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Paris-Heard Family Papers

Identifier: MSN/EA 0507

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers of members of the Paris and Heard families of Augusta and Rockingham counties, Virginia. Materials date from 1852 to 1937, with the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction years all represented. Included are land deeds, contracts, and militia records of James R. Paris, as well as family correspondence and photographs. The Antebellum letters are chiefly between Lucy Paris, James’s wife, and her family, while later correspondence is mainly between members of the Heard family, especially Ella Paris Heard (James’s granddaughter) and her parents. Major topics include personal and social life, the Civil War, slavery, and the Confederate Army. Materials include letters, land deeds, contracts, military records, clippings, photographs, and negatives.


  • Creation: 1852-1937


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

James R. Paris (about 1828-?) was a farmer in Augusta County, Virginia. He served as a Virginia Volunteer for the Confederate Army. James and his wife Lucy (about 1832-?) had seven children, the youngest of whom, Ella Paris, married into the Heard family. Ella and her husband, Jesse Thomas Heard, had five children, including Ella Paris Heard.


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Paris-Heard Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556