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Siler Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M 2200

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of letters and documents tracing the personal and business life of an eastern panhandle West Virginia family. The papers concern a broad range of political, social, financial, and legal topics, particularly focusing on J. Hammond Siler, Jr., his parents, J. Hammond Siler, Sr. and Jessie Castleman Siler (residents of the Town of Bath better known as Berkeley Springs). Also includes correspondence and other papers from related families. Subjects include banking, the Civil War, the Episcopal church, secession of Virginia, Virginia Loyalty Oath, women's diaries, and women's letters and papers. A notable item in the collection is the diary of Anne Doyne Wolff Strother, wife of artist and writer David Hunter Strother, documenting a trip with husband and daughter Emily to New Orleans in 1857 (S2/Box 67, folder 1a).

Series include:

Series 1. J. Hammond Siler, Jr. (ca. 1848-1968), boxes S1/Box 1-S1/Box 50
Series 2. J. Hammond Siler, Sr. (ca. 1848-1968), boxes S2/Box 1-S2/Box 89
Series 3. Jessie Castleman Siler (ca. 1848-1968), boxes S3/Box 1-S3/Box 2
Series 4. A.C. Hammond (ca. 1848-1968), boxes S4/Box 1-S4/Box 4
Series 5. Ann R. Castleman (ca. 1848-1968), boxes S5/Box 1-S5/Box 2
Series 6. Photographs (ca. 1848-1968), box S6/Box 1
Series 7. Wrapped Packages (ca. 1848-1968), Wrapped Packages 1-26
Series 8. Oversize Material (ca. 1848-1968), box S8/Box 1


  • Creation: 1848-1968


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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 see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.


66.6 Linear Feet (Summary: 66 ft. 7 in. (149 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 small flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.); (2 oversize folders, 2 in.); (25 wrapped packages, 3 ft. 8 in.))

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 (in process), (in process)

Legacy Administrative Notes

missing; 2011/04/15; mrr

series 2, box 47, folder 13


Legacy Formats

archives and manuscripts; photographs / postcards / prints / etc.

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Siler Family Papers, 1848-1968
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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