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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Shelby Iron Works correspondence during the Civil War W.0071

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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

December 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-06T16:05-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Shelby Iron Company correspondence during the Civil War

Unit ID:

W.0071

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1863-1865

Location:

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

Abstract:

Correspondence, contracts, and receipts related to the production of iron at the Shelby Iron Works from 1863-1865.

creator

Churchill, C. B.

creator

Edwards, Giles

creator

McElwain, W. S.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Shelby Iron Works correspondence during the Civil War, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Related Archival Materials note

Robert H. McKenzie dissertation, correspondence, and notes, A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Shelby Iron Company records, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Founded in the 1840s by Horace Ware, the Shelby Iron Works employed the state's first rolling mill, constructed in 1859, and was one of the first iron companies to use hot blast stoves. During the Civil War, the company produced iron plating for the Confederate Navy, constructing the iron plate used to armor the CSS Tennessee and the CSS Mobile. The company expanded its operations, constructing a second blast furnace in 1863 and experimented with the use of coal instead of charcoal to fuel the furnaces. The iron works ceased operation in 1923.

Sources: Alabama Ironworks Source Book and the Encyclopedia of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, contracts, and receipts relating to the production of iron at the Shelby Iron Works from 1863-1865. Notable items include a contract filed by the Confederate government in 1863 and letters written by W. S. McElwain of the Holly Springs Iron Works.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

General note

Title on phase box spine: Shelby Iron Works and the Irondale Furnace During the Civil War

Source(s)

Irondale Furnace. (local)

Shelby Iron Company. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Shelby Iron Works. (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Iron and Steel Industry (Local)

Iron industry and trade--Alabama--History--19th Century (lcsh)

Correspondence Box W0071.01