Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Papers of Jefferson Davis documents and reference collection, 1815-2015 MS 638



creator Rice University. Jefferson Davis Association
Title: Papers of Jefferson Davis documents and reference collection
Dates: 1815-2015, bulk 1850-1880
Dates (Bulk): bulk
Identification: MS 638
Quantity: 270 Linear Feet80 file drawers, 36 boxes, 20 binders, 1 card catalog
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Best known as president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis served in the Mexican War, in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and was secretary of war under Franklin Pierce. After the Civil War he became a symbol of the Lost Cause.

The Papers of Jefferson Davis, a documentary editing project based at Rice University in Houston, Texas, has prepared (1971-2015) a 14-volume edition of his letters and speeches, published by LSU Press.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes the wealth of documentation identified from across the United States and beyond and assembled for the purpose of the publication of the Papers of Jefferson Davis, a 14-volume set, funded by the NHPRC, and other activities and persons, beginning in the 1960s and running through 2015. Many of the speeches and letters published in the edition, either in full or summarized, are present in this collection as photocopies or on microfilm. Not every document featured in the edition is currently represented here, as many were on microfilm on loan from the owning repositories for one-time reference use by the project, and such reels have been returned to the owning repositories.


Arrangement

Copies of speeches and letters are arranged in boxes of microfilm grouped by owning repository and in file drawers arranged chronologically.
Researchers often begin their work by exploring the master card set which is arranged in chronological order, following the order of the documents featured in the 14-volume set. These cards contain information about the content of the document, as well as about the source of the original document, suggesting to the user whether the copy is in this collection as a photocopy, on microfilm, or in some cases is no longer part of this collection (cases when the owning repository took possession of the microfilm it has loaned for this project).
Other reference tools are arranged by date or alphabetically as appropriate, as can be seen by reviewing the box and file drawer listing in this finding aid.
The card catalog for the Papers of Jefferson Davis, supplementing the Vertical and Reference Files, is available in the reading room of the Woodson Research Center, and can be especially useful for topics such as locating Varina Davis documents and biographical sketches which were published in the multi-volume set.

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Reserach Center. Contact woodson@rice.edu.

We cannot allow the copying of any manuscripts except those owned by the Rice University, Davis family members, Library of Congress, and the National Archives. Only if the researcher secured permission from the owner, whether repository or individual, can a copy be made from our copy. Copying of typescripts, transcriptions, and printed versions is permitted.


Index Terms

photographs
letters (correspondence)
notes
drawings (visual works)
genealogies (histories)
speeches
Southern States
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Davis, Jefferson
Davis, Varina Howell

Related Materials

Jefferson Davis Letters and related materials, MS 005, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. (Finding aid online at http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/5)

Jefferson Davis Project website includes valuale timeline and genealogical information: https://jeffersondavis.rice.edu/


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Papers of Jefferson Davis documents and reference collection, 1815-2015, MS 638, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the Papers of Jefferson Davis Project after the last volume of the edition was published.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Documents, 1816-1907

