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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Joseph Murrell letterbook W.0084

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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

December 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-02T15:46-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Joseph Murrell letterbook

Unit ID:

W.0084

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

1861

Location:

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

Abstract:

Letterbook containing the correspondence of Mobile cotton broker Joseph Murrell, dated from June to October 1861.

creator

Murrell, Joseph E., 1808-1890

creator

Williams, A. S., III

General note

Title on Spine: Letterbook of Joseph Murrell, A Cotton Broker in Mobile, June - October 1861

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Preferred Citation:

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

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Scope and Contents note

The 640-page letterbook of Joseph Murrell, a Mobile cotton broker, contains copies of Murrell's correspondence dated from June to October 1861. Some of the letters have faded, making them difficult to read. Much of the correspondence relates to his business transactions, which includes the sale of cotton. Notable letters include Murrell's descriptions of escalating tensions between the North and South to correspondents in London and Liverpool, England.

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection and the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library have other collections of Civil War era business correspondence. Please contact staff for assistance.

Access Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph E. Murrell was born on November 16, 1808. In 1828, he married Mary McVoy in Pensacola, Florida. The couple had two sons, John and William, and one daughter, Virginia. Mobile, Alabama, city directories from 1870 and 1871 list Murrell as a commission merchant. Beginning in 1872, city directories list Murrell as an insurance agent. He died on February 24, 1890, in Mobile.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Civil War (localbroad)

Cotton (lcsh)

Letter books (aat)

Merchants (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Letterbook Item 1 Box W0084.01