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Buffat Family Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0007

Scope and Contents

Papers of the family of Pierre Francois Buffat, his wife Sylvie Louise Tauxe Buffat, their children and relatives, who came from Switzerland to Knoxville, Tenn., in 1849. Pierre F. Buffat owned a farm at Spring Place in Knox County, Tenn. He ran a mill starting in 1861, and his son Alfred Buffat joined the business in 1865. Other family names included in the correspondence include: Bolli, Chavannes, Porta, Esperandieu, Sterchi, Truan, and Tauxe. Many of the letters were written in French, with typed translations made by Mrs. C. M. McClung. Papers also include: clippings; social invitations; railroad stock certificates; receipts; poetry; sketch books with drawings by Elisa Bolli Buffat while in Brazil; typed copies of Alfred Buffat’s “Memoirs of My Parents and Their Times,” “My Milling Experiences,” and “Recollections of My Mother.”; Elisa Bolli Buffat’s manuscript “Some Recollections of My Childhood Days and Incidents of My Life During the Civil War.”; extracts of Alfred Buffat’s “Memoirs” with photographs. For a list of selected correspondents, see A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection by Linda Posey (1974). From 2001 notes by Sarah McKee: 1837 sketchbook; 1862 sketchbook; 1874 postmortem on P.F. Buffat; 1889 photograph of Coal Creek Valley; 1890-92 Coal Creek documents (re: the conflict there); 1894 inventory of the estate of Felicia Tauxe.


  • 1831-1925

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


3 boxes


Included in Linda Posey thesis of McClung Collection Manuscript holdings and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States