Scope and Contents
All of the Jefferson Davis documents at the Woodson Research Center are copies except those in the Jefferson Davis Letters and related materials (MS 005, Woodson Research Center).
The document files include everything the Jefferson Davis Project received in photocopy form, but only a relatively small percentage of prints from documents on microfilm.
The document files are in chronological order by year.month.day, each in a manila envelope. Conjecturally dated items are filed at the end of the month or year. Documents from the secretary of war period (1853 - 1857) that cannot be reliably dated are filed at the end of 1857. Also check in "n.d." at the end of document files.
The 3x5 pale yellow control slips in the envelopes may or may not reflect the copy actually used in the edition, but are useful for summaries.
In addition to items to and from Jefferson Davis, the document files include the correspondence of Varina Howell Davis, Joseph E. Davis, and other family members. There are also letters of others about the Davises and contemporary issues. Some small collections of non-Jefferson/Varina Davis letters are in the genealogy files and vertical files. Two examples in the vertical files: William Preston Johnston letters and Dorsey Papers, the latter since folded into the Davis Collection at the Museum of the Confederacy (Davis was executor and heir of the Dorsey estate)–see numbers 2905-3081 in the checklist. In the genealogy files: Lise Mitchell Papers and Josie Alexander Collection.
The copies come from hundreds of repositories and private owners. Many Davis collections - for example, those held by the Museum of the Confederacy (now located at the Va. Hist. Soc.), Tulane, Library of Congress, Duke, Transylvania, and the U. of Alabama - number in the hundreds or thousands.
There are typed item by item inventories in the three ring binders for dozens of repositories. They are often helpful in identifying specific letters (where they may be filed, for example) and in determining ownership.
We cannot allow the copying of any manuscripts except those owned by the Rice University, Davis family members, Library of Congress, and the National Archives. Only if the researcher secured permission from the owner, whether repository or individual, can a copy be made from our copy. Copying of typescripts, transcriptions, and printed versions is permitted.
Many privately owned documents have entered or re-entered the marketplace since we secured our copies (see 89.2.2, to Martin W. Philips). Likewise, entire collections have been deaccessioned and sold, among them the Forbes Magazine Collection and the Dallas Historical Society collection of Davis / John H. Reagan letters.
Many other names of collections and repositories have changed. Examples: "Confederate Museum" became Museum of the Confederacy and is now part of the American Civil War Museum; "Chicago Historical Society" is now the Chicago History Museum. The Gilder / Lehrman Collection moved from the Pierpont Morgan Library to the New York Historical Society.
All copies received from the Filson Club (Filson Historical Society, Louisville) were returned to the Filson as a condition of use. Some were transcribed and the typescripts are in the document files.
Ownership of the originals sometimes changes, in which case the envelope usually has multiple copies of the same item. See 80.11.22, to Capen, for an example of copies received from two different owners.
Most prints of documents from microfilm made with old wet process microfilm reader/printers were discarded.
Not all transcriptions in envelopes were prepared by Davis Project staff. In general, those on yellow or blue paper were. Except for the letters printed in full in the edition, most have not been proofread. Sometimes there is more than one document in an envelope–enclosure, letter or transmittal, letters on the same subject, for examples. The other letters are identified on the envelope and identified as "f/w" (filed with) in the database. See 61.6.13 from Harris. It happens occasionally that we don't have either the transmittal letter or that one is a photocopy and the other is on film or vice versa.
Variant versions of the same item are filed together - sender's copy, recipient's copy, printed version, etc.
Two documents from the same writer on the same day are filed together. Occasionally, a "permission to print" document is filed with the letter: 74.12.2, Varina to J. W. Garrett is an example. Otherwise, permission authorizations are in the correspondence files.
"cat." on a document envelope means only an autograph dealer's catalog description is within.
Sometimes there is a manuscript copy on microfilm. "cat. only" means we do not have a manuscript copy.
"print" and "print only"–same as "cat." and "cat. only"
"lost letters" on envelope: one of the letters stolen from Davis' library in Mississippi in 1863 [most of them, eventually turned over to William T. Sherman, form the core of the Davis Collection in the Library of Congress]
"Rowland" on envelope: printed in the 1923 edition of Davis' papers
"Private Ls" or "Priv Letters" or a variation of same means Hudson Strode's edition. His transcriptions are not accurate, so use with care. "DP 6:253.54" on envelope: printed in our edition, Davis Papers, volume 6, pages 253 to 254
"Addenda, Vol. 9" on envelope: arrived after publication of volume in which it belongs chronologically and in time to be included in Addenda section of Volume 9, but not necessarily selected for inclusion in that Addenda section.
All documents are recorded in spreadsheets, accessible to Woodson staff for reference purposes.
Subseries A: Documents on microfilm
General
The letter and letter-number codes in square brackets here represent the Davis Project's accession codes used for microfilm as they came in from the owning repository. The master document card set and the document envelopes make reference to these microfilm reel codes and go on to include frame numbers.
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1 Virginia State Library [AP]
North Carolina Archives [AQ]
National Archives [AS]
Harvard University [AT]
National Archives [BX, BY, BZ, CA, CB]
Mississippi Archives [CC]
Historical Society of Pennsylvania [CD]
National Archives [CE, CF, CG, CH, CI, CJ, CK, CL, CM, CN, CO]
Georgia Archives [CP, CQ]
National Archives [GL, GM, GN, GO, GP, GQ, GR, GS, GU, GV, GW]
LSU [GX]
National Archives [JH, JI, JJ, JK, JL, JM, JN, JO, JP, JQ, JR]
