American miscellany collection, circa 1700-1983

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Title: American miscellany collection, circa 1700-1983
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1391
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (7 boxes), 2 oversized papers boxes (OP), 3 bound volumes (BV), 2 oversized bound volumes (OBV), and AV Masters: 0.25 linear feet (1 box and CLP1)
Abstract:Artificial collection composed of items documenting American history and politics.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

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Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift, prior to 1983 with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], American miscellany collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Initially arranged and described at the folder level by Sarah Quigley, January 2017.

This collection contains material that was originally part of Miscellaneous Collections A-D and F-G. In 2017, these collections were discontinued and the contents dispersed amongst other collections by subject or provenance to improve accessibility.

The Rose Library continues to acquire material for this collection from multiple sources and regularly adds new items.

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Collection Description

Scope and Content Note

This artificial collection consists of items documenting American history, social life and customs, and politics. The collection includes photograph albums documenting the Vietnam War and NASCAR, as well as a diary kept in the 1940s by a farmer in South Carolina. There are also NASCAR souvenir programs.

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Arranged in alphabetical order.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
7 5 Adams, Master, "Don't Be Angry Mother," sheet music, 1852
6 13 Adams, Samuel, music book, 1773
4 2 Adams, Sherman, letter to Peter G. Dayton, 1958 September 27

Acknowledgement of Dayton's previous letter.

BV1 1 Alexander, Abraham, "Order of Prayers for Rosh Hashonoh [sic] and Yom Kippur Like the Ritual of the holy Congregations of the Sephardim Written by Abraham Alexander, the son of Joseph Raphael, in the holy Congregation, Charleston, South Carolina, in the year 5565," circa 1809

Translation of the original by Leo Reisch, Rabbi, Hebrew Congregation, Atlanta, Georgia.

BV2 1 American Party, scrapbook, undated

Scrapbook contains clippings of the American Party, selections from the Know Nothing Almanac, and some penciled notes. Most refer to the presidential election of Buchanan and slavery.

5 47 American Ticket Broker's Association, list of members, 1882

Also includes two excursion tickets on the SWRR and one business card from Chovey, Hopping, and Company.

6 1 Anti-Nazi buttons, American and British, undated
4 3 Apprentice certificate (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 1833 September 23
6 5 Bailey's Military Hall, officers' meeting minutes, 1836 March 12

"Song of the Wrecker" on verso

7 6 Balfe, M.W., "The Light of Other Days Is Faded," sheet music, undated
4 4 Barnum, P.T. (New York, New York), letter to C.B. Norton, 1866 September 10

Barnum is establishing a free museum in New York City and asks help in finding relics while in Paris, France. Also includes two checks signed by Barnum.

4 5 Bowen, R.D., letters to, from, and about Calvin Coolidge, 1923

R.D. Bowen was a member of the Louisiana Bankers Association. The first letter is a copy of a letter Bowen sent Coolidge asking him to attend a Conference of the Boll Weevil Menace and for aid in gaining copies of Coolidge's published speeches; the second letter is the reply from Coolidge; and the last letter is from the Houghton Mifflin company about Cooldige's speeches.

4 6 Bowen, Truman D., general store account book (Stevens Point, Wisconsin), 1857-1873

Day book of general store, including personal accounts for work, lodging, and personal services. Laid in is a list of names of Civil War soldiers giving promotions in rank, wounded, and dead with dates. There are no entries between August 1862 and January 1866.

4 7 Burr, Aaron, letter to John Bird, 1801 January 2
OP2 1 Carswell, H. Joe, "Because She Loves Dixie," sheet music, 1909
7 7 Carter, Virginia, "Hoist that Flag!," sheet music, 1945

Autographed by Carter

4 8 Cleveland, Grover, letter to C.W. Reynolds, 1907 April 19

Letter concerns the book Peter Sterling.

4 9 Commonplace book, circa 18th century

Book, kept by an unidentified individual, contains letters, poems, and essays copied from various sources.

4 10 Commonplace book, 1788

Book, kept by an unidentified woman, contains clippings, poetry, and other writings.

