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Collection Number: 00852

Collection Title: James A. Walker Papers, 1855-1928.

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.


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 300 items
Abstract James A. (James Alexander) Walker (1832-1901) was a lawyer, Confederate brigadier general, Democratic state official, and a Republican United States representative, 1895-1899, of Virginia. The collection includes scattered papers of and about Walker, including a small amount of Walker's own correspondence: letters to his fiancee in the 1850s while he was at the University of Virginia and practicing law in Pulaski County, Va., and personal and political letters in Wythe County, Va., when he was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives in the 1890s. Other papers include 1870s manuscript speeches, correspondence, and clippings about Walker, and a typescript biography by his daughter, Mrs. M. M. Caldwell.
Creator Walker, James A. (James Alexander), 1832-1901.

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 James A. Walker Papers, #852, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of James W. Caldwell, Miss Caldwell, and Mrs. W. W. S. Butler, 1942.
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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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.

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James Alexander Walker (1832-1901) was a lawyer, Confederate brigadier general, Democratic state official, and Republican United States representative, 1895-1899, of Virginia.

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The collection includes scattered papers of and about Walker, including a small amount of Walker's own correspondence: letters to his fiancee in the 1850s while he was at the University of Virginia and practicing law in Pulaski County, Va., and personal and political letters in Wythe County, Va., when he was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives in the 1890s. Other papers include 1870s manuscript speeches, correspondence, and clippings about Walker, and a typescript biography by his daughter, Mrs. M. M. Caldwell.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated.

Materials in this series include letters to his fiancee, Miss Sarah A. Poage, of Augusta County, Va., in the 1850s while he was at the University of Virginia and practicing law in Pulaski County, Va. The letters give details of social life, descriptions of Miss Poage's visits to relatives and resorts, plans for their future life, and other matters. There is a single letter from Walker written during the Civil War, 1862, written to his wife from a camp near Swift's Run Gap. Also included are personal and political letters when Walker was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives in the 1890s. Later letters are primarily letters of condolence to Mrs. M. M. Caldwell, Walker's daughter, on the occasion of his death.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1855-1886 #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1892-1898 #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1899 #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1900-1905 #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1912-1929 #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Undated and fragments #00852, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1855-1929 and undated." Folder 6

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Material in this series includes a biography of James A. Walker written by his daughter, Mrs. M. M. Caldwell, newspapers and clippings pertaining to Walker, deposition notes and transcripts for a contested election case Walker was involved with, pamphlets, and magazines.

Folder 21-26

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Biography #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 21-26

Folder 27

Other papers, clippings #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Other papers, clippings #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Other papers, clippings #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 29

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/1

Southwest Virginia Enterprise, 13 July 1894 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/1

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/2

Southwest Republican-Sentinel, Pulaski City, Va., 24 August 1900 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/2

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/3

Southwest Virginia Enterprise, "A Summer Jaunt," undated #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/3

Extra Oversize Paper OP-582/4

Southwest Virginia Enterprise, Wytheville, Va., 24 October 1901 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-582/4

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/5

Richmond Daily Whig, 8 August 1879 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/5

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/6

Weekly Times, Richmond, Va., 24 September 1894 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/6

Extra Oversize Paper OP=852/7

Montgomery Messenger, Christiansburg, Va., 15 April 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP=852/7

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/8

Daily Dispatch, Richmond, Va., 22 September 1879 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/8

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/9

Daily Dispatch, Richmond, Va., 23 September 1879 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/9

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/10

The Staunton News, Staunton, Va., 13 April 1897 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/10

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/11

Weekly Dispatch, Richmond, Va., 3 June 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/11

Folder 30

Other papers, clippings #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 30

Articles about Walker's death.

Folder 31

Other papers, clippings #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 31

Political and election articles.

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/16

Richmond Dispatch, 24 January 1902 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/16

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/17

Philadelphia Press, 6 November 1901 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/17

Folder 32

Other papers, clippings #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 32

Articles about the Walker-Hamilton Affair.

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/18

Southwest Republican, 17 March 1899 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/18

Folder 33

Other papers, clippings, and newspapers #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 33

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/12

The Detroit Journal, Detroit, Mich., 23 February 1897 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/12

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/13

Southwest Virginia Enterprise, Wytheville, Va., 24 October 1901 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/13

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/14

Chicago Record, 16 April 1894 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/14

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/15

The Times, Richmond, Va., 31 May 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/15

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/19

Lynchburg Virginian, 18 September 1880 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/19

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/20

Richmond Times, 22 January 1928 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/20

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/21

Petersburg Daily Index-Appeal, 17 May, year unknown #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/21

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/22

Old Dominion Sun, 27 December 1901 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/22

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/23

Baltimore Sun, 31 May 1903 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/23

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/24

The Twice-A-Week Courier Journal, undated #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/24

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/25

The Times, Richmond, Va., 31 May 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/25

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/26

Richmond Whig & Advertiser, 15 August 1879 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/26

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/27

Lynchburg Daily Virginian, 14 June 1878 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/27

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/28

South Branch Intelligencer, Romney, Va., 9 September 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/28

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/29

Richmond Dispatch, 31 May 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/29

Extra Oversize Paper OP-852/30

Weekly Dispatch, Richmond, Va., 23 June 1892 #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." OP-852/30

Folder 34-35

Folder 34

Folder 35

Deposition notes #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 34-35

Folder 36

Magazines #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Miscellaneous items #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Newspapers #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39-41

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Pamphlets #00852, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1878-1928 and undated." Folder 39-41

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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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