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Camak family papers

Camak family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Camak family papers
Creator: Camak family
Creator: Camak, Mary Wellborn
Creator: Camak, Louis
Creator: Camak, James
Inclusive Dates: circa 1817-1947, bulk 1889-1920
Bulk Dates: 1889-1920
Language: English
Extent: 10.2 Linear Feet
Collection Number: ms53
Repository: Hargrett Library
Abstract: The collection consists of papers of the Camak family of Athens, Clarke County, Georgia from ca. 1817-1947. The papers consist primarily of correspondence and financial papers of James Camak, his wife Mary W. Camak, and their son Louis Camak. Most of the letters deal with family business matters and news of family or friends. Of particular interest are letters from sharecroppers on land owned by the Camak's and letters (1885-1901) between Mary Camak and Thomas W. Watson regarding personal business matters. The collection also contains a few items relating to James A. Camak, genealogical information on the Camak, Marshall, Wellborn, and allied families, and notebooks containing drafts of Mary Camak's correspondence (1896-1910).

Collection Description

Historical Note

James Camak was born in 1822 in Milledgeville, Georgia and died in 1893 in Athens, Georgia. He attended Princeton University and received a medical degree from the University of Georgia in Augusta. He was a surgeon in the Confederate army during the Civil War. He married Mary Rebecca Wellborn (later known as M. W. Camak) of Warrenton, Georgia, in November 1869. Mary was a member of the United Daughters of Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She and James Camak had two children, James Wellborn Camak in 1872 and Louis Camak in 1873.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of the Camak family of Athens, Clarke County, Georgia from ca. 1817-1947. The papers consist primarily of correspondence and financial papers of James Camak, his wife Mary W. Camak, and their son Louis Camak. Most of the letters deal with family business matters and news of family or friends. Of particular interest are letters from sharecroppers on land owned by the Camak's and letters (1885-1901) between Mary Camak and Thomas W. Watson regarding personal business matters. The collection also contains a few items relating to James A. Camak, genealogical information on the Camak, Marshall, Wellborn, and allied families, and notebooks containing drafts of Mary Camak's correspondence (1896-1910).

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Camak family papers, ms53, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 March 18.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.)
Camak family
Clarke County (Ga.)
Marshall family
Sharecroppers -- Georgia.
Sharecropping -- Georgia.
Watson, Thomas E. (Thomas Edward)
Wellborn family

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials to this collection can be found in: Downing Bethune photographs, MS1623; E. Merton Coulter manuscript collection II, MS 2345; UGA lecture notes, MS 2108; James Camak portrait, MS2554; and Georgia Railroad and Banking Company papers, MS347.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Genealogy : general - Welborn

boxfolder
11General
12Camak
13Cody
14Marshall
15Marshall
16Rogers
17Welborn
18Wellborn
19Wellborn
110Wellborn
 

Correspondence, 1817-1947

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21James A. Camak, ca. 1817
22James A. Camak, ca. 1817
math problems
231830s
241840s
251850s
261860s
271870-1878
281879-1880
291881-1884
2101885-1888
2111889
2121890-1891
2131892 January - October
2141892 November - December
2151893 January - May
2161893 June-July
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311893, August
321893 September - November
331893, December
341894 January - March
351894 April - October
361894 November - December
371895 January
381895 February - September
391895 October - December
3101896 January - February
3111896 March - May
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411896 June - August
421896 September - October
431896 November - December
441897 January - April
451897 May - October
461897 November - December
471898, January - May
481898 June - August
491898, September - October
4101898 November - December
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511899 January
521899 February
531899 March - April
541899 May - June
551899 July - September
561899 October
571899 November - December
581900 January - April
591900 May - August
5101900 September - December
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611901 January - April
621901 May - August
631901 September - December
641902 January - February
651902 March - July
661902 November - December
671903 January - September
681903 October - December
691904 January - March
6101904 April - September
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711904 October
721904 November - December
731905 January - April
741905 May - September
751905 October
761905 November
771905 December
boxfolder
811906 January - February
821906 March - September
831906 October
841906 November - December
851907 January - September
861907 October - December
871908 January - August
881908 September - December
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911909 January - September
921909 October - December
931910 January - February
941910 March - July
951910 August - September
961910 October - November
971910 December
981911 January - September
991911 October - December
9101912
boxfolder
1011913-1915
1021916
1031917
1041918-1920
1051921-1934
1061937-1942
1071943
1081944
boxfolder
1111945
1121946 March - April
1131946 May - December
1141947
115undated
116undated
117undated
118Athens social life, programs and invitations
 

