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Finding Aid for the Mary Clay Lloyd Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Lloyd, Mary Clay
Mary Clay Lloyd Collection
1.0 Linear feet (1 oversize box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains items related to the Clay Family of Demopolis, Ala., and surrounding areas. Included are newspaper articles, writings by Mary Clay Lloyd, genealogical materials, and other items.

Preferred Citation

Mary Clay Lloyd Collection (MUM00273), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Mary Clay Lloyd was a writer who wrote about her family lineage, the South and its farming, and an Indian warrior named Pushmataha. Lloyd was the granddaughter of Matthew Clay, the "Alfalfa King" in Alabama, and Mary Harrison, the youngest child of Isham Harrison, a near relative of President William Henry Harrison. Matthew Clay had a relative in the Revolutionary War, then became member of Congress in 1797 until 1813. Mary Clay Lloyd was daughter of C.C. (Charles Capacity) Clay, who created the “Demopolis” section of West Alabama Black Belt.

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Scope and Content

Much of the collection concerns the Clay family, their lineage, and their farming activities. Also included is some of Mary Clay Lloyd’s personal writing and work, including articles she wrote that were published.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries February 2013

Access Restrictions

The Mary Clay Lloyd Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Received from Mary Clay Lloyd, 10 March 1980

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lance Ingram, September 2012. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, February 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Lloyd family


  • articles
  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • newspapers
  • obituaries

Geographic Name(s)

  • Black Belt (Ala. and Miss.)
  • Demopolis (Ala.) -- History


  • Agriculture -- Alabama
  • Alfalfa -- Alabama

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Collection Inventory

 1.1 Miscellaneous newspapers 

 1.2 “Thomas Jefferson and His Unknown Brother Randolph" 

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings about founders of Virginia

 1.3 “Thomas Jefferson: The Advocate of Truth, Freedom & Equality”: Public speeches by Joseph B. Shannon 

Scope and Content

Folder includes various Thomas Jefferson clippings from different periodicals

 1.4 “The Territorial Papers of the United States” 

Scope and Content

Excerpts of Matthew Clay messages to the President

 1.5 Newspaper clippings, essays, and other miscellaneous items about the Clay family 

 1.6 C.C. Clay “Why Who’s Who” in The Demopolis Times 

 1.7 E.R. Lloyd Obituaries 

 1.8 “Sayings of C.C. Clay (Remembered by His Daughter)” 

 1.9 “How C.C. Clay & Associates Sold $3 Million Worth of Land in the Black-Belt Clover Section” By Mary Clay Lloyd 

 1.10 “Looking at Alabama History Through Early Settlers in the State” by Mary Clay Lloyd 

 1.11 Chapter 3 – The Alfalfa Campaigns in 1913 and 1916 

 1.12 Correspondence with The Demopolis Times 

 1.13 Letter to Alabama Magazine from Mary Clay Lloyd 

 1.14 “Louisiana Education in Wartime” 

Scope and Content

Features picture of Mary Clay Lloyd

 1.15 Newspaper article & photo of Mrs. E.R. Lloyd 

 1.16 Dixieland journal 

 1.17 “Splendid Success of a Southern Woman” article about Ms. Bessie B. Clay 

 1.18 C.C. Clay Obituary 

 1.19 Thesis by Mary Clay Lloyd 

 1.20 Brochure and article about Pushmataha written by Mary Clay Lloyd 

 1.21 Jamestown Festival program; postcards 

 1.22 1979 calendar from Merchants and Farmer’s Bank 

 1.23 The Breeder’s Gazette: “Alabama’s Moo” 

Scope and Content

Article about C.C. Clay’s land

 1.24 The Mississippi Historical Chronicle: article with references to Clay family 

 1.25 William Faulkner article and newspaper clippings 

 1.26 “Alfalfa King” article 

 1.27 Reproduction George Washington Inaugural papers 

 1.28 Copy of diploma to Matthew Clay from University of Pennsylvania Medical School 

 1.29 Articles about Demopolis and Alfalfa King 

 1.30 Miscellaneous documents 

 1.31 Blueprints to Clay house 

 1.32 Picture of Clay house (unfoldered)