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Collection Number: 00210

Collection Title: Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson Papers, 1851-1917

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson was a Selma, Ala., lawyer and politician, Confederate officer, and United States commissioner of education. The collection includes original items, 1861-1876, consisting of detailed and almost daily letters exchanged by Dawson and Elodie Todd (1844-1881), sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, while he was serving in the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, in camps in Virginia and elsewhere and she in Selma, 1861-1862; his letters to her after they were married and while a member of the Alabama legislature, 1863-1865; and his letters to her from Washington, D.C., late 1865. Topics include camp life, battles (particularly 1st Manassas), President Lincoln and the Todd family. Microfilm items include some correspondence of Dawson as United States Commissioner of Education, 1886-1889; scattered family and Democratic political correspondence; correspondence as trustee of the University of Alabama; four scrapbooks; and a diary, 1887, recording weather and daily activities at Selma and Washington.
Creator Dawson, Nathaniel Henry Rhodes, 1829-1895.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson Papers, #210, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Prior to 1940
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson was a Selma, Ala., lawyer and politician, Confederate officer, and United States commissioner of education.

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The collection includes original items, 1861-1876, consisting of detailed and almost daily letters exchanged by Dawson and Elodie Todd (1844-1881), sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, while he was serving in the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, in camps in Virginia and elsewhere and she in Selma, 1861-1862; his letters to her after they were married and while a member of the Alabama legislature, 1863-1865; and his letters to her from Washington, D.C., late 1865. Topics include camp life, battles (particularly 1st Manassas), President Lincoln and the Todd family.

Microfilm items include some correspondence of Dawson as United States Commissioner of Education, 1886-1889; scattered family and Democratic political correspondence; correspondence as trustee of the University of Alabama; four scrapbooks; and a diary, 1887, recording weather and daily activities at Selma and Washington.

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Contents list

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About 350 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 1a

Folder 1

January-April 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 1

Folder 2

2-9 May 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 2

Folder 3

10-15 May 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 3

Folder 4

16-19 May 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 4

Folder 5

20-24 May 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 5

Folder 6

25-27 May 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 6

Folder 7

28-30 May 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 7

Folder 8

1-4 June 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 8

Folder 9

6-12 June 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 9

Folder 10

14-19 June 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 10

Folder 11

21-25 June 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 11

Folder 12

26-30 June 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 12

Folder 13

2-8 July 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 13

Folder 14

11-16 July 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 14

Folder 15

17-23 July 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 15

Folder 16

24-31 July 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 16

Folder 17

1-4 August 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 17

Folder 18

7-19 August 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 18

Folder 19

21-29 August 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 19

Folder 20

1-13 September 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 20

Folder 21

14-21 September 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 21

Folder 22

22-29 September 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 22

Folder 23

3-10 October 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 23

Folder 24

12-19 October 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 24

Folder 25

20-29 October 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 25

Folder 26

2-10 November 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 26

Folder 27

12-21 November 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 27

Folder 28

23-28 November 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 28

Folder 29

1-7 December 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 29

Folder 30

8-14 December 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 30

Folder 31

15-22 December 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 31

Folder 32

25-31 December 1861 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 32

Folder 33

1-14 January 1862 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 33

Folder 34

17-24 January 1862 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 34

Folder 35

February; 8-16 March 1862 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 35

Folder 36

17-30 March 1862 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 36

Folder 37

1-10 April 1862 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 37

Folder 38

13-21 April 1862 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 38

Folder 39

August-November 1863 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 39

Folder 40

December 1863; August-September 1864 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 40

Folder 41

November-December 1864 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 41

Folder 42

1865; 1867; 1876 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Folder 42

Image Folder PF-210/1

Five photographs: #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." PF-210/1

P-210/1: Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson, undated #00210, P-210/1
P-210/2: William Calvin Oates, August 1886 #00210, P-210/2

Verso of photo reads: "Member of Congress from Alabama; Colonel CSA; Governor of Alabama 1894-96."

P-210/3: Unidentified woman, undated #00210, P-210/3
P-210/4: Unidentified man, undated #00210, P-210/4
P-210/5: John Dawson, undated #00210, P-210/5

Verso contains a short biographical sketch written by Nathaniel Henry Rhodes Dawson, John Dawson's grandson.

Reel M-210/1-2

M-210/1

M-210/2

Correspondence and related material, 1842-1917 #00210, Series: "Papers, 1851-1917." Reel M-210/1-2

Includes four scrapbooks and a diary.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010

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