Brannon, Carolyn E. (local)

Brannon, Frances Frazier (local)

Brannon, George Thomas, 1856-1897 (local)

Brannon, John M., 1833-1904 (local)

Brannon, Thomas A. (Thomas Aloysius), 1938- (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Luciani, Pasqual (local)

Montgomery Glass Collectors. (local)

Ney, Michel, duc d'Elchingen, 1769-1815 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Ney, Peter Stuart, -1846 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Perry, George A. (local)

Perry, Hartwell Bass (local)

Perry, Joseph (local)

Perry, Lizzie (local)

Perry, Patrick H. (local)

Raiford, J. C. (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama (lcsh)

Archaeology (lcsh)

Archaeology--Alabama (lcsh)

Baldwin County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Banks and banking (lcsh)

Bullock County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Collectors and Collecting (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

DeKalb County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Diaries (aat)

Family papers (aat)

Financial records (aat)

Georgia (lcsh)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Health, Medicine and Welfare (localbroad)

Labor contract--United States (lcsh)

Legal documents (aat)

Lowndes County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Manuscripts for publication (aat)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

Montgomery (Ala.) (lcsh)

Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 (lcsh)

Ordinances, Municipal (lcsh)

Research notes (aat)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) (lcsh)

Washington County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Wilcox County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Medical formula book Box W0009.01

Scope and Contents note

This notebook contains a listing of medical formulas and a three-page biographical sketch of the author, Peter A. Brannon. The biographical note lists Brannon's educational experience, work experience, and licensure exams in Alabama and Georgia. There are also several notes written on prescription slips from E. C. Spann in Montgomery and The Rankin House Drug Store in Columbus, Georgia.

"Lan-Uska" Record, 1924 Box W0009.02

Scope and Contents note

This journal and three letters, written by Brannon between February and July 1924, describe his efforts to renovate and modernize a farm house in Wetumpka, Alabama, and his family's attempts to adjust to rural life. His brief journal entries describe the weather, farming, housework, and trips to town and church.

Diary of an archaeological trip to Georgia Box W0009.03

Scope and Contents note

This small notebook contains a description of a trip to Brunswick, St. Simons, and Cumberland Islands, Georgia, in 1905. D. A. Andrews, S. G. Brannon, Peter Brannon, and his wife traveled together. The journal provides details of the group's travel experiences, accommodations, and activities.

Personal file

Scope and Contents note

This series contains both Brannon's incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as family documents.

Components in Detail

C. W. Vandiver of Talladega - Correspondence Box W0009.04 Folder 1

Peter Brannon - Correspondence Box W0009.04 Folder 2

Brannon Family Documents Box W0009.04 Folder 3

Peter Brannon's Ancestors: The Bass and Perry families of the Chattahoochee Valley

Scope and Contents note

This file contains correspondence, legal documents, and financial records related to the Bass and Perry families of Georgia and Alabama. Most of the documents are dated between 1841 and 1866. Notable documents include a deed of conveyance and a letter of guardianship issued to Patrick H. Perry, the will of Hartwell Bass Perry, and tuition bills received by Elizabeth Bass.

Components in Detail

Georgia Manuscripts Box W0009.05 Folder 1

Perry Family Box W0009.05 Folder 2

Bass Family Box W0009.05 Folder 3

Miscellaneous Alabama source material from the Brannon collection

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and newspaper clippings related to Alabama history compiled by Brannon. The materials, dating from 1819 to 1964, include items form Baldwin, Bullock, DeKalb, Washington, and Wilcox counties.

Notable topics include: banking in Alabama; the development of Old St. Stephens Historical Park; the racehorse John Bascom; the proper spelling of Tuscaloosa; and the history of pharmacies. The collection also includes a petition and deed filed in Wilcox County and a catalog of Brannon's archaeological collection.

Components in Detail

General John F. Thompson letter, 1838 Box W0009.06 Folder 1

Banking in Alabama, 1840s-1895 Box W0009.06 Folder 2

Weaver family of Selma Box W0009.06 Folder 3

Miscellaneous Financial Documents, Montgomery Box W0009.06 Folder 4

Old St. Stephens Box W0009.06 Folder 5

Union Springs, Reminiscences of J. M. Glenn Box W0009.06 Folder 6

Miscellaneous nineteenth-century Alabama Documents and Manuscripts Box W0009.06 Folder 7

