The collection consists of an original album of 46 albumen print photographs, ca. 1880-1891, documenting Lochinvar, the plantation home of Robert Gordon and his son, Col. James Gordon, of Pontotoc County, Mississippi. The anonymous photographer captured images of the exterior and interior of the house, various family members, ex-slaves and their quarters, the grounds around the house, and hunting scenes.
Robert Gordon immigrated to Cotton Gin Port, Mississippi, from Scotland; married Mary Elizabeth Walton; excelled as an Indian trader and landowner; and founded the town of Aberdeen in Monroe County, Mississippi. After the Chickasaw Cession of 1832 Robert purchased two sections of land near Pontotoc, where he built Lochinvar in 1836. Robert and Mary Elizabeth's son, James Gordon, grew up in the house, married Carolina Virginia Wiley, and had two children of his own, Annie and Robert James. James Gordon served as an officer in the Confederate Army under Jeb Stuart and Nathan Bedford Forrest, and he was briefly suspected of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. James Gordon represented Chickasaw County in the Mississippi legislature in 1857, 1878, 1886, and 1904-1908; and in December 1909 Governor Edmond F. Noel appointed him to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Senator Anselm J. McLaurin until the state legislature could elect a new senator in February 1910.
James Gordon inherited Lochinvar when his father died in 1867. Lochinvar remained in the Gordon family until 1900, when J. D. Fontaine, an attorney in Pontotoc, Mississippi, bought it to use as a tenant house. Dr. Forrest Tutor and his wife, Dr. Janis Burns Tutor, purchased the home from Fontaine's son in 1966 and restored it. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.