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Branch family papers

Branch family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Branch family papers
Creator: Branch family
Inclusive Dates: 1836-1986
Language: English
Extent: 46.8 Linear Feet 74 document boxes, 11 half boxes, 3 cartons, 1 slide box, 4 large card file boxes, 7 oversized boxes, 5 oversized volumes, 10 oversized folders, 1 card file box
Collection Number: ms2523
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Branch family resided in Clarke, Oconee, and Greene counties. William Scott Branch received his land in the lottery, owning a plantation. The Branch family mainly resided in Oconee County from the mid-1800s to late 1900s. The donor, Vivian Branch Phillips, worked as a librarian for the University of Georgia for 29 years, born in 1915 in Oconee County, Georgia in the house where she later lived with her husband, James W. Phillips, a farmer and former civilian employee with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Vivian's father, Otho M. Branch, was a cotton farmer who built Planters Gin Co. in Bishop, Georgia. His father, Marcellus L. Branch was also a farmer who developed and sold a variety of cotton called Branch's Long Shank Cotton.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material relating to the Branch Family of Oconee County, Georgia and date from around 1836-1986. Papers relating to Vivian B. Phillips and her husband includes personal correspondence and farm business papers of her parents. Also included are church records, legal documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and other miscellaneous items. Of special note is a bill of sale of the property of William Scott Branch and includes a list of enslave people by name, purchaser, and price of each (See box 82, folder 2).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Branch family papers, ms2523, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Vivian Branch Phillips Collection was given to the University of Georgia Libraries in May 1987 by the Estate of Vivian Branch Phillips.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2010 March 22.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Branch family -- History
Branch, Marcellus L.
Cotton -- Georgia.
Cotton gins and ginning -- Georgia.
Farms -- Georgia.
Oconee County (Ga.) -- History.
Planters Gin Co. (Bishop, Ga.)
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Biographical and Genealogy

boxfolder
11Biographical material
12Genealogy-Barnett Family
13Genealogy-Branch Family
14Genealogy-Branch Family
15Genealogy-Branch Family
16Genealogy-Branch Family
17Genealogy-Branch Family
18Genealogy-Breedlove Family
19Genealogy-Elder Family
110Genealogy-Foster Family
boxfolder
21Genealogy-Manley Family
22Genealogy-Matthews Family
23Genealogy-Milligan Family
24Genealogy-Mitchin? Family
25Genealogy-Morton Family
26Genealogy-Osborne Family
27Genealogy-Phillips Family
28Genealogy-Smith Family
29Genealogy-Swanson Family
210Cemetery Records
211Census information
box
3Genealogy-McRee Family
31Account Book
32Census Records
33Correspondence
34Deeds, plats
35Memorial book - Benjamin McRee
36Memorial book - Helen M. Ashford
37Notebook
38Notes, 1
39Notes, 2
310Notes, 3
311Wills
box
4Genealogy and other subjects notecards
 

