This collection consists principally of research material used in the writing of "The George Wallace Myth." Correspondence, proposals, and the book manuscript are among them. Galley proofs of two other books, "The Second Man," an overview of the changing role of the Vice Presidency and "Stockcar Butterworth," a book about stock car racing, are also part of the collection, as are poems, most of them unpublished, and copies of several published articles.
Collection contains letters written by Ambrose Doss of Jefferson County, Alabama, to his wife, Sarah Brake Doss while he was in Co. C of the 19th Alabama Regiment from the time of his enlistment in 1861 until his death on 1864 July 5 near Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia. There is also a letter from Lt. J. W. Rouse, dated 1864 July 6, to Sarah telling her of Ambrose's death and burial. There are several miscellaneous documents including a short biographical sketch of Doss and a booklet titled "Jefferson Warriors: A History of Company C, 19th Alabama Regiment" written in honor of the Company's 1986 reunion.
This collection consists of seven pages of material, mostly photocopied, from a nineteenth-century scrapbook. The most significant item is a pencil sketch of the Rotunda on the campus of The University of Alabama. The signature "Douthitt" is discernable in the bottom corner of the page. Several of the photocopied pages contain articles relating to the death of Major John L. M. Pelham of Calhoun County, Alabama, during the Civil War in March 1863.
This collection consists of a memory book kept by Kathryne Dowling documenting her senior year at Dale County High School in Ozark, Alabama.
Letters from Dragoo to his wife Lois and daughter Sandra Sue in Muncie, Indiana, telling of his arrival and attempts to find housing for the three of them at Fort McClellan Infantry Replacement Training Center in Alabama.
Joint statement made by Jack Drake, Ralph Knowles and George Dean relating to an alleged undercover informant/agent provocateur during student unrest in 1971(?).
Letters written to William H. Drake of Maine, by Clyde C. Potter of Waltham, Massachusetts, and John Morrill, Drake's lawyer, regarding a legal matter.
Manuscript copy of the 51st issue of the Dreams and Nightmares magazines.
A letter written in 1848 by Drinker and Morris to Lindsay and Blakiston, booksellers, placing an order for several books.
Photographs (including rolled unit photograph), postcards, German marks, French francs, and Special TDY Orders of this west Alabama native.
Contains newspaper serialization of John Witherspoon DuBose's Chronicles of the Canebreak, as well as photographs, correspondence, biographical sketches and newspaper clippings related to this Alabama historian.
A letter dated 9 July 1862, to S. Price Edwards, Collector of Customs at Liverpool, regarding a gunboat (C.S.S. Alabama) being built in the yard of Mssrs. Laird. Holograph copy.
This collection consists of one letter from Duffield to Major Lewis M. Maney, C.S.A., relative to a grape vine sent by Duffield to Maney in 1862, and to Maney's impending visit to Woodside. It also refers to Maney as one "who sheltered me when a stranger, and who healed and comforted me when wounded and a prisoner," evidently a reference to the two men's encounter during the Civil War. That, however, is the lone reference to the conflict.
A scrapbook of essays and poems clipped from Civil War era newspapers.
Typescript copy of a letter written by C.W. Duke in Smith County, Texas, to Mr. D.W. Walkley describing life in Texas.
A letter from Frances Dunbar, of Cleveland, Ohio, to Helen Wallace of Jacksontown, Ohio, about her daughters.
Paul Laurence Dunbar writes from Dayton, Ohio, to Mr. Earl N. Hale, in Dayton, Ohio, in response to a request for an autograph and discusses a recent illness.
Esther Duncan writes to Mrs. Neely, a friend. Esther requests a favor of her friend concerning her Uncle Switzer's health.
This collection consists of three letters, with accompanying envelopes, addressed to Duncan, a fragment of a fourth letter, which contains no evidence as to its recipient, and a glassine envelope containing the crumbling remains of some grape leaves picked at the site of George Washington's tomb. The earliest of the three complete letters is dated New York, 5 May 1861 and was written by somebody perhaps named O'Mackrey (the signature is not clear). The only allusions it contains to the sectional crisis that was then erupting in war are the comments "What a sad state of things has come to pass. The excitement for the past month has been awful," and, near the close of the letter, "I hope things may take a speedy change for the better." The second letter, chronologically, is dated 6 May 1861, and was written from Mt. Zephyr, Virginia (close to Alexandria) by one E. Courtney, Jr. Courtney had fled from Baltimore to Mt. Zephyr with a Zeb Ward, whose home was there, following the fracas that had occurred there on 19 April 1861, when southern sympathizers attacked troops from the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment marching through the city. Courtney leaves no doubt that he was somehow involved in that incident: "You must know," he wrote Duncan, "that I am 'a fugitive from justice,' and with another exile, Zeb Ward, have been rusticating here on his place since Monday last, when we left Balto. at the break of day, and fled from the grasp of the Grand Jury. Of course, you know well enough what we fled from, and my only course was to leave town or else suffer the trouble of an arrest, trial, and perhaps conviction." He later added that "If no action is taken in the 19th [of] April cases, I shall maybe come back to Balto. pretty soon, but if any severe action is made, I shall with Zeb go to Richmond and enlist in the Confed. Army. Jove! Sir, you don't know how glorious I feel when I think that I am out of the United States and when I see the gallant Confederate Flag flying over me, and reflect that I am living on the soil of, and under the protection (and) jurisdiction of Jefferson Davis, Ye Gods! I feel like standing on my head and kicking for joy!" Courtney also praises his surroundings and the food, but complains that Mt. Zephyr's isolation is such "that a fellow can't visit and flirt with the farmers [sic] pretty daughters. Shame, ain't it?" Accompanying this letter and envelope is another of the latter, filled with crumbling wild grape leaves that Courtney states were "plucked from the 'Tomb of Washington.' At the end of the letter he drew a picture of the Confederate flag. The third letter was written on 30 May 1861 by another [exile] who fled Baltimore after the 19th of April incident, a George H. Davis, who had taken refuge at his childhood home, Taneytown, Maryland. Like Courtney, Davis was clearly a Confederate sympathizer. Although he admitted that "Darkness and gloom still continues to hang over our country like a death pall, and I regret that I am unable to see in the future any ray of hope of an early settlement of the difficulties now surrounding us," his following sentences left no doubt as to his allegiance: "I had hoped that each day might bring some evidence of a peaceful solution to our national troubles, or that our Southern Confederacy might be recognized by some Foreign Power. The developments of the last few days [presumably the British declaration of neutrality, which was issued on 13 May] have well nigh banished this hope, yet still I cannot be persuaded that England (and) France will not yet interfere in [sic] our behalf ... Whatever union sentiment I may have entertained heretofore, I can assure you that all such feelings have been banished." It must therefore have been a disappointment to Davis to discover that "this part of the State is strong for the Union, in fact it is almost unanimous." The collection also contains a fragment of a fourth letter, which contains no information to whom or when it was written. It instructs the recipient "Write me at Harrisonburg Va immediately[,] Your Bro Adam" and inquires as to the arrival of an earlier letter from him."
Five ledgers covering the constitution, by-laws, and minutes of the Ft. Deposit Institution Reading Club (1889-1893), lecture notes, patient's accounts, and what appears to be an accountant's or executor's ledger of payments from at least one estate (1943-1956)