Virginia Historical Society [JS]
Confederate Museum [JT, JU, JV, JW, JX, JY, JZ]
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2 National Archives [KA, KB, KC, KD, KE, KF, KG, KH, KI, KJ]
Mississippi Archives [KK, KL]
Iowa Archives [KM]
Mississippi Archives [KN]
University of California, Berkeley [KO]
Huntington Library [KP]
Alabama Archives [KQ, KR]
Transylvania University [KS]
New York Historical Society [KT]
Mississippi Archives [KU]
National Archives [KV, KW, KX, KY, KZ, LA. LB, LC]
New York Historical Society [LD]
National Archives [LE, LF, LG, LH, LI, LJ, LK]
New York Public Library [MB]
National Archives [MC, MD, ME, MF, MG, MI, MJ, MK]
US Military Academy [ML, MM]
National Archives [PJ, PK, PL, PM, PN]
Library of Congress [PO, PP]
National Archives [PQ, PR]
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3 National Archives [PS, PT, PU, PV, PW, PX, PY, PZ, QA, QB, QC]
Iowa Archives [QD]
Library of Congress, R.E. Lee Papers [QE]
National Archives [XH, XI, XJ, XK]
Duke University [XL, XM]
LSU [XN, XO]
Jennings, Nine Years of Democratic Rule in Mississippi
Library of Congress, Barbee Papers [XQ, XR]
Walthall, Sketch of the Life and Character of the President of the Confederate States
Confederate Museum [XT]
Vermilya, The Battles of Mexico [XX]
Moody, History of the Mexican War
Personal tax rools, Warren County, MS, 1818-36 [YB, YC]
Congressional Directory, 31st-36th Congress
Moore, Dictionary of Quotations [YE]
Mississippi Archives [YF]
Mississippi Archives (1845 Warren County census) [YG]
Library of Congress [YH]
Mississippi Archives, State of MS vs. H.A. Johnson, 1853 [YI]
Memphis State University (Univ. of Memphis) [ZA, ZB]
Tulane University [ZC-ZN]
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4 Tulane University [ZO-AAB]
[Alexander] Jefferson Davis Since His Capture [AAC]
University of North Carolina, T. Bragg Papers [AAD]
Rawson, "Party Politics in MS, 1850-60" [B-30]
Hinton, "Military Career of General John E. Wool" [B-31]
Young, "Mississippi Whigs, 1834-60" [B-32]
Massachusetts Historical Society, Henshaw Narrative[B-33]
Muldowny, "Administration of Jefferson Davis as Secretary of War" [B-34]
National Archives [C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, C-7, C-8, C-9, C-10, C-11, C-12, E-1, E-2, E-12, E-13, E-14]
1850 census, Adams County, MS [E-15]
1850 census, Hinds County, MS [E-16]
1850 census, Marshall County, MS [E-17]
1850 census, Warren and Wilkinson counties, MS [E-18]
National Archives [E-19, E-20]
1845 MS census [E-21]
1850 census DC, wards 1-4 [E-22]
1850 census DC, wards 5-7 and rest of DC [E-23]
University of Kentucky, Henry Clay Jr. diary [E-24]
University of Michigan, Davis speeches, 1848-50 [E-25]
Virginia State Library (Library of Virginia), Lee-Davis correspondence [E-26]
National Archives [E-27]
University of Memphis [E-28]
CSA Senate and House Journals [E-29]
Tennessee Archives, Dahlgren Papers [E-30]
Box
5 Memphis State University: Jefferson Davis-Joel Addison Hayes, Jr. family papers 1864-1882
Jefferson Davis papers in the National Archives, duplicate copies
Scope and Contents
This set duplicates the National Archives reels accounted for in boxes 1-4, and are being kept as back up.
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5 Before March 8, 1853
1824-1851 (rolls 1- 48; missing 47)
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6 1824-1851 (rolls 49-92; missing 62, 81)
Subseries B: Photocopied documents, 1816-1907
Scope and Contents
Documents filed in date order, as noted on the envelope containing each document.
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1 1816-June 1832
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2 1833-1845
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3 1846
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4 1847- June 1848
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5 1848 June - 1849
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6 1850
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7 1851-1852
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8 1853, January - July
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9 1853 August - 1854 January
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10 1854 February - December
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11 1855
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12 1856 January - October
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13 1856 November - 1858
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14 1859-1860
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15 1861 January - June
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16 1861 July - December
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17 1862 January - April
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18 1862 May - August
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19 1862 September - December
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20 1863 January - May
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21 1863 June - September
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22 1863 October - December
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23 1864 January - April
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24 1864 May - August
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25 1864 September - December
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26 1865 January - May
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27 1865 - 1866 June
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28 1867-1868
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29 1869-1870
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30 1871-1873
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31 1874-1876
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32 1877-1878 September
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33 1878 October - 1879
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34 1880-1881
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35 1882-1883
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36 1884-1885
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37 1886-1887 June
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38 1887 July - 1888
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39 1889-1894
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40 1895-1907, and undated



