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General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection
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  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection
    creator: Blair, Montgomery
    creator: Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
    creator: Cameron, Simon
    creator: Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland)
    creator: Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor)
    creator: Dennison, William
    creator: Dornberger, Walter, 1895-1980
    creator: Fessenden, William Pitt
    creator: Forster, George, -1836
    creator: Freiligrath, Ferdinand, 1810-1876
    creator: Jefferson, Thomas
    creator: Lamartine, Alphonse de, 1790-1869
    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
    creator: Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977
    creator: Wilde, Oscar
    Identifier/Call Number: 6004
    Identifier/Call Number: 1258
    Physical Description: 1.21 Linear Feet 1 box, 1 oversize folder
    Date (inclusive): 1726-1928, undated
    Abstract: This artificially created collection consists of notes, letters, documents, and photographs created by and for important historical figures, mostly American, from 1790 to 1928, 1954, 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.

    Scope and Content

    This artificially created collection consists of notes, letters, documents, and photographs created by and for important American and European 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 prison; a letter signed by Franklin Roosevelt; locks of George and Martha Washington's hair; a letter from Oscar Wilde; a letter regarding the activities of the British East India Company; a letter from an unidentified son to his mother sent from British Ceylon. Of particular interest, for their content, are the Thomas Jefferson, William Smith, and Eugene Debs letters, and the election results document.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition

    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. The British East India Company letter was purchased from the Wayfarer's Bookshop, 2014. The letter from British Ceylon was purchased from Ken Spelman Books, 2019.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ceylon -- History -- 19th century -- Archival resources
    Elections -- California -- Los Angeles -- 19th century -- Archival resources
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Archival resources
    United States -- History -- 18th century -- Archival resources
    United States -- History -- 19th century -- Archival resources
    Correspondence
    Manuscripts
    Photographs
    Blair, Montgomery -- Correspondence
    Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 -- 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
    Dornberger, Walter, 1895-1980 -- Correspondence
    Dundas, Henry, 1742-1811 -- Correspondence
    East India Company -- Archives
    Fessenden, William Pitt -- Correspondence
    Forster, George, -1836 -- Correspondence
    Freiligrath, Ferdinand, 1810-1876 -- Archives
    Jefferson, Thomas -- Correspondence
    Lamartine, Alphonse de, 1790-1869 -- Correspondence
    Le Prade, Ruth -- Archives
    Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974 -- 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
    Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977 -- Correspondence
    Washington, George -- Archives
    Washington, Martha -- Archives
    Wilde, Oscar -- Correspondence