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Guide to the Andrew Coleman Hargrove Papers MSS.0630


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

December 2008


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Andrew Coleman Hargrove Papers

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Personal and business correspondence, class notes, and financial records of attorney and politician, Andrew Coleman Hargrove of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The letterbooks and other correspondence are from 1866 through 1896. The last letter in the last book was written by Hargrove's son, Robert Jemison Hargrove in April 1896 after the death of Andrew Coleman Hargrove in December 1895. The collection also includes account books for the Oak City Club as well for the family's plantation.


Hargrove, Andrew Coleman, 1837-1895

Biographical/Historical note

Andrew Coleman Hargrove was born 18 December 1837 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the son of John and Martha (Hinton) Hargrove, the former a native of Georgia, and the latter a native of North Carolina. An 1856 graduate of the University of Alabama, he read law under Judge E.W. Peck in Tuscaloosa, then entered Cumberland Law School at Lebanon, Tennessee in 1858. He transferred from there to Harvard Law School, receiving his LL.B. in 1859. He began practicing law in Tuscaloosa in 1860 in partnership with James Fitts. In 1861, he enlisted in the Warrior Guards, later transferring to Lumsden's Battery, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant and in which he served until wounded at Spanish Fort, Alabama, in April 1865, by a minie ball to the forehead which doctors were unable to remove. Increasingly severe headaches over the next thirty years caused him to take his own life on 6 December 1895.

Postwar, Hargrove practiced law with Philip Augustus Fitts (ca. 1866-1869) and was later in partnership with Burwell Boykin Lewis (1872?-1874?) and his son-in-law, Adrian S. Van de Graaff. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1875 and was a State Senator, 1876-1884. He served in the State House of Representatives, 1884-1885, and returned to and was President of the Senate, 1888-1892. He served as land commissioner to the University of Alabama, 1885-1895, and as professor of law at his alma mater, 1888-1895. In 1890, he was appointed a trustee to the Alabama State Asylum and in 1892, was elected president of the Alabama State Bar Association.

Hargrove was a Democrat, a steward in the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Knights of Honor. On 5 December 1865, he married Cherokee Mims Jemison, daughter of Robert and Priscilla Cherokee (Taylor) Jemison. They had two children, Minnie Cherokee (1866- ) and Robert (1874-1909).

Source: Thomas M. Owen, "History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography." Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921. Vol. 3; the Tuscaloosa "Times," 1872-1874; the "Crimson White," December 12, 1895.

Custodial History note

The Andrew Coleman Hargrove Papers were originally part of the Robert Jemison, Jr. Papers, which also contained papers of Hargrove's son-in-law, Adrian Sebastian Van de Graaff, and papers of Edward Bressie Vaughan, Jr., possibly a relation of Hargrove's. The papers were acquired by the University of Alabama in 19??. At an early date, some of Hargrove's ledgers, a scrapbook and his letterbooks were separated from the original donation of the papers and designated as the Andrew Coleman Hargrove Papers, though most of his business records remained with the Jemison papers. In 1996, the remaining Hargrove material was removed from the Jemison Papers and consolidated with the Hargrove Papers. The letterbooks and other papers of Adrian S. Van de Graaff and E.B. Vaughan were also separated from the Jemison Papers and designated the Adrian Sebastian Van de Graaff Papers and Edward Bressie Vaughan, Jr. Papers, respectively.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Van de Graaff family after the death of Minnie Cherokee Van de Graaff.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of personal and business correspondence of Andrew Coleman Hargrove, (b. 18 December 1837; d. 6 December 1895) noted attorney and politician of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The letterbooks and other correspondence go from 1866 through 1896. The collection also includes account books for the Oak City Club as well as the family's plantation.

Preferred Citation:

Andrew Coleman Hargrove Papers, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Martha Bace, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013


Jemison, Robert, 1802-1871 (local)

Van de Graaff, Adrian Sebastian (local)

Vaughan, Edward Bressie, Jr., 1840- (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Alabama--Politics and government (lcsh)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Business records (aat)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Lawyers--Alabama (lcsh)

Letter books (aat)

Receipts (financial records) (aat)

Scrapbooks (aat)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) (lcsh)

University of Alabama--History--19th century (lcsh)


Scope and Contents note

Letterbooks and other correspondence between 1866-1895. Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically.

