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Pickens collection

Summary Information

Mississippi State University Libraries
Pickens collection
1864-1908, 1961 and undated
0.33 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Pickens collection, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Scope and Contents

Materials collected and donated by Sue (Fannie Sue) Waller (1880-1968) include scattered documentation of the activities of her uncle, J. O. (John Oliver) Pickens (1814-1886), owner of sugar plantations in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Materials documenting Pickens include two Civil War receipts for money and coupons, accounts concerning assets in Texas (1867, 1885), New Orleans Sanitary and Fertilizing Company stock certificate (1872), patent for a cotton bale tie invented by John G. Angell of New Orleans and transfer of the patent to Pickens (1874, 1878), receipts and checks (1882-1883 and undated). The remaining materials document the New Orleans and Magnolia, Louisiana, purchases and the Supreme Lodge Knights of Honor membership of William C. Waller (1852-1930), father of Sue Waller. Also donated were six issues of Pike County newspapers (1893-1908) and an 1865 clipping from The Southern Sentinel (Alexandria, Louisiana) which was used to wrap Confederate money inherited and sold by Sue Waller.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mississippi State University Libraries 

P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS, 39762

Publication date: June 2012

Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Sue Waller.

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