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Collection Number: 02631-z

Collection Title: Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908.

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Edward Asbury O'Neal (1818-1890) was a lawyer, local secession leader, Confederate Army officer, a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1875, and governor of Alabama from 1882 to 1886. The collection chiefly consists of Civil War letters among O'Neal and his two sons in the Confederate Army, and his wife at home in Florence, Ala.; postwar letters and papers relating to his law practice in Florence, Ala., and Huntsville, Ala.; and correspondence concerning his two gubernatorial campaigns and Alabama politics, with very little concerning the United States presidential election of 1876. Volumes are chiefly scrapbooks of clippings and manuscripts pertaining to O'Neal's political career, as well as other members of the O'Neal family.
Creator O'Neal, Edward Asbury, 1818-1890.
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 Asbury O'Neal Papers, #2631-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Deposited by Mrs. George Erwin Roulhac, Florence, Ala., 1942 and 1946.
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 Asbury O'Neal (1818-1890) was a lawyer, local secession leader, Confederate Army officer serving in Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1875, and governor of Alabama from 1882 to 1886.

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The collection contains legal, personal, and political correspondence of Edward Asbury O'Neal (1818-1890). The collection chiefly consists of Civil War letters among O'Neal and his two sons in the Confederate Army, and his wife at home in Florence, Ala.; postwar letters and papers relating to his law practice in Florence and Huntsville, Ala.; and correspondence concerning his two gubernatorial campaigns and Alabama politics, with very little concerning the United States presidential election of 1876. Volumes are chiefly scrapbooks of clippings and manuscripts pertaining to O'Neal's political career, as well as other members of the O'Neal family.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1833-1839 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1840-1859 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1862-April 1863 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

May-December 1863 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1864-1869 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1869-1871 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1872 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1860s-1870s #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1873-1874 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1876-1881 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

1882 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13

1883-1884 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1885-1889 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1890-1893 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Printed material #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

Pamphlets #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Pictures #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 19

Image P-2631/1

Edward Asbury O'Neal, ca. 1865-1885 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." P-2631/1

Reproduction of drawing.

Image P-2631/2

Jefferson Davis, ca. 1886 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." P-2631/2

Mounted albumen print.

Image P-2631/3

Jefferson Davis, ca. 1886 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." P-2631/3

Duplicate of P-2631/2.

Special Format Image SF-P-2631/1

Sarah Andrews, Florence, Ala., 1865 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." SF-P-2631/1

Tintype.

Folder 20

Newspapers #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

#02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 21

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SV-2631/1

Volume 1 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." SV-2631/1

Scrapbook containing clippings on O'Neal's administration, political career, Confederate veterans' activities, and family affairs. Contains several letters pasted in scrapbook, including some from Jefferson Davis. 1861, 1872, 1879, 1884-1901

Folder 22

Volume 2 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 22

Account book of Edward Asbury O'Neal Junior, Florence, Ala., 1873-1875.

Folder 23

#02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 23

See Seprated Volume SV-2631/3

SV-2631/3

Volume 3 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." SV-2631/3

Scrapbook, 1876-1902. Contains letters, telegrams, and clippings related to the deaths of Edward Asbury O'Neal in 1890, Edward Asbury O'Neal Junior in 1876, Mrs. Rebecca O'Neal Shotwell, Elizabeth O'Neal, George H. Moore, Samuel H. Moore, Eugene F. Williams, C.A. Crow, and Thomas R. Roulhac.

Folder 24

Volume 4 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 24

Scrapbook, 1876-1902. Contains clippings related to the Moores, O'Neals, and Phelans.

Folder 25

Volume 5 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 25

Scrapbook, 1883-1885. Contains clippings about Edward Asbury O'Neal's career as governor.

Folder 26

Volume 6 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 26

Scrapbook, 1884-1885. Contains chiefly clippings on O'Neal's political career.

Folder 27

Volume 7 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 27

Scrapbook, 1884-1899. Contains clippings on O'Neal, chiefly about his nomination for governor in 1884.

Folder 28

#02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 28

See Separated Volume SV-2631/8

SV-2631/8

#02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." SV-2631/8

Scrapbook, 1884-1904. Contains chiefly clippings of the political careers of Edward Asbury O'Neal, Emmet O'Neal, and James Phelan; also clippings on Confederate veterans' activities, the death of Jefferson Davis, the social activities of the O'Neals, the musical career of Mrs. Ruby Shotwell Piper (granddaughter of Edward O'Neal), and Caroline Lee Hentz.

Folder 29

#02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 29

See Separated Volume SV-2631/9

SV-2631/9

Volume 9 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." SV-2631/9

Scrapbook, 1904-1908. Contains clippings on Emmet O'Neal's political career, activities of the O'Neal family, and the musical career of Mrs. Ruby Shotwell Piper.

Folder 30

Volume 10 #02631-z, Series: "Edward Asbury O'Neal Papers, 1833-1908 and undated." Folder 30

Composition book of Emmet O'Neal, undated. Contains notes on school lectures and clippings related to national politics.

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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, October 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.

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