Autographs Box W0009.06 Folder 8

Wilcox County Petition, circa 1870 Box W0009.06 Folder 9

J. W. Sparks Letter, 1902 Box W0009.06 Folder 10

J. C. Raiford Deed, 1866, Wilcox County Box W0009.06 Folder 11

History of Pharmacy Box W0009.06 Folder 12

Martin Lane Letter, 1819 Box W0009.06 Folder 13

John Bascom, racehorse material Box W0009.06 Folder 14

"Tuscaloosa" vs "Tuskaloosa": The Spelling of Tuscaloosa Box W0009.06 Folder 15

Jefferson Volunteers Roster Box W0009.06 Folder 16

St. John Family Papers, Mobile Box W0009.06 Folder 17

Liquor Trade in Alabama Box W0009.06 Folder 18

Dr. Elias Benson Letters, 1829-1840 Box W0009.06 Folder 19

Peter Brannon Archaeological Catalog, 1901-1906 Box W0009.06 Folder 20

Miscellaneous writings of Peter Brannon

Scope and Contents note

This series contains handwritten and typed manuscripts of speeches and newspaper articles written by Brannon. Most of these manuscripts are brief papers related to Southern history and collecting. There is also a typed manuscript of an untitled novel. The file also contains a small series of correspondence between Thomas McAdory Owen and Alabama Power Company president, Thomas W. Martin. Newspaper clippings and correspondence related to Brannon's marble and bottle collections are also included

Components in Detail

Indian History of Chattahoochee Valley Box W0009.07 Folder 1

Report on North Alabama Trip, 1924 Box W0009.07 Folder 2

Brief History of Pre-Statehood Alabama Box W0009.07 Folder 3

Buttons: Manuscripts and Correspondence, 1919, not dated Box W0009.07 Folder 4

Manuscripts for Speech on Early Alabama History Box W0009.07 Folder 5

Marble and Bottle Collecting, 1939 Box W0009.07 Folder 6

Marble and Bottle Collecting, 1940 Box W0009.07 Folder 7

Marble and Bottle Collecting, 1941-1957, not dated Box W0009.07 Folder 8

Montgomery Glass Exhibit, 1938 Box W0009.07 Folder 9

Montgomery Glass Collectors Box W0009.07 Folder 10

DeSoto Trail Manuscript Box W0009.07 Folder 11

Thomas W. Martin Correspondence, 1964 Box W0009.07 Folder 12

Thomas Owen Papers, 1901-1904, not dated Box W0009.07 Folder 13

Peter Brannon Bibliography and Biographical Notes, 1964-1966 Box W0009.07 Folder 14

Untitled Manuscript Box W0009.07 Folder 15

Peter Brannon's Catalog of his Indian relic collection Box W0009.08

Selected ordinances of Lowndesboro, Alabama, 1866 Box W0009.09

Correspondence regarding Marsall Michel Ney and "Peter Ney" Box W0009.10

Russell County, Alabama: Manuscripts and Documents from the Brannon Collection

Components in Detail

Convict labor in Russell County, Alabama Box W0009.11 Folder 1

Glennville Military Institute Box W0009.11 Folder 2

Russell County, Alabama, documents Box W0009.11 Folder 3

Greene, Peter A. of Russell County, Alabama Box W0009.11 Folder 4

Alabama steamboat material, compiled and collected by Peter Brannon

Components in Detail

Steamboat "Minnie Lee" photograph Box W0009.12 Folder 1

Steamboats Box W0009.12 Folder 2

Steamboat material Box W0009.12 Folder 3

Brannon steamboat material Box W0009.12 Folder 4

Cotton warehouse receipts Box W0009.12 Folder 5

Peter Brannon papers

Components in Detail

Scrapbook pages of tour through Alabama and Georgia , June 13-19, 1932 Box W0009.13 Folder 1

Vilula manuscript and booklet Box W0009.13 Folder 2

Photograph of Vilula(?) - damaged Box W0009.13 Folder 3

Alabama Anthropological Society photograph, circa 1915 Box W0009.13 Folder 4

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery Glass Collectors exhibition, May 8-16, 1938, Catalogue of bottles Box W0009.13 Folder 5

Montgomery Glass Collectors "Bulletin", v. 3, October 1938-May 1939 Box W0009.13 Folder 6

Scrapbook of hand-drawn glass bottles Box W0009.13 Folder 7

Photograph of plaque presentation to the State of Alabama by the United Daughters of the Confederacy commemorating the formation of the Confederacy in the Alabama Senate Chamber, circa 1961 Box W0009.13 Folder 8

Miscellaneous photographs Box W0009.13 Folder 9

Friendship notebook Box W0009.13 Folder 10