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Collection Number: 01414

Collection Title: Edward Ward Carmack Papers, 1850-1942.

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5,000 items)
Abstract Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908) of Sumner County, Tenn., was a lawyer, editor of Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., newspapers, prohibitionist, United States representative, 1897-1901, and senator, 1901-1907. The collection contains the papers of Edward Ward Carmack, chiefly pertaining to his elections to the House, 1896 and 1898; his Senate re-election defeat in 1906; and his defeat in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1908. Included are correspondence and papers relating to the campaigns along with speeches and letters of congratulations; political scrapbooks including one concerning the Philippines; clippings; messages received about Carmack's assassination; personal and business papers of Carmack's widow and son in the 1920s, including items relating to land in Lakeland, Fla.; a lettercopy book of a lumber business in Burnside, Ky., 1894-1895; pictures primarily of unidentified individuals, including postcards of African American agricultural laborers; and two photograph albums of African American agricultural laborers from the "Rosemary" farm or plantation, probably in Alabama.
Creator Carmack, Edward Ward, 1858-1908.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Edward Ward Carmack Papers, #1414, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 1970, 1980) available.
  • Reel 1: 1850-1905
  • Reel 2: 1906-1907
  • Reel 3: 1908-1914
  • Reel 4: 1915-1942; undated letters and speeches through folder 52
  • Reel 5: Fragments; folders 53-58; volumes 1, 2, 5-12, 15; some additional letters and pamphlets
  • Reel 6: Photograph albums 1-2 and some loose photographs
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Edward W. Carmack and Edward W. Carmack, Junior, 1947.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aaa.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Edward Ward Carmack (1858-1908) of Sumner County, Tenn., was a lawyer, editor of Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., newspapers, prohibitionist, United States representative, 1897-1901, and senator, 1901-1907. He was assassinated in Nashville in 1908 by Duncan Brown Cooper and his son, Robin Cooper.

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The collection contains the papers of Edward Ward Carmack, chiefly pertaining to his elections to the House, 1896 and 1898; his Senate re-election defeat in 1906; and his defeat in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1908. Included are correspondence and papers relating to the campaigns along with speeches and letters of congratulations; political scrapbooks including one concerning the Philippines; clippings; messages received about Carmack's assassination; personal and business papers of Carmack's widow and son in the 1920s, including items relating to land in Lakeland, Fla.; a lettercopy book of a lumber business in Burnside, Ky., 1894-1895; pictures primarily of unidentified individuals, including postcards of African American agricultural laborers; and two photograph albums of African American agricultural laborers from the "Rosemary" farm or plantation, probably in Alabama.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence chiefly regarding Carmack's political victories and defeats, 1896-1906. The bulk of the papers consists of letters of congratulations for Carmack's defeat of Josiah Patterson in the House, 1896; his re-election in 1898; and correspondence regarding his Senate re-election defeat, 1906, to Robert L. Taylor. Other correspondence includes items from 1902 concerning Carmack's opinions on the Philippines, and letters pertaining to his failed gubernatorial campaign in 1908. Papers after November 1908 consist of letters, telegrams, cards, and resolutions sent to his wife after his assassination; and items, 1908-1942, relating to Mrs. Carmack and Edward Ward Carmack, Junior (Ned).

Folder 1aaa

Original finding aid #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 1aaa

Folder 1aa

Introduction #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a

1850-1894 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1850-1894 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 1c

1850-1894 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 1c

Folder 2a

1895-1896 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 2a

Folder 2b

1895-1896 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 2b

Folder 3

1897 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4a

3 March-23 April 1898 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 4a

Folder 4b

3 March-23 April 1898 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 4b

Folder 4c

3 March-23 April 1898 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 4c

Folder 5

24-30 April 1898 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

May 1898 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

June-December 1898; June-December 1899 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1900-1901 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

January-April 1902 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 9-10

Folder 11a

May-June 1902 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 11a

Folder 11b

May-June 1902 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 11b

Folder 12

July-December 1902 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13a

1903-1905 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 13a

Folder 13b

1903-1905 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 13b

Folder 14a

January-14 May 1906 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 14a

Folder 14b

January-14 May 1906 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 14b

Folder 15-21

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

15 May 1906-December 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 15-21

Folder 22-24

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

3-31 January 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 22-24

Folder 25a

February 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 25a

Folder 25b

February 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 25b

Folder 26a

March-August 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 26a

Folder 26b

March-August 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 26b

Folder 27a

September 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 27a

Folder 27b

September 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 27b

Folder 28

October-December 1907 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29a

January-May 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 29a

Folder 29b

January-May 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 29b

Folder 30a

June 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 30a

Folder 30b

June 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 30b

Folder 31a

July 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 31a

Folder 31b

July 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 31b

Folder 32

August-October 1908 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

November 1908: Telegrams (condolence) #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34a

November 1908: Letters of condolence, A-E #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 34a

Folder 34b

November 1908: Letters of condolence, A-E #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 34b

Folder 35-37

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

November 1908: Letters of condolence, F-Z #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 35-37

Folder 38

November 1908: Woman's Christian Temperance Union's condolences and resolutions #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

November 1908: Groups and organizations - condolences and resolutions #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

November 1908: Visiting cards #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41a

December 1908-June 1909 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 41a

Folder 41b

December 1908-June 1909 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 41b

Folder 42a

July 1909-1914 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 42a

Folder 42b

July 1909-1914 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 42b

Folder 43

1915-1923 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44a

1924-1926 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 44a

Folder 44b

1924-1926 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 44b

Folder 45

1927-1933 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

1934-1942 #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47-49

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Undated #01414, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1850-1942 and undated." Folder 47-49

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Arrangement: chronological.

