The Byrd Douglas Family Papers, 1819-1968, focus mainly on Judge Byrd Douglas (1894-1965), who was the author of a history of the Cumberland River entitled Steamboatin’ On The Cumberland. The majority of the collection pertains to the writing of his book and consists of original handwritten notes, an original register of steamboats, captains and crew members on the Cumberland River from 1870-1890, several manuscript copies, galley sheets, 143 photographs of steamboats and river scenes, and replies for autographed books. Other materials included in the collection pertaining to Judge Douglas but not necessarily to the writing of Steamboatin’ On The Cumberland are copies of some of his speeches. The collection also consists of correspondence, genealogical materials, mementos of membership in the Downtown Presbyterian Church, and legal documents spanning three generations of the Douglas Family. Also in this collection is one box of oversized materials that includes some steamboat and river related photographs, diagrams of river navigation rules, certificates of membership to the Ladies Hermitage Society, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and an application to the Virginia Society, Colonial Dames of America.