2. Personal Correspondence



General Dated

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511870
521900
531908
541909 January-April
551909 May-August
561909 September-October
571909 November-December
58Undated, Folder 1 - 1909?
59Undated, Folder 2 - 1909?
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5A11910 January-May
5A21910 June-August
5A31910 September-December
5A41911 January-March
5A51911 April-May
5A61911 June-July
5A71911 August-December
5A81912 January-February
5A91912 March-April
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611912 May-September
621912 October
631913
641914
651915
661916-1917
671918 April-May
681918 June-July
691918 August-September
6101918 October-November
6111918 December & Undated
6121919 January-February
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711919 March-June
721919 July-November
73Pre-1920, undated
741920
751921
761922 January-February
771922 March-May
781922 June-August
791922 September-December
7101923 January-February
7111923 March-May
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811923 June-August
821923 September
831923 October 1-15
841923 October 16-31
851923 November 1-15
861923 November 16-30
871923 December
881924 January
891924 February-June
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911924 July-August
921924 September-December
931925 January-April
941925 June-December
951926 January-August
961926 September-November
971927
981928
991929
9101930
9111931
9121932
boxfolder
1011933
1021934
1031935
1041936 January-June
1051936 July
1061936 August-December
1071937 January-May
1081937 June-July
boxfolder
1111937 August-December
1121938 January-May
1131938 June-August
1141938 September-December
1151939 January-March
1161939 April-June
boxfolder
1211939 July-September
1221939 October-December
1231940 January-March
1241940 April-June
1251940 July-August
1261940 September-December
1271941 January-February
boxfolder
1311941 March-April
1321941 May-June
1331941 July-August
1341941 September-December
1351942 January-February
1361942 March-September
boxfolder
1411942 October-November
1421942 December
1431943 January-February
1441943 March-April
1451943 May
1461943 June-July
boxfolder
1511943 August-September
1521943 October
1531943 November
1541943 December
1551944
1561945 January-April
1571945 May-September
1581945 October-December
1591946 January-March
15101946 April-August
15111946 September-December
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1611947 January-May
1621947 June-August
1631947 September-December
1641948 January-June
1651948 July-December
1661949 February-June
1671949 July-August
1681949 September-October
1691949 November-December
boxfolder
1711950 January-June
1721950 July-December
1731951 January-June
1741951 July-December
1751952 January-April
1761952 May-December
1771953 January-March
1781953 April-September
1791953 October-December
boxfolder
1811954 January-April
1821954 May-December
1831955 January-April
1841955 May-August
1851955 September-December
1861956 January-September
1871956 October-December
1881957
boxfolder
1911958
1921959 January-April
1931959 May-December
194Undated, 1950-1959
1951960 January-June
1961960 July-September
1971960 October-December
1981961 January-February
1991961 March-April
boxfolder
2011961 May-June
2021961 July-September
2031961 October-December
2041962 January-April
2051962 May-October
2061962 November-December
2071963 January-April
2081963 May-December
boxfolder
2111964 January-September
2121964 October-November
2131964 December
2141965 January-March
2151965 April-September
2161965 October-December
2171966 January-April
2181966 June-December
2191967 January-May
boxfolder
2211967 June-August
2221967 September
2231967 October-December
2241968 January
2251968 February
2261968 March-December
2271969
228Undated, 1960-1969
boxfolder
2311970
2321971 January-April
2331971 May-June
2341971 July-December
2351972
2361973
2371974
boxfolder
2411975 January-April
2421975 May-December
2431976 January-July
2441976 August-December
2451977
2461978
boxfolder
2511979
252Undated, 1970-1979
2531980 January-May
2541980 June-August
2551980 September-December
2561981 January-June
2571981 July-August
boxfolder
2611982 January-May
2621982 June-December
2631983
2641984
2651985-1986
266Undated
267Undated
268Undated



Vivian B. Phillips. Correspondence with Political Figures & Others

boxfolder
271Americans for Democratic Action
272Arnall, Ellis
273Barnard, Doug
274Bell, Griffin
275Boland, Edward
276Brooks, D.W.
277Busbee, George
278Califano, Joseph A.
279Carter, Hodding III
2710Carter, Jimmy & Rosalind
2711Christopher, Warren
2712Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
2713Democratic National Committee
2714Dennis, Jack
2715Dole, Robert
2716Drinan, Robert F.
2717Edwards, Don
2718Fowler, Wyche Jr.
2719Galbraith, John K.
2720Ghorbal, Ashraf A.
2721Griffith, Thomas
2722re. Harris, Joe Frank
2723Hart, Gary
2724Helms, Jesse
2725Henderson, Nicholas
2726Jackson, Henry
2727Jenkins, Ed
2728Jordan, Hamilton
2729Kelly, Peter
2730Lance, Bert
2731Landrum, Phil
2732Levitas, Elliot
2733Long, Russell
2734McDonald, Larry
2735Mattingly, Mack
2736Mondale, Walter
2737Moynihan, Daniel P.
2738Nader, Ralph
2739Nunn, Sam
2740O'Neill, Thomas P. (Tip) Jr.
2741Proxmire, William
2742Reagan, Ronald
2743Reuss, Henry S.
2744Rodino, Peter
2745Russell, Richard B.
2746Ryles, Tim
2747Schultz, George
2748Stephens, Robert G. Jr.
2749Sternstein, Jerome L.
2750Surrency, Ida W.
2751Talmadge, Herman E.
2752WAGA-TV, Atlanta, Ga.
2753Wright, Jim



