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A Guide to the Sanders Family Papers

Finding aid created by Candice Ellis

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
April 2009

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sanders family
Title: Sanders Family Papers
Dates: 1840-1930
Abstract: Correspondence, financial records, and legal documents of the Sanders family of North Florida, as well as additional information on Madison County.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: MS 258
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Sanders were inhabitants of various towns in Madison County, Florida. The materials reveal that family members and correspondents lived in Ebb, Quitman, Mosley Hall, and Greenville. Edward B. Sanders (1848-1923) and his wife Almera E. Sanders (1855-1941) were parents to a daughter who died in infancy. Also included is the correspondence of Mamie Sanders, who was a young girl at the time the letters were written. Mamie Sanders is the sister of Mabel Sanders (1870-1955).The Sanders were involved in cultivation of cotton and shade tobacco, among other enterprises.

Scope and Content

The Sanders Family Papers include personal letters, postcards, dance invitations, bills, receipts, and various legal documents that date from the 1840s to the 1930s. Correspondence is arranged chronologically but includes many undated letters in a separate folder. About half of the collection consists of bills, receipts, and checks. One folder contains legal material, such as land-grants and information on soldier's pensions. Also included are miscellaneous items, including a photo, a notebook, and a campaign card. In addition to the folders, there are two small boxes of postcards, which are organized by recipient.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

There is additional information about Madison, Fla., in the William M. Goza Collection held at the University of Florida.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sanders Family Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated by William and Sue Goza.

Contents List

1 Letters from the 1840s-1850s
1 Letters from the 1860s
1 Letters from the 1870s
1 Letters from the 1880s
1 Letters from the 1890s
1 Letters from the 1900s
1 Undated Letters
1 Dance Invitations
1 Undated letters addressed "Dear Cousin"
1 Financial Records: Checks
1 Financial Records: Bills and Receipts
1 Legal: Deeds, Soldier's Pensions, etc.
1 Two Photos of Clearwater, Florida
1 Miscellaneous: Notebook and Campaign Card
1 Postcard Collections (stored in Postcard Box 1) of Almera (A.E. Sanders), Lewell Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Sanders, and Miscellaneous (unreadable/damaged)
1 Postcard Collections (stored in Postcard Box 2) of Mamie Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Sanders

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