7 8 Cumming, J.W.W., "Uncle Sam's American Legion," sheet music, 1922
4 11 Customs documents, 1872-1877
6 6 Davis, Walt, letter collection, 1823-1856

Letters collected by Walt Davis. Approximately half of the letters are between members of the Alexander family of Pennsylvania. Other letters are between various individuals across the United States, with several to or from Henry C. Semple of Montogomery, Alabama.

6 2 Daytona Beach speed trials, photos and printed material, 1930
4 12 Deeds, 1775-1798
7 9 Dubin, Al and Joe Burke, featured by Rudy Valleé, "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes," sheet music, 1929

Inscribed "To the Witmarks" by Valleé

OP1 1 English, Thomas Dunn (Newark, New Jersey), letter to "My dear Sir," 1895 March 11

Letter appears to be a reply to a request for an autograph. File includes two tintype photographs of English at ages 21 and 75; a copy of the sheet music for "Alice Ben Bolt," (lyrics by English); and a photocopy of a page from the Atlanta Constitution, Sunday, March 10, 1895, containing "A Talk with English."

5 1 Euwer, J.N. (Newcastle, Pennsylvania), letter to Daniel Euwer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 1849 May 8

J.N. asks Daniel to use his influence with Mr. Power, Canal Commissioner, to get Power to recommend to the governor the appointment of James Gilliland as Prothonotary of Lawrence County.

5 2 "Fast Day," manuscript sermon, 1759 April 12

Manuscript of a sermon preached on "Fast Day," at the time of recruiting in New England for the invasion of Canada during the French and Indian War.

OP1 2 Fort, Tomlinson, appointment to Supreme Court of New Mexico, 1924 September 19
5 3 Fortress Monroe Post Library, inventory of books received from Colonel Fenwick, 1826 March
5 4 George, Walter Franklin (Washington, D.C.), letter to Mrs. Edwin P. Lochridge, 1953 July 28

In response to a letter from Mrs. Lochridge, "I am glad to have this expression of your views." George comments on the United Nations, an agricultural commodities bill, and the immigration bills then before the Congress.

5 5 Goodell, D.T. (Helena, Montana), letter to his brother, 1870 July 5

Goodell writes of scarce money, grasshoppers destroying crops, iron foundries, stock raising, celebrations on the Fourth of July, and prospects relating to the North Pacific Railroad.

6 14 Grant, Ullyses S., check for $200 signed by Grant, 1880 June 1
5 6 Guerard, A., letter to William T.C. Burton, circa 1840s

Burton was a surgeon and President of the Board of Naval Surgeons. The letter concerns Guerard's educational and medical training.

5 7 Harris, Thomas DeKalb, correspondence with Basil (?), 1835

Describes in some detail his stay in a resort hotel at Saratoga Springs (New York), his visit to the "old Saratoga battle field," to Utica (New York) and the nearby "Trenton falls."

6 7 Heflin, R.S., note to House of Representatives Clerk of Printed Records, 1870 June 27
CLP1 - Hemingway, Ernest, Ernest Hemingway Reading, 1965 [original: phonograph]

Researcher access is restricted due to copyright; there is no access copy

6 8 Herndon, W.S., letter to publisher of "The Globe," undated

Letter requests issues be mailed to various Texas newspapers

7 10 Hewitt, Clemmie and Harry Deems, "Oh, Sing to the Lord," sheet music, 1885
5 8 Hitt, Robert R. (Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives), letter to Albert G. Riddle (Washington, D.C.), 1896 May 10

Removed from Woodruff Library copy of Riddle's Recollections of War Times.

5 9 Hoover, Herbert, letter to William Royer (Atlanta, Georgia), 1936 May 25

Response to inquiry about "the Philadelphia address."

5 10 Humphrey, Hubert, autographed invitation to Encyclopedia Britannica reception, 1969 June 25
7 17 US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Interim Assistance Grant Program, press release and photographs, 1969

The grant program was designed to address "cities with riot-damaged areas." Press release is from the office of Secretary George Romney during the Nixon administration. Photographs are of damanged areas in Pittsburgh, Newark, Washington, DC, Kansas City, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit.

5 11 Ingraham, Edward D., appointment to Director of the Bank of the United States, 1835 February 5
5 12 James, Francis (Washington, D.C.), letter to George T. Badger (Secretary of the Navy), 1841 June 21

Letter of recommendation from James, representative from Pennsylvania (1839-1941), concerning Mr. Smith who has applied for a Lieutenant's commission in the United States Marine Corps.

