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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Letters to and from Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1838-1864

Series II: Letters to and from Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1869-1894

Series III: Letters to and from Other Persons, 1849-1886

Series IV: U.S. and Confederate Imprints, 1848-1867

Series V: Related Documents and Printed Material, 1850-1964

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Jefferson Davis letters and related materials collection, 1838-1964 MS 005



creatorDavis, Jefferson
Title: Jefferson Davis letters and related materials collection
Dates: 1838-1964
Abstract:Original handwritten letters between U.S. Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his government and military colleagues, and his wife, Varina. Colleagues include General William H. Emory, Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Sidney W. Burbank, Secretary of War John B. Floyd, General Joseph E. Johnston, Col. Abraham Myers, General James Chesnut, and William H. Sanders. The bulk of the letters date from the 1850s and 1860s. Additional materials are letters to and from other persons, U.S. and Confederate imprints, newspapers and other related ephemera.
Identification: MS 005
Quantity: 0.75 Linear Feet2 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Jefferson Davis was a West Point graduate (1828), army officer on the western frontier (1828-35), Zachary Taylor's son-in-law and confidant, a Mississippi planter and slaveholder, presidential elector (1844), United States congressman and senator in the 1840s and 1850s, gubernatorial candidate (1851), Franklin Pierce's secretary of war and personal advisor (1853-1857), spokesman for the South in the Senate (1857-61), president of the Confederacy (1861-65), a federal prisoner indicted for treason (1865-67), Memphis businessman (1869-73), Confederate apologist, and a notable symbol of the Lost Cause.

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Scope and Contents

Original handwritten letters between U.S. Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his government and military colleagues, and his wife, Varina. Colleagues include General William H. Emory, Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Sidney W. Burbank, Secretary of War John B. Floyd, General Joseph E. Johnston, Col. Abraham Myers, General James Chesnut, and William H. Sanders. The bulk of the letters date from the 1850s and 1860s. Additional materials are letters to and from other persons, U.S. and Confederate imprints, newspapers and other related ephemera.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restictions

Permission to publish material from the Jefferson Davis Letters must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

corrrespondence
United States
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Davis, Varina Howell
Davis, Jefferson
Floyd, John B. (John Buchanan)
Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold)
Myers, Abraham C.
James Chesnut, 1815-1885
Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston)
Mann, A. Dudley (Ambrose Dudley), 1801-1889

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Related Materials

See also Kuntz U.S. Civil War Collection (MS 256) at the Woodson Research Center for additional original Jefferson Davis letters dating from 1862-1865 and 1880.

Contact the Library of Congress, National Archives, Tulane University, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA) for information on their holdings of Davis correspondence and records.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jefferson Davis letters and related materials collection, MS 005, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

A portion of these letters were purchased by the Fondren Library in 1975 and the remaining materials were donated by the Jefferson Davis Project when its editorial work ended in 2015. Most are published in the Papers of Jefferson Davis, a 14 volume set available at many libraries and from LSU Press.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Letters to and from Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1838-1864

