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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 series:  Call Family Papers and Brevard Family papers; within each series, primary arrangement is chronological. Oversized and flat materials are filed separately at the end of the collection (see container list). Chronological.
Restrictions: Restricted:  Because of their extremely fragile condition, access to the original records is closed; researchers should consult the microfilm or digital copies of this collection.
Terms Governing Use: Microfilm or digital version is first-use copy; access to originals is closed because of their extremely fragile condition.
Biographical/Historical:     Richard Keith Call (1790-1862) was territorial governor of Florida from 1835-1840 and again from 1841-1844.  Call was the son of William Call and Helen Meade Walker Call and the nephew of Richard Call, who served with distinction in the Revolutionary War. Call's own military service began in 1813 in the Creek War, where he met General Andrew Jackson and subsequently served as Jackson's aide de camp, beginning a lifelong friendship.  He visited Florida with Jackson in 1814 and again in 1821 when Jackson established the new American territorial government there.  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.
    Richard Keith Call married Mary Kirkman (d. 1836) of Nashville, whose parents were enemies of Jackson and bitterly resisted the marriage.  The Calls had two daughters, Ellen and Mary.  Ellen Call married attorney Medicus Long, and together they had two surviving children, Richard Call Long and Eleanora K. Long ("Nonie").  Three other children died young:  Mary Louisa ("Mina") at age 8; Ellen Douglass at age 20 months; and son Hugh.  Ellen Call Long was active in many civic organizations and activities, including Civil War and Confederate memorial efforts and the Women's Committee of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.
    Mary Call married Theodore Washington Brevard, Jr., son of Judge Theodorus W. Brevard and Caroline E. Mays Brevard, and grandson of Alexander Brevard.  Several children of T. W. Brevard and Mary Call Brevard figure prominently in the Brevard Family Papers, including Caroline Mays Brevard ("Carrie"), Richard Call Brevard ("Call"), Jane Brevard ("Jennie"), Alice Brevard, and Ephraim Brevard ("Ephy" or "Eppy").  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-ca. 1920s.  Included are personal and business correspondence; financial records; land records; commissions; speeches; manuscript poems, articles, books, and other writings; newspaper clippings; and scrapbooks documenting the personal and public lives of members of the Call and Brevard families.  Together, the Call and Brevard Family Papers offer highly significant and unique documentation of Florida's territorial, early statehood, and Civil War history, the development of early Tallahassee, issues and attitudes concerning slavery and race, and the effects of the Civil War on the lives of planters of the Old South.
    Particularly significant among the Call papers is correspondence between Richard Keith Call and Andrew Jackson, for whom Call had served as an aide de camp and with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship.  Also notable are Call's writings regarding slavery and race, secession, the Union, and the Civil War.  Call's civil, diplomatic, and military commissions are in the collection, including those appointing him territorial governor of Florida.  The collection also documents Call's land speculation activities in early Florida and his involvement in attempts to settle the estate of Thomas Kirkman, father of his wife Mary Letitia Kirkman Call. Call's correspondents included Andrew Jackson and Prince Achille Murat, nephew of Napolean Bonaparte and an early Tallahassee settler.
    Also included in the Call papers is correspondence between R. K. Call and other members of the Call family, including his wife Mary and their daughter Ellen Call, known as the first white child born in Leon County.  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.  Most notable of these materials is a Civil War diary of Ellen Call Long in which she discusses the progress and conclusion of the war and the assassination of President Lincoln.  Ellen Call Long's correspondents included Princess Achille (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, younger daughter of Richard Keith Call and Mary Kirkman Call, Mary's husband Theodore Washington Brevard, Jr., and their families in North Carolina and Florida.  There is a significant amount of correspondence between family members during and after the Civil War, particularly among Mary Call Brevard, T.W. Brevard, their children Carrie (Caroline Mays), Call (Richard Call), and Jennie (Jane), and Mary Call Brevard's older sister Ellen Call Long. Included are many poignant letters from T. W. Brevard written from Confederate camps and the battlefield during the War, one describing the death of his younger brother Mays.  The collection also contains Caroline Mays Brevard's original writings as an author and educator, including some portions of her histories of North Carolina and Florida as well as children's stories with Old South themes.

Finding Aids: Item listing available at the State Archives and from the Collections page of the Florida Memory web site at
Additional Physical Form: Available on microfilm.  Digital images available on the Collections page of the Florida Memory web site at
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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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Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields: Long, Ellen Call.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Call, R.K. 1791-1862 (Richard Keith),
Brevard, Caroline Mays, 1860-1920
Reed, Harrison, 1813-1899
Drew, George Franklin, 1827-1900
Bloxham, William Dunnington, 1835-1911
Le Vert, Octavia Walton, 1810-1877
Murat, Achille, 1801-1847
Murat, Achille, Princess
Littell, John S. 1806-1875 (John Stockton),
Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910
Flagler, Henry Morrison, 1830-1913
Slavery Florida
Plantation life Florida
Women and war
Diaries. aat
Commissions. aat
Military commissions. aat
Scrapbooks. aat
Clippings. aat
Speeches. aat
Financial records. aat
Poetry. aat
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865
Florida History To 1821
Florida History
Florida Government
Florida Politics and government 1821-1865
Florida Politics and government 1865-1950
Florida Social life and customs
Tallahassee (Fla.)
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