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Congressional Papers of Southern States

Identifier: MPA-0306

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The Biographies series is a collection of five handwritten biographies of Tennessee Congressmen in the United States House of Representatives from 1867 through the 1880s that appear to have been prepared in order to be published in the Congressional Directory. Some of the documents are on letterhead and one has a small printed biography attached to the handwritten biography.

The Correspondence (1813-1929, Bulk, 1868-1877) series includes both handwritten and typed correspondence and encompasses 107 items, which is the majority of the collection. Due to the number of items, this series includes the most diverse array of political figures as well as subject areas. While not all of the documents appear as obvious correspondence, the determination was made to incorporate documents within this series if they include a closing signature. Therefore, this series comprises autobiographical excerpts, handwritten notes, pension request forms, and a registered letter receipt along with more obvious forms of correspondence, including one letter that lacks a signature page but does include a salutation. The correspondence is organized first by subject and then alphabetically by the initiator of the correspondence, therefore replies are filed under the name of the person requesting the information.

The Printing Record series (1867 - 1872) contains request forms for the Congressional Globe Office to print two speeches made in the United States House of Representatives by Congressmen from Missouri and Tennessee. The requests are handwritten on form paper and include notes such as number of copies needed.


  • 1813 - 1929


The material in this collection is in English

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0.25 Linear Feet (1 Box)


This collection contains a variety of papers written by or about various political figures from 1813 to 1929 with the bulk of the material from 1868 through 1877 and 1892. While most of the political figures are from Tennessee, many others are from states including Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. The name of the collection is derived from the fact that the large majority of the documents are from politicians representing southern states, but some states outside of the south are included. The bulk of political positions held are United States Congressmen, but other positions include judges, governors, state legislature, and some United States Senate members. The large majority of the collection encompasses various forms of correspondence, but biographies of Congressmen and printing records of speeches in the United States House of Representatives are also included.

Biographical/Historical note

The history of these political papers is unknown. It appears that the papers may have initially been collected separately before being combined into the current collection.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.0171

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA