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Collection Number: 01489

Collection Title: James Hamilton Papers, 1781-1944

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,000 items)
Abstract James Hamilton was a nullification governor of South Carolina and a diplomat of the Texas Republic. The collection consists of materials gathered by J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton, historian, in contemplation of a biography of Hamilton. Included are 50 original 19th-century manuscripts of Hamilton, mostly letters written by him; 30 manuscripts of his sons in Texas and the Confederate Army; many copies of Hamilton manuscripts in other repositories; notes, correspondence, and unpublished writings of J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton about James Hamilton; and microfilm copies of Hamilton family letters and writings of Samuel Prioleau Hamilton about his father, James. Original letters concern politics and private business in South Carolina, and diplomacy, finance, politics, and private business in Texas.
Creator Hamilton, James, 1786-1857.
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 James Hamilton Papers, #1489, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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James Hamilton was a nullification governor of South Carolina and a diplomat of the Texas Republic.

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The collection consists of materials gathered by J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton, historian, in contemplation of a biography of Hamilton. Included are 50 original 19th-century manuscripts of Hamilton, mostly letters written by him; 30 manuscripts of his sons in Texas and the Confederate Army; many copies of Hamilton manuscripts in other repositories; notes, correspondence, and unpublished writings of J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton about James Hamilton; and microfilm copies of Hamilton family letters and writings of Samuel Prioleau Hamilton about his father, James. Original letters concern politics and private business in South Carolina, and diplomacy, finance, politics, and private business in Texas.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated.

About 1,500 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

This series includes both original documents and copies of documents from other collections. The majority of the correspondence was written by Hamilton, and relates to political and business matters. Other materials include speeches, articles, family data, and miscellaneous other papers.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1781-1821 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1822-1827 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1828 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1829 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1830 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1831 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1832 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

January-June 1833 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

July-December 1833 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1834 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1835-1836 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1837 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1838 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

January-May 1839 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

June-December 1839 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1840 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1841 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-March 1842 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

April-December 1842 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1843 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

January-September 1844 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

October-December 1844 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1845-1849 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1850-1853 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1854-1856 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1857-1858 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1860-1869 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1871 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1877-1887 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1893-1897 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1907-1944 #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Undated #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Undated speeches #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Family data #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Typescript copy of "Among the Present: James Hamilton, Jr., of South Carolina " by J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Undated #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Articles #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Folder 37

Reel M-1489/1

Writings of Samuel Prioleau Hamilton, son of James Hamilton, about his father and the Hamilton family #01489, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1781-1944 and undated." Reel M-1489/1

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About 500 items.

Arrangement: by source.

This series consists of source material gathered by J.G. de Roulhac Hamilton for a planned (but never completed) biography of James Hamilton.

Folder 38-40

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Biographical material on James Hamilton from American Historical Association Annual Reports #01489, Series: "2. Biographical Materials." Folder 38-40

Folder 41-51

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Biographical material from various sources #01489, Series: "2. Biographical Materials." Folder 41-51

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About 12 items.

Photographs include portraits of James Hamilton Sr., Mrs. James Hamilton Jr., an unidentified woman, and several portraits of Caleb Cushing, former United States Congressman from Massachusetts and Attorney General under Franklin Pierce. Also included are several photographs of James Hamilton Jr.'s Charleston, S.C. home and one of Cushing's home in Newburyport, Mass. The folder also contains a page on which there are drawn five illustrated panels depicting women performing heroic actions, captioned "Heroic Women of the Revolution."

Image Folder PF-1489/1

Pictures #01489, Series: "4. Pictures." PF-1489/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated in June 2010 by Kathryn Michaelis for digitization.

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

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