Vivian B. Phillips. Correspondence re. Univ. of Ga. & Other Subjects

boxfolder
2811965-1975
2821976-1977
2831978-1979
2841980-1984 & Undated



Katie Downs to Mamie McRee Elliot

boxfolder
291Clippings & Notes
2921913-1915
2931916-1917
2941919
boxfolder
3011920-1921
3021922 January
3031922 February
3041922 March
3051922 April
3061922 May
boxfolder
3111922 June-August
3121922 September
3131922 October
3141922 November
3151922 December
3161922 Undated
3171923 January
3181923 February
3191923 March
31101923 April
boxfolder
3211923 May
3221923 August-September
3231923 October
3241923 November
3251923 December
3261924 January
3271924 February
boxfolder
3311924 March
3321924 April
3331924 May
3341924 June-August
3351924 September
3361924 October-November
3371924 December
3381924 Undated
3391925
boxfolder
3411926-1927
3421928 January-April
3431928 May-August
344ca. 1920's, Undated
3451930-1934
3461935
3471936 January-April
3481936 May-December
boxfolder
3511937 January-April
3521937 May-August
3531937 September-December
3541938 January-March
3551938 April-June
3561939-1940
3571941
3581945
3591946
35101947
boxfolder
3611948
3621949
3631950
3641951
3651952 January-April
3661952 May-August
3671952 September-December
3681953 January-April
3691953 May-December
36101954 January-March
boxfolder
3711954 April-August
3721954 September-December
3731955
3741956
3751957 January-February
3761957 March-April
3771957 May-August
3781958 January-February
3791958 March-April
37101958 June-August
37111958 September-December
boxfolder
3811959 January-February
3821959 March-April
3831959 May-December
3841960
3851961 January-March
3861961 April-September
3871961 October-December
3881962 January-February
3891962 March-December
boxfolder
3911963 January-February
3921963 March-April
3931963 May-June
3941963 July-December
3951963 October-December
3961964
3971965 January-March
3981965 April-May
3991965 June-November
39101966-1968
3911Undated



Ben Cocroft to Claire McRee

boxfolder
401Notes
4021908
4031909
4041910
4051911
406Undated & Fragments
407Empty envelopes



Letters to D.H. Waggoner re. Jennings Estate Case. Undated & Miscellany, 1914-1934

boxfolder
411Notes & Other Miscellany
4121914
4131917
4141922
4151923
4161924
4171925
4181926
4191927
41101928
41111929
41121930
41131931
41141932 February-June
41151932 July-November
41161933
41171934
4118Undated & fragments
 

3. Business Correspondence, Receipts

boxfolder
4211862
4221886
4231895
4241896
4251898
4261899
4271902
4281903
4291904
42101905
42111906
42121907
42131908
42141909
42151910
4216-171911
4218-191912
42201913
42211914
42221915
42231916
42241917
42251918
42261919
boxfolder
431-21920
4331921
4341922
4351923
4361924
4371925
4381926
4391927
boxfolder
4411928
4421929
4431930
4441931
4451932
4461933
4471934
4481935
4491936
boxfolder
451-21937
453-41938
455-61939
457-81940
boxfolder
461-31941
464-51942
4661943
467-81944
boxfolder
471-21945
4731946
474-71947
boxfolder
481-31948
484-51949
486-71950
boxfolder
491-21951
4931952
4941953
boxfolder
5011954
502-31955
5041956
boxfolder
511-21957
513-41958
5151959
5161960
5171961
5181962
boxfolder
5211963
5221964
5231965
5241966
5251967
5261968
5271969
5281970
5291971
52101972
52111973
52121974
52131975
52141976
52151977
52161978
52171980
5218Undated materials
 

4. Account Books

boxfolder
5311895-1899
5321899-1906
5331903-1909
5341909
5351910-1915
5361911
5371912
5381912-1914
5391912-1918
53101912-1919
53111916
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5411916-1917
5421916-1918
5431918
5441919
5451920
5461926
5471927
5481930
5491931
54101932-1935
54111933
54121934
boxfolder
5511935
5521935-1939
5531936-1937
5541938
5551938
5561939
5571940
5581940
5591940-1942
55101941
55111941
55121941
boxfolder
5611943
5621943-1947
5631944
5641945
5651945-1946
5661946
5671947
5681948
5691948
56101948
56111949
boxfolder
5711950
5721951
5731952
5741955
5751955-1957
5761957
5771959
5781965
5791966
57101967
5711Undated books
box
58McRee Store Ledger, 1898-99
 

5. Planters Gin Company



Business Papers

boxfolder
591Notes
5921916
5931917
5941918
5951920
5961921
5971922
5981923
5991924
59101925
59111926
59121927
59131928
59141930
59151931
59161932
59171933
59181934
59191935
59201936
59211937
59221938
59231939
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601-21940
6031941
6041942
6051943
606-71944
boxfolder
6111945
6121946
613-41947
6151948
6161949
6171950
boxfolder
6211951
622-31952
624-51953
6261954
6271955
6281956
629Undated papers



Gin, Ticket Books

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6311930 November-1931 February
6321931-1932 November
6331932 September
6341932 September-October
6351932 October
6361932 October
6371932 October-November
6381938-1940 February
6391942 December
boxfolder
6411943-1944 November
642-31944 September
6441944 September-October
645-71944 October
6481944 October-November
boxfolder
6511944-1945 March
6521945 September
6531945 September-October
654-61945 October
6571945 October-November
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6611945 November
6621945-1946 March
boxfolder
6711946 March-September
6721946 September-October
673-41946 October
6751946 October-November
6761946 November
boxfolder
6811946 November-December
6821947-1948 April
683-41947 September
6851947 September-October
6861947-1948 March
6871947 October
boxfolder
6911947 October-November
6921947 November-December
693-41948 September
695-61948 September-October
6971948 September-November
boxfolder
701-21948 October
7031948 October-November
7041948-1949 January
boxfolder
7111949 September
7121949 September-October
7131949-1950 January
7141949 October
7151949 October-November
7161949 November
7171949-1950 January
boxfolder
7211950-1952 November
7221951 August-September
7231951 August-October
724-51951 September
7261951 September-October
boxfolder
7311951 October
7321951 October-December
7331951 September-October
7341952-1953 September
7351953 October
box
741915-1935
box
751936-1939
box
761940-1953