Series II: Reference tools for accessing documents, 1815-2015

Subseries A: Master card set for documents in Papers of Jefferson Davis (5"x8")
Scope and Contents
The boxed 5x8 slips (Jefferson Davis items) and the 3x5 slips in the card catalog (Varina Davis) are arranged chronologically and are the resources most read and copied by researchers, who use them as a guide to the document files and microfilm.
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7 1846-1850
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8 1851-1853 April
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9 1853 May - August
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10 1853 September - December
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11 1854 January - March
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12 1854 April - July
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13 1854 August - December
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14 1855 January - March 11
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15 1855 March 12 - July
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16 1855 August - December
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17 1856 January - March
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18 1856 April - July 15
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19 1856 July 16 - December
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20 1857
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21 1858-1859
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22 1860
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23 1861 January - June
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24 1861 July - December
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25 1862 January - June
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26 1862 July - December
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27 1863 January - June
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28 1863 July - December
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29 1864 January - June
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30 1864 July - December
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31 1865-1869
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32 1870 - 1876
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33 1877-1880
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34 1881-1885
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35 1886-1889
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JD card catalog Varina Davis documents master card set (3x5" cards)
Subseries B: Newspaper clippings (copies) files
Scope and Contents
Newspaper articles,some printed on thermal paper, are filed in chronological order. Many of the 3"x5" notes in the Papers of Jefferson Davis card catalog unit and 5"x8" cards refer to these prints.
Newspaper sources for items published in The Papers of Jefferson Davis, usually speeches and interviews, are in the document files. Some, especially those relating to Davis family genealogy or to specific events in Davis' life, are now in the genealogy and vertical files.
Many newspapers represented in these files are now available in digital format, but most-- particularly those from smaller markets--are not.
Fondren Library has cataloged the Davis Project's collection of newspapers on microfilm, notably pre-1861 Mississippi papers and Richmond papers of 1861-65, likewise the collection of pre-1861 city directories on fiche.
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41 1815-1849
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42 1850-1862
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43 1863-1866
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44 1867-1881
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45 1882-2015 (bulk 1882-1899)
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46-48 (drawers awaiting future newspaper additions)
Subseries C: Reference / subject files
Scope and Contents
Jefferson Davis Reference files are often referenced in the 3x5" slips in the card catalog.
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49 Biography, bibliography, property
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50 Childhood, education, military, political career, Mexican War
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51 Senate, U.S. Civil War, Secretary of War
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52 Flight and capture, prison, trial, Canada, travel, Beauvoir, death
Subseries D: Vertical files
Scope and Contents
Vertical files: persons, places, events, including some printed sources such as pamphlets and Confederate imprints, and typescripts.
Individual females are filed and identified under their last married names–especially important for relatives such as Florida Ann Davis McCaleb Laughlin (niece) and Lucinda Farrar Davis Davis Stamps (sister), and close connections such as Inez Routh Ellis Gordon Thompson Peckham. In a couple of cases, there are vertical files on women under their husbands' names (Inez, for instance). In the vertical files, husbands' names are sometimes first, mainly because that's usually how to find people on censuses. Always wise to check the 3x5 slips (document and reference) for all surnames.
Related Materials
See also the A-Z drawers in the Papers of Jefferson Davis card catalog, Woodson Research Center reading room.
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53 Files: Aberdeen - Boyle
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54 Files: Bragg - Churchill
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55 Files: Civil War - Davis Museums Association
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56 Files: Deacon - Fixary
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57 Files: Fleming - Gwin
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58 Files: Hampton - Ives
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59 Files: Jackson - Limber
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60 Files: Lincoln - McRae
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61 Files: Meade - Niles
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62 Files: Noland - Pyles
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63 Files: Quackenboss - Sprague
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64 Files: Stafford - Volck
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65 Files: Waddill - Zincke
Subseries E: Family and Genealogy files
Scope and Contents
[Individual folders to be listed soon.]
Many family members in the genealogical charts (Vols. 1 and 4 appendixes and online) do not have biographical sketches in the edition.
