Guide to the James W. Temple Papers

Processed by T. Lewis
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-3062
Fax: (805) 893-5749
Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
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Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the James W. Temple Papers, 1857-1865

Collection number: Wyles SC 935

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    T. Lewis
    Date Completed:
    05 June 2003
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2003 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: James W. Temple Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1857-1865
Collection Number: Wyles SC 935
Creator: Temple, James W.
Extent: .02 linear feet (1 folder)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Vault
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

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

Preferred Citation

James W. Temple Papers. Wyles SC 935. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase.

Biography

James W. Temple was born in Ohio in 1828, and was married to Bessie P. Cook of Vermont in October of 1854. They settled in Knox County, Illinois, where James Temple made a good living as a farmer. He was well-educated, and was also something of an amateur poet. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and by 1864 was a captain in Company D of the newly-organized 101st Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry. The USCI was made up of former slaves under the command of white officers like Temple. He was stationed in Tennessee until the war ended, when he returned to his family in Illinois. Soon after the war, he became a clerk of the Circuit Court of Knox County. Sometime between 1870 and 1896, Bessie died, and in December 1897 Temple married again, to a widow named Lucy B. Cook Steele (no relation to his first wife). By this time, Temple was retired and quite wealthy. They lived in Knox County until his death around 1910. He was buried in West Truro Cemetery in Truro Township, Illinois.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains ten handwritten documents related to James W. Temple from before and during the Civil War: three letters between Temple and his wife Bessie while he was stationed in Tennessee; six pages of poetry written in Temple's hand, some showing revisions of the same work; and an unsigned letter addressed to "Solomon & Co." that describes James and Bess Temple getting stuck in a flood in Truro Township in early 1857.
Also included is a receipt signed by Lt. Thomas Nichols of the 101st Regiment USCI for equipment returned to the U.S. Army by Captain Temple, dated June 30, 1865, including 90 "much worn" knapsacks and 92 "nearly unserviceable" canteens.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.


Collection Contents

Box

Ten handwritten documents related to James W. Temple from before and during the Civil War, 1857 - 1865