Ralph Edmond Wager collection, 1839-1974

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/900f3

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wager, Ralph Edmond, 1881-1979.
Title: Ralph Edmond Wager collection, 1839-1974
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 60
Extent: 3 linear ft. (6 boxes), 2 oversized papers boxes and 1 oversized papers folder (OP), and 1 framed item (FR)
Abstract:Papers of professor Ralph Edmond Wager including correspondence, manuscripts of his writings, research materials; as well as collected Civil War materials.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


Gift of Ralph Edmond Wager, 1970, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Ralph Edmond Wager collection, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired as part of the Rose Library's holdings in the history of the Civil War.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Ralph Edmond Wager (1881-1979) began his teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher in Michigan in 1902. He was on the faculty at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) for twenty-nine years and retired in 1945.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of items from 1836-1974 collected by Ralph Edmond Wager. The collection contains several letters to and from Alexander H. Stephens (1834-1845) and some Civil War letters including a letter from Robert E. Lee to General James Longstreet (October 26, 1862) reporting the destruction resulting from skirmishes at Manassas (Virginia); documents including land grants, slave bills, bonds; and financial records (1839-1865).

The collection also includes Wager's own photographs of flowers, manuscripts of his writings, and materials pertaining to clergyman and socialist Bouck White, who lived in New York from 1924-1951. Among the White materials are Wager's correspondence (1962-1967) concerning a biography of White, articles by and about White, photographs, and Wager's typescript of White's biography which was never published.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 Historical letters, slave bills, documents; Correspondence
2 Bouck White materials
3 Bouck White materials
4 Writings by Wager
5 Writings by Wager; Correspondence
6 Confederate money collection
OP1 1 Wildflower photographs and other documents
OP2 1 Wildflower photographs and other documents
OP3 1 Painting, "Amateur Farmer, Ralph E. Wager"
FR1 - Painting, General Lafayette
- - Globe