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Collection Number: 03614

Collection Title: Charles Lyon Chandler Papers, 1803-1961.

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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 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)
Abstract Charles Lyon Chandler (b. 1883) was a United States foreign service officer, Philadelphia banker, history professor, and author. The collection contains the papers of Chandler, consisting mainly of material related to his unpublished biography of Joel Robert Poinsett (1779-1851) of South Carolina, diplomat, United States representative, United States Secretary of War, and anti-nullificationist. Included are notes and documents used in its preparation in the 1930s; Chandler's correspondence with Miss Emma A. Bull, researcher in Charleston, S.C., Professor Edwin Judson Pratt, author of the chapters on Poinsett's activities as first United States minister in Mexico, 1825-1830, and other scholars and related correspondents, 1918-1961; and twenty-six collected manuscript letters to and from Poinsett and extensive copies of Poinsett papers, 1803-1852, located elsewhere. Also included are letters and correspondence of Chandler while he worked abroad for the United States State Department in Europe, Asia, and South America, 1906-1913, and in Latin American again in the 1940s; speeches and articles; diaries, 1904-1911; thirty-nine pocket memorandum books; and three scrapbooks on Latin American topics, 1909-1919 and 1943-1944, especially concerned with commerce between the United States and Brazil during the 19th century.
Creator Chandler, Charles Lyon, b. 1883.
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 Charles Lyon Chandler Papers, #3614, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Chandler, 1962-1965.
Additon of July 1970 purchased from Paul C. Richards of Mass. in 1960 by the North Carolina Collection as part of a "North Carolina Autograph" group and transferred to the Southern Historical Collection in 1970.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Charles Lyon Chandler (b. 1883) was a United States foreign service officer, Philadelphia banker, history professor, and author.

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The collection contains the papers of Charles Lyon Chandler (b. 1833), consisting mainly of material related to his unpublished biography of Joel Robert Poinsett (1779-1851) of South Carolina, diplomat, United States representative, United States Secretary of War, and anti-nullificationist. Included are notes and documents used in its preparation in the 1930s; Chandler's correspondence with Miss Emma A. Bull, researcher in Charleston, S.C., Professor Edwin Judson Pratt, author of the chapters on Poinsett's activities as first United States minister in Mexico, 1825-1830, and other scholars and related correspondents, 1918-1961; and twenty-six collected manuscript letters to and from Poinsett and extensive copies of Poinsett papers, 1803-1852 located elsewhere. Also included are letters and correspondence of Chandler while he worked abroad for the United States State Department in Europe, Asia, and South America, 1906-1913, and in Latin American again in the 1940s; speeches and articles; diaries, 1904-1911; thirty-nine pocket memorandum books; and three scrapbooks on Latin American topics, 1909-1919 and 1943-1944, especially concerned with commerce between the United States and Brazil during the 19th century.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series contains Charles Lyon Chandler's correspondence regarding his research on Joel Robert Poinsett as well as Chandler's career. The bulk of the correspondence is with co-author Edwin J. Pratt and Emma A. Bull, a researcher in Charleston, S.C. There is also some correspondence with J. Fred Rippy, historian at Duke University. Correspondence from 1906-1913 relates to Chandler's career with the United States State Department, much of it regarding transfers and assignments to places in Europe, Asia, and South America. Correspondence from 1918-1961 chiefly regards Chandler's research on Poinsett.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1906 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1907 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1908-1909 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1910 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1911 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1912 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1913-1915 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1918-1931 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1933 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1934 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

1935 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

1936 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 13-14

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

1937 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 15-16

Folder 17

1938 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1939-1941 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1942-1943 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1944-1948 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1949-1950 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1951 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1952-1961 #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24a

Undated and photographs #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." Folder 24a

Image Folder PF-3614/1

Pictures #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." PF-3614/1

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-3614/1

Diploma #03614, Series: "1. Correspondence of Charles L. Chandler, 1906-1961 and undated." OPF-3614/1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Joel R. Poinsett Papers, circa 1817-1852.

Arrangement: chronological.

These materials consist of letters to and from Joel R. Poinsett collected by Charles L. Chandler. Correspondents include James Monroe, C. A. Rodney, Joseph Johnson, Daniel Webster, Martin Van Buren, Abraham Van Buren, Stephen J. Lee, Gouverneur Kemble, William Noland, Hugh S. Legare, H. D. Gilpin, J. K. Paulding, Mary Poinsett, and Mitchell King.

Folder 24b

Circa 1817-1837 #03614, Series: "2. Joel R. Poinsett Papers, circa 1817-1852." Folder 24b

Folder 24c

1838-1852 #03614, Series: "2. Joel R. Poinsett Papers, circa 1817-1852." Folder 24c

Folder 24d

Index cards for the autograph collection of Chandler #03614, Series: "2. Joel R. Poinsett Papers, circa 1817-1852." Folder 24d

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939.

The typed manuscript of the Joel R. Poinsett biography, including multiple drafts, footnotes, notes, and bibliography.