Divided into separate folders for Jefferson's parents and siblings in birth order (Matilda #8 died young). The folders are a hodge-podge of information, compiled over fifty years and derived from printed sources and primary documents; there are also primary documents in the files, such as gravestone photographs. Vertical files and the 3x5 slips (information and document control slips) also should be consulted about individuals.
Some family members--Joseph E. Davis, for example--have vertical files in addition to information in the genealogy folders. Joseph E. Davis' probate file is filed with genealogy since it involves so many relatives.
There are many repeated and similar names in the family: Mary Ellen, Ellen Mary, Lucinda Jane, Jane Lucinda, Hugh Robert, Robert Hugh, for example, as well as several namesakes of Joseph Emory and Jefferson Davis.
There are allied materials such as folders for the Howell family, on Davis' first and second marriages, Varina Howell Davis, Varina Anne Davis, [great-niece] Lise Mitchell's journal (Tulane), published and unpublished Davis family histories, and other collections of family papers, including contemporary letters.
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66 First marriage ceremony and Beechland
First marriage ceremony Taylor family reminiscences, including Trist Wood papers
First marriage ceremony, articles and correspondence, 1881-1966
Second marriage
Varina Howell Davis: primary sources, belongings, images
Varina Howell Davis: memoir, 1890
Varina Howell Davis: manuscripts, typescripts, and fragments
Varina Howell Davis: book, Etiquette for all Occasions
Varina Howell Davis: book, Grasshopper War
Varina Howell Davis: newspaper articles and other writings
Varina Howell Davis: secondary sources and bibliography, 1906-1979, 1992
Varina Howell Davis: secondary sources and bibliography, 1980s-
Varina Anne Davis: primary sources and images
Varina Anne Davis: secondary sources
Varina Anne Davis: writings
Varina Anne Davis: Cita Cook articles
Varina Anne Davis: article, Heath Hardage - Symbol of Sacrifice
Varina Anne Davis: article by Tommie LaCavera, "Varina Anne Winnie Davis"
Genealogy: genealogical charts Volume 4
Genealogy: Samuel Emory Davis and ancestors
Genealogy: Joseph Emory Davis and Mary Lucinda Davis Mitchell
Genealogy: Florida Davis McCaleb Laughlin and Caroline Davis Robins Leonard
Genealogy: Joseph E. Davis probate file, Old Courthouse Museum
Genealogy: Benjamin Davis
Genealogy: Samuel A. Davis
Genealogy: Anna / Anne / Ann Eliza Davis Smith
Genealogy: Isaac Williams Davis
Genealogy: Lucinda Farrar Davis Davis Stamps
Genealogy: Amanda Davis Bradford
Genealogy: Matilda Davis
Genealogy: Mary Ellen Davis Davis
Genealogy: Jefferson Davis
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67 Genealogy: Howell / Kempe Family
Genealogy: Philadelphia records - Samuel E. Davis relatives and ancestors
Genealogy: Bradford family legal records - West Feliciana Parish, LA
Genealogy: Lise Mitchell journal
Genealogy: Lise Mitchell journal and transcription, incomplete
Genealogy: Lise Mitchell journal, typescript
Genealogy: Mitchell family papers (6 folders, 1870-1918)
Genealogy: Anna Farrar Goldsborough, notes and letters
Genealogy: Josie Alexander collection (Josephine McCoun Alexander Endris)
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66 Genealogy: Mary Hannaford Mitchell White, diary "Interludes"
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67 Genealogy: H.A. Davis; Davis family in Wales and America
Genealogy: Douglas McL. More, genealogy charts
Genealogy: Kirk Bentley Barb, "Genealogy of Jefferson Davis"
Genealogy: William H. Whitsitt, "Genealogy of Jefferson Davis"
Genealogy: Helen Davis Brown
Genealogy: Richard R. Flowers, "The Ancestors and Descendants of Jefferson Davis"
Life magazine and People magazine articles on Civil War notable descendants
Genealogy: Davis Family Association newsletters
Genealogy: Jefferson Davis Family Association coloring book by Caldeira
Genealogy: Jefferson Davis Family Association reunions
Subseries F: Image files
Scope and Contents
Includes a copy of the image as well as source information.
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67 Cartoons: Traitor's Dream
Cartoons: Jefferson Davis on his stand
Cartoons: Prize fight between Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis
Cartoons: Why don't you take it?
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis caricature, Harper's Weekly
Cartoon: Masterly Inactivity
Cartoon: The Food Question Down South
Cartoon: Condition of the Mining Bureau
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis After the Fall of Fort Sumter, 1861
Cartoon: Ballandigham's Plight
Cartoon: The True Peace Commissioners
Cartoon: Democratic Candidates of 1862 and 1864
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis as Unprotected Female
Cartoon: Dress Wearing Jefferson Davis Flees Union Cavalry
Cartoon: Carte de visite of Jefferson Davis in a dress
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis Hoops Skirts and Southern Chivalry
Cartoon: So-called President in Petticoats
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis in a cell
Cartoon: Freedom's Immortal Triumph
Cartoon: Jeff's race for the last ditch
Cartoon: Uncle Sam's Menagerie
Cartoon: The Bad Bird and the Mudsill
Cartoon: The Last and Best Portrait of Jefferson Davis
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis Bathing at Fortress Monroe
Cartoon: Andersonville and Fortress Monroe
Cartoon: For Sale - Warranted Sour Apple
Cartoon: Time Works Wonders
Cartoon: Anything for Revenge
Cartoon: The Liberal Conspirators
Cartoon: The Life of Jefferson Davis in Five Expressive Tableaux
Cartoon: Why He Cannot Sleep
Cartoon: We Have Come to Stay
Cartoon: Chicago Platform and Candidate
Cartoon: Gentlemen Passed Over by the Convention
Cartoon: Union and Confederate covers
Cartoon: Finding the Last Ditch
Cartoon: John Brown Exhibiting his Hangman
Cartoon: Jeff's Last Skedaddle
Cartoon: Head of the Confederacy on a New Base
Cartoon: The Chase-ed Old Lady of the CSA
Cartoon: Capture of Jefferson Davis at Irwinville, Georgia
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis in petticoats
Cartoon: Capture of Jefferson Davis
Cartoon: End of Jefferson Davis
Cartoon: Two Union covers
Cartoon: Confederacy in petticoats
Cartoon: Now Therefore I, Jefferson Davis
Cartoon: The Last Ditch
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis in Hoop Skirt
Cartoon: Jefferson Davis by David Levine
Family: Jefferson Davis and Mrs. Davis at a reception
Family: Varina Howell Davis in a ballgown
Family: Jefferson Davis and Varina Howell Davis portrait, 1867