Components in Detail



Letterbooks of outgoing correpondence from the various law office of Andrew Coleman Hargrove from 1866-1896. The last letter in the last book was written by Hargrove's son, Robert Jemison Hargrove in April 1896 after the death of Andrew Coleman Hargrove in December 1895.

Letterbooks - Hargrove and Fitts, 1866-1869 Box 0630.0001 Folder 01

Letterbooks - Law Office, 1876-1878 Box 0630.0001 Folder 02

Letterbooks - Hargrove and Van de Graaff, 1889-1890 Box 0630.0001 Folder 03

Letterbooks - Law Office, 1889-1892 Box 0630.0001 Folder 04

Letterbooks - Law Office, 1892-1895 Box 0630.0002 Folder 01

Letterbooks - University of Alabama Land Commissioner, 1895 Box 0630.0002 Folder 02

Letterbooks - 1895-1896 Box 0630.0002 Folder 03

Letterbooks - Miscellaneous Letters, 1868-1869 Box 0630.0003 Folder 01



Predominantly incoming correspondence to the law firms associated with Andrew Coleman Hargrove from 1866 to 1898.

Business, Outgoing, 1866-1874 Box 0630.0004 Folder 01

Business, Incoming, 1859 Box 0630.0004 Folder 02

Business, Incoming, 1860 Box 0630.0004 Folder 03

Business, Incoming, 1861-1865 Box 0630.0004 Folder 04

Business, Incoming, 1866 Box 0630.0004 Folder 05

Business, Incoming, January - June, 1867 Box 0630.0004 Folder 06

Business, Incoming, July - December, 1867 Box 0630.0004 Folder 07

Business, Incoming, January - June, 1868 Box 0630.0004 Folder 08

Business, Incoming, July - December, 1868 Box 0630.0004 Folder 09

Business, Incoming, January - June, 1869 Box 0630.0005 Folder 01

Business, Incoming, July - December, 1869 Box 0630.0005 Folder 02

Business, Incoming, 1870-1898 Box 0630.0005 Folder 03

Personal, Incoming, 1866-1869 Box 0630.0005 Folder 04



Business papers, receipts, bills, etc. concerning various purchases and sales made by Andrew Coleman Hargrove for his clients or on his own behalf. Arranged chronologically.

Components in Detail

Undated papers; 1835 Receipt; Envelope of small receipts, bills, noted, etc, 1835-1878 Box 0630.0005 Folder 05

1860-1869 Box 0630.0005 Folder 06

1870-1880 Box 0630.0005 Folder 07

Land Transactions, 1880-1889 Box 0630.0005 Folder 08

Miscellaneous Family Letters Box 0630.0005 Folder 09



Micellaneous documents, course notes, scrapbooks, etc.

Components in Detail

Records of Notary Publics of Tuscaloosa County, 1900-1904 Box 0630.0006 Folder

Account Books, Business, 1882-1884 Box 0630.0007 Folder 01

Account Books, Attorney Fees, 1883-1886 Box 0630.0007 Folder 02

Account Books, Oak City Club, 1886-1887 Box 0630.0007 Folder 03

Account Books, Plantation Accounts, 1885-1890 Box 0630.0007 Folder 04

Account Books, Plantation Accounts, 1890-1896 Box 0630.0007 Folder 05

Casebook of Local Law Cases with Notes, 1869-1895 Box 0630.0007 Folder 06

Class Notes - University of Alabama, 1855 Box 0630.0008 Folder 01

Class Notes - Harvard Law School, 1858 Box 0630.0008 Folder 02

Class Notes - Harvard Law School, 1858-1859 Box 0630.0008 Folder 03

Pleadings and Legal Notes, 1868-1869 Box 0630.0008 Folder 04

Robert Jemison Hargrove Scrapbook, 1892-1898 Box 0630.0008 Folder 05