The bulk of the collection consists of letters written to Eugenia Miller Thackston while she was a student in boarding school in Greenupsburg, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio, by her parents in Barboursville, Virginia before the Civil War. The letters include information about family members, the difficulty in maintaining a school, and developments in the town of Barboursville. There are also some letters written during the Civil War describing the hardships of the war on the family. Other items include addresses and writings of Eugenia's husband, Benjamin Thackston, while he was a student at Randolph-Macon College.
(Former Accession 1973/01.0055 Eugenia Miller Correspondence added to this Accession 3/26/2019) The Eugenia Miller Correspondence contains letters from the parents of Eugenia Miller, mostly while attending the Weslyan Female College of Cincinnati, Ohio as well as a few school compositions.
(Former Accession 1985/10.0420 Benjamin Thackston Papers added to this Accession 3/26/2019) Found in attic of Marion Thackston home on Staunton Road. The Benjamin Thackston Papers contain holograph essays by former principal of Marshall Academy; 4 items relate to Marion Thackston's service in World War I.
The digitized items here do not represent the entirety of the Miller-Thackston Family Papers, 1849-1941. To view what other materials are in this collection but not yet digitized and available online, search the guide to the Miller-Thackston Family Papers, 1849-1941.
Carte de visite of Marshall College President Benjamin H. Thackston, col. This carte de visite was probably produced in the 1880's, when Thackston was serving his second term as Marshall President 1881-1884). Thackston was president of Marshall from 1858 to 1860 and 1881 to 1884. The original cdv it was made from was probably ca. 1858-1860, his first term as Marshall President.
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Cabinet card of Marshall College President Benjamin H. Thackston, ca. 1881-1884, col. Made 1881-1884, when Thackston was serving his second term as Marshall College President. Thackston was president of Marshall from 1858 to 1860 and 1881 to 1884.