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Guide to the Charles Colcock Jones Papers, 1757-1926

Abstract

Jones was a lawyer, collector, Confederate soldier and historian from Savannah, GA. Collection includes correspondence, journals, commonplace books, lecture notes, scrapbooks, autograph albums and other papers. The material ranges in date from 1757-1926.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00642
Title
Charles Colcock Jones papers
Date
1757-1926
Creator
Jones, Charles C. (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893
Extent
4.5 Linear Feet, approx. 920 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collections contains correspondence, journals, commonplace books, lecture notes on literature, natural philosophy, and physics, scrapbooks, addresses, autograph albums, and other papers, many dealing with the collecting of historical materials. Many letters from famous literary and civic figures are in acknowledgment of copies of Jones' books. Other subjects include Washington's Indian policy; hardships of travel to and life in California in the mid-19th century; Union volunteer generals of foreign birth; numbers of troops furnished to the U.S. Army by certain states (1861-1865); campaigns, battles, and conditions during the Civil War; manufacturing in Georgia; militia in Chatham Co., Ga., during the Revolution; slavery; and abolitionists. Includes records of the Harvard Law School Moot Court, and the manuscript texts of Jones' The History of Georgia (1883) and of The History of the Church of God (1867) by Jones' father, Charles Colcock Jones. There are also two manuscript maps with information on the Battle of Savannah (29 Dec. 1778) drawn by Jones for his books Siege of Savannah and The Life and Services of the Honorable Maj. Gen. Samuel Elbert, of Georgia.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1775-1872
Box 1
Correspondence, 1873-1886
Box 2
Correspondence, 1887-1907, undated
Box 3
Clippings, 1760-1888
Box 4
Printed Material, 1877-1886
Box 4
Addresses and Writings (Miscellany), 1807-1899, undated
Box 5
Casimir Pulaski
Box 5
The Lovers of Ty-sing-pan
Box 5
Negro Myth from the Georgia Coast Told in the Vernacular
Box 6
Biographical Sketches of the Deligates from Georgia to the Continental Congress
Box 7
Volumes [?]
Box 7
Notes on the History of Georgia, 1730s-1770s
Box 8
Notes (Miscellany)
Box 8
Notes on the History of Georgia, 1780-1809
Box 9
Legal papers, 1757-1883
Box 10
Financial papers, 1763-1891
Box 10
Military reports, 1863-1864
Box 10
Miscellany
Box 10
Pictures
Box 10
Volumes [?]
Box 10
Papers, 1764-1809 and manuscript maps of the Battle of Savannah (1778)
Oversize-folder 1
Military reports
Oversize-folder 2
Georgia Portfolio, II
Box 11
Address on Sergeant Jasper before Hibernian Society, 1881
(53 pages)

Augusta, Ga.

Volume M-2005
Anicent Monuments of the Etowah Valley, read before Georgia Historical Society-A series, 1864-1865
(79 pages)

Savannah, Georgia

Volume L-2006
Autograph album used for classmates and professors at Princeton University, 1852
Volume M-2007
Commonplace Book, 1852
(309 pages)

Nassua Hall, Princeton, New Jersey

Volume M-2008
History of the Church of God (Vol. 1), 1854-1855
(276 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2010
History of the Church of God (Vol. 2), 1855-1856
(592 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2011
History of the Church of God (Vol. 3), 1856-1860
(315 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2012
History of the Church of God (Vol. 4), 1856-1858
(290 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2013
History of the Church of God (Vol. 5), 1858-1860
(161 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2014
History of Georgia, 1883, Vol. 1 Part 1
Volume F-2015
History of Georgia (1883), Vol. 1, Part 2
Volume F-2016
History of Georgia (1883), Vol. 2 Part 1
Volume F-2017
History of Georgia (1883), Vol. 2, Part 2
Volume F-2018
Journal, 1879 June 4-July 5
(150 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; description of journey from New York to Liverpool.

Volume S-2019
Journal, 1879 July 6-15
(125 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; London and its vicinity.

Volume S-2020
Journal, 1879 July 16- 26
(152 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; Northern England and Scotland.

Volume S-2021
Journal, 1879 July 27-Aug. 5
(152 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; Scotland, Belgium, Germany.

Volume S-2022
Journal, 1879 Aug. 16-17
(152 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; Germany, Austria, Italy.

Volume S-2023
Journal, 1879 Aug. 18-23
(151 pages)

Journal of at rip to Europe; Italy, Switzerland.

Volume S-2024
Journal, 1879 Aug. 24-Sept. 3
(121 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; Switzerland, France.

