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Collection Number: 02481

Collection Title: Hilary A. Herbert Papers, 1864-1931

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract Hilary A. Herbert was an Alabama and Washington, D.C., lawyer, author, Democratic United States representative, 1877-1893, and secretary of the Navy, 1893-1897. The collection includes his correspondence, writings, speeches, and scrapbooks. Correspondence, 1892-1919, is with friends, including many national politicians, concerning politics, foreign affairs, and, from 1904, Reconstruction and the race question. Also included are Herbert's speeches; a "History of the 8th Alabama Regiment, C.S.A.," written in 1864; European travel notes, 1887; historical, patriotic, and general articles; diary, 1910-1917; scrapbooks of his career; notes on his book, The Abolition Crusade and its Consequences; and reminiscences written 1903 and 1917 covering his early life in Laurens, S.C., and Greenville, Ala., his education at the University of Alabama and the University of Virginia, his Confederate service, and his political career, and containing his reflections on slavery, abolition, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the race question. Also included are scattered papers of his daughter, Ella (Mrs. Benjamin) Micou of Washington, D.C.
Creator Herbert, Hilary A. (Hilary Abner), 1834-1919.
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 Hilary A. Herbert Papers, #2481, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
NHPRC microfilm available.
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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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.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Hilary A. Herbert was an Alabama and Washington, D.C., lawyer, author, Democratic United States representative, 1877-1893, and secretary of the Navy, 1893-1897.

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The collection includes Herbert's correspondence, writings, speeches, and scrapbooks. Correspondence, 1892-1919, is with friends, including many national politicians, concerning politics, foreign affairs, and, from 1904, Reconstruction and the race question. Also included are Herbert's speeches; a "History of the 8th Alabama Regiment, C.S.A.," written in 1864; European travel notes, 1887; historical, patriotic, and general articles; diary, 1910-1917; scrapbooks of his career; notes on his book, The Abolition Crusade and its Consequences; and reminiscences written 1903 and 1917 covering his early life in Laurens, S.C., and Greenville, Ala., his education at the University of Alabama and the University of Virginia, his Confederate service, and his political career, and containing his reflections on slavery, abolition, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the race question. Also included are scattered papers of his daughter, Ella (Mrs. Benjamin) Micou of Washington, D.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated.

About 235 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence includes exchanges with prominent politicians, including Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert Carmody, and Richard Olney, discussing contemporary political issues, campaigns, and diplomatic affairs. Also included are miscellaneous pamphlets, speeches, and some scattered papers of Herbert's daughter, Ella Herbert Micou.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1892-1894 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1895 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1896-1898 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1900-1903 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1904 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1905-1908 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1909-1911 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1912 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1913-1914 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1915-1916 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1917 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1918-1919 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1920-1931 #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated papers #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15-18

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Undated speeches and articles #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 15-18

Folder 19

Newspaper clippings #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Pamphlets #02481, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1892-1931 and undated." Folder 20-22

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14 items.

Arrangement: by content.

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6 items.
Folder 29

Volume 7: 1892-1897; 1907-1908 #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." Folder 29

Pictures and clippings relating to the Micou-Herbert family, chiefly from social columns of newspapers. Also included are general items relating to Hilary A. Herbert.

Folder 30

Volume 8: 1892-1893 #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." Folder 30

Clippings relating to Herbert's appointment as Secretary of the Navy in Grover Cleveland's Cabinet.

Folder 31

Volume 9: "Personal Clippings," March 1893-October 1894 #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." Folder 31

Clippings about Herbert and matters in which he was involved.

Folder 32

Volume 10: 1894-1896 #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." Folder 32

Clippings about the Annual Naval Report, taken from various newspapers in November and December of each year from 1894-1896.

Folder 33

Volume 11: 1891-1910 #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." Folder 33

Miscellaneous clippings, pictures, and poems. Also includes a Confederate reminiscence, written in the book and dated 1891.

Folder 34

Folder number not used #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." Folder 34

Oversize Volume SV-2481/12

Volume 12: 1894-1919 #02481, Subseries: "2.2. Scrapbooks." SV-2481/12

Includes clippings from newspapers and magazines, telegrams, notes, Herbert's book reviews and articles. Also contains obituary notices and tributes, 1919.

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2 items.

Josiah Gorgas was a United States and later Confederate ordnance officer. A copy of the diary represented in folder 35 is also housed in folder 2 the Josiah Gorgas Papers, #279-z.

Folder 35

Volume 13: Diary of Josiah Gorgas, "Section III," 27 December 1864-1 July 1877 #02481, Subseries: "2.3. Josiah Gorgas Items." Folder 35

Typescript. 149 pages.

Folder 36

Volume 14: Extracts from Notes on Confederate Ordnance, by Josiah Gorgas #02481, Subseries: "2.3. Josiah Gorgas Items." Folder 36

"Written chiefly soon after the close of the war." Typescript. 41 pages.

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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.

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