Series 1
Alexander H. Stephens papers, 1821-1935
Boxes 1-10; MF 1-9

Scope and Content Note

Series 1 of this collection consists of correspondence; legal papers; the two-volume diary kept by A.H. Stephens as a prisoner at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, in 1865; and miscellaneous materials.

The correspondence, which comprises the bulk of the Alexander Stephens materials, dates from August 5, 1826 - May 28, 1935. Much of the correspondence is of political nature, although a large portion relates to personal and family affairs. Many letters from members of the Stephens family are present, notably those of William G. Stephens, a nephew of A.H. Stephens and Mary Salter Stephens, the second wife of A.H. Stephens' brother Linton. The correspondence is sparse before 1854 and is strongest from 1860-1875. The papers that appear after 1883, the year of Stephens' death, are of negligible importance. Chief correspondents include Alexander H. Stephens, Joseph E. Brown, Howell Cobb, Linton Stephens, Thomas W. Thomas, and Robert Toombs.

Subseries 1.2 contains a group of legal papers (October 8, 1821 - February 17, 1899), including papers connected with the law practices of A.H., Linton, and John L. Stephens, and Robert Toombs; and Stephens family documents (wills, deeds, etc.). Subseries 1.3 includes a collection of A.H. Stephens' financial papers (mainly bills and receipts) from 1838-1883 (mainly bills and receipts).

Miscellaneous material (Subseries 1.4) in the collection include: the two-volume diary kept by A.H. Stephens as a prisoner at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, in 1865; printed speeches and manuscripts of A.H. Stephens; newsclippings; a reprint of a speech delivered by C.L. Vallandigham, October 4, 1866, at Rossville, Ohio; miscellaneous printed matter and manuscripts; and a collection of Confederate and pre and post war letter covers and stamps.

Subseries 1.5 contains microfilm copies of correspondence held by other repositories. The subseries includes 3,053 letters between Alexander Stephens and his brother Judge Linton Stephens from 1834 to 1872 that are held at the Library of Congress (five microfilm reels). These papers were originally at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. In addition, there is some correspondence between A.H. Stephens and several other persons, including Herschel V. Johnson, Cosby Connell, Henry H. Cumming, James Gardner, Jr., and Robert Toombs. The subseries also contains a microfilm copy of forty-four letters (January 17, 1832 - September 22, 1879), primarily correspondence between A.H. Stephens and various members of his family, procured from Duke University (1 microfilm reel).

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (1.1) Correspondence, (1.2) Legal papers, (1.3) Bills and receipts, (1.4) Miscellaneous material, (1.5) Microfilmed correspondence from other repositories.

Description of Subseries