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Collection Number: 02260

Collection Title: Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 185 items)
Abstract Henry A. (Henry Alexander) Chambers was a native of North Carolina who became a lawyer, historian, legislator, member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and United States Post Office agent in Tennessee. The collection includes the diary, correspondence, speeches, and business papers of Chambers. The diary, 1863-1865, 1870-1873, 1877-1887, and 1895-1924, written while Chambers was a captain with the 49th North Carolina Infantry Regiment and when he lived in Madisonville, Tenn., Loudon, Tenn., and Chattanooga, Tenn., contains entries about troop movements and military life during the Civil War, professional and public life, social and domestic events, and Masonic and Confederate veterans' affairs. Also included in the collection are personal and household accounts; a memorandum, 1877, concerning a state legislative committee on common schools; personal and family letters received; bills and receipts; a muster roll of and correspondence about Company C, 49th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America; family history materials; and estate papers.
Creator Chambers, Henry A. (Henry Alexander), 1841-1925.
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 Henry A. Chambers Papers, #2260, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Z. C. Patton of Chattanooga, Tenn., 1940 and 1952.
Addition received from Carolyn Harmon Parker of Statesville, N.C., November 1993 (Acc. 93140).
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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Henry A. (Henry Alexander) Chambers (1841-1925), native of Iredell County, N.C., was a lawyer, historian, statistician, legislator, member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and United States Post Office agent in Tennessee. During the Civil War, Chambers was a captain with the 49th North Carolina Infantry Regiment.

Chambers was married first to Laura Lenoir (fl. 1877-1891) and later to Lizzie Welcker Turner.

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The collection includes the diary, correspondence, speeches, and business papers of Henry A. Chambers. The diary, 1863-1865, written while Chambers was a captain with the 49th North Carolina Infantry Regiment contains entries describing troop movements and camp life as well as some battles and news relating to other military engagements. Later diaries, 1870-1873, 1877-1887, and 1895-1924, written from Madisonville, Loudon, and Chattanooga, Tenn., concern his law practice, his public life as a member of the Tennessee legislature, his duties as investigator for the United States Post Office Department, his social and domestic life, and Masonic and Confederate veterans' affairs.

Also included in the collection are personal and household accounts; a memorandum, 1877, concerning a state legislative committee on common schools; personal and family letters received; bills and receipts; a muster roll of and correspondence about Company C, 49th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America; family history materials; and estate papers.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1832-1889 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2a

1890-1896, 1901 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 2a

Folder 2b

Records of Company C, 49th North Carolina Regiment, CSA, compiled 1903 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 2b

Folder 3

1905-1912 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1913-1925 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated papers and clippings #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6a

Diary, 1863-1865 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 6a

Folder 6b

Diary, 1870 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 6b

Folder 7

Diary, 1871 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Diary, 1872 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Diary, 1873 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Diary, 1877 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Diary, 1878 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Diary, 1879 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Diary, 1880 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Diary, 1881 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Diary, 1882 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Diary, 1883 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Diary, 1884 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

Diary, 1885 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Diary, 1886 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Diary, 1887 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Diary, 1895 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Memoranda and account book, 1895 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Memoranda and account book, 1895 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Diary, 1896 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Diary, 1897 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Diary, 1898 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Diary, 1899 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Diary, 1900 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Diary, 1901 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Diary, 1902 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Diary, 1903 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Diary, 1904 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Diary, 1905 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Diary, 1906 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Diary, 1907 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Diary, 1908 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Diary, 1909 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Diary, 1910 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Diary, 1911 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Diary, 1912 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Diary, 1913 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Diary, 1914 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Diary, 1915 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Diary, 1916 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Diary, 1917 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

Diary, 1918 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

Diary, 1919 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

Diary, 1920 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Diary, 1921 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Diary, 1922 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Diary, 1923 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Diary, 1924 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 1: Mathematics notebook, 1833-1836 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 2: Pamphlet, speech by Judge Nathan Green, 1849 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 3: Commonplace book, 1861-1862 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 4: Account book, H. A. Chambers, 1870-1872; household accounts, Laura Lenoir Chambers, 1877-1884 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

Volume 5: Record book, Committee on Education and Common Schools, Tennessee state senate, 1877 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

Volume 6: Account book with recipes, Laura Lenoir Chambers, 1885-1891 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 7: Checkbook, Laura Lenoir Chambers, 1890 #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Copper plate for photograph #02260, Series: "Henry A. Chambers Papers, 1832-1925 and undated." Folder 60

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, August 2009

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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