Cotton Bale Receipt Books

boxfolder
771-21920 October
7731920 November
7741920 November-December
7751920-1921 March



Miscellaneous Account Books

boxfolder
7811911 October-December
7821918
7831925
7841926
7851926-1927
7861928
787-81929-1930
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7911930-1931
7921931-1932
792A1934-1935
7931935-1936
7941936-1937
7951936-1940
7961937-1938
797-81939
7991941
79101942
7911-121943-1944
79131952-1953
 

6. Church Records

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801Apalachee Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference Record, 1924-1928
802Apalachee Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference Record, 1927-1930
803Apalachee Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference Record, 1936-1939
804Farmington Methodist Church. Conference Record, 1887-1894
805Farmington Methodist Church. History and other notes
 

7. James Phillips - Corps of Army Engineers Papers

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8111956
8121957
8131958
8141959
8151950-1959
8161960
8171961
8181963
8191964
81101965
81111967
81121968
81131969
81141970
81151971
81161972
81171973
81181974
8119Undated papers
 

8. Oversize Materials

box
90Scrapbook
box
91Scrapbooks
box
92Photographs: Cotton
92Photographs: Girl Scout Troops, Watkinsville
box
93Account Books, 1918-1927
93Account Books, 1948-1955
93Account Books, 1956-1960
box
94Planters Gin Co. Account Book, 1923
box
95Planters Gin Co. Account Book, 1932
95Planters Gin Co. Gin Ticket Books
box
96Planters Gin Co. Gin Ticket Books
box
97Decorative thermometers, clothing, wedding invitation stamps, UGA cigarette case, knife, glasses, pins, stamp, patches
oversized_folder
1BGenealogy Charts
oversized_folder
2BArtwork
oversized_folder
3BMaps, Plats
oversized_folder
4AFamily Portrait, 1900
4AIn Memoriam Certificate- Rev. John Calvin Johnson
oversized_folder
5APortraits (3)
oversized_folderoversized_folder
7A6ACertificates and diplomas
oversized_folder
10AMiscellaneous
oversized_folderoversized_folder
8A9AArtwork by Roy Ward & Bo Bonfils
 

9. Legal Documents

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8211830 -1839
8221840-1849
8231850-1859
8241860-1869
8251890-1899
8261900-1909
8271910-1919
8281920-1929
8291930-1939
829A1940-1949
82101950-1959
82111960-1969
82121970-1979
82131980-1989
8214Undated documents
 

10. Photographs and Slides

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831-10Family Photographs
8310A-11Photographs of other people (identified)
8312Photographs of other people (unidentified)
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841Battleships
842Bishop, Georgia - School, 1922
843Brenau College - Sorority Party, 1912
844Georgia Production Credit Association, 1935
845University of Georgia Library Lobby, 1958
846Kasong-U.N. Headquarters
847Oconee County, Georgia - Branch (O.M.) Farm
848Oconee County, Georgia - High School, 1932-34
849Oconee County, Georgia - Phillips (Wm. F) Home
8410Oconee County, Georgia - Scott-Branch Home
8411Stone Mountain, Georgia, 1909
8412Tractors
8413Unidentified group
8414Unidentified places
8415Watkinsville, Georgia - School, 1902, 1916
8416Watkinsville, Georgia - Camping, 1900-1930
8417Negatives
box
85Photo Album-Ashford Family
box
86Slides
 

11. Miscellany

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871Artwork
872Autograph book
873Calling cards
874Membership cards, certificates
875Certificates
876Clippings
877Court receipt book, 1840
878-9Diaries
8710Estate papers (Lena Elder)
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881Guest books
882Maps, plans
883-5Memo books, notebooks
886Military papers (O.M. Branch, Jr.)
887Notes
888Recipes
889Writings, speeches
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891-56Notes Written on Original Folders
carton
1Account ledgers, cancelled checks, 1940-1949
carton
2Canceled checks, bills, invoices, accounts (in cigar boxes), 1940-1949
carton
3Account ledgers, cancelled checks, 1938-1947
 

12. Family Bibles

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1Family Bible of James Calicutt Branch, 1792-1869
volume
2Family Bible of John James Branch, 1835-1921
volume
3Family Bible of [James] Branch, 1846-1847
volume
4Ornate Family Bible of James T. and Addie Van-Horne, 1874