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Davis family papers

Identifier: LG-39

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of microfilm containing the correspondence of Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis. Topics include Mississippi and national politics; the admission of California as a state; a proposed southern-route transcontinental railroad; and Davis' capture at the end of the Civil War. It also contains speeches, newsclippings about the Davises and their home, and accounts of the Battle of Monterey (1846), requested by Davis.


  • 1835 - 1913


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

Jefferson Davis graduated from West Point in 1828 and served in the U.S. Army for seven years. In 1847, he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi, and he remained in public office until 1861 and the secession of the southern states. He was formally elected to the presidency of the Confederate States in October, 1861.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 2 reels)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Purchased from the Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Location of Originals

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

Reproduction Note

Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress. 2 reels ; 35 mm.

Davis Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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