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The collection is composed of materials related to Dickenson's research on Southwest Virginia African Americans from the Civil War until the present.
The Letters to Eliza Doty were written by her unnamed sister, probably Sarah Poindexter, to Eliza in New Providence, New Jersey, on April 28, 1868, from Richmond, Virginia, and April 1, 1869, from Culpeper, Virginia. The letters contain information on the declining economic conditions in Richmond, and the sister's negative feelings about reconstruction conditions in Virginia.
This collection contains photocopies of affidavits, claims and answers, stipulations, and a bill for legal fees relating to U.S. v $28,000-Effects of R. E. Lee et al. which dealt with the seizure of land from Confederate leaders.
The collection consists of a letter from Daniel Verser in Pittsylvania, Virginia, to his brother, Colonel William Verser in Burkesville, Virginia. Dated August 1867, the letter includes Daniel Verser's opinions on Reconstruction-era difficulties in the state.