7 11 Jarrett, Robert Frank, "Blue Eagle," sheet music, 1934
7 12 Jenkins, Andrew and T.P. Eskew, "Love Nest in Coral Gables," sheet music, 1925
OP1 3 Kaine, Daniel, land indenture (Dunbar Township, Pennsylvania), 1864 March 14
5 13 Kaine, Daniel (Uniontown, Pennsylvania), letters from clients, circa 1843-1849

Letters deal with legal problems, especially in regard to land issues. There is also an inquiry about tax registration and one indenture for land in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

5 14 Kitchens, Stephen B., letter from his brother (Menard County, Texas), 1878 July 15

The brother writes of health and weather but primarily of crops and prices.

5 15 Land grants, circa 1825-1873 [1]
OP1 4 Land grants, circa 1825-1873 [2]

File includes grants signed by John Quincy Adams and Martin Van Buren.

OP1 5 Lanier family (Prince George's County, Maryland), genealogical chart, undated
5 16 Levenson, Sam, autographed program, ALA Exhibits Roundtable banquet, 1970 June 28
BV2 2 Marshall, Humphrey, autograph book, 1856

Marshall was a Congressman from Henry County, Kentucky. The autograph book contains the signatures of 98 members of the 34th United States Congress. Later used as a commonplace book by Green Foster of Madison, Georgia.

5 17 Mason, Alfred Edward Woodley, letter to Mr. Collees, undated
5 18 Maury, Matthew Fontaine, letter to John Bell, 1856 January 22

Maury is the author of Geography of the Sea.

5 19 Meagher, Thomas Francis (1823-1867), letter to Francis C. Wemyss, 1853 May 13

Regrets that he cannot attend a dinner of the Dramatic Fund Association and offers his support in the future.

5 20 McQueen, A. (Galena, Illinois), letter to Sparoc Wellington (Oregon City, Illinois), 1839 December 11

McQueen writes of "a country the wildest I ever saw and people fully to correspond with it," and, "From what I learn...there is no Speculation for us in the Mining country." He feels their best prospect is cutting and selling wood from some nearby "congress land." He discusses prices of various leathers and leather good, of "teaming," of foodstuff, and board. "There are I believe more carpenters than can find employ."

5 21 Mickle, William (General), letters, 1889-1913

Correspondents include Willis Brewer, Walter Lynwood Fleming (1874-1932), John Allan Wyeth (1845-1922), Thomas McAdory Owen (1866-1920), and Felix Voorhies.

5 22 Money, circa 18th-19th centuries
5 23 (Morgan?), Martha (Camp Seco, California), letter to her son Asa, 1854 June 24

Photocopy. Camp Seco is a "miner's town" and Martha and her husband, probably A.S. Morgan, are living there. She is apparently the only white woman in town, "surrounded by Chinese, Mexicans, Indians and persons from almost every nation on the globe." She mentions being "still with Thomas;" a Mr. Wooters, a miner who lives with him; a Major Wright; and a Dr. Scott. A note mentions Thomas Woodland, who is "merchandising." Martha describes a brief trip on ponies to the valley of the "big trees."

7 13 Moriarty, Eliza E. and W.T. Rogers, "The Beacon Light," sheet music, 1871
5 24 Morton, Levi P. (1824-1920), autographed photograph, undated

Morton was United States Minister to France, governor of New York, and Vice President under Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893).

5 25 Morton, Samuel George (1799-1851), letter to R. Kern, 1850 February 18

Morton was a physician and scientist, member of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, teacher in two Philadelphia medical schools, and author of several scholarly scientific works in ethnology and pathology. Kern was an explorer.

OBV2 2 NASCAR photograph album, undated
1 2 NASCAR photograph album documenting the Cale Yarborough fan club meeting, compiled by Ruth "Sweets" Pope, 1983
1 3 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [1]
1 4 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [2]
1 5 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [3]
2 1 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [4]
2 2 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [5]
2 3 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [6]
2 4 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [7]
2 5 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [8]
3 1 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [9]
3 2 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [10]
3 3 NASCAR souvenir programs, 1965-1982 [11]
AV1 1 "Nixon's the One," excerpts from Richard M. Nixon's nomination acceptance speech, 1968 August 8 [original: phonograph record]
5 26 Norris, G.W. (Washington, D.C.), letter to William Royer (Miami, Florida), 1917 December 29

In reference to a recent letter by Royer, "I...thoroly appreciate this frank expression of your views." Norris thanks Royer for having published a correction for a statement pertaining to Norris in a recent article.

