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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Richard Holmes Powell papers W.0079

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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

November 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T16:21-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Richard Holmes Powell papers

Unit ID:

W.0079

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

1833-1905

Location:

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

Abstract:

Correspondence, essays, and speeches written by and to Richard Holmes Powell of Union Springs,Alabama, and includes the essay "On the Management of Slaves."

creator

Powell, Richard Holmes, 1821-1884

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Richard Holmes Powell papers, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

General note

Title on phase box spine: Powell Family Papers Including "An Essay on the Management of Slaves" - Union Springs and Tuskegee: 1833-1905

Access Restrictions:

None

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence, speeches, and essays written by and to Richard Holmes Powell of Union Springs, Alabama. Some letters were written from Chunnenuggee, Alabama. With only a few exceptions, the letters were written before the Civil War and deal primarily with news of family and friends. The essays and speeches are on many subjects, including the death of Andrew Jackson, small colleges, the influence of steam over civilization, and the management of slaves.

Biographical/Historical note

Richard Holmes Powell was born in Georgia about 1822. He attended Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, in 1841, and at some time before 1845 he married and had two children, Virginia and Norborne. According to the 1880 U. S. Census, he was a practicing lawyer in Union Springs, Alabama.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Antebellum Alabama (Local)

Correspondence (aat)

Essays (aat)

Slavery (lcsh)

Southern Life and Culture (localbroad)

Speeches (aat)

Book of essays Item 1 Box W0079.01

Correspondence, outgoing, 1850-1862 Box W0079.01 Folder 2

Correspondence, incoming, 1833-1895 Box W0079.01 Folder 3

"On the Management of Slaves" - Essay and related documents Box W0079.01 Folder 4

Miscellaneous letters and other documents Box W0079.01 Folder 5