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Baer Family Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0155

Scope and Contents

This collection in comprised principally business and family correspondence and general papers of the Baer family of the Panther Gap vicinity of Rockbridge County, Va. with a concentration of papers relative to the family's land holdings such as maps, indentures, and wills. Other highlights are a group of twenty-one manuscript weaving drafts for making household textiles, a family Bible in German(l744), local militia fines, genealogical materials, some relating to the Decker and Hite (Heyt) families, and two farming account books of Joseph Baer, 1853-1859.


  • Creation: 1744 - 1929


Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Baer family were German immigrants, who settled in Panther Gap area of Rockbridge Co., Virginia.


.25 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collected by Ethelyn B. Goodman. Gift of her estate, 1974.


Folders 5, 12, and 21 will be on loan for exhibition June 1, 2024-May 31, 2025.



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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA