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Collection Number: 00404

Collection Title: Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 (bulk 1840-1866).

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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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract Edmund Kirby-Smith (1824-1893) was a United States Army officer, Confederate Army general, president of the University of Nashville, and professor of mathematics at the University of the South. The collection contains correspondence and other papers, chiefly 1840-1866, of Edmund Kirby-Smith, dealing with his personal affairs, education, military career, and later life as president of the University of Nashville and professor at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. Includes notes on the Kentucky campaigns of 1862; letters of the Revolutionary War period written by his grandfather, Ephraim Kirby (1757-1804) and some by Joseph Smith written to his brother, Elnathan Smith; diary and miscellaneous notes, 1849-1868; official letter book, 1863-1865; a notebook, 1865, giving an account of Kirby-Smith's flight to Cuba and Mexico; and a scrapbook of Civil War clippings.
Creator Kirby-Smith, Edmund, 1824-1893.
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 Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, #404, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of the Kirby-Smith family, 1834-1958
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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Edmund Kirby-Smith (1824-1893) was a United States Army officer, Confederate Army general, president of the University of Nashville, and professor of mathematics at the University of the South.

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The collection contains correspondence and other papers, chiefly 1840-1866, of Edmund Kirby-Smith, dealing with his personal affairs, education, military career, and later life as president of the University of Nashville and professor at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. Includes notes on the Kentucky campaigns of 1862; letters of the Revolutionary War period written by his grandfather, Ephraim Kirby (1757-1804) and some by Joseph Smith written to his brother, Elnathan Smith; diary and miscellaneous notes, 1849-1868; official letter book, 1863-1865; a notebook, 1865, giving an account of Kirby-Smith's flight to Cuba and Mexico; and a scrapbook of Civil War clippings.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1702-1796 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1797-1804 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1818-1827 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1830-1832 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1834-1837 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1838-1839 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1840 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1841 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1842-1843 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1844 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1845 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1846 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1847 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1848-1849 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1850-1853 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1854-1856 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1857-1858 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1859 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1860 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20-27

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

1861 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 20-27

Folder 28-34

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

1862 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 28-34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

1863 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 35-36

Folder 37-45

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

1864 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 37-45

Folder 46-50

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

1865 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 46-50

Folder 51

Trans-Mississippi reports, 1865-1866 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52-53

Folder 52

Folder 53

1866 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 52-53

Folder 54

1867-1869 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

1870 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

1871-1875 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

1876-1885 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

1887-1889 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

1890-1892 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

1-14 March 1893 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

15-31 March 1893 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

April-May 1893 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

1893 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 63

Contains three letters from A.H. (Alexander) Darnes (d. 1894) an African American physician who as an enslaved man was Edmund Kirby-Smith's "war valet" during the American Civil War. Of note is the attachment to the third letter, a handwritten draft of Darnes's "A Servant's Tribute to Gen. Kirby-Smith." Darnes wrote the "Tribute" for a Confederate veterans organization, The Army of Tennessee, which held a memorial for Kirby Smith.

Folder 64

1894-1906 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

Undated #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

Notes and memoranda on the Kentucky campaign, 1862 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

Articles, notes, biography, and miscellaneous #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

Clippings #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

Miscellaneous printed items #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

Volume 1 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 70a

Volume 1 enclosures #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 70a

Folder 71

Volume 2 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72-75

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Volume 3 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 72-75

Folder 76

Volume 4 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

Volume 5: notebook, June-August 1865 #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

Volume 6: Sea Weeds #00404, Series: "Edmund Kirby-Smith Papers, 1776-1906 and undated." Folder 78

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, September 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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