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M-081 Sidney Seth Tatum (1809-1898), Family Papers, 1868-1970.


A large landholder and farmer in Claiborne and Lincoln Parishes, Louisiana, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; taught a private school in Hico, Louisiana; also was a merchant, helped establish the Dubach State Bank, and was active in the Farmers' Union movement in Lincoln Parish; includes legal records, business and financial papers, correspondence, school records, and assorted papers of other Tatum family members. 10 folders.


Legal records, Claiborne Parish, 1868-1905: Deeds. Land grant, 1896.

Legal records, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, 1890-1913: Deeds. Mortgage contract. Lease to Wade & Tatum in Dubach, Louisiana. Tax deed. Lease by Tatum and O'Brien to D.J. Hall in Dubach, two lots of land and planning mill, 1908. Sheriff's sale, deed to S.S. Tatum, 1908. Deed to S.S. Tatum, 1913, of land and appurtenances formerly owned by Fred B. Dubach Lumber Co. and then by Bernice Lumber Co.

Business and Financial Papers, 1885-1913:
Memorandum Book, 1885, containing promissory note. Letters patent to Aylmer Bush and Sidney S. Tatum for improvement in planter and agricultural distributor, 1892. Official survey of certain sections of land in Lincoln Parish owned by S.S. Tatum and others. Extract of original plat of certain lands west of the Ouachita River, 1899. Receipt of S.S. Tatum from Lewis & Co., Ltd., 1898. Three stock certificates of S.S. Tatum. A few miscellaneous undated business papers.

S.S. Tatum correspondence, 1871-1914: Letter from Seth Tatum to his two sons, S.S. Tatum and Menafree, 1871. Two personal letters between S.S. Tatum and friend G. B. Wise, 1885, while S.S. Tatum was in Hico, Louisiana. Several letters from unidentified persons. Letter from S.S. Tatum to a friend, 1890, about his courtship of Miss B(Alberta?). Letter to S.S. Tatum, 1899, from the State Land Office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Letter from Jerome Howe, 1900, about land. Letter from the Pan American Life Insurance Co., 1911.

Farmers' Union Documents and Publications, 1886-1906: Charter of Farmers' Union in Hico, Louisiana, 1886. Publications of the Farmers' Union in Louisiana giving the ritual, rules, constitution, etc. of the Union, 1886. A demit granted a member of the Farmers' Union in Greenwood, 1881. Proceedings of the National Farmers' Alliance at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1887. Other publications of the Farmers' Union and the Farmers' Alliance. Stock certificate of S.S. Tatum in the Farmers' Union Central Warehouse Company, Ltd., 1906.

S.S. Tatum School Records: Contract, 1889, between S.S. Tatum and patrons for S.S. Tatum to teach pupils at Hico Schoolhouse for the amount of $200 per scholar. Ledger holding records of his pupils. Ledger also contains some business records. Miscellaneous school papers.

Alberta Barrow Tatum papers, 1887-1923: Commencement program Keachi College, 1887. Alberta Barrow's teacher's contract with Kimbleville School in Claiborne Parish, 1887. Undated affidavit concerning the character of Alberta Barrow. Letter from O.W. Meadows, 1888, sending payment for teaching, 1888. Undated letter from friend advising Alberta Barrow Tatum on how to get her teacher's certificate reenacted. Letters of sympathy on the death of her husband, S.S. Tatum. Letters, 1921, from President Cottingham of Louisiana College and John R. Coniff of the State Board of Education concerning the reenactment of Mrs. S.S. Tatum's diploma. Letter from niece about the death of her father, 1923.

Emmett Tatum papers, 1907-1910: School reports from Louisiana Industrial Institute, 1907-1908, of S.S. Tatum's son Emmett. Class Day Program, 1910. Personal letter and cards from girls.

Miscellaneous: Poem and essays. Recipe for 95 proof alcohol. Copy of genealogical notes on the Tatum family.

Miscellaneous correspondence.ther Tatum family members. 10 folders.

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