Davis family papers
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
- Davis, Varina, 1826-1906 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Reproduction and publication restricted, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.
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.
Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress. 2 reels ; 35 mm.
- California -- History
- Confederate States of America
- Letters (correspondence)
- Mississippi -- Politics and government
- Monterrey, Battle of, Monterrey, Mexico, 1846
- Railroads -- Design and construction
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century
- Davis Family Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
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