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Guide to the Jere Haralson letter MSS.0625

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2008

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-05-14T12:03-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

May 2013
Collection Title:

Jere Haralson letter

Unit ID:

MSS.0625

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (1 item)

Dates:

1876 April 27

Abstract:

Letter written in 1876 by African American member of Congress from Alabama to the United States Centennial Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, requesting an additional invitation for his wife to attend the opening of the Centennial International Exhibition of Industry.

creator

Haralson, Jeremiah, 1846-1916?

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a letter written to the United States Centennial Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Haralson requesting an additional invitation for his wife to attend the opening of the "international exhibition." The Centennial Commission organized the Centennial International Exhibition of Industry, which opened on 10 May 1876, with an attendance of over 150,000 people, including U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and foreign dignitaries.

Biographical/Historical note

Jeremiah Haralson, born on a plantation on 1 April 1846 near Columbus, Georgia, he was raised as a slave and was self-educated. He moved to Alabama after emancipation, where he served as the first black member of the State House of Representatives in 1870. He served in the state senate in 1872 and in the U.S. Congress from the 44th district from 1875 to 1877. After serving in Congress, Haralson worked in various positions in the Federal government, until 1884 when he moved to Louisiana and Arkansas before returning to Alabama in 1912. Haralson then moved to Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, where he was killed by wild animals near Denver in 1916.

Acquisition Information:

unknown

Preferred Citation:

Jere Haralson letter, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Source(s)

African Americans (localbroad)

African Americans--Alabama--History--19th century (lcsh)

Alabama (localbroad)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Correspondence (aat)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Politicians--Alabama (lcsh)

Letter Box 631