Family: Varina Howell Davis
Family: Varina Howell Davis portrait painted by Henry Byrd
Family: Unsourced photos of Varina Howell Davis
Family: Four generations of Davis women
Family: Davis children in Montreal
Family: Jefferson Davis Jr. in uniform
Family: Varina Anne Davis in London
Family: Varina Anne Davis
Family: Varina Anne Davis, Daughter of the Confederacy
Family: Joseph E. Davis
Family: Eliza B. Davis
Family: Varina Howell Davis by Ruth Burgess
Family: Samuel Emory Davis
Family: William Stamps and Lucinda Davis Stamps
Family: Howell family
Family: Jefferson Davis, Jr.
Family: Assorted Davis family photos from "Jefferson Davis: The Inner Life"
Family: Davis family and other images from Beauvoir scrapbook
Family: 2 portraits, possibly Varina Davis
Family: Varina Anne Davis portrait by John P. Walker
Family: Varina Howell Davis, 1849
Family: Samuel Emory Davis
Family: Jefferson Davis, Jr., Virginia Military Institute
Family: William H. Davis
Family: Margaret Howell Stoess
Family: Joseph Evan Davis, 1859-1864
Family: Howell brothers - Beckett, Jefferson, and William
Family: Varina Howell Davis at Fort Monroe, 1866
Family: Varina Howell Davis and child, 1850s
Family: Maunsell White photos
Family: Varina Howell Davis tintype, 1859-1861
Family: Jefferson Davis and Varina Howell Davis (slides)
Family: Jefferson Davis (slides)
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis inauguration in Montgomery, Alabama
Illustrations: Army at Rio Grande
Illustrations: Plaza, Monterrey, Mexico
Illustrations: Battle of Monterrey
Illustrations: Letter of capitulation
Illustrations: Battle of Buena Vista
Illustrations: Various Mexican War
Illustrations: Seceeding Mississippi delegation in Congress
Illustrations: Confederate Presidential Ballot
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis and first Confederate Cabinet
Illustrations: Various CSA generals and Confederate cabinet members
Illustrations: 97 Portraits of Confederate Generals, 1894
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis and generals
Illustrations: Pickett's Charge
Illustrations: Deserted camp and wounded Zouave
Illustrations: Bank of Selma $50 bill with Jefferson Davis image
Illustrations: CSA $1000 stock certificate with Jefferson Davis image
Illustrations: Confederate $50 bill
Illustrations: Confederate stamps
Illustrations: CSA stationery
Illustrations: Sheet music cover with Jefferson Davis drawing "Confederacy March"
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis funeral, New Orleans
Illustrations: Civil War railroads
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis' flight, painting, 1865
Illustrations: Black Hawk War
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis flight, April-May 1865, Frank Vizetelly sketches
Illustrations: U.S. Senate debating, 1850
Illustrations: U.S. Senate during compromise of 1850 debate
Illustrations: Reconstruction conference at Sulphur Springs 1869
Illustrations: Oscar Wilde description and sketch, 1882
Illustrations: Mary Chesnut photos
Illustrations: W. A. Jackson, Davis' coachman
Illustrations: Philip Alexander Work
Illustrations: John J. Abert
Illustrations: M. C. Meigs
Illustrations: Varina Howell Davis jewelry, color photos
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis snake jug
Illustrations: Brierfield button
Illustrations: Civil War leaders; Matthew Brady and contemporaries
Illustrations: Miscellaneous
Illustrations: from Beauvoir scrapbook
Illustrations: "Freedom" by Thomas Crawford
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis project office photos and negatives, including Lynda Crist, Mary Dix, and others
Illustrations: S. W. Higginbotham
Illustrations: J. Jordon
Illustrations: Major Alexander B. Bradford
Illustrations: Jubal Anderson Early
Illustrations: Cabinet, Montgomery, Alabama
Illustrations: Roger Jones, John G. Barnard, Sylvanus Thayer, Alexander McComb
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis metal token
Illustrations: Interment of the remains of Jefferson Davis
Illustrations: Jefferson Davis memorial funeral procession, Raleigh, NC, 1893
Illustrations: James H. Jones
Illustrations: Landscape painting reputed to be by Jefferson Davis
Illustrations: Judah P. Benjamin and DeBousignac family gravemarkers
Illustrations: Nathan Towson
Images: Jefferson Davis birthplace (Fairview, KY)
Images: Beauvoir
Images: Beauvoir with nurse and baby carriage
Images: Lexington, KY, 1823
Images: West Point paintings, lithographs, and maps, 1826-1830, 1840
Images: Rosemont, 1904
Images: Fort Armstrong
Images: House where Jefferson Davis married Sara Knox Taylor, 1835
Images: Old War Department
Images: Brierfield in ruins, 1950s
Images: Slave quarters, Jefferson Davis' Mississippi plantation
Images: "Images of the White House of the Confederacy"
Images: Confederate White House
Images: US Customs House / CSA Treasury, 1861-1865
Images: The Capitol of Richmond, 1865
Images: The Fall of Richmond, 1865
Image: Raising the Stars and Stripes Over Mississippi Capitol, 1865
Images: The Exact Spot Where Jefferson Davis Was Captured in 1865 (photo taken 1894)
Images: Where Jefferson Davis was arrested, 1865
Images: Jefferson Davis' first cell at Fortress Monroe, 1865
Images: Jefferson Davis' Memphis home, 129 E. Court St. (later 251) ca. 1875
Images: Jefferson Davis' Memphis home, 98 Court St. (later 210)
Images: Jefferson Davis site of death in New Orleans (Payne-Fenner House) ca. 1889
Images: Photos of Beauvoir by Wilson, ca. 1885
Images: David family grave site, Hollywood Cemetery, 1903
Images: Stone Mountain, 1967
Images: Samuel A. Davis home (Oak Ridge, Warren Co., Mississippi)
Images: J.A. and Margaret D. Hayes home, Memphis, 1884
Images: Homes and vacation spots (Hayes home in Colorado Spring, CO; Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA; Lake Mohonk Mountain House, NY; Montgomery, AL house)
Images: DC residence, 238 G. St., 1857-1859
Images: Cabin John Bridge (Washington Aqueduct) 1853
Images: St. Paul's in Richmond
Images: Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi, Miss.
Images: Hurricane Plantation
Images: Monterrey and Buena Vista
Images: Fort Winnebago, 1827
Images: Vicksburg Marine Hospital, ca. 1895
Images: Diamond Place Plantation
Images: Sugar Grove, New Hope, KY
Images: Brierfield, 1860s
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68 Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 1
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 2
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 3
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 4
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 5
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 6