Folder 25

Chapter I. Early Years and Travels, 1779-1810 #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

Chapter II. Official Mission to Buenos Aires and Chile, 1810-1814 #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 26-27

Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29

Chapter III. State, National, and Foreign Activities, 1815-1825 #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 28-29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

Chapter IV. Mexico Mission, 1825-1830: Texas and Cuba #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 30-31

Folder 32-36

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Chapter V. Mexican Mission: 1825-1830, Treaty Making and Internal Politics #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 32-36

Folder 37-45

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Chapter VI. Nullification, 1830-1834 #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 37-45

Folder 46-50

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Chapter VII. Secretary of War, 1837-1841 #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 46-50

Folder 51-56

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Chapter VIII. Last Years, 1841-1851 #03614, Series: "3. Chandler-Pratt Manuscript of Poinsett Biography, circa 1930-1939." Folder 51-56

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This series is a typed bibliography of primary sources for the Joel R. Poinsett biography along with related items.

Folder 57

Poinsett bibliography #03614, Series: "4. Poinsett Bibliography, undated." Folder 57

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological, then by subject.

This series contains research materials on Joel R. Poinsett, chiefly consisting of typed transcription of correspondence of Poinsett, legal papers, and copies of newspaper articles.

Folder 58

Notes: 1803-1811, Poinsett in Latin America #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

Notes: 1811-1815, Poinsett in Latin America #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Notes: 1816-1821, Poinsett in South Carolina #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

Notes: 1821-1823, Poinsett in South Carolina and his election to congress #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62-63

Folder 62

Folder 63

Notes: 1824, Poinsett in South Carolina and his election to congress #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 62-63

Folder 64

Notes: 1825, Poinsett in Mexico #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

Notes: 1826-1831, Mexican and South Carolina items #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66-67

Folder 66

Folder 67

Notes: 1832, Poinsett in South Carolina #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 66-67

Folder 68

Notes: January 1833, Poinsett in United States #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

Notes: February 1833 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

Notes: March-August 1833 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

Notes: August 1833 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Notes: September 1833-1836 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

Notes: 1834-1837 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Notes: 1837 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Notes: 1838 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

Notes: 1839 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

Notes: 1840 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

Notes: 1841 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

Notes: 1840-1845 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

Notes: 1846-1849 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

Notes: 1850-1852 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

Notes: 1855-1899 #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83

Notes: Undated #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 83

Folder 84-85

Folder 84

Folder 85

Notes: General notes on Poinsett #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 84-85

Folder 86a

Notes: Spanish Colonial America #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86a

Folder 86b

Notes: Argentina #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86b

Folder 86c-86e

Notes: Brazil #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86c-86e

Folder 86f

Notes: Early Unites States shipping in the La Plata #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86f

Folder 86g-86j

Notes: Early United States shipping and trade with Brazil #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86g-86j

Folder 86k

Notes: Trade and confederates in Brazil #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86k

Folder 86l

Notes: General notes on shipping and trade #03614, Series: "5. Chandler's Notes and Research Materials on Poinsett, 1803-1899 and undated." Folder 86l

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Arrangement: by subject.

This series contains clippings about Charles L. Chandler's career and Latin American topics.

Folder 86m

Charles L. Chandler #03614, Series: "6. Clippings" Folder 86m

Folder 86n

Latin America #03614, Series: "6. Clippings" Folder 86n

Folder 86o

Brazil and other topics #03614, Series: "6. Clippings" Folder 86o

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Speeches and Articles, 1915-1942 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 8. Volumes, 1812-1956.

Arrangement: by subject.

This series chiefly consists of scrapbooks and notebooks related to Charles L. Chandler's research on Joel R. Poinsett and Latin American shipping and trade; an annotated copy of the biography manuscript of Poinsett; clippings related to Chandler's career; diaries; and personal memobooks.

Folder 94

Volume 1: Poinsett biography manuscript #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 94

Oversize Volume SV-3614/1

Poinsett manuscript fragment #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." SV-3614/1

Folder 95

See Separated Volume SV-3614/3 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 95

Oversize Volume SV-3614/3

Volume 3: Scrapbook, October 1943-December 1944 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." SV-3614/3

Clippings and copies of speeches.

Folder 96

Volume 4: Scrapbook of clippings, 1909-1919 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 96

Folder 97

See Separated Volume SV-3614/5 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 97

Oversize Volume SV-3614/5

Volume 5: Scrapbook #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." SV-3614/5

Articles and lecture notes.

Folder 98

Volume 6: Notebook #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 98

Research materials on Poinsett.

Folder 99

Volume 7: Notebook #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 99

Notes from Philadelphia Daily Advertiser, October 1812-1 October 1813.

Folder 100

Volume 8: Notebook on Latin American poetry #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 100

Folder 101-104

Folder 101

Folder 102

Folder 103

Folder 104

Volume 9: Memobooks, 1880-1956 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 101-104

Memobooks containing personal notes, addresses, events, accounts, and research notes.

Folder 10

Volume 10: Diary, 1904-1908 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 11: Diary, 1909-1911 #03614, Series: "8. Volumes, 1812-1956." Folder 11

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, January 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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