BoxFolder
Jefferson Davis to Joseph E. Davis, Jan. 2, 1838
Jefferson Davis to Varina Howell, Jan. 31, 1845
Related Materials
See also letter in Box 2 Folder 31.
Jefferson Davis to Thomas S. Jesup, May 26, 1846
Jefferson Davis to Varina Howell Davis, Dec. 10, 1846
Jefferson Davis to Robert J. Walker, Dec. 9, 1847
Walter Cunningham to Jefferson Davis, June 7, [1848]
Jefferson Davis to Francis J. Lynch, Feb. 25, 1850
Ferdinand L. Claiborne to Jefferson Davis, May 25, 1850
Jefferson Davis account with William Laughlin & Co., Mar. 19, 1850
Jefferson Davis et al. to William A. Graham and Thomas Corwin, Feb. 18, 1851
Horatio J. Harris to Jefferson Davis, Apr. 17, 1851
Jefferson Davis to Asbury Dickins, Nov. 30, 1851
Jefferson Davis to Thomas J. Durant, Feb. 17, 1853
Jefferson Davis order re discharges, May 2, 1853
Henry K. Craig to Jefferson Davis, June 8, 1853
Henry K. Craig to Jefferson Davis, Feb. 9, 1854
Henry L. Heiskell to Thomas Lawson, with Jefferson Davis endorsement, June 17, 1854
William H. Emory to Jefferson Davis, with Davis endorsement, Aug. 14, 1854
Jefferson Davis to Stephen A. Douglas, Feb. 7, 1855
Jefferson Davis to Alexandre Vattemare, May 5, 1855
Jefferson Davis to Persifor F. Smith, May 25, 1855
William R. Andrews to Henry K. Craig, with Jefferson Davis endorsement, Nov. 7, 1855
Jefferson Davis endorsement to [John G. Barnard], Feb. 13, 1856
Jefferson Davis to Anthony Hyde, Mar. 6, 1856
Nathaniel P. Banks to Jefferson Davis, Apr. 5, 1856
Jefferson Davis to Jesse D. Bright, William H. English, S. Miller, July 11, 1856
Jefferson Davis to Alexander H. Bowman, July 18, 1856
A. O. P. Nicholson to Jefferson Davis, Jan. 19, 1857
Jefferson Davis to E. E. Bradbury, Dec. 31, 1858
Jefferson Davis to William J. Hardee, May 30, 1859
Sidney W. Burbank to Jefferson Davis, with Davis endorsement to John B. Floyd, Sept. 24, 1859
Jefferson Davis to John J. Pettus, Dec. 29, 1859
Jefferson Davis to Montgomery C. Meigs, July 25, 1860
Jefferson Davis to Francis W. Pickens, Jan. 19, 1861
Jefferson Davis to John F. Callan, Feb. 7, 1861
Francis H. Hatch to Jefferson Davis, Sept. 6, 1861
Thomas O. Moore et al. to Jefferson Davis, Sept. 6, 1861
Thomas O. Moore to Jefferson Davis, Sept. 7, 1861
Thomas O. Moore to Jefferson Davis, Sept. 7, 1861
Edwin De Leon to Jefferson Davis, Oct. [24], 1861
Hartley Graham to Jefferson Davis, Feb. 26, 1862
Joseph E. Johnston to Jefferson Davis, with Davis endorsement to Abraham C. Myers, Mar. 3, 1862
Abraham C. Myers to Jefferson Davis, Mar. 7, 1862
Joseph E. Johnston to Jefferson Davis, Mar. 13, 1862
[John S. Menefee] to Jefferson Davis, Oct. 13, 1862
Jefferson Davis to Anna Reid Sanders, June 11, 1863
Jefferson Davis to George B. Hodge, May 17, 1864
Jefferson Davis to Samuel Jones, July 7, 1864
Jefferson Davis to Joseph E. Johnston, July 12, 1864
Jefferson Davis to William M. Browne, July 29, 1864
Jefferson Davis to Dabney H. Maury, Aug. 5, 1864
Jefferson Davis to James Chesnut, Oct. 31, 1864
Jefferson Davis to Milledge L. Bonham, Oct. 31, 1864

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Series II: Letters to and from Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, 1869-1894

