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Alexander H. Stephens papers

Identifier: LG-41

Scope and Contents

The Alexander H. Stephens papers consist of microfilm containing primarily correspondence. The letters concern Stephens' Georgia plantation and include some letters from his slaves. The correspondence is especially concerned with politics, in Georgia, on the national level, and in the Confederacy during the Civil War. Topics include secession, the formation of the Confederacy, the progress of the war, the eventual defeat of the Confederate armies, and Reconstruction.

The Stephens papers were processed at the Library of Congress in 1971. The finding aid was revised in 2009 and can be found at


  • 1784 - 1886


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Reproduction and publication restricted, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Biographical / Historical

Alexander H. Stephens (1812-1883), lawyer, journalist, author, statesman, was elected vice president of the Confederate States (1861-1865). After the war, he was elected to U.S. Senate from Georgia, but never presented his credentials. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1873-1882), and as governor of Georgia (1882-1883).


0.5 Cubic Feet (, 57 reels (27,000 items))

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Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Location of Originals

Alexander H. Stephens Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 2nd St. and Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540, USA.

Related Archival Materials

Parts of this collection have been digitized by the Library of Congress and can be found at

Reproduction Note

Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1971. 57 reels ; 35 mm.

Alexander H. Stephens Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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