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In 1901, Clement Acton Griscom, a businessman from Philadelphia, established a summer home at Horseshoe Plantation, north of Tallahassee. After his death, the plantation was divided four ways to become Luna, Water Oak, Bull Run, and Horseshoe plantations. Frances C. Griscom, his youngest daughter, inherited Water Oak Plantation.
Lloyd Carpenter Griscom, one of his sons, inherited the Luna Plantation. Lloyd C. was a distinguished diplomat serving in the overseas diplomatic corps. He served in France in World War I with General Pershing. He also practiced law, owned the Tallahassee Democrat, and was an author. In addition to the Luna Plantation, he owned property in New York, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. He was first married to Elizabeth Bronson of New York and, with her, had two sons, Frederick and Lloyd Preston. His second wife was Audrey Crosse of England.
This collection of Griscom family papers includes financial records, legal documents, contracts, wills, deeds, photographs, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, scrapbooks, plantation guest books, and memorabilia. The bulk of the materials are the papers of Lloyd Carpenter Griscom, Audrey Crosse Griscom, and Frances C. Griscom. The business records deal primarily with Luna Plantation and Water Oak Plantation.
The collection contains correspondence between the Griscom family and several notable persons. Some of the correspondents of Lloyd Carpenter Griscom were General Pershing, 1919; Rudyard Kipling; Henry Adams; Richard Harding Davis; James Bryce; Edward, Duke of Windsor; President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905-1908; and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937-1942. The correspondents of Frances C. Griscom included Mamie Eisenhower, 1970, and President Richard Nixon, 1953-1961. The collection also includes an early nineteenth century letter to an unidentified person that has been attributed to President James Monroe.
The collection contains a number of photographs of both the Griscom family and Audrey Crosse Griscom's family in England. Some of the photographs are not labeled.
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Plantation life Florida World War, 1914-1918. Diplomats United States Women History 20th century Florida
Scrapbooks. aat Photographs. aat Business records. aat
Leon County (Fla.) Tallahassee (Fla.) Luna Plantation (Leon County, Fla.) Horseshoe Plantation (Leon County, Fla.) Water Oak Plantation (Leon County, Fla.)
Adams, Henry, 1838-1918
Bryce, James Bryce, Viscount, 1838-1922
Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916
Eisenhower, Mamie Doud, 1896-
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936
Nixon, Richard M. 1913- (Richard Milhous),
Pershing, John J. 1860-1948 (John Joseph),
Roosevelt, Franklin D. 1882-1945 (Franklin Delano),
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972
Griscom, Audrey Crosse, d. 1975
Griscom, Frances C., 1879-1973
Griscom, Lloyd Carpenter, b. 1872