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Guide to the Adeline Burr Davis Green Papers, 1796-1956

Abstract

Married first to David Davis, lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, and U.S. Senator from Illinois, and then to Wharton Jackson Green, agriculturist and U.S. Representative from North Carolina; resident of Fayetteville, N.C.

Personal and family correspondence. Includes journal of and letters, 1851-1853, from brother James M. Burr to his wife describing his life in California during the Gold Rush; Civil War letters to Adeline from her cousin (and later second husband), Wharton Jackson Green, while a prisoner-of-war at Johnson's Island, Ohio; letters, 1882-1885, from first husband David Davis describing daily proceedings in the Senate, social functions in Washington, D.C., and notable persons; letters from friends of Davis concerning personal and political matters; letters, 1906-1928, from Jessica Randolph Smith and others pertaining to the United Daughters of the Confederacy; and letters, 1911-1931, from cousin James Henry Rice, Jr., ornithologist, naturalist, editor, and literary figure, discussing politics, conservation, South Carolina culture, world affairs, especially relative to Germany and Russia, his rice plantations, and the League of Nations.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Green, Adeline Burr Davis, 1843-1931.
Title
Adeline Burr Davis Green papers, 1796-1956
Language of Material
English
Extent
5.0 Linear Feet, 1551 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Papers of Adeline E. (Burr) Davis Green (1843-1931) include letters, 1851-1853, from James M. Burr, brother of Adeline (Burr) Davis Green, to his wife describing his life in California searching for gold; James Burr's journal entitled "Journal of a Cruise to California and the Diggins" ; Civil War letters from her second husband and cousin, Wharton Jackson Green (1831-1910), later agriculturist and U.S. congressman, while a prisoner-of-war at Johnson's Island, Ohio; letters, 1882-1885, from her first husband, David Davis (1815-1886), jurist and U. S. senator, describing daily proceedings in the senate, social functions in Washington, D.C., and notable persons; letters from friends of Davis concerning personal and political matters; letters, 1906-1928, from Jessica Randolph Smith and others pertaining to the Daughters of the Confederacy; and letters, 1911-1931, from James Henry Rice, Jr. (1868-1935), ornithologist, naturalist, editor, and literary figure, discussing politics, conservation, South Carolina culture, world affairs, especially relative to Germany and Russia, his rice plantations, and the League of Nations.

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Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1814-1883, March
Box 1
Letters, 1883, April-1886
Box 2
Letters, 1887-1919
Box 3
Letters, 1920-1956 and undated
Box 4
Miscellany, 1796-1931
Box 4
Invitations, calling cards, and menus
Box 5
Diary of James M. Burr, 1851-1858

"Journal of a cruise to California and the Digging, kept by James M. Burr, Boston, Mass. or Como, Whiteside Co., Illinois"

Box 5
List of companies attended and given since coming to Bloomington, June 1883-1886
Box 5
Miscellaneous notebook, 1900s
Box 5
Copybook (A.E. Green)
Box 5
Autograph book
Box 5
Ledger with miscellaneous notes, 1899-1900s
Box 5
Printed materials and clippings
Box 6
Clippings
Box 7

Most images are portraits, and most are labeled.

Pictures
Box 8
Pictures
Box 9

Historical Note

Married first to David Davis, lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, and U.S. Senator from Illinois, and then to Wharton Jackson Green, agriculturist and U.S. Representative from North Carolina; resident of Fayetteville, N.C.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Adeline Burr Davis Green Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Adeline Burr Davis Green Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1944-1962.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, date unknown

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2011

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.