A Guide to the Price Family Collection, 1840-1905 Price Family Collection Ms2012-047

A Guide to the Price Family Collection, 1840-1905

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2012-047


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

© 2012 By Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.

Processed by: Erica Meade, Graduate Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Price Family Collection, 1840-1905
Physical Characteristics
1.6 cu. ft. 2 Boxes
The Price Family Collection includes letters, photograph albums, receipts, and other ephemera. The collection is divided into three series: Correspondence, Photographs and Artifacts, and Ephemera.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Price Family Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Price Family Collection, MS.2012.047, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Materials in the Price Family Collection were purchased by Special Collections in August 2012.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Price Family Collection was completed in September 2012.

Biographical Note

The Price family arrived in Southwest Virginia from Germany in the 1740s. Samuel Winston Price was born September 14, 1871 to James Bane Price and Sarah Winston Price. Samuel married Della Hickman of Hickman, Virginia, in 1897. The couple had five children: Ferdinand, Theodore Roosevelt, Julia Winston, Florence Alma, and Helen Elizabeth. Samuel inherited Price's General Store after his father's death and leased it to others. According to the letters he received, he was a practicing attorney in Price's Fork Virginia. Samuel had health problems that lead him to be hospitalized at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for a time in 1899. These health problems continued to plague him until his death in 1911. Sources:

The James Bane Price Country Store at Price's Fork, Montgomery County, Virginia.[Prices Fork, VA: P. G. Johnson, 1983?]. (F232 .M7 J35 1983 Spec/Genealogy)

Price, H. L., Outlines of Montgomery County Families,Vol. 2. [Blacksburg, VA: s.n., 1940]. (CS69 .P75 Spec/Genealogy)

Scope and Content

The Price Family Collection includes letters, photograph albums, receipts, and other ephemera. The collection is divided into three series. Series I: Correspondence, includes letters to Samuel Winston Price primarily from his wife Della Hickman-Price, a few from his mother and business colleagues. The letters from Della begin in 1894 and serve as a record of her flirtations and courtship with Mr. Price until they were married in 1897. Letters after 1897 are from Della to Sam during their marriage. She discusses their children in some, but mostly they chronicle her everyday life while she is out of town away from her husband. In 1899, Samuel Price stayed in Johns Hopkins Hospital for some time. Though it is unclear why he was in the hospital, letters from Della and his Mother express love and concern for Sam.

Series II: Photographs and Artifacts, contains two photograph albums. The large, blue album contains pictures of members of the Price and Hickman families and appear to be from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The second album is a smaller, brown volume that appears to be from the same time period but with vague persons pictured. Included is also a small tobacco pouch from the 19th century.

Series III: Ephemera, contains receipts, ticket stubs, and medical bills of various members from the Price family from 1840-1903.


The collection is arranged in three series. Series I: Correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Series II: Photographs is in its original order in two albums. Series III: Ephemera is arranged by material type.

Index Terms


  • Price, Della Mae Hickman -- Correspondence
  • Price, Samuel Winston, 1871-1911 -- Correspondence
  • Family Names:

  • Price family
  • Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Series I: Correspondence, 1894-1905
Scope and Content

The correspondence is primarily from Della Hickman-Price to Samuel Winston Price during their courtship and after their marriage. There are also some letters to Samuel W. Price from his mother, and one in particular that he wrote to Della.

  • Box-folder 1-1
    Correspondence, 1894
  • Box-folder 1-2
    Correspondence, January-March 1895
  • Box-folder 1-3
    Correspondence, April-June 18985
  • Box-folder 1-4
    Correspondence, July-September 1895
  • Box-folder 1-5
    Correspondence, October-December 1895
  • Box-folder 1-6
    Correspondence, January-March 1896
  • Box-folder 1-7
    Correspondence, April-June 1896
  • Box-folder 1-8
    Correspondence, July-September 1896
  • Box-folder 1-9
    Correspondence, October-December, 1896
  • Box-folder 1-10
    Correspondence, 1897
  • Box-folder 1-11
    Correspondence, 1898
  • Box-folder 1-12
    Correspondence, 1899
  • Box-folder 1-13
    Correspondence, 1900-1901
  • Box-folder 1-14
    Correspondence, 1902-1903
  • Box-folder 1-15
    Correspondence, 1905
  • Box-folder 1-15
    Correspondence, Undated
Series II: Photographs and Artifacts
  • Box 2
    Two albums
  • Box 2
    Tobacco pouch
Series III: Ephemera
  • Box-folder 1-16
    Financial Records, 1840-1903
    Scope and Content

    Folder contains reciepts, tax records, medical bills, and letters stating transactions for Price Family Members.

  • Box-folder 1-17
    Envelopes, 1896-1901
  • Box-folder 1-18
    Train Ticket/Post Office Note, 1892-1895