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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M92- 1
Title, Dates: Call family and Brevard family papers, 1788-1925.
Amount: 6.00 cubic ft.
27.00 microfilm reel 35 mm.
33 computer disks (7,000 TIFF images on DVD)
Medium Included:
Organization/Arrangement: Organized into two subseries:  Call Family Papers and Brevard Family Papers. Oversized and flat materials are filed separately at the end of the collection (see container list). Chronological.
Restrictions: ***RESTRICTED***:Microfilm or digital version is first-use copy; access to originals is closed due to their extremely fragile condition.
Terms Governing Use: Microfilm or digital version is first-use copy; access to originals is closed due to their extremely fragile condition.
Biographical/Historical:     Richard Keith Call (1790-1862), son of William Call and Helen Meade Walker Call, served as territorial governor of Florida from 1835 to 1844. Call participated in the Creek War in 1813 and served as General Andrew Jackson's aide-de-camp. Call visited Florida with Jackson in 1814 and 1821, when the territorial government was established. He practiced law in Pensacola and later served as a member of the Legislative Council, delegate to Congress, receiver of the West Florida land office, brigadier general of the West Florida Militia, and territorial governor of Florida.

    Richard Keith Call married Mary Letitia Kirkman (d. 1836) of Nashville and had two daughters, Ellen and Mary. Ellen Call married attorney Medicus Long. Of their five children, only two survived to adulthood: Richard Call Long and Eleanora K. Long.

    Mary Call married Theodore Washington Brevard, Jr., son of Judge Theodorus W. Brevard and Caroline E. Mays Brevard. Several children of T. W. Brevard and Mary Call Brevard figure prominently in the Brevard Family Papers, including Caroline Mays, Richard Call, Jane, Alice, and Ephraim. Jane Brevard, later Jane Brevard Darby, was the mother of Mary Call Darby Collins, wife of Thomas LeRoy Collins, Governor of Florida from 1955-1961.

Summary:     This collection contains correspondence, writings, and other papers of Richard Keith Call and his family, 1788-1916, and Theodore Washington Brevard and Mary Call Brevard and their family, 1820-circa 1920s. Included are personal and business correspondence, financial and land records, commissions speeches, manuscript poems, articles, books, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks documenting the personal and public lives of members of the Call and Brevard families.

    Particularly significant among the Call Family papers is R. K. Call's correspondence with Andrew Jackson and Prince Achille Murat. Also notable are Call's writings regarding slavery and race, secession, the Union, and the Civil War. The collection also includes Call's correspondence with his wife and daughters and documents his attempts to settle the estate of his father-in-law, Thomas Kirkman.

    Also included in the Call papers are the personal papers and correspondence of Ellen Call Long, as well as her diary from the time of the Civil War. Much of this material documents Ellen Call Long's attempts to defend her father against his critics, and her own experiences as an author and member of various civic and cultural organizations, including Civil War and Confederate memorial associations and women's organizations. Ellen Call Long's correspondents include Princess Catherine Murat, Octavia Walton Le Vert, Julia Ward Howe, John Stockton Littell, Henry Flagler, and Florida Governors Harrison Reed, George F. Drew, and William D. Bloxham.

    The Brevard Family Papers document the lives of Mary Call Brevard and her husband, Theodore, and their families in North Carolina and Florida. The collection includes family correspondence during and after the Civil War, particularly among Mary; Theodore; their children Caroline, Richard, and Jane; and Ellen Call Long, some of which describe Theodore's experiences as a Confederate soldier. The collection also contains Caroline Mays Brevard's original writings as an author and educator, including some histories of North Carolina and Florida and children's stories.

Finding Aids: Folder listing available. 0
Additional Physical Form: This collection has been digitized and is available on the Florida Memory web site:
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Language Notes: A few documents written in Spanish or French.
Ownership/Custodial History: The Call Family Papers and Brevard Family Papers were loaned to the University of North Carolina Southern Historical Collection in 1940 and maintained as two separate collections, #2293 (Call) and #2294 (Brevard). Selected documents from both collections were microfilmed (see Box 14). The owners removed the papers from the Southern Historical Collection in 1992 and donated them to the Florida State Archives with the request that they be maintained as a single collection.
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Subject Access Fields: Bloxham, William Dunnington, 1835-1911
Brevard, Caroline Mays, 1860-1920
Call, R.K. 1791-1862 (Richard Keith),
Drew, George Franklin, 1827-1900
Flagler, Henry Morrison, 1830-1913
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Le Vert, Octavia Walton, 1810-1877
Littell, John S. 1806-1875 (John Stockton),
Long, Ellen Call.
Murat, Achille, 1801-1847
Murat, Catherine Willis,
Reed, Harrison, 1813-1899
Civil War (Fla.)
Family Florida
Slavery Florida
Women and war
Clippings. aat
Commissions. aat
Diaries. aat
Financial records. aat
Military commissions. aat
Scrapbooks. aat
Speeches. aat
Poetry. aat
Florida Government
Florida History
Florida History To 1821
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865
Florida Politics and government 1821-1865
Florida Politics and government 1865-1950
Florida Social life and customs
Tallahassee (Fla.)
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
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