Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William H. Nelson "The American Tory" typescript, 1960 MS 350



creator Nelson, William H., 1923-
Title: William H. Nelson "The American Tory" typescript
Dates: 1960
Abstract: This collection consists of a bound typescript of the book The American Tory, which is the study of the Loyalists (or “Tories”) of the American Revolution.
Identification: MS 350
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)
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Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

William H. Nelson began his study of the Tories as a graduate student at Columbia University. After graduate school, he continued his research which resulted in his work The American Tory.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a bound typescript of the book The American Tory, which is the study of the Loyalists (or “Tories”) of the American Revolution. The author notes that the history of the Tories remains somewhat forgotten as a result of their defeat in the war; however, the author seeks to examine the “depth of their quarrel with their fellow Americans and the totality of their defeat.” This book contains many handwritten editorial notes and marks. The typescript is 216 pages in length, not including a short preface at the beginning and an index at the end.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the William H. Nelson The American Tory typescript must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William H. Nelson The American Tory typescript, 1960, MS 350, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift donated by the author on January 2, 1962.


Detailed Description of the Collection

The American Tory typescript

Scope and Contents note
One annotated typescript with the following sections:
Folder
1 Preface
The Roots of Loyalty
The Essential Tory
The Moderate Men
The Crisis of Allegiance
The Tory Rank and File
The True Whigs
Disenchantment
The Refugees
The Tory Legacy