Compositions

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119Poetry
1110Prose
 

Daughters of the American Revolution

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121Daughters of the American Revolution documents, 1900-1912
 

Greeting Cards

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122Christmas, 1906-1945
123Easter, 1910-1918, 1939
124-5Valentines, often between Mary Wellborn and James Camak, many being elaborate lace "cupid's messages" by John Windsor
126Birthday cards, St. Patrick Day cards, get well cards
 

Invitations, 1877-1947 undated

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131Wedding invitations, 1914
132Wedding invitations, anniversary invitations, party invitations, Greensboro Female College commencement invitation, 1880-1915
133Wedding invitations, party invitations, graduation exercises invitations, 1916-1947
134Wedding invitations, party invitations, bereavement gratitude cards, 1817-1947
boxfolder
144Lucy Cobb Institute: graduating exercises, concerts, 1880-1916
 

Letter drafts, 1896-1910

boxfolder
141Draft Booklet by Mrs. Mary Camak, 1896-1897
142Draft Booklet by Mrs. Mary Camak, 1897-1902
143Draft Booklet by Mrs. Mary Camak, 1902-1912
 

Prints

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145a"Memory, the daughter of Attention, is the teaming mother of Wisdom" print
145bViolets - print
145cHolly or berries - print
145Mockorange flowers - print
145ePeonies - print
145Flower/plant scene - print
145gDogwood flower - print
146aSmall birds, including yellow warbler and blue fly catcher - print
146bSmall birds, including warblers and fly catchers - print
146cCardinals, male and female - print
149Diseased/infected livers
146Landscape of a lake
 

Photographs

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147James Camak portrait; his friends, houses, and items; UGA engineering class; trips (with servants); Evergreen Cemetery; James Wellborn portrait; Gladys Evans portrait
148Camak family, Wellborne family, and friends, 1908-1924
boxfolder
151Steimer portraits; White portraits; Camak portraits; Hoylehurt portraits; Howard portraits; England house;
 

Postcards

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152United States - New York, Virginia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, California, Georgia, Colorado, and the District of Columbia, 1906-1937
153Non-US - England, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, and Cuba, 1900-1940
 

Programs, Pamphlets, Souvenirs

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154Athens Electric Railway Co. Earnings; Grand Opera in Atlanta (2); United Daughters of the Confederacy (2); Souvenir Guide of Havana & Cuba (2), 1898-1930
155Markers for Revolutionary Graves; bridge scorecards; Old English silver booklet; Boston restaurant menu; Sons of the Revolution (2); Coca-Cola Quarter Report (1945); Playbill (2); church pamplet; opera pamplet; U.S.C.V. materials , 1937-1945, undated
 

Recipes

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156Home family recipes and newspaper recipes (food, cures, etc); "The Royal Baker and Pastry Cook" (1896?), 1861-1896
157Home family recipes and newspaper recipes; "Left Overs" about Hood's Sarsaparilla (1891)
 

University of Georgia

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158UGA documents (engineering school graduates, Phi Delta Theta letter, Alumni Banquet, UGA tuition, etc), 1873, 1889q
Fragile UGA documents (Pandora statistics, monthly statement), 1887
 

Miscellaneous Books

boxfolder
161Mary Wellborne Camak's Picture Book (American presidents, Civil War military leaders, famous Europeans, etc)
162M.W. Camak's Scrapbook, 1890s-1910s
box
27M.W. Camak's Scrapbook Clippings , 1890s-1910s
 