5 27 Odom, John Darby (Doctor), letter from (Peruvian?) refugees in Panama, 1935 January 31

As Chief Officer of the Balboa Quarantine Station in the Canal Zone, Dr. Odom had responsibility for the numerous political refugees from Latin America who had been exiled to Panama. This letter expresses the gratitude of one such group of exiles for the kind treatment they had received at his hands. The letter was removed from the Rose Library's copy of John Darby Odom, M.D..

3 4 Office of Civil Defense, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., printed material about fallout shelters, 1953-1977 [1]
3 5 Office of Civil Defense, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., printed material about fallout shelters, 1953-1977 [2]
3 6 Office of Civil Defense, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C., printed material about fallout shelters, 1953-1977 [3]
OP2 2 Ordway, John, "Let Me Kiss Him for His Mother," sheet music, 1859
OP2 3 Peck, Harlan Page and Karl A. Langlotz, "Old Nassau," composer's edition sheet music, 1905

Autographed by Langlotz and William Seymour Conrow

OP2 4 Percy, Florence and John H. Hewitt, "Rock Me to Sleep, Mother," sheet music, 1889

Inscribed "Your Father's sweetest song, Mother M.G. Hewitt"

5 28 Perkins, Frances, autographs, 1935-1936
BV3 1 Platt, Ephraim and Hopestill (New Milford, Connecticut), account book, circa 1771-1808

The book documents family purchases as well as purchases such as plows, carts, and looms. It also records items made or repaired for others and Platt's work on local houses, barns, and public buildings. Family births and deaths are listed in the back of the book.

5 29 Polk, James K., letter from "Many Polk Men" (Norfolk, Virginia), 1845 April 10

Polk is advised to dismiss the Norfolk Port Collector, who has proved himself to be a traitor to his party. This was advised as being critical to Polk's re-election.

OP1 6 Presidential appointments, 1829-1975

File includes appointments signed by James Buchanan, Ulysses S Grant, Andrew Jackson, and Franklin Pierce.

5 30 Richey, Lawrence (Secretary to Herbert Hoover), letter to Mrs. Harry M. Gershon, 1932 April 18
OP1 7 Richmond Christian Advocate, "Mexican War News," 1846 December 10
7 14 Rogers, Ernest, "Forgiveness," sheet music, 1924
6 3 Roosevelt, Theodore, inaugural programs and invitations, 1905
5 48 Roosevelt, Theodore, "Teddy You're a Bear," lyrics, 1916
7 15 Rustin, Fred A., "California (Bound I'll Say), sheet music, 1927
5 31 Sandburg, Carl, autographs, circa 1931

Also includes photograph of Sandburg.

6 9 Saxon, Lyle (New Orleans, Louisiana), letter to Harvey, 1936 January 5
5 32 Shanks, John Peter Cleaver (1826-1901), autograph, undated [Shanks was a lawyer, Union soldier, and served in the 37th Congress.]
6 10 Sigourney, Lydia (Hartford, Connecticut), letter to "My Dar mrs. Street," 1851 December 12
1 1 South Carolina farmer's diary, circa 1941
5 33 Stock certificates, 1838-1882 [1]

Includes Georgia certificates.

OP1 8 Stock certificates, 1838-1882 [2]
5 34 Sumter, Thomas, letter to James Chesnut (Colonel; Mulberry, South Carolina), 1939 April 21

Chesnut's son, John, is to b esent away for his health and Sumter urges that Chesnut accompany him.

5 35 Tanner, George C., appointment as Consul of the United States to Nova Scotia, 1888 January 16
OP2 5 Thibault, Charles, "My Life Is Like the Summer Rose," sheet music, circa 1822-1826
5 36 Travel diary, 1755

Journal details a trip to the Netherlands and possibly elsewhere describing the sights, people, and customs. The author is unidentified but there is a penciled notation on the front board reading, "I believe this to be written by my Grandfather Noble and given to my brother John."

