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Collection Number: 03601

Collection Title: Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881.

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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 6 items)
Abstract Edward Jenkins Harden (1813-1873) was a lawyer and judge, of Savannah, Ga. The collection includes tissue-press copies of letters written by Harden in connection with his law practice and personal business, and in connection with his duties as a Confederate district judge and a Presbyterian clerk of sessions. Also included are letters of his son, William Harden (1844-1936), and of their law partner, Samuel Yates Levy (1827-1888).
Creator Harden, Edward J. (Edward Jenkins), 1813-1873.
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 Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, #3601, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by Nell S. Harden of Savannah, Ga., November 1962.
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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Edward Jenkins Harden (1813-1873) was a lawyer and judge, of Savannah, Ga. Harden was born in Bryan County, Ga., the son of Thomas H. and Matilda Baker Harden. He practiced law in Savannah for many years and was also sometime teacher at Chatham Academy, city attorney, and was judge of city court, 1845-1847; Confederate States district court judge, 1861-1865; and president of Georgia Historical Society, 1868-1873. He was active in the Presbyterian Church and the Democratic party. He married Sophia H. Maxwell in 1840. One of their children was William Harden.

William Harden (1844-1936) was a lawyer, librarian, and Cofederate soldier. He was admitted to the bar in 1873. He was a librarian at the Telfair Academy, the Savannah public library, and the Georgia Historical Society. He also edited the Georgia Historical Quarterly.

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The collection includes tissue-press copies of letters written by Edward J. Harden in connection with his law practice and personal business, and in connection with his duties as a Confederate district judge and a Presbyterian clerk of sessions. Also included are letters of his son, William Harden, and of their law partner, Samuel Yates Levy (1827-1888).

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 1a

Folder 1

17 December 1883 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 1

Folder 2

Volume 1: Letterpress copy book, Edward J. Harden and William Harden, 1861-1881 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 2

Includes letters, 1861-1864, of Edward J. Harden, including personal business letters, letters written by him as Presbyterian clerk of sessions and layman, and as district judge at Savannah, Ga. Letters, 1866-1872, are scattered and written by Edward J. Harden in realtion with Harden family property, his mother's estate, and Presbyterian Church matters. Letters, 1876-1879 and 1881, were written by William Harden, of Levy & Harden, about legal business.

Folder 3

#03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 3

See Oversize volume SV-3601/2

Folder SV-3601/2

Volume 2: Letterpress copybook, Edward J. Harden, 1858-1861 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder SV-3601/2

Includes letters written by Edward J. Harden, some signed in the name of the firm Harden & Guerard and Harden & Lawton. Several letters are signed by John A. Guerard.

Folder 4

Volume 3: Letterpress copybook, Harden & Levy, 1866-1867 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 4

Includes letters written by Harden & Levy, some signed by Edward J. Harden individually.

Folder 5

Volume 4: Letterpress copybook, Harden & Levy, 1867-1868 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 5

Includes letters written by Harden & Levy, some signed by Edward J. Harden individually.

Folder 6

Volume 5: Letterpress copybook, Harden & Levy, 1868-1870 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 6

Include letters written by Harden & Levy. The volume contains letters signed by Edward J. Harden and by William Harden and Samuel Yates Levy.

Folder 7

Volume 6: Letterpress copybook, Harden & Levy, 1870-1874 and 1879 #03601, Series: "Edward J. Harden Letterpress Copybooks, 1858-1881." Folder 7

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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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