Miscellaneous Booklets

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17Ledgers, 1882-3, 1937-1943
17Receipt books, 1936-1943
17Automobile Records (2), 1917-1919
17Louis Camak notebook
171J.A. Fowler distillery plans
171Misc. papers (Oconee bridge calculations, history of state line between GA/TN, American Railroad Journal from 1834, Washinghinton Father of His Country card, etc)
 

Thomas E. Watson Division



Correspondence, 1885-1901, undated

boxfolder
1811885-1887
1821888
1831889
1841890
1851891
1861892
1871893
1881894
1891895
18101896
18111897
18121898-1901
1813undated
 
Financial papers, 1873-1948, undated
boxfolder
1911873-1882
1921883-1892
1931893
1941894
1951895 January - August
1961895 September - December
1971896
1981897
boxfolder
2011898
2021899
2031900
2041901
2051902
2061903
2071904
2081905
2091906
20101907
boxfolder
2111908
2121909
2131910
2141911
2151912
2161913
2171914
2181915
boxfolder
2211916
2221917
2231918
2241919
boxfolder
2311920, 1935
2321936
2331937
2341942-1943
2351944
boxfolder
2411944
2421945
2431945
2441946
boxfolder
2511947
2521948
253undated
 

Misc. papers, Photographs, Postcards, Correspondence, Sketches, and other material

boxfolder
261Photographs (Camak house, James Camak and his wife)
Camak house, James Camak I, Mrs James Camak
262Heraldry, postcards (of Caldwell buildings), and drawings (Caldwell family)
Caldwell, Findley families of New Jersey/New York; Caldwell family castle, Co Donegal Ireland
263Misc. papers and Camak house schematics, 1911, 1916
TLS - W K Mooreland > James w Camak re arrow & spear head collection DAR application for Josephine Smythe Camak & letter from DAR registrar general
TLS - V L Collins > JWC regarding Princeton University infoALS - Charles Pugsley > Mrs CamakTLS - Henry R Goetchins > James Camak re estate of Wm S Shepherd copy of plans for Camak House from Historic American Bldgs Survey
263Biographical Catalog of Princeton University (James Camak)
James Camak listed as class of 1852; Robert Findley, class of 1787; James Camak, class of 1759
263Letter from Warren Moorehead, Phillips Academy, Andover MA to James W Camak, regarding arrow head collection
263Letter from Henry Goetchius to Howell Erwin regarding the will of William Shepherd and James Camak's family connection
263House Plans of Camak House from Historic American Buildings Survey
263Daughters of American Revolution application for Josephine Smith Camak, with James Wellborn
263Daughters of American Revolution letter returning application as unverified
264Typed Sketch and newstory about Georgia Railroad
265Photographs and postcards (Tallulah Falls)
Tallulah Falls, Ga area, many identified
266Newsclippings (from Athens) and pictures of civil and military leaders
Presidential matters; photos from books of some presidents; photos from book of Wm B McKinley, nephew of Mrs Camak
266Portrait of William McKinley, taken out of book
267Unidentified photographs (rural areas, black families, boys with fish, river, woman on loom, female graduate, wealthy woman full body portrait)
Includes double barrel cannon, portrait of a lady made in Augusta, log cabin, seven black children in cotton field, cotton gin, house with four blacks, two black men with wagon wheels, two boys with fish catch outside store 'Kodaks', lady in graduate gown - Annie Camak?, and postcards from Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
267Postcards of Ft. Sheridan, Illinois
a Camak son went to West Point
268Election ballot (1920), 1920
268Business & Professional Directory of Athens, 1947
269Cotton purchases by James Peek of Crawfordville Ga, 1830s
2610English and French records (copies)
warrant to execute King Charles I, 1648; documents of Louis XVI, Louis XIV, Louis XV and G Cardinal Chiaramonti [Pope Pius VII]