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Guide to the Collection on Phi Alpha Theta's Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Burning of the University of Alabama MSS.2565

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Finding aid prepared by Martha Bace

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

October 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2009-10-29T10:30-0500

Language Usage:

English

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Collection Title:

Collection on Phi Alpha Theta's Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Burning of the University of Alabama

Unit ID:

MSS.2565

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1956

Abstract:

Contains a newspaper article entitled "Yankee colonel wavered that terrible day, but orders were to burn U of A to ground" and the carbon copy of a letter from Charles G. Summersell to C.E. Williams about Phi Theta Kappa's presentation, "Vocata," commemorating the burning of the University of Alabama by Yankee soldiers in April, 1865, just weeks before Lee's surrender in Appomattox, Virginia. There are also four photographs to accompany the "Vocata" text with a page telling who is in photograph. Some of the people mentioned are Harriet Chappel Owsley (Mrs. Frank L.), Professor Bernard C. Weber, Charles C. Cantrell, Professor John Frazier Ramsey, Professor John F. Pancake, Professor Frank Lawrence Owsley (Sr.), Professor Charle Grayson Summersell, and Mrs. Charles G. Summersell.

creator

Phi Alpha Theta. Beta Omicron Chapter (University of Alabama).

Preferred Citation:

Collection on Phi Alpha Theta's Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Burning of the University of Alabama, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Calvin Coolidge Library, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, 2009

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a newspaper article entitled "Yankee colonel wavered that terrible day, but orders were to burn U of A to ground" and the carbon copy of a letter from Charles G. Summersell to C.E. Williams about Phi Theta Kappa's presentation, "Vocata," commemorating the burning of the University of Alabama by Yankee soldiers in April, 1865, just weeks before Lee's surrender in Appomattox, Virginia.

There are also four photographs to accompany the "Vocata" text with a page telling who is in photograph. Some of the people mentioned are Harriet Chappel Owsley (Mrs. Frank L.), Professor Bernard C. Weber, Charles C. Cantrell, Professor John Frazier Ramsey, Professor John F. Pancake, Professor Frank Lawrence Owsley (Sr.), Professor Charle Grayson Summersell, and Mrs. Charles G. Summersell.

There is a note on the bottom of the paper that identifies everyone in the photos. That note says: "In the book, the versions of the Vocata are bound from first to last. If my memory serves me right, we sold copies of the final version. There was still, and I assume still is, a mound near the Gorgas House where the remains of the earlier buildings were buried." The writer is not identified.

Source(s)

Owsley, Frank Lawrence, 1890-1956 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Summersell, Charles Grayson, 1908-1987 (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

University of Alabama. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

University of Alabama (lcsh)

Newspaper Article and Letter Box SC0026 Folder 2565.01

Photographs Box SC0026 Folder 2565.02