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Collection Number: 02239

Collection Title: Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902.

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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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 135 items)
Abstract Joseph Smith Fowler (1820-1902) was a Republican senator from Tennessee, 1866-1867, and Washington, D.C., lawyer thereafter. The collection includes political and personal correspondence. Letters are primarily from the Reconstruction period and include Fowler's continuous correspondence, 1864-1874, with his friend, Alvan Cullem Gillem (1830-1875), of Tennessee, federal general and commander of the 4th Military District (Mississippi and Arkansas) during Reconstruction; letters from Fowler's constitutents expressing their political ideas and concerns; and letters concerning the impeachment of President Johnson, 1868. Correspondents include Henry Adams, George Barber, S. M. Clark, James A. Doughty, James D. Davis, James H. Embry, William R. Fleming, A. J. Fletcher, Henry Fowler, Andrew Johnson, Minor Meriwether, John Scott, and W. B. Stokes. Included are scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.
Creator Fowler, Joseph Smith, 1820-1902.
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 Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, #2239, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. J. P. Chandler and Fowler Shankland of Los Angeles, Calif., prior to 1940.
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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Joseph Smith Fowler (1820-1902) was a Republican senator from Tennessee, 1866-1867, and Washington, D.C., lawyer thereafter.

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The collection includes political and personal correspondence of Joseph Smith Fowler. Letters are primarily from the Reconstruction period and include Fowler's continuous correspondence, 1864-1874, with his friend, Alvan Cullem Gillem (1830-1875), of Tennessee, federal general and commander of the 4th Military District (Mississippi and Arkansas) during Reconstruction; letters from Fowler's constitutents expressing their political ideas and concerns; and letters concerning the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, 1868. Letters from Alvan Cullem Gillem discuss slavery, racial equality, the national debt, military power, and other social and political issues. One letter from Gillem, 1873, written from California discusses the conditions there. Correspondents include Henry Adams, George Barber, S. M. Clark, James A. Doughty, James D. Davis, James H. Embry, William R. Fleming, A. J. Fletcher, Henry Fowler, Andrew Johnson, Minor Meriwether, John Scott, and W. B. Stokes. Included are scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1812, 1819, 1863-1864 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 1

Folder 2

1865-1866 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 2

Folder 3

1867 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 3

Folder 4

1868 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 4

SEP-2239/1

Tickets to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, 26 May 1868 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." SEP-2239/1

Restriction to Access: The original item is not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options.

Folder 5

1869 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 5

Folder 6

1870-1878 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 6

Folder 7

1881, 1884, 1889 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 7

Folder 8

1890, 1895, 1900-1902, 1939 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 8

Folder 9

Undated #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 9

Folder 10

Newspaper clippings #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 1: Scrapbook, 1856-1883 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 2: Scrapbook, 1863-1887 #02239, Series: "Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1863-1902." Folder 12

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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