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Historical Documents collection, 1642-1977 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Laura Capell

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Title: Historical Documents collection, 1642-1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1760s-1920s

ID: ASM0566

Extent: 15.0 Boxes


The Historical Documents Collection is organized into seven series.

I. Art, Literature, Music, and Science

II. Business

III. Military

IV. Politics, Diplomacy, and Law

V. Religion

VI. Education

VII. Miscellaneous

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

Date Acquired: 08/13/2013

Formats/Genres: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848 - Correspondence, Autographs, Bills (legislative records), Certificates, Clippings, Documents, Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870 - Correspondence, Envelopes, Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881 - Correspondence, Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 - Correspondence, Great Britain - History - Sources, Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 - Correspondence, Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894 - Correspondence, Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 - Correspondence, Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885 - Correspondence, Letters, Madison, James, 1751-1836 - Correspondence, Manuscripts, Monroe, James, 1758-1831 - Correspondence, Moore, George, 1852-1933 - Correspondence, Notes, Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809 - Correspondence, Photographs, Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 - Correspondence, Printing blocks, Reports, Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 - Correspondence, Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 - Correspondence, Typescripts, United States - History - Sources, Washington, George, 1732-1799 - Correspondence, Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 - Correspondence

Languages: English, German, French, Latin, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Historical Documents Collection includes letters, deeds, bonds, receipts, orders, position appointments, writings, and other documents that are individual in nature and do not belong to any particular collection. The materials represent a number of prominent figures in the areas of art, literature, music, science, scholarship, business, law, military, politics, diplomacy, and religion. The items range in date from 1642-1977, but the bulk date from the 1760s through the 1920s. Most of the materials are American in origin, although some are from Mexico and Europe, particularly Great Britain.

Individuals represented in the collection include, but are not limited to:  Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), Charles Dickens, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Washington Irving, Aldous Huxley, Rudyard Kipling, Ezra Pound, John Muir, Sigmund Freud, and Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Butler, James Longstreet, Edmund Gaines Pendleton, Matthew Perry, William Tecumseh Sherman, Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben, John Quincy Adams, Napoleon Bonaparte, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, James Oglethorpe, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Paine, Woodrow Wilson, and King Louis XVIII.

Subject/Index Terms

Alba, Víctor
Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850 - Correspondence
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 - Correspondence
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882
Louis XVIII, King of France, 1755-1824
Manuscripts, American
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Historical Documents Collection Finding Aid © 2011 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Acquisition Method: CAAD Items purchased with the support of the Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant, Summer 2013

Related Materials: See also Thomas Jefferson Collection (ASM0569), the Caribbean Documents Collection (ASM0570), the Latin America Documents Collection (ASM460), the Jamaica Manuscripts Collection (ASM0320), and the Florida Documents Collection (ASM0567).

Preferred Citation: Historical Documents Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Original container list by Marcia Evanson. Collection reprocessed by Laura Capell in 2011. Appropriate items were moved to the Caribbean Documents Collection and the Historical Documents Collection.  New updated container list created by Laura Capell in 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: Original finding aid by Rudo Kemper. Finding aid substantially revised by Laura Capell in 2011. Container list by Marcia Evanson.

Other Note:

Descriptive abbreviations used in the collection:

ALS (Autograph Letter Signed): A letter in the hand of and signed by the author.

TLS (Typewritten Letter): A typewritten letter signed by the author

DS (Document Signed): A document written by another person, but signed by the author.

ADS (Autograph Document Signed): A document written and signed by the author.

MS (Manuscript): Nonlegal or unofficial papers such as speeches, biographical sketches, sermons, reminiscences, writings, and such other items of a generally narrative nature, in the hand of  the author but unsigned.

ANS (Autograph Note): A line or two, at most a half-page, or any fragment which could not be classified as an ALS or AMS, such as a signed memorandum.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Art, Literature, Music, and Science, 1765-1977],
[Series 2: Business, 1720-1924],
[Series 3: Military, 1642-1890],
[Series 4: Politics, Diplomacy, and Law, 1644-1965],
[Series 5: Religion, 1744-1892],
[Series 6: Education, 1964],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous],

Series 6: Education, 1964Add to your cart.
This series contains documents related to the gradual formation and structuring of various education systems worldwide through the course of history.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Jordan et al.: "The Negro in American History Textbooks", 1964Add to your cart.
A document, containing 23 pages stapled together, summarizing the positions of members of the History Department of the University of California, Berkeley and American historians who had been asked "to review the American history textbooks that are most widely used in California from the standpoint of their treatment of negroes." The document is a series of reports, describing the textbooks used for various grades as an "unhealthy condition in California education." Those asked to contribute include the following: Winthrop D. Jordan, Lawrence W. Levine, Robert L. Middlekauff, Charles G. Sellers, Kenneth M. Stampp, and George W. Stocking, Jr.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Art, Literature, Music, and Science, 1765-1977],
[Series 2: Business, 1720-1924],
[Series 3: Military, 1642-1890],
[Series 4: Politics, Diplomacy, and Law, 1644-1965],
[Series 5: Religion, 1744-1892],
[Series 6: Education, 1964],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous],

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