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Robinson and Via Family Papers, 1845-2014

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Donor:
Robinson, Franklin A. Jr (actor writer) 1959-
Subject:
Robinson, Franklin A. Sr. 1932-
Robinson, Franklin A. 1841-1905
Robinson, Robert Henry 1851-1937
Robinson, Robert David 1962-
Robinson, Adina Theresa 1963-
Robinson, Thomas Wells 1803-1869
Robinson, Martha Walls 1807-1897
Robinson, Frank A. 1883-1970
Robinson, Amanda Baden 1849-1940
Townshend, Martha Robinson 1880-1961
Via, Adina Mae 1937-1966
Via, Robert Delano 1933-
Via, Robert Milton 1906-1983
Via, Virginia Wood 1914-
Howes, Grace Bourne ?-1976
Robinson, Elizabeth Bourne 1892-1976
Capital Transit Company Washington (D.C.)
Serenity Farm, Inc
Physical description:
15 cu. ft.: 47 boxes; 2 oversize folders; 14 reels
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Snapshots
Home movies
Family papers
Scrapbooks
Funeral registers
Cookbooks
Architectural drawings
Phonograph records
Postcard albums
Ephemera
School records
School yearbooks
Correspondence
Diaries
Albums
Housebooks
Postcards
Motion pictures (visual works)
Baby books
Place:
United States
Maryland
California
Prince George's County (Md.)
Washington (D.C.)
Calvert County (Md.)
Charles County (Md.)
Benedict (Md.)
Arizona
Bahamas
Florida
Oregon
Washington
Puerto Rico
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
St. Thomas, V.I
Brandywine (Md.)
Disneyland (California)
Date:
1845
1845-2001
1845-2014
1980-2000
20th century
20th Century
19th century
1930-1950
Notes:
The Robinson family acquired land and began raising tobacco in Prince George's County, Maryland, in 1843. The property consisted of over 170 acres by the end of the 19th century and included a dwelling, a tenant house and various outbuildings. While the principal crop remained tobacco, other grain crops were grown and sheep were raised. By the 1950s-1960s, the Robinson family was farming over 1,000 acres in Prince George's and Charles Counties, Maryland, through a combination of lease and direct ownership. The Via family acquired land and began raising tobacco and livestock in Prince George's Co., Maryland by 1949. The property consisted of thirty acres of owned property and included a dwelling and small outbuildings.
The Via family were also employed off the farm. By 1956 they had moved to Calvert Co., Maryland and were farming full-time on approximately 150 acres of owned property, raising tobacco, small grains and livestock. The Robinson family continues farming on approximately 300 acres of owned property in Benedict, Charles Co., Maryland. By 1993, the Via farm had been reduced to approximately five acres of owned property, and is no longer farmed.
Summary:
Farm records from the Robinson and Via Families of Southern Maryland, documenting family life, agricultural work, community involvement, and rural culture over a period of 150 years. Primarily correspondence, diaries, photographs, home movies, farm account books, and miscellaneous farming papers. Includes scrapbooks, funeral registers, cookbooks, architectural drawings, phonograph records, and postcard albums. 2009 addendum consists of approximately 1.6 cubic feet of papers including six scrapbooks, a music portfolio, two farm account books, a map, funeral memorabilia, and other miscellaneous papers. The 2011 addendum consists of approximately three fourths of one cubic foot of papers relating to the family and the farm, including correspondence, school papers, and diaries. The 2013 addendum consists of two volumes from a nursing school correspondence course.
Several documents are signed with an X.
2009 addendum consists of six scrapbooks and one bound music folio, one farm account book, five memoranda books about the farm, a road map, funeral memorabilia, and loose papers relating to the operation of the farm.
Cite as:
Robinson and Via Family Papers, 1845-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Franklin A. Robinson, Jr
Topic:
Illiterate persons
Students
Soldiers
Housewives
Tobacco farmers
Farmers
Weddings
Amateur films
Acting
Agriculture
Agricultural machinery
Amusement parks
Children's parties
Christmas
Easter
Electric railroads
Family
Family farms
Family festivals
Family recreation
Farm buildings
Farm equipment
Farm management
Farm life
Farm ownership
Farms
Holidays
Parks
Rural families
Rural women
Sheep ranches
Street-railroads
Street-railroads--Employees
Tobacco--Harvesting
Tobacco--Storage
Work and family
Tobacco curing
Travel
Urban transportation
Women in agriculture
Motion pictures
Local number:
1994.3003 (NMAH Acc.)
2009.3080 (NMAH Acc.)
2011.3082 (NMAH Acc.)
2012.3106 (NMAH Acc.)
2013.3024 (NMAH Acc.)
2014.3109 (NMAH Acc.)
2016.3186 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site to portions of collection, but papers of living persons are restricted. Access to restricted portions may be arranged by request to donor. Gloves required for unprotected photographs
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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