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Guide to the Asa Biggs Papers, 1854-1915

Summary

Pre-Civil War letters refer to a mercantile firm in which the Biggs family had an interest. Two letters are from Cushing Biggs Hassell. Wartime correspondence in cludes letters, concentrated in 1864-1865, of two sons, Henry A. and William Biggs, describing service in the 17th North Carolina Regiment and Manley's Battery near Petersburg and Wilmington. There is no material in this collection concerning Biggs's political career. His letters to his wife are personal in nature. There is a brief diary begun by Biggs's daughter, possibly Lucy or Della, in 1854 during a visit to Washington, which largely records household duties and financial accounts.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11212
Title
Asa Biggs papers
Date
1854-1915
Creator
Biggs, Asa, 1811-1878
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Personal correspondence of Biggs and his family. Pre-Civil War letters refer to a mercantile firm in which the Biggs family had an interest. Two letters are from Cushing Biggs Hassell. Wartime correspondence includes letters, concentrated in 1864-1865, of two sons, Henry A. and William Biggs, de scribing service in the 17th North Carolina Regiment and Manley's Battery near Petersburg and Wilmington. There is no material in this collection concerning Biggs's political career. His letters to his wife are personal in nature. There is a brief diary begun by Biggs's daughter, possibly Lucy or Della, in 1854 during a visit to Washington, which largely records household duties and financial accounts. Also includes 2 printed pamphlets from 1915: "Presentation of Portrait of Honorable Asa Biggs to United States District Court," and "Autobiography of Asa Biggs, Including A Journal of a Trip from North Carolina to New York in 1832."

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

Contents of the Collection

Travel Diary/Memoranda volume, kept by Lucy or Della Biggs, 1854 May
Box 1
Correspondence, 1827-1886 and undated
(3 Files)
Box 1
Autobiography of Asa Biggs, pamphlet printed by the North Carolina Historical Commission, 1915
Box 1
Presentation of Portrait of Honorable Asa Biggs to the U.S. District Court, pamphlet, 1915
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Asa Biggs was a lawyer, legislator, and judge. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons (1840 and 1842), the North Carolina Senate (1844, 1854), the U.S. House of Representatives (1846-1847), and the U.S. Senate (1855-1858). He was appointed U.S. District Judge for North Carolina (1858-1861) and then North Carolina District Judge for the Confederate States of America (1861-1865). He moved to Virginia in 1869 and died in Norfolk in 1878.


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Provenance

The Asa Biggs Papers were first received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1932.

Processing Information

Processed by RL Staff. Collection guide created by Meghan Lyon in June 2016.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 1932; 2016-0050.