Volume S-2025
Journal, 1879 Sept. 4-16
(131 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; France.

Volume S-2026
Journal, 1879 Sept. 18-Oct. 15
(115 pages)

Journal of a trip to Europe; France, England, Homeward.

Volume S-2027
Lecture notes (Literature), 1850
(236 pages)

Princeton University, New Jersey

Volume M-2028
Lecture notes (Natural Philosophy), 1851
(300 pages)

Princeton University, New Jersey

Volume L-2029
Lecture notes (Physics), 1851
(400 pages)

Princeton University, New Jersey

Volume L-2030
Letter Press Copy Book, 1864
(500 pages)

Savannah, Georgia

Volume M-2031
Letter Press Copy Book, 1864-1867
(1024 pages)

Location unknown, note on card says pages shattered.

Volume L-2032
Letter Press Copy Book, 1867-1869
(974 pages)

Wall Street, New York

Volume L-2033
Letter Press Copy Book, 1869-1870
(951 pages)

Augusta, Georgia; Missing

Volume L-2034
Letter Press Copy Book, 1870-1872
(994 pages)

Wall Street, New York

Volume L-2035
Letter Press Copy Book, 1872-1874
(999 pages)

Wall Street, New York

Volume L-2036
Letter Press Copy Book, 1874-1876
(995 pages)

Augusta, Georgia; pages shattering

Volume L-2037
Letter Press Copy Book, 1876-1877
(976 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2038
Letter Press Copy Book, 1877-1878
(708 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2039
Letter Press Copy Book, 1877-1881
(552 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2040
Letter Press Copy Book, 1878-1880
(696 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2041
Letter Press Copy Book, 1880
(708 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2042
Letter Press Copy Book, 1881
(708 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2043
Letter Press Copy Book, 1881-1883
(701 page)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume L-2044
Letter Press Copy Book, 1881-1883
(500 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2045
Letter Press Copy Book, 1883
(702 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2046
Letter Press Copy Book, 1883-1884
(697 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2047
Letter Press Copy Book, 1884-1885
(700 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2048
Letter Press Copy Book, 1884-1885
(991 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2049
Letter Press Copy Book, 1885-1886
(998 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2050
Letter Press Copy Book, 1885-1889
(697 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2051
Letter Press Copy Book, 1886
(994 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2052
Letter Press Copy Book, 1886-1887
(989 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2053
Letter Press Copy Book, 1887-1888
(999 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2054
Letter Press Copy Book, 1888
(1000 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2055
Letter Press Copy Book, 1888-1889
(997 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2056
Letter Press Copy Book, 1889-1890
(697 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2057
Letter Press Copy Book, 1889-1890
(996 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2058
Letter Press Copy Book, 1890
(999 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2059
Letter Press Copy Book, 1890-1891
(995 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2060
Letter Press Copy Book, 1890-1893
(698 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2061
Letter Press Copy Book, 1891-1892
(997 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2062
Letter Press Copy Book, 1892-1893
(998 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2063
Letter Press Copy Book, 1893-1894
(1004 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume F-2065
Occasional Addresses, 1882-1883; newspaper clippings
(130 pages)

Savannah, Georgia

Volume M-2066
Records of Harvard Law School Moot Court, 1853-1854
(144 pages)
Volume M-2067
Scrapbook; Antiquities of Georgia, 1877-1878
(75 pages)

Augusta, Georgia

Volume M-2068
The Private Soldier of the Present Revolution, 1864
(47 pages)

Savannah, Georgia

Volume F-2069
Autograph letters and portraits of the signers of the Constitution of the Confederate States, collected by Charles Colcock Jones, Jr.
(151 pages)
Volume ff-756
Original roster of general officers, War Dept.-Adjutant General's office, [1861-1865?]
(65 pages)
Volume ff-775

Historical Note

Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. was born October 28, 1831 in Savannah, GA to a Presbyterian Minister. He graduated from Princeton University in 1852 and received a law degree from Harvard University in 1855. That same year, Jones returned to Savannah and was elected mayor in 1860. Jones served in the Confederate army during the Civil War and moved to New York City after the war to rebuild his lost fortune. In 1877, Jones returned to Georgia where he began to write and publish books about Georgia's history and collecting historical materials. He died in 1893.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Colcock Jones Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Charles Colcock Jones Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as between 1941-1958.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, January 2010

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2010

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Other Notes

Penn, Neil S.. Charles Colcock Jones Jr., Georgia Archaeologist, Collector and Historian. Master's Thesis (Durham, NC: Duke University, 1958).