Finding aid for the C.E. Colbert Collection

MUM00081

PURL

http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM000081/

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Summary Information

Repository
University of Mississippi Libraries
Creator
Colbert, C.E.
Title
C.E. Colbert Collection of Historical Manuscripts
ID
MUM00081
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1826-1884
Date [inclusive]
1826-1953
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 half Hollinger box)
Abstract
The collection contains miscellaneous documents of historical importance, including a letter written by Henry Clay, land grants issued by Presidents John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren, slave bills of sale, and various other documents.

Preferred Citation

C.E. Colbert Collection of Historical Manuscripts (MUM00081), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

C.E. Colbert graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1916. He and his wife owned a grocery store in Trebloc, Miss. His great-grandfather was George W. Campbell, an early settler of Noxubee County, Miss.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains miscellaneous documents of historical importance, including a facsimile of a letter written by Henry Clay; land grants issued by Presidents John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren; slave bills of sale, and various other documents.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries April 2013

Access Restrictions

The C.E. Colbert Collection of Historical Manuscripts is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Custodial History

The papers in this collection were handed down to C.E. Colbert via his great-grandfather George W. Campbell, an early settler of Noxubee County, Miss., and a witness to the signing of the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mr. C.E. Colbert, 1953

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, April 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Maps from Folder 1 have been moved to the Map Collection.

Public land sale documents from Folder 1 have been moved to Small Manuscripts 1979.7f10.

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Controlled Access Headings

Format(s)

  • bills of sale
  • correspondence
  • historical maps
  • receipts (financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Noxubee County (Miss.) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848 -- Autographs
  • Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 -- Correspondence
  • Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862 -- Autographs

Subject(s)

  • Cotton trade -- Mississippi -- History
  • Slave bills of sale -- Mississippi
  • Slavery -- Mississippi
  • Slavery -- South Carolina -- Abbeville

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Collection Inventory

Folder 1 

Correspondence from C.E. Colbert to J.D. Williams about the donation of the collection 

Typewritten article about collection donation: "Ole Miss Collects Historical Documents." By James W. Silver, Chairman of Archives Committee 

11 hand drawn plats including several of Noxubee County. Illustrates land in Noxubee County, MS that was owned by William Lewis of Gainsville, Alabama. Some professionally traced others simple hand drawn sketches 

Separated Materials

These maps have been moved to the Archives' Map Collection.

Public land sale deeds signed by Martin Van Buren and John Quincy Adams 

Separated Materials

Public land sale documents from Folder 1 have been moved to Small Manuscripts 1979.7f10.

Folder 2 

Copy of Richard Moseley's will, Abbeville, S.C., 3 April 1829 

A. Colbert letters, 1872-1884 

Scope and Content

One letter from Ellen Gilmer, Helena, Ark., 23 April 1884; several letters to Mr. G.W. Campbell, 1872-1874

Folder 3 

Small leather-bound book containing notes and details of expenses, M.N[?]. Campbell, undated 

Small leather-bound diary of Francis M. Campbell, 1852 

Small handbook: The Ready Reckoner; For Ship Builders, Boat Builders, and Lumber Merchants, Being a Correct Measurement of Scantling, Boards, Plank...", 1854 

Small notebook containing notes on items sold, 21 November 1832-13 April 1835 

Land map labeled "Cuting Drafts"  

Folder 4 

Letter from Henry Clay to "Dear Sir," 13 September 1842 

Scope and Content

Letter is accompanied by a card that reads: "If you have a copy of this letter, you should know that it is a lithographic fac-simile and has no value. The paper bears no watermark, the "ink" is gray instead of black or brown, and on the left edge is a distinct mark of the glue used to hold the plate in a volume, The fold in the letter is at the proper place for the sheet to fold for inclusion in a volume."

Folder 5 

Lists of payments received for items sold, including several slaves, 11 December 1829 

Miscellaneous receipts, 1830s 

Appraisal of the property of James Ball, Abbeville, S.C. 

Scope and Content

Includes appraisal values for slaves, horses, and furniture.

Folder 6 

Fragments of an unidentified document 

Last page of a letter, signed "So long Pop for now, All our love, Clarence & Mox." 

Typewritten poem titled "I Will" with handwritten notes on verso 

Folder 7 

Obituary for "Jack" , 10 April [?] 

Scope and Content

Obituary describes the deceased as "licentious,"  "a mean low-lifed cowardly old bore," and other unflattering terms.

Folder 8 

Miscellaneous legal documents from Noxubee County, Miss., 1830s-1870s