Finding aid for the General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection 6004

Sue Luftschein
USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 November
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089-0189

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Title: General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection
creator: Blair, Montgomery
creator: Cameron, Simon
creator: Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland)
creator: Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor)
creator: Dennison, William
creator: Fessenden, William Pitt
creator: Jefferson, Thomas
creator: Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis)
creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)
creator: Seward, William Henry
creator: Smith, William Stephens
creator: Strange, Thomas Andrew Lumisden, 1756-1841
Identifier/Call Number: 6004
Physical Description: 0.21 Linear Feet 1 box
Date (inclusive): 1790-1928, undated
Abstract: This artificially created collection consists of notes, letters, documents, and photographs created by and for important American historical figures, 1790-1928 and undated. Of particular historical interest are the letters written by Thomas Jefferson, William Smith, and Eugene Debs, and the 1850 Los Angeles Justice of the Peace election results document.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection, Collection no. 6004, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Scope and Content

This artificially created collection consists of notes, letters, documents, and photographs created by and for important American historical figures. Arranged chronologically, the collection includes letters written by Thomas Jefferson and William S. Smith; a document certifying the results of the 1850 Los Angeles Justice of the Peace election; autographed notes and letters penned by members of Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet; a stock certificate signed by Grover Cleveland; letters sent to Ruth LePrade from Eugene Debs en route to and from prsion; a letter signed by Franklin Roosevelt; and locks of George and Martha Washington's hair. Of particular interest, for their content, are the Thomas Jefferson, William Smith, and Eugene Debs letters, and the election results document.


The documents in this collection were acquired from a number of sources. The William S. Smith letter was donated by Harris Woods, April 1982. The Lincoln Cabinet members autographs were donated by Dr. Edward M. Pallette, February 1954. The Los Angeles election manuscript was purchased from the Historical Society of Southern California, 1988.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States -- History -- 18th century -- Archival resources
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Archival resources
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Archival resources
Elections -- California -- Los Angeles -- 19th century -- Archival resources
Blair, Montgomery
Cameron, Simon
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland)
Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor)
Dennison, William
Fessenden, William Pitt
Jefferson, Thomas
Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis)
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano)
Seward, William Henry
Smith, William Stephens
Strange, Thomas Andrew Lumisden, 1756-1841
Blair, Montgomery -- Correspondence
Cameron, Simon -- Correspondence
Carrillo, Jose Antonio -- Archives
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland) -- Correspondence
Cleveland, Grover -- Archives
Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor) -- Correspondence
Dennison, William -- Correspondence
Fessenden, William Pitt -- Correspondence
Jefferson, Thomas -- Correspondence
Le Prade, Ruth -- Archives
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus) -- Photographs
Raymond, Henry J. (Henry Jarvis) -- Correspondence
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) -- Correspondence
Sepulveda, Juan Capistrano -- Archives
Seward, William Henry -- Correspondence
Smith, William Stephens -- Correspondence
Strange, Thomas Andrew Lumisden, 1756-1841 -- Correspondence
Washington, George -- Archives
Washington, Martha -- Archives

Box 1, Folder 1

Jefferson, Thomas 1780, 1822, 1826, 1842

Scope and Content

Three letters signed by Thomas Jefferson, two in his hand. Letter dated November 2, 1780 discusses the dispensing of military aid from counties north of Rappahanock. Letter dated December 12, 1822 (bound in folder) sends salutations, in third person, to Dr. Cutting, and discusses his age, physical infirmities, and mental clarity. Letter dated March 22, 1826 is a letter of introduction for his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, to Governor Clinton. Latter two letters sent from Monticello. Accompanied by facsimile of Henry Clay letter, dated September 13, 1842. Authentication of the letters performed by Huntington Library, 1960.
Box 1, Folder 2

Smith, William S. 1790 May 15

Scope and Content

Letter from Smith, John Adams' son-in-law, discussing George Washington's health and the status of Senate business at that time.
Box 1, Folder 3

Los Angeles election returns for Justice of the Peace 1850 November 4

Scope and Content

Manuscript of certification of election results for Justice of the Peace for Los Angeles. Signed by Judges of Election Jose Antonio Carrillo, Juan Sepulveda (the election winner), John Ricord, Francisco J. Alvarado, and J.S. Mallard [?]. Participating in the election were Sepulveda, William B. Osburn, and Francisco Alvarado.
Box 1, Folder 4

Members of Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet 1855-1881

Scope and Content

Autographs, generally in the form of signed notes and letters. Some engravings are also included. Blair, Cameron, Fessenden, and Chase letters dated prior to Lincoln administration; Seward and Dennison letters dated after Lincoln administration. Also includes a letter from prominent New York Republican and journalist Henry Jarvis Raymond.

Blair, Montgomery 1855 June 9


Chase, Salmon P. 1861 February 6


Cameron, Simeon 1860 November 12


Dennison, William 1881 April 14


Fessenden, William Pitt 1860[?] August 15


Raymond, Henry Jarvis 1858 April 2


Seward, William H. 18[?]5 October 11

Box 1, Folder 5

Cleveland, Grover 1877 April 1

Scope and Content

Stock certificate for one share of the Beaver Island Club, signed by Cleveland.
Box 1, Folder 6

Debs, Eugene V. circa 1919

Scope and Content

Letters from Debs to Ruth LePrade, sent en route to and from prison.
Box 1, Folder 7

Lindbergh, Charles A. 1928 May 6

Scope and Content

Autographed photograph of Lindberg, addressed to J.B. Lyman, V.P. of Maddox Air Lines, Inc.
Box 1, Folder 8

Roosevelt, Franklin D. 1928 September 14

Scope and Content

Copy of letter to Mr. John Elliot, Los Angeles, in which he inquires about Elliot's decision about supporting Governor Smith as a presidential candidate.
Box 1, Folder 10

Strange, Sir Thomas 1817 December 12

Scope and Contents

Letter to Charles Grant, in which Strange discusses the importance of his three volume work, "Notes of cases in the court of the Recorder and in the Supreme Court of Judicature at Madras; commencing in the year 1798, and ending in the year 1816. To which are added, copies of the Statutes, Charter, and of the Rules of the Supreme Court."
Box 1, Folder 9

Washington, George and Martha undated

Scope and Content

Locks of hair.