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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Robert H. Smith legal notebook W.0016

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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

September 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T14:44-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Robert H. Smith legal notebook

Unit ID:

W.0016

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

circa 1870

General Physical Description note

Originally the notebook was probably a hardbound journal but the individual signatures were removed from the bindings and separated, most likely after having been written.

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Handwritten definitions and summaries of legal cases tried between 1869 and 1877, relating primarily to railroad interests and personal property law.

creator

Smith, Robert H.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Biographical/Historical note

Robert H. Smith was a prominent lawyer and politician in the Mobile, Alabama, area in the mid-nineteenth century. Born in Camden County, North Carolina, on 21 March 1813, he was a member of the Alabama Legislature in 1849 and then a member of the Alabama State Senate in 1851. Between 1861and 1862 he served as a delegate from Alabama to the Confederate Provisional Congress. He was also a colonel in the Confederate Army. He was a candidate for representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress ninth district in 1863. Smith died in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, on 13 March 1878.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Interesting Court Cases in Reconstruction Mobile - Legal Notebook of Robert H. Smith - 1872

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Robert H. Smith legal notebook, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

This 270-page manuscript includes handwritten definitions and summaries of legal cases tried between 1869 and 1877. Although the cases described were primarily tried in Alabama district courts, the manuscript also includes descriptions of cases tried in South Carolina. The case descriptions primarily relate to railroad interests and personal property law.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Law--Alabama--History--19th century (lcsh)

Mobile (Ala.) (lcsh)

Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) (lcsh)

Notebook Box W0016.01