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 7
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 8
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 9
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 10
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 11
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 12
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 13
Illustrations and images featured in Papers of Jefferson Davis Volume 14
Subseries G: Correspondence files for Papers of Jefferson Davis project, ca 1964-2015
Scope and Contents
Correspondence regarding permission to publish and similar requests from researchers.
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69 Alabama - D.C.
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70 D.C. / NHPRC research correspondence
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71 Florida - Kentucky
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72 Louisiana - Minnesota
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73 Mississippi (Beauvoir, Hurricane Katrina)
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74 Mississippi (Old Courthouse Museum) - North Dakota
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75 Ohio - Texas (by town names, D-F)
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76 Texas (by town names, G-H) - Virginia
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77 Washington state; foreign locations; Individuals A-E
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78 Individuals, F-M
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79 Individuals, N-Z
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80 Postcards written to Papers of Jefferson Davis Project
Subseries H: Spreadsheet lists tracking documents / companions to Master card set (electronic)
Scope and Contents
The 5x8 slips (Jefferson Davis items) and the 3x5 slips (Varina) contain far more information about individual documents than can be displayed on the databases and are the resources most read and copied by researchers, who use them as a guide to the document files and microfilm.  The newspaper print files are also very popular, as are the chronolog slips (3x5). For chronology, check the "official" set of the Davis Papers in the Woodson Research Center reference area; many additions and corrections added in the margins.
Subseries I: Index to Biographical Sketches published in Volumes 1-14
Scope and Contents
The sketch index includes major family properties described in the edition. Occasionally, the published sketches are updated with later information–see marginalia in office copy of the edition. This index is useful for convenience, whether in electronic or printed format. It indicates family members, identifies people with the same or very similar names (James Brown, William Black, Albert Sidney Johnston, George W. Jones, Mary Custis Lee are examples), individuals with aliases or who changed their names, nicknames and names by which they were known, which was often the middle name. Some persons have two biographical sketches.
Index cards 3x5" in Jefferson Davis card catalog
Subseries J: Inventory lists of documents in binders by owning repository
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- Listing of microfilm reels by Jefferson Davis Project's letter-code identifier system, including brief description of contents
National Archives (NA) Binder I: microfilm reels AS-CI
National Archives (NA) Binder II: microfilm reels CJ-GW
National Archives (NA) Binder III: microfilm reels GY-IN
National Archives (NA) Binder IV: microfilm reels IY-KG
National Archives (NA) Binder V: microfilm reels KH-MK
National Archives (NA) Binder VI: microfilm reels PJ-XH, all of Record Group 109, Civil War period
National Archives (NA) Binder VII: microfilm reels XI-XK, A, C, E
National Archives (NA) Binder of photocopied lists 1-150
National Archives (NA) Binder of photocopied lists 151-324
Binder of inventories of Jefferson Davis letters and speeches at other repositories (A-F)
Scope and Contents
Alabama Archives, Josie Alexander Collection, Architect of the Capitol, Arizona State University, Atlanta Historical Center, Percival Beaucroft, Beauvoir, Boston Public Library, Brown University, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, Milicent Helm Chapman, Chicago Historical Society, Columbia University, Confederate Imprints, Dallas Historical Society, Adele Hayes-Davis Davis, Richard W. Davis, Duke University, Emory University, Filson Club Historical Society
Binder of inventories of Jefferson Davis letters and speeches at other repositories (G-L)
Scope and Contents
Gilder Lehrman Collection, Harvard University, Bert Hayes-Davis, Historic New Orleans Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Huntington Library, Illinois State Historical Society, Iowa Archives, Jefferson Davis Project, Library of Virginia, Louisiana State Museum, Lousiana State University
Binder of inventories of Jefferson Davis letters and speeches at other repositories (M-U)
Scope and Contents
Maryland Historical Society, Miami University, Mississippi State University, Pierpoint Morgan Library, Morristown National Historical Park, New York Public Library, Norton Art Gallery, Old Court House Museum, Rice University, Rosenbach Foundation, Smithsonian, South Carolina Archives, Hudson Strode, Tennessee Archives, Transylvania University, U.S. Army (Carlisle Barracks), U.S. Military Academy
Binder of inventories of Jefferson Davis letters and speeches at other repositories (U-Y)
Scope and Contents
University of Alabama, University of California, University of Georgia, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, University of Texas, University of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, Warren County Courthouse, Joel and Barbara Webb, Western Reserve Historical Society, William and Mary, Woodville Republican newspaper archives, Yale University
Binder inventory of documents from the Museum of the Confederacy (ViRC), Mississippi Archives, Library of Congress (2 binders)
Binder inventory of documents from Tulane University (LNT) and Old Court House Museum (2 binders)
Subseries K: Publications frequently referenced during Papers of Jefferson Davis project
Scope and Contents
Also includes pamphlets describing National Archives record groups.
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multi-volume set Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society (multi volume set)
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4 volume set Encyclopedia of Mississippi History (4 volumes)
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1 binder Bench and Bar of Mississippi, by Lynch



