Series 1
Correspondence, 1811-1954
Boxes 1-11

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of correspondence of Loula Kendall Rogers, James Henry Rogers, and other Rogers and Kendall family members from 1811-1954.

Subseries 1.1, Loula Kendall Rogers/James Henry Rogers correspondence, contains the letters exchanged between them, both before and after their marriage. The letters from Henry, written during his service in the Confederate Army, are from camps in Pensacola, Florida, Knoxville and other areas of Tennessee, Atlanta, and Mount Zephyr, his family home in Georgia. They contain commentary on the Civil War, his camp experiences, and news of family and friends. Loula's letters to him were written mainly from her family home, Bellwood.

After his military tenure had ended, Henry was still often apart from his wife and family as he sought employment. His letters were written from his plantation in Wilcox County, Georgia (circa 1865-1867), Atlanta and other areas in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama both while searching for work and during his employment at Clayton and Webb in Atlanta (circa 1868-1870), and then from Thomaston, Georgia, where he was employed as the railroad agent there (1870-1871). During this time, Loula and the growing Rogers family remained for the most part at Bellwood, but for brief intervals also stayed with Henry's family at Mount Zephyr. Their exchange of letters diminished in the 1870's as they settled permanently in Barnesville, Georgia.

Correspondence, Subseries 1.2, includes all other correspondence found in this collection with the exception of Henry's business correspondence which is found in Series 3. Correspondents include Loula Kendall Rogers, Louisa H. Rogers Steele Kendall, Julia Kendall Lockett, Helen Rogers Franklin, Herbert Mitchell Franklin, Dolly Rogers, McCrary, Thomas Rogers Kendall, Sallie Rogers Shaw, and many other family members and friends. Subjects discussed include family news, current events, and financial matters.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two subseries: (1.1) Loula Kendall Rogers/James Henry Rogers correspondence and (1.2) Correspondence.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use photocopies of some originals.

Description of Subseries