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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M87- 38
Creator: Lewis family.
Title, Dates: Papers, 1853-1967.
Amount: 21.50 cubic ft.
Medium Included: photographs
Organization/Arrangement: Organized into 15 Series:  1. Estate papers of Mary S. Lewis, 1913-1940, .25 cubic foot;  2. Mary E. Lewis & George Lewis Account Information, 1934-1945, .25 cubic foot;  3. George Lewis Financial Records, 1928-1936, 1 cubic foot;  4. George E. Lewis Financial Records and Papers, 1900-1972, 6 cubic feet;  5. Sara A. Lewis Financial Records, 1958-1968; 3 cubic feet;  6. Mary D. Lewis Financial Records, 1948-1953, 1.5 cubic feet;  7. Miscellaneous Records of the Lewis Family, 1859-1976, 1.5 cubic foot;  8. Family Correspondence, 1919-1967, .5 cubic foot;  9. Miscellaneous Banking Publications, 1846-1966, .75 cubic foot;  10. Letterbooks, 1853-1910, .5 cubic foot;  11. Lewis Family Financial and Property Records, 1866-1912, .5 cubic foot;  12. R.B. Shuman Trust Fund, 1929-1949, 1 cubic foot;  13. Photographs of Lewis State Bank, 1.5 cubic foot;  14. Newspapers, 1902-1966, 3 cubic feet;  15. Artifacts, .25 cubic foot. By record type.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Lewis family was a prominent Tallahassee family, active in the financial, social and civic life of Tallahassee and Leon County, Florida.  Benjamin Cheever (B.C.) Lewis came to Tallahassee in the 1830's and began work as an apothecary.  After twenty years in the drug business he sold out and entered into business as a banker in 1856.  His three sons, George, Edward, and William, followed him in the banking business, forming B.C. Lewis and Sons, which was later named the Lewis State Bank.  B. C. Lewis died in 1880; his son, Edward Lewis died in 1901.  In 1929, William Lewis and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Bailey Lewis, resigned from the bank.
    Control of the Lewis State Bank passed to George Lewis and his wife, Elizabeth Douglas Lewis; his son, George Edward Lewis and his wife, Sarah Davis; and his daughter, Sarah Everett Lewis Henderson and her husband, John Ward Henderson, Sr.  George Lewis II, the son of George Edward Lewis, entered the family banking business in 1933 at the time of the death of his grandfather, George Lewis.  The bank was continually under the Lewis family ownership until it became a part of First Florida Bank in 1974.
Summary:     The collection contains the papers of the Lewis family of Tallahassee, Florida from 1853 to 1967. It includes photographs of the Lewis family and acquaintances, as well as some views of the Tallahassee area.  The financial records include correspondence, receipts, bonds, tax materials, deeds, and bank account statements for various family members.  Some of the material pertains to the family banking business.
    The bulk of the collection contains the financial records of George Lewis, Sarah Davis Lewis, Mary D. Lewis, George E. Lewis, George Lewis II, and his wife, Mary E. Lewis.  There are some documents signed by B.C. (Benjamin Cheever) Lewis.  The collection has been divided into 15 series.
Series 1 - Estate Papers of Mary S. Lewis.  This series contains the estate papers of Mary S. Lewis, daughter of B.C. Lewis.  It includes her will dated 1913 and deeds from 1929 to 1935.
Series 2 - Joint Financial Records of George Lewis and Mary E. Lewis, his wife.  This series consists primarily of account statements and balance statements.
Series 3 - Financial Records of George Lewis.  This series includes account statements, tax materials, and two letterbooks (1883 -1890 and 1900-1926).  Also included are court records and correspondence concerning an 1891 legal suit between George Lewis and George Allen, a bank cashier.
Series 4 - Financial Records and Papers of George Edward Lewis. This series includes financial records from 1911 to 1968.  Also included are personal papers such as his grammer school reading book, 1940 repairs to house, awards for service to the Boy Scouts of America, and material from when G.E. Lewis was a Captain in the 1st Infantry.
Series 5 - Financial Records for Sarah D. Lewis.  This series includes account statements and balance statements for the years 1959 to 1968.  Also included is a special separate account from 1958 to 1962.
Series 6 - Financial Record for Mary D. Lewis.  This series includes account statements for the years 1948 to 1953.
Series 7 - Miscellaneous Records.  This series contains miscellaneous records dealing with the Lewis State Bank and the Lewis family.  Included are the army papers of Captain B.C. Lewis (1948), savings books for Francis E., Frank Davis, and Bettie Douglas Lewis.  Also included are 1949-1950 records of plumbing and electrical work done on the Lewis State Bank.  Of particular interest is material discussing the 100-year anniversary of the bank in 1956, including a published historical booklet.
Series 8 - Family Correspondence.  This series contains general correspondence from various family members.  Some of the correspondence relates specifically to G.E. Lewis and Sarah D. Lewis.
Series 9 - Banking Publications.  This series contains miscellaneous publications relating to banking in Florida and America.
Series 10 - Letterbooks.  This series contains two letterbooks.  the first is a record of the minutes for the Pensacola and Georgia Railroad, 1853-1869.  The second is the Record book for the Tallahassee Volunteer Fire Company, 1902-1910.
Series 11 - Lewis Family Financial and PropertyRecords.  The material in this collection was taken from a black locker box and includes Lewis family financial and property records.  Included are Tallahassee Railroad Company Travel Coupons from 1866-1870, deeds held by G.E. Lewis, and the will and property distribution list made by Lilla Lewis, 1907-1912.
Series 12 - R.B. Shuman Trust Fund.  This series includes files and correspondence related to the R.B. Shuman Trust Fund set up through Lewis State Bank.  It details Shuman family members at various colleges and universities from 1929 to 1937.
Series 13 - Photographs.  This series contains photographs of the Lewis State Bank and Lewis family acquaintances.  Some Tallahassee-area photos are included as well as Lewis family photos and oversized portraits of B.C. Lewis, Edward Lewis, John W. Henderson, Sr., and W.C. Lewis.
Series 14 - Newspapers.  This series contains newspapers collected by the Lewis family.  The Tallahassee Democrat paper commemorating the Civil War Battle of Natural Bridge (Feb. 27, 1966) and the Democrat paper following John F. Kennedy's assassination are included.  Other newspapers include the Citrus County Chronicle, Weekly Tallahassean, Florida State Journal, and Florida State News.
Series 15 - Artifacts.  This series contains artifacts used by G.E. Lewis:  a Lewis State Bank pen and letter opener.

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Subject Access Fields: Railroads Florida
Banks and banking--History Florida
Fire-departments Florida
Women History 20th century Florida
Letter books. aat
Business records. aat
Leon County (Fla.)
Tallahassee (Fla.)
Added Entries Lewis, B.C. 1816-1880 (Benjamin Cheever),
Lewis, George Edward, 1880-1972
Lewis, George, 1848-1933
Lewis, Mary S.
Lewis, Sarah Davis, 1891-1983
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad Company.
Tallahassee Volunteer Fire Dept.