This series includes political scrapbooks, including clippings and items related to the Philippines; a lettercopy book of lumber businessman Tyree Rodes of Burnside, Ky.; lists of voters and workers; visiting and greeting cards; checks and financial papers; and loose and unsorted material. Please note, volumes 13-14 were removed and renamed photograph albums 1-2.

Folder 50b

Scrapbook enclosures #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 50b

Includes undated manuscripts and leaflets, 1889, 1905, 1907-1908.

Folder 51

Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52a

Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 52a

Folder 52b

Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 52b

Folder 53

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54a

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 54a

Folder 54b

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 54b

Folder 55-56

Folder 55

Folder 56

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 55-56

Folder 57a

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 57a

Folder 57b

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 57b

Folder 58a

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 58a

Folder 58b

Fragments: Speeches and other papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 58b

Folder 59

Campaign items #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 59

Includes button and leaflet.

Folder 60

Volume 1: Scrapbook, 1855-1856 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 60

Scrapbook of clippings possibly compiled by Gilmer Poindexter.

Folder 61

See separated item SV-1414/2 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 61

Oversize Volume SV-1414/2

Volume 2: Scrapbook, circa 1893 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." SV-1414/2

Folder 62

Volume 3: Scrapbook containing copy of bill H.R. 4864, 1894 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 62

Copy of an act to reduce taxation and to provide revenue for the government.

Folder 63

See separated item SV-1414/4 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 63

Oversize Volume SV-1414/4

Volume 4: Lettercopy book of lumber businessman Tyree Rodes, Burnside, Ky., 31 July 1894-2 April 1895 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." SV-1414/4

Folder 64

See separated item SV-1414/5 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 64

Oversize Volume SV-1414/5

Volume 5: Clippings, 1898-1908 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." SV-1414/5

Folder 65-66

Folder 65

Folder 66

Volume 6-7: Clippings, 1899-1904 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 65-66

Folder 67-68

Folder 67

Folder 68

Volume 8-9: Clippings on the Carmack-Taylor election, 1905-1906 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 67-68

Folder 69

Volume 10: Clippings, including Carmack-Tatterson election, 1907-1908 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

See separated item SV-1414/11 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 70

Oversize Volume SV-1414/11

Volume 11: Death of Edward Ward Carmack, 1908 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." SV-1414/11

Folder 71

Volume 12: Clippings about M. R. Patterson and Duncan Cooper, 1908-1910 #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Volume 15: Notebook, undated #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 72

Notebook contains paragraphs of speech.

Folder 73

Lists of voters and workers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Visiting cards #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Greeting cards #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

Unsorted papers from letters #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

Checks, financial papers, and related loose papers #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 77

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Folder 101

Clippings #01414, Series: "2. Scrapbooks, Notebooks, and Clippings, 1855-1910 and undated." Folder 78-101

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Arrangement: chiefly chronological.

Pictures are primarily of unidentified individuals, although there is one photograph and one poster of Carmack. Other pictures include postcards of African Americans harvesting and weighing cotton, Woodrow Wilson's inaugural parade, Jefferson Davis's home in Gulfport, Miss., and the Columbia Institute in Columbia, Tenn. There are also two photograph albums chiefly of African American agricultural laborers from the "Rosemary" farm or plantation, probably in Alabama.

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Photograph: Edward Ward Carmack, circa 1888-1898 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/1

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Cabinet card: Unidentified infant, circa 1895-1905 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/2

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Photograph: Unidentifed young woman in a white dress with parasol, descending steps of house toward waiting man, circa 1880-1900 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/3

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Photograph: Little boy on pony at fair or carnival, circa 1905-1925 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/4

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Photograph: Young man holding hat in front of car, circa 1910-1930 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/5

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Postcards: African Americans harvesting and weighing cotton, circa 1900-1920 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/6

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Postcards: African Americans harvesting and weighing cotton, circa 1900-1920 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/7

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Postcard: Woodrow Wilson's inaugural parade, Washington, D.C., 1913 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/8

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Postcard: Jefferson Davis's home "Beauvoir" in Gulfport, Miss., circa 1900-1920 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/9

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Postcard: Columbia Institute, Columbia, Tenn., circa 1900-1920 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/10

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Photograph: Unidentifed church, circa 1900-1920 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/11

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Postcard: Composite drawing of Confederate flags, circa 1885-1905 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." P-1414/12

Photograph Album PA-1414/1

Photograph album: "Rosemary" farm or plantation, circa 1890-1910 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." PA-1414/1

96 photographs including images of African American men, women, and children performing agricultural work and other activities at "Rosemary," a farm or plantation probably in Hale County, Ala. The album was apparently put together as a gift, and the inscription reads "Merry Christmas from Rosemary."

Photograph Album PA-1414/2

Photograph album: "Rose-mary. A Plantation Home," circa 1890-1910 #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." PA-1414/2

18 photographs including images of African American men, women, and children performing agricultural work, along with images of an unidentifed woman with a horse, at "Rosemary," a farm or plantation, probably in Hale County, Ala.

Oversize Paper OP-1414/1

Poster of Edward Ward Carmack, undated #01414, Series: "3. Pictures, circa 1880-1930 and undated." OP-1414/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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