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Davis family papers

Identifier: c-00050

Scope and Contents

The Davis family papers consist primarily of the collection of over 180 letters written by Thomas (T. J.) to his wife, Lucinda, during the Civil War. Also included are Lucinda Davis' reminiscences and an obituary prepared when she died.

The collection also includes transcriptions of the letters done by Thomas Nanzig.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1865


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Thomas (T. J.) Davis met Lucinda Mary Spaulding in Wisconsin in 1858 and they were married there in October 1861. A month later he enlisted in the army. Except for a twenty-day furlough in February 1862, they were separated until the end of the Civil War in 1865. In these years Davis served in the 18th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers; and in the Pioneer Corps, 3rd Division, Army of Tennessee. He was stationed in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.


0.25 Cubic Feet (12 folders)

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Custodial History

Gifts of Mrs. George Amman and Betty Payne. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Transcriptions by Thomas Nanzig.

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Davis Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
November 1965
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Finding aid written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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