BoxFolder
Jefferson Davis to Varina Howell Davis, Aug. 2, 1869
Varina Howell Davis to Jefferson Davis, June 22, [1870]
Jefferson Davis to Mrs. C. Carson, July 15, 1870
Jefferson Davis to Jane Elgee Wilde, Sept. 21, 1870
Jefferson Davis to Burton N. Harrison, Jan. 11, 1874
Jefferson Davis to Mrs. ---- Horn[e]-Payne, Mar. 16, 1874
Jefferson Davis to A. Dudley Mann, Dec. 11, 1875
Varina Howell Davis to Margaret Davis Hayes, Mar. 12, 1879
Jefferson Davis to A. Dudley Mann, Sept. 3, 1879
Jefferson Davis to Crafts J. Wright, July 21, 1881
Thomas C. Reynolds to Jefferson Davis, July 30, 1881
Varina Howell Davis to A. Dudley Mann, [Sept. 1881]
Jefferson Davis to Van H. Manning, Dec. 15, 1882
Jefferson Davis to Charles Mercer Hall, July 7, 1884
Jefferson Davis to Micajah H. Clark, Oct. 23, 1884
Jefferson Davis to Campbell Brown, July 9, 1885
Varina Howell Davis to Helen Gray, Nov. 28, 1886
Jefferson Davis to Martin W. Philips, Jan. 28, 1887
Jefferson Davis to Isaac R. Pennypacker, Jan. 31, 1887
Jefferson Davis to Martin W. Philips, Nov. 24, 1887
Jefferson Davis to William H. Sanders, Mar. 23, 1888
Jefferson Davis to Samuel H. Christie, Feb. 12, 1889
Varina H. Davis to Helen Gray, Mar. 4, 1889
Jefferson Davis to J. William Jones, Mar. 22, 1889
Jefferson Davis to [Lou] H. Willis, Apr. 13, 1889
Varina Howell Davis to Helen Gray, Feb. 15, 1894

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Series III: Letters to and from Other Persons, 1849-1886

BoxFolder
Eliza Turner Quitman to Henry Quitman, Aug. 9, 1849
Eliza Turner Quitman to Henry Quitman, May 1, 1850
Margaret Kempe Howell to William F. Howell, Mar. 16, 1851
Statement of Haggi Mohammed and Hassan Aga, Jan. 16, 1861
W. D. Putnam to Clara ----, July 15, 1863 [enclosing Jefferson Davis to Varina Howell, Jan. 31, 1845]
Wes ---- to D. R. Jencks, July 29, 1863
Statements on capture of Jefferson Davis, July-Sept. 1879
Anne M. Barnes to William F. Gable, Oct. 11, 1886

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Series IV: U.S. and Confederate Imprints, 1848-1867

BoxFolder
Bill on army retired list, Jan. 20, 1848
Report and bill on Nehemiah Brush, May 10, 1848
Report and bill on relief of Roger Jones, Jan. 4, 1849
Report on loan of artillery to Norwich University, Jan. 29, 1849
Report on Arkansas survey, Jan. 31, 1849
Report on widow of Antonio Pacheco, Feb. 5, 1849
Bill for relief of Alexander Montgomery, Feb. 20, 1849
Remarks on Vermont resolutions, Feb. 10, 1850
Speech on slavery in the territories, Feb. 13-14, 1850
General Orders, Adjutant General’s Office, 1853-1855
Report on Robert S. Williamson survey, Mar. 20, 1854
Report on fortifications, Mar. 20, 1856
Report on War Department contracts, Jan. 29, 1857
Speech of Judah P. Benjamin, Mar. 1, 1860
Message to Congress, Nov. 18, 1861
Report on department employees, Feb. 15, 1862
Message to Congress, Feb. 25, 1862
Message to Congress, Jan. 12, 1863
Message to House of Representatives, Apr. 16, 1863
Message to Congress, Dec. 7, 1863
Message to Congress, May 30, 1864
Message to Congress, Nov. 7, 1864
Message to Congress, Feb. 6, 1865
Report on Lincoln assassination, July 1866
Report on claims for capture of Jefferson Davis, Mar. 2, 1867

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Series V: Related Documents and Printed Material, 1850-1964

BoxFolder
Washington Daily National Intelligencer, Feb. 19, 1850
Vicksburg Weekly Sentinel, July 9, 1856
Washington Daily National Intelligencer, Jan. 11, 1859
Washington Daily National Intelligencer, Oct. 4, 1859
Confederate election ballot, Nov. 1861
Confederate $20 bill, 1861-1865
U.S. envelopes, 1861-1865
Daily Richmond Enquirer, Dec. 31, 1864
Bill of exchange, Jan. 7, 1865
Galveston Daily News, May 31, 1865
New York Herald, Apr. 11, 1866
Jefferson Davis cartoon, June 1867 [New York]
In Memoriam. Jefferson Davis (1890)
John A. Fox, Capture of Jefferson Davis (published booklet, 1964)

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