Russell, Charles Francis, tobacco ledgers

Charles Francis Russell tobacco ledgers MSS 15971


Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4110

Tanner Greene

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
MSS 15971
Charles Francis Russell tobacco ledgers1887-1888
0.2 Cubic Feet 2 ledgers
Materials are in English.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation

MSS 15971, Charles Francis Russell tobacco ledgers, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Biographical Note

Charles Francis Russell (1855-1933) was born on July 5, 1855, in Brunswick, Virginia. He was the son of Warren Russell (1821-1899) of Waterbury, Maine, and Susan Amy Vincent (1829-1872) of Petersburg, Virginia. C. F. Russell married Ann Elizabeth "Bettie" Via (1855-1931) in Henrico County, and the two had at least five children together. In 1887, Russell entered a contract with R. E. Lee Camp No. 1, a Confederate veterans' association, to produce and sell nationwide a "Lee Camp Smoking Tobacco". A portion of the tobacco sales would then be paid to Lee Camp's housing facilities and support programs.

C. F. Russell died on October 24, 1933 and was buried alongside his wife at Bethel Baptist Church in Midlothian.

Source: Materials within collection.

Scope and Contents

The Charles Francis Russell tobacco ledgers (1887-1888; 0.2 cubic feet) document Russell's operation of a tobacco company. The collection contains copies of over six-hundred letters written by Russell, both to A. A. Spitzer of R. E. Lee Camp No. 1 and to other customers and dealers nationwide. Russell's "Lee Camp" tobacco was created via contract with the homonymous organization, who received a portion of tobacco sales. Some of the letters to Spitzer note great difficulty selling a Confederate-branded tobacco in Northern states, speculating that part of the issue might be the packaging's inclusion of the Confederate flag.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Tobacco industry -- Virginia