5 37 Travel diary, 1787

Description on the front flyleaf: "Original manuscript journal of travels in Germany and France in 1787, by a Lieutenant in the Army, contains a good deal of interesting matter, oblong 8vo, half bound."

5 38 Travel diary, 1794-1798

Diary kept by an unknown man during his journey by sea from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to England and Ireland. He mentions people and places visited, though each entry is short.

5 39 Tremain, Augustus, letter to (Thomas?) Sutherland, 1842 October 13

The letter discusses a legal issue involving the rental of a farm by Nicholas Kline and the subsequent legal issues of rental fees, debts, and ownership upon the death of Kline in January 1813.

5 40 Truman, Harry S, autographed guide to the Truman Library, 1957
5 41 Turner, W.G., letter from Neale, 1830 July 31
5 42 Ulysses (Paris, Lamar County, Texas), letter to his brother (New York), 1860 September 1

The letter gives many details of Texas life in 1860. Ulysses tells of slave uprisings in the northern counties, as well as famine caused by failure of the grain crop, and flooding after a long drought which threatened the cotton crop.

6 15 Unidentified couple, daguerrotype, circa 1840-1860
6 16 Unidentified illustrations, lantern slides, undated [1 of 2]
6 17 Unidentified illustrations, lantern slides, undated [2 of 2]
5 43 Unidentified letters, circa 1860-1880
6 18 Unidentified man, ambrotype, circa 1850-1860
6 19 Unidentified man, daguerrotype, circa 1840-1860 [1]
7 1 Unidentified man, daguerrotype, circa 1840-1860 [2]
7 2 Unidentified man, daguerrotype, circa 1840-1860 [3]
6 11 Unidentified missionary in Africa, farewell letter, 1898 December 23
7 3 Unidentified woman, daguerrotype, circa 1840-1860
7 4 Unidentified women, ambrotype, circa 1850-1860
5 49 U.S.S. Atlanta, matchbook and button from launch (Camden, New Jersey), 1941
5 44 Van Dyke, M.N. (Corporal; U.S.S. Raleigh), letters to Lucy Baldwin (South Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut), 1904

Van Dyke writes about the ship Korea eluding the Russians and some of his experiences on the ship. "A Japanese telegram has just arrived stating that Russia wants peace" He also talks of going home and his plans when his enlistment ends.

5 45 Van Es, Egbert, letters from family, 1940-1946

Four letters in Dutch, written by family members in the Netherlands. Two postcards in English discuss the devastation caused by the war and the death of Van Es' (mother?) from a fall caused by nearby bombing.

4 1 Vietnam war photograph album, undated
OBV1 1 Vietnam war photograph album, circa 1965-1975 [1]
OBV1 2 Vietnam war photograph album, circa 1965-1975 [2]
OBV2 1 Vietnam war photograph album, "Views of Vietnam," 1968
6 12 Ward, Amos (Aberdeen, Mississippi), letter to Hugh McCullogh, Secretary of the Treasury, 1865 October 18

Includes biographical letter to unidentified researcher from Evans Memorial Library

OP1 9 Walker, Henry H., diploma from United States Military Academy, 1853 June 17

Signed by Robert E. Lee, Superintendent

OP2 6 Webster, J.P., "Lorena," sheet music, 1857
5 50 Wehnelt, Arthur (1871-1944), postcard to James Franck (1882-1964), undated

Both men were famous German physicists and the postcard is written in German. Franck left Germany after the Nazi Party came to power, eventually living and working in the United States. He was a central figure in the Manhattan Project and author of the "Franck Report," which advised that the United States not use the atomic bombs against Japan without warning.

6 4 Williams Intelligence Summary, August 1950 and carbon sheet listing integrated businesses in Georgia and encouraging their boycott, undated
5 46 Wilson, Woodrow, letters, 1912-1914

Correspondents include Henry W. Smith, P.C. McDuffie, and General William E. Mickle.

CLP1 - Young, Nedrick, About Young Writers by Nedrick Young at Carnegie Hall, September 22, 1961 [original: phonograph]

Researcher access is restricted due to copyright; there is no access copy

7 16 Women's Liberation pamphlets, undated
OP2 7 Yagle, C.F., "Alabama Waltz," sheet music, undated