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Guide to the Armistead Burt Papers, 1759-1933

Abstract

Armistead Burt (1802-1883) was a planter, lawyer, and U.S. Representative from Abbeville, S.C. Collection contains political and legal correspondence of Armistead Burt (1802-1883), South Carolina planter and member of U.S. Congress. The political correspondence deals largely with the policies of John C. Calhoun and the question of secession. After 1860 the material relates chiefly to Burt's law practice, especially to the management of estates of Confederate soldiers, and the Calhoun estate. Other matters referred to include the political corruption and economic conditions in postwar South Carolina. Among the correspondents are Armistead Burt, Pierce M. Butler, Henry Toole Clark, Thomas Green Clemson, T. L. Deveaux, James H. Hammond, A. P. Hayne, Reverdy Johnson, Hugh S. Legare, Augustus B. Longstreet, W. N. Meriwether, James L. Petigru, Francis W. Pickens, Robert Barnwell Rhett, Richard Rush, Waddy Thompson, and Louis T. Wigfall.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Armistead Burt papers
Creator
Burt, A., (Armistead), 1802-1883
Extent
3.6 Linear feet, 9 boxes; 5,675 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection includes the political and legal correspondence of Armistead Burt (1802-1883), South Carolina planter and member of U.S. Congress.

The political correspondence deals largely with the policies of John C. Calhoun and the question of secession. After 1860 the material relates chiefly to Burt's law practice, especially to the management of estates of Confederate soldiers, and the Calhoun estate. Other matters referred to include the political corruption and economic conditions in postwar South Carolina. Among the correspondents are Armistead Burt, Pierce M. Butler, Henry Toole Clark, Thomas Green Clemson, T. L. Deveaux, James H. Hammond, A. P. Hayne, Reverdy Johnson, Hugh S. Legare, Augustus B. Longstreet, W. N. Meriwether, James L. Petigru, Francis W. Pickens, Robert Barnwell Rhett, Richard Rush, Waddy Thompson, and Louis T. Wigfall.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence Series, 1825-1896 and undated

24 folders

Series includes political and legal correspondence mostly related to John C. Calhoun and the secession question. Later correspondence deals with Burt's law practice. Correspondents include: Pierce M. Butler, Henry Toole Clark, Thomas Green Clemson, T. L. Deveaux, James H. Hammond, A. P. Hayne, Reverdy Johnson, Hugh S. Legaré, Augustus B. Longstreet, W. N. Meriwether, james L. Petigru, Francis W. Pickens, Robert Barnwell Rhett, Richard Rush, Waddy Thompson, and Louis T. Wigfall.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Correspondence, 1825-1847
(4 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1848-1866
(5 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 1866-1872
(6 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence, 1873-1876
(4 folders)
Box 4
Correspondence, 1877-1896 and undated
(5 folders)
Box 5

Legal Papers Series, 1759-1874 and undated

10 folders

Series includes legal papers, mostly related to Burt's law practice, especially the management of estates of Confederate soldiers, and the Calhoun estate.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Legal papers, 1759-1870
(6 folders)
Box 6
Legal papers, 1871-1874 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 7

Financial Papers Series, 1823-1875 and undated

10 folders

Financial papers chiefly relate to the management of estates of Confederate soldiers and the Calhoun estate.

Financial papers, 1823-1859
(6 folders)
Box 8
Financial papers, 1860-1875 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 9
Other writings, 1794-1933 and undated
(1 folder)

Historical Note

Armistead Burt (1802-1883) was a planter, lawyer, and U.S. Representative from Abbeville, S.C.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Armistead Burt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Armistead Burt Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1934 and 1940.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff, date unknown