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James Murray Mason papers

Identifier: LG-31

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of microfilm containing primarily diplomatic communications sent while Mason was a Confederate commissioner. Papers include correspondence, dispatches, supply lists for the Confederate states from London, statements and depositions regarding piracy and claims. Also the blockade and other naval and maritime matters, cotton bonds and warrants, circulars and printed matter are included.

Correspondents include Judah P. Benjamin, James D. Bulloch, Alexander Collie, Fraser, Tenholm and Company, Henry Hotze, R. M. T. Hunter, Caleb Huse, L. Q. C. Lamar, Ambrose Dudley Mann, James H. North, Charles O'Conor, John Russell Russell, George T. Sinclair, John Slidell (about 100 letters), Society for Promoting the Cessation of Hostilities in American (London), Southern Independence Association (Manchester), James Spence, and General James Williams.

(Michigan State University., Honhart, F. L., Jude, S. P., Howard, S. R., & Zito, A. (1976). A guide to the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections. East Lansing, MI: publisher not identified.)

A finding aid for the original collection at the Library of Congress can be found at


  • 1838 - 1870


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

James Murray Mason served in both the U.S. House and the Senate for the state of Virginia. During the Civil War, he was sent to Great Britain as a diplomatic commissioner for the Confederacy.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 reels (1,300 items))

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Ownership and Custodial History

Microfilm copy purchased from Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

Location of Originals

James Murray Mason, 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. 3 reels ; 35 mm.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US