Finding Aid for the William Mathias Lamars Papers, ca. 1952-1971

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
© 2005
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Mathias Lamars Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1952-1971
Collection number: 2011
Creator: Lamars, William Mathias, 1900-
Extent: 10 boxes (5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of William M. Lamars, 1972.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Mathias Lamars Papers (Collection 2011). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1973051 

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials relating to the manuscript of William Mathias Lamars' book, The edge of glory (1961), a biography of Major General William Starke Rosecrans of the Union Army during the American Civil War. Collection includes the preliminary manuscript, final manuscript, correspondence, research notes, reviews, other printed material, and microfilm documents.

Expanded Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers relating to Larmars's book, The Edge of Glory (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961), a biography of Major General William Starke Rosecrans, commander for the North during the American Civil War. The collection includes the preliminary manuscript, final transcript, correspondence, research notes, reviews, and various printed material concerning the Civil War.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Preliminary manuscript (Boxes 1-4).
  2. Final transcript (Boxes 5-6).
  3. Miscellaneous relating to research and publication (Boxes 4,7-8).
  4. Correspondence and reviews (Boxes 9-10).
  5. Microfilm documents (Boxes 11-12).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Lamars, William Mathias, 1900- --Archives.
Lamars, William Mathias, 1900- --Edge of glory.
Rosecrans, William S. (William Starke), 1819-1898--Sources.
Authors, American--20th century--Archives.

Genres and Forms of Material

Manuscripts for publication.

Related Material

William S. Rosecrans Papers (Collection 663)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

Boxes 1-4

Preliminary Manuscript

Box 1

Prologue and chapters 1-3.

Box 2

Chapters 4-10.

Box 3

Chapters 11-15.

Box 4

Chapters 16-18 and epilogue, miscellaneous notes relating to the later chapters.

Boxes 5-6

Final Typescript

Box 5

Prologue through epilogue.

Physical Description: [20 folders]
Box 6

Manuscript as submitted to Harcourt, Brace, & World, as edited by them.

Box 7, Folders 1-5

Miscellaneous re Publication and Research

Box 7, Folder 1

Galleys of book.

Box 7, Folder 2

The Edge of Glory index and miscellaneous notes.

Physical Description: [Typescript]
Box 7, Folder 3

Research notes.

Physical Description: [8 spiro note pads]
Box 7, Folder 4

Rosecrans's own account of the Battle of Chickamauga written for the Archives of Georgetown University.

Physical Description: (Negative film)

Scope and Content Note

Includes photostat copies, ink drawn maps.
Box 7, Folder 5

Photos of W.S. Rosecrans and correspondence re notes.

Box 8

Unsorted miscellaneous notes - some used in book, some not.

Box 9, Folders 1-7

Correspondence re Rosecrans

Box 9, Folders 1-3

Publishers correspondence

Box 9, Folder 1


Box 9, Folder 2

Harcourt, Brace.

Box 9, Folder 3


Box 9, Folder 4

Corrrespondence with Arnold Gates, agent for The Edge of Glory.

Box 9, Folder 5

General correspondence re Rosecrans.

Box 9, Folders 6, 7

Miscellaneous correspondence re Rosecrans.

Box 10, Folders 1-5

Correspondence and Reviews

Box 10, Folder 1

Correspondence with Rosecrans family.

Box 10, Folder 2

Correspondence, clippings, reviews.

Box 10, Folder 3

Clippings, reviews, etc.

Box 10, Folder 4

Miscellaneous publications - Civil War.

Box 10, Folder 5

Miscellaneous printed material - Civil War.




[Microfilm located in office microfilm cases; not with the collection]
Reel 1

Diary of General C.C. Hood. November 6, 1862-October 7, 1863

Physical Description: [Negative microfilm]
Reel 2

Records of War Department Offices of the Chief of Engineers. Papers of Major General William S. Rosecrans. 1837-1838

Physical Description: [Negative microfilm]
Reel 3

Records of the War Department Office of the Adjutant General, William S. Rosecrans. 1861-1889

Physical Description: [Negative microfilm]
Reel 4

Dispatches from United States ministers to Mexico, 1823-1926 (vol.35). August 12, 1868-July 5, 1869

Physical Description: [Positive microfilm]
Reel 5

Diplomatic instructions of the Department of State, 1801-1906 (Mexico, vol.18). November 23, 1867-April 26, 1873

Physical Description: [Positive microfilm]
Reel 6

Manuscripts of and relating to George Henry Thomas in Henry E. Huntington Library. 1848-1893

Physical Description: [Positive microfilm]
Reel 7

Records of the War Department. War Department collection of Confederate records.

Physical Description: [Negative microfilm]

Scope and Content Note

Abstracts of military service and personal papers of major General Earl Van Dorn, CSA.
Reel 8

Van Dorn items in Duke University Library. 1862-1863

Physical Description: [Negative microfilm]