Series III: Newspapers (originals) and general images, 1861-1894

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117 1 Battle at Great Bethel, June 10, 1861. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.
2 Pictorial History of the War of 1861. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XII, no. 293. New York, June 29, 1861.
3 U.S. Frigate St. Lawrence sinking the Rebel Privateer Petrel, off Charleston Harbor, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 1861. New York Illustrated News.
4 The Great Union Gun, intended to be mounted on the deck of the Minnesota...Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, p. 196. Aug. 10, 1861.
5 Reception by the people of New York of the Sixty-ninth Regiment. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, p. 205. Aug. 10, 1861.
6 The War on the Mississippi-landing of Capt. Bailey and Lieut. Perkins on the levee, New Orleans...Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, p. 120. May 31, 1862.
7 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XIV, no. 364. New York, Sept. 20, 1862.
8 Pass of Rio Frio, on the road from Vera Cruz to the city of Mexico. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, p. 406. Sept. 20, 1862.
9 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol XVII, no. 439. New York, Feb. 27, 1864.
10 General Sherman's Rear-guard. Harper's Weekly. April 2, 1864.
11 Portraits of Major-General James McAllister Schofield and Brigadier General Augustus L. Chetlain. Harper's Weekly, p. 213. April 2, 1864.
12 First of April, 1864. Harper's Weekly. April 2, 1864.
13 European Iron-clads. Harper's Weekly, p. 220. April 2, 1864.
14 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XX, no. 501. New York [assassination and funeral of President Abraham Lincoln] May 6, 1865.
15 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XX. no. 505. New York, June 3, 1865.
16 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XLV, no. 1,170. New York, March, 2, 1878.
17 Recapture from the Rebels of the Schooner Enchantress by the U.S. Steamer Albatross.
18 The secession masked battery near Vienna, VA.
19 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XII, no. 299. New York, Aug. 10, 1861.
20 New York Illustrated News, vol. IV, no. 94. New York, Aug. 19, 1861.
21 War Supplement. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XIV, no. 347. New York, May 31, 1862.
22 Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization, vol. VIII, no. 379. New York, April 2, 1864.
23 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, vol. XX, no. 509. New York, July 1, 1865.
24 Harper's Weekly: Journal of Civilization, vol. IX, no. 442. New York, June 17, 1865.
25 Harper's Weekly: Journal of Civilization, vol. XIV, no. 714. New York, Sept. 3, 1870.
26 Harper's Weekly: Journal of Civilization, vol. XX, no. 1038. New York, Nov. 18, 1876.
27 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 2, part II. April 2, 1894.
28 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 3, part III. April 9, 1894.
29 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 4, part IV. April 16, 1894.
30 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 5, part V. April 23, 1894.
31 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 6, part VI. April 30, 1894.
32 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 7, part VII. May 7, 1894.
33 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 8, part VIII. May 14, 1894.
34 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 9, part IX. May 21, 1894.
35 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 10, part X. May 28, 1894.
36 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 11, part XI. June 4, 1894.
37 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 12, part XII. June 11, 1894.
38 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 13, part XIII. June 18, 1894.
39 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 14, part XIV. June 25, 1894.
40 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol 1, no. 15, part XV. July 2, 1894.
41 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol 1, no. 16, part XVI. July 9, 1894.
42 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 17, part XVII. July 16, 1894.
43 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 18, part XVIII. July 23, 1894.
44 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 19, part XIX. July 30, 1894.
45 The Century War Book. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. People's Pictorial Edition. The Century Series, vol. 1, no. 20, part XX. Aug. 6, 1894
46 Hood's Texas Brigade reunion. 2 photographs, no dates. Some individuals identified on transparent overlay.



Series IV: Maps, 1819-1995

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117 48 Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 22-23, 1847 (vol. 3)
49 Rio Grande and Northeastern Mexico, ca. 1846 (vol. 3)
50 South Central US and the Rio Grande, ca. 1846 (vol. 3)
51 Eastern Monterrey, Sept. 21-23, 1846 (vol 3)
52 Virginia area, 1864 (vol 10)
53 United States in 1850 (vol. 4)
54 Central Confederate states, 1864 (vol. 10)
55 Mississippi, 1851 (vol. 4)
56 Mississippi/Vicksburg, 1837-1975 (vol. 14)
57 Jefferson Davis National Highway map
58 Warren Co., MS general highway map
59 Bedford, MS geological survey, 1963
60 Somerset, LA geological survey, 1963
61 Mississippi River through MS counties
62 Theater of Operations [along Mississippi River] showing Vicksburg campaign, 1863
63 Growth of MS counties
64 New map of Mississippi with its roads and distances, 1850
65 Mississippi, 1845
66 Davis Island
67 Topographical view of Rock Island in the Mississippi River, 1819
68 Fort Gibson
69 Potomoc Ricer from Brunswick to VanDeventer's Island & environs of Sugarloaf, Poolesville, Leesburg, Waterford & the German Settlement, 1995
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116 1-175 Plates from Official Records Atlas (inventory in map drawer)