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Scott-Palmer Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M.1458

Scope and Contents

Family papers of school master Theodore Scott (1805-1877); his daughter Saida Scott Palmer, a music teacher; her husband, Jewett Palmer, Civil War officer, local Republican official, and mayor of Marietta; and his daughters, Winifred and Muriel, a concert contralto. Includes correspondence, letter books, diaries, school registers and reports, scrapbooks, genealogical records, and theatre and opera programs.

Topics include Scott's teaching career at Portsmouth, Ohio (1836); Marietta, Ohio, and the Western Liberal Institute (1838-1872); and Williamstown, West Virginia (1872-1875). Additional topics include the Marietta Universalist Society; temperance; the effect of the secession crisis on New York financial interests; General Dumont's fight with John Hunt Morgan in 1862; Republican politics in Ohio, 1874-1890; civil service reform; veterans' affairs of the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and the musical career of Muriel Palmer and social life in Now York, 1888-1890, as reflected in her letters to her family.

Correspondents include Leonard Scott, G. T. Flanders, and Achille Errani. Jewett Palmer's copy book, kept while he was Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue at Marietta, contains letters to Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley, Nathan Goff, Rufus R. Dawes, and Nelson Holmes Van Voorhes.


  • 1829-1916


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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.


2.3 Linear Feet (Summary: 2 ft. 4 in. (3 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (3 flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Fort Harmar Library Service, 1961/06/20

Related A&M Collections

1423, 1458

Legacy Administrative Notes

missing; 2014/11/21; jcml

Winifred Palmer, Diary of a trip to Europe, 1900 (should be in box 5) is missing--it was apparently loaned in 1961. Might check A&M 1423 for it, also.


Legacy Formats

archives and manuscripts; ephemera
Scott-Palmer Family Papers, 1829-1916
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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US