Chiefly correspondence, receipts, work contracts, accounts with laborers and other records re Osteen's leather tannery and shoe manufacturing business in Sumter County, S.C., as well as his cultivation of cotton, apples, and peaches, and the production of turpentine.
Materials dating to Civil War period include affidavit, 1 Oct. 1863, reporting "an acts of unlawful trading" by an African-American slave belonging to J.S. Richardson, Jr., in purchasing leather believed to have been stolen from Osteen's tanyard.
Also includes two broadsides, 22 June 1875, Sumter, S.C., advertising the sale of turnip and cabbage seed by J.M. Wilder; and broadside, c. 1875, advertisement of A.D. Egerton & Co., Baltimore, Md., re the favorable prospects for the peach market in the Baltimore area.
Also including 6 volumes [legal size]: 1845-1847; 1854; and 1859-1878, documenting Osteen's leather tanning business, his cobbler shop, and the cultivation of cotton, apples, and peaches, including data on cotton crops, plantation records, shipment of peaches and apples, turpentine production, and work contracts and accounts with laborers.
University South Caroliniana Society Program, 1982, p. 27.
Thomas H. Osteen Papers, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina.