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    Robinson and Via Family Papers, 1845-2001.
     
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    Creator: 
    Robinson, Franklin A., Jr. (actor, writer), 1959- (collector, donor).
    Title: 
    Robinson and Via Family Papers, 1845-2001.
    Phy. Description: 
    14 cu. ft.: 43 boxes; 2 oversize folders; 14 reels.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His 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: 
    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.
    Scope and Content: 
    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.
    Organization: 
    Divided into 7 series, with 12 subseries. Unarranged.
    Provenance: 
    Donated by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
    Finding aids: 
    Register available from repository; electronic version linked to this record (click on "finding aid" link). Folder-level control.
    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    Artifacts in Division of Costume, NMAH; Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources, NMAH; Division of Textiles, NMAH.
    Cite as: 
    Robinson and Via Family Papers, 1845-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
    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.
    Copyrights retained by donor until his death, when they will be transferred to the Smithsonian Institution.
    Culture: 
    African Americans
    Subject-Topical: 
    Illiterate persons
    Students
    Soldiers
    Housewives -- United States
    Tobacco farmers
    Farmers
    Weddings
    Amateur films
    Acting -- 1980-2000.
    Agriculture -- Maryland -- 20th century
    Agricultural machinery
    Amusement parks -- California
    Children's parties
    Christmas
    Easter
    Electric railroads
    Family -- 20th century
    Family farms
    Family festivals
    Family recreation
    Farm buildings
    Farm equipment
    Farm management
    Farm life -- 20th Century
    Farm ownership
    Farms -- Maryland
    Holidays
    Parks -- California
    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
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Prince George's County (Md.)
    Washington (D.C.)
    Maryland -- Family farms
    Calvert County (Md.) -- Family farms
    Charles County (Md.) -- Family farms
    Benedict (Md.)
    Arizona -- Motion pictures
    Bahamas -- Motion pictures
    California -- Motion pictures
    Florida -- Motion pictures
    Oregon -- Motion pictures
    Washington -- Motion pictures.
    Puerto Rico -- Motion pictures
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
    St. Thomas, V.I. -- Motion pictures
    Brandywine (Md.)
    Disneyland (California)
    Subject-Name: 
    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.
    Form / Genre: 
    Photographs -- 20th century
    Photographs -- 19th century
    Snapshots
    Home movies
    Family papers
    Scrapbooks
    Funeral registers
    Cookbooks
    Architectural drawings
    Phonograph records
    Postcard albums
    Ephemera
    School records
    School yearbooks
    Correspondence -- 1930-1950
    Diaries
    Albums
    Housebooks
    Postcards
    Motion pictures (visual works)
    Baby books
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    1994.3003 (NMAH Acc.)
    2009.3080 (NMAH Acc.)
    2011.3082 (NMAH Acc.)
    2012.3106 (NMAH Acc.)
    2013.3024 (NMAH Acc.)
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0475Add Copy to MyList

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