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Ellett Family Papers,

Identifier: Ms-1988-047

Scope and Contents

The Ellett family papers consist of 35 letters written by Dr. Robert Thaddeus Ellett (1826-1904) who served as assistant surgeon in White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, for the Confederate States during the Civil War. His letters are written to Sue French of Pearisburg, who would later become Ellett's wife. Other items include biographical and family history information, photos, clippings, a 1961 dedication to Col. W. H. French marker program, DAR applications, and "The Family Album," an 11-page typescript.


  • 1865 - 1961


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Robert Thaddeus Ellett served as an assistant surgeon in the Confederate States Army from 1863 to 1865, at which time he was assigned to a hospital in Montgomery White Sulphur Springs, Virginia. Prior to his appointment as assistant surgeon, Ellett had served as captain of the Pamunkey Artillery, Virginia Heavy Artillery, Confederate States Army from May, 1861 until his resignation on September 3, 1862. Ellett was pardoned at Charleston, West Virginia on June 14, 1865 as a surgeon, Provisional Army of the Confederate States.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

The Ellett Family Papers were acquired by Special Collections in 1988.

Related Archival Materials

For more material related to Robert T. Ellett, see the Robert Ellett Account Book, Ms1940-006.

Separated Materials

When the Ellett Family Papers were processed in 2004, the Robert Ellett Account Book, a separate manuscript, was mistakenly incorporated into the collection. The account book was separated from this collection in 2011 and returned to its correct location, as collection Ms1940-006.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Ellett Family Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

A Guide to the Ellett Family Papers, 1865-1961
Ellett Family Papers
Clayton McGahee
2004 (CC0 1.0)
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Language of description
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-24: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US