|Title:||Felix Hargrett collection|
|Quantity:||3.5 Linear feet (7 boxes and 1 oversize folder)|
Felix Hargrett was a university alumnus (graduated in 1924) who had quite the passion for history and research. He contributed significantly to the University of Georgia. He began donating materials as early as the 1940s but his first considerable donation came in 1951, which included a significant amount of Civil War materials. After some time, Special Collections was renamed in his honor, due to his many contributions and support.
This is one compliation of Felix Hargrett's donations, though there are many elsewhere as well. The primary subject seems to be the Civil War, but documents in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century are included in the collection as well. While letters are the primary material, there are many other written documents that help give scholars a better understanding of the time in which they were written.
Of particular interest are the Confederate States of America (CSA) Nitre and Mining Bureau Corps records. This military unit was intended to supply the Confederacy with metals and minerals. Nitre could be mined across the South and was needed for explosives and gunpowder. The Nitre and Mining Bureau was officially formed in 1863 and continued to the war's end in 1865. Notably, Nathaniel E. Pratt, John LeConte, and Joseph LeConte all helped create maps for the Nitre and Mining Bureau. This organization significantly helped the Confederacy continue the war effort, supplying a tremendous amount of niter and saltpeter.
The collection consists primarily of letters, but also includes reports, petitions, furloughs, receipts, despositions, indentures, court orders, soldier tickets, payrolls, invoices, notes, statements, land orders, and certificates. The collection documents the Colony of Georgia, slavery, the Conferderacy, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. There is a large amount of material about the Nitre and Mining Bureau of the Confederacy, Georgia Home Insurance Company, and Nathaniel A. Pratt.
Arranged alphabetically by personal or company name, and occasionally by subject.
Felix Hargrett collection. MS 302. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
Several items in this collection are located in the vault.