Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the John H. Wright U.S. Civil War and related ephemera collection, 1838-1936



Descriptive Summary

Title: John H. Wright U.S. Civil War and related ephemera collection
Dates: 1838-1936
Abstract: U.S. Civil war imprints and currency, various 19th century broadsides, brief histories of Army Generals including U.S. Grant, W.T. Sherman, A.E.Burnside, and others, as well as other ephemera such as Mussolini's shaving kit. This material was collected over a period of years by John H. Wright.
Identification: MS 061
Quantity: 10 lin. ft. (17 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Historical Sketch

John H. Wright (1906-1990) attended Central High School in Houston and was a 1928 Rice graduate. He worked for Star Engraving Company and Taylor Publishing Company. He was married to Ruby Gow (d. 1986) and was an avid collector of Confederate printed materials. His passion for collecting resulted in the publishing of Compendium, a bibliography of printed Confederacy items.


Scope and Contents

U.S. Civil war imprints and currency, various 19th century broadsides, brief histories of Army Generals including U.S. Grant, W.T. Sherman, A.E.Burnside, and others, as well as other ephemera such as Benito Mussolini's personalized Gilette shaving kit. This material was collected over a period of years by John H. Wright.

Books donated by Mr. Wright have been cataloged separately.


 

Arrangement

Series I. Currency, broadsides and ephemera
Series II: Imprints, booklets and brochures

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Wright collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945
Subjects
War
Money
Subjects (Places)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Formats
Currency.
Photographs.
Broadsides.
Pamphlets.
Printed documents.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John H. Wright U.S. Civil War and related ephemera collection, 1838-1936, MS 61, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This material was donated by John H. Wright over a period of 30 years, circa 1960-1990.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Currency, broadsides and ephemera

box folder
1 1 Confederate currency: $1 bill (1)
2 Confederate currency: $5 bill (75)
3 Confederate currency: $10 bill (210)
4 Confederate currency: $20 bill (119)
5 Confederate currency: $50 bill (2)
6 Confederate currency: $100 bill (19)
7 Southern currency: 29 bills
8 Texas currency: 10 bills
9 $2 bill and listing of coins
10 Coins
11 Benito Mussolini shaving kit documentation; Benito Mussolini shaving kit: Gillette safety razor in leather case with initials “BM” under wreath on outside; gold plated pieces include 1 razor, 2 talc shakers, 1 razor blade holder; all have initials “BM”
12 R.G. Carter correspondence, 1935-36
13 Broadside: “An Address to the Republicans of Portage County [Ohio],” Oct. 3, 1881
14 Joseph Pennell memorial
15 Broadside: Jacob Horne report, May 24, 1838
16 Broadside: “Texian”
17 Broadside: “Address: Our Heroes, the Leaders of a New Reformation”
18 Broadside and pamphlet in German
box folder
2 1 Autograph book: “Photographs and Autographs of the Present County Officers-Elect of Otsego County, New York,” 1860
2 Histories of Poor Boys who have become rich, and Other Famous People” [originally packaged in Duke’s cigarettes]: Ole Bull; Jas. G. Blaine; Robt. Ingersoll; Josef Hoffman
2 Histories of Poor Boys who have become rich, and Other Famous People [originally packaged in Duke’s cigarettes]: Ole Bull; Jas. G. Blaine; Robt. Ingersoll; Josef Hoffman
2 Histories of the Following Generals. Series of Small Books, 1888 [originally packaged in Duke’s cigarettes]:
N.P. Banks
D.C. Buell
A.E. Burnside
Adml. Farragut
A.H. Foote
Gen. Garfield
Genl. Gilmore
Gen. U.S. Grant
Gen. H.W. Halleck
Gen. McClellan
Genl. J. McDowell
Gen. G. Meade
W.S. Rosencrans
Gen. Winfield Scott
Gen. Phil. Sheridan
Gen. W.T. Sherman
Gen. F. Sigel
Pages from The Little Primer, 1829
box folder
2 3 Yonkers Military Institute invitation
4 The Sun advertising bill (2)
5 Confederate bonds
6 Broadside: “Proclamation to the People of Texas”
7 Broadside: “Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Texas”
8 Selections from the Bouts-Rimes of John Tenniel
9 Album of reproductions of Confederate currency
9 Album of reproductions of Confederate currency
10 The Picture Story of the Port Hudson Battlefield, 1863 and other Louisiana Civil War Scenes
11 Map of Atlanta as of 1938
12 The Photographic History of the Civil War advertising pages
13 The Soldier in Our Civil War, incomplete pages
14 The Soldier in Our Civil War, Part 12
15 The Soldier in Our Civil War, Part 13
16 The Soldier in Our Civil War, Part 14
17 The Soldier in Our Civil War, Part 15
- Framed $50 Confederate bill
- Framed Republic of Texas invoice



 

Series II: Imprints, booklets and brochures

box folder
3-4 - Confederacy
box folder
5 - Lectures/addresses
box folder
6 - Personalities: Davis, Lee, Lincoln, Jackson
box folder
7 - Personalities, general
box folder
8 - Georgia
box folder
9 - Louisiana, Mississippi
box folder
10-11 - Virginia
box folder
12 - Tennessee, Kentucky
box folder
13 - Alabama, Missouri, New York, Maryland
box folder
14-15 - North Carolina, South Carolina, South
box folder
16 - Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Vermont, Kansas, Ohio
box folder
17 - Texas, Pennsylvania