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JC Archives receives gift of 200 letters

Judson College Archives recently received a gift of 200 letters from Elliott and MaryBradley Lee Baynes of Snellville, Georgia. The Bayneses visited campus November 5 to deliver the letters, which cover family happenings and local events in Marion and Perry County.


The letters, dating from 1847 to 1898, feature correspondence between members, friends, and acquaintances of the Florence Fowlkes Tarrant family of Marion. In 1866, Florence Fowlkes Tarrant, Mrs. Baynes’s great-grandmother, married James C. Tarrant, a nephew of Julia Tarrant Barron, one of the principal founders of Judson College. The collection contains at least one letter from Julia Barron, as well as one from notable Judson alumna and musician Zitella Cocke. The collection also contains 40 letters written to Lynda Tarrant Lee of west Perry County in 1917.

The Bayneses transcribed each letter and began archival processing of the collection, which offers valuable insights into one family’s everyday life in the Alabama Black Belt in the late 19th century.

The Judson Archives is proud to receive the Fowlkes-Baynes legacy of letters, family stories, and Marion history.

For more information about the gift or the work of the Judson College Archives, contact Eleanor Drake, Institutional History and Collections Care Specialist, at 334.683.5184.