Alexander H. Stephens family papers

Alexander H. Stephens family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883
Creator: Stephens, John Alexander
Title: Alexander H. Stephens family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1854-1883
Dates: 1854-1940
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3823

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) was born near Crawfordville (Ga.) to Andrew Baskins Stephens and Margaret Grier. Liberty Hall in Crawfordville was his home. He was Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, a United States Congressman, and died in office as Georgia Governor in 1883. John Alexander Stephens (1838-1887), nephew of Alexander H. Stephens, was a lawyer in Atlanta and son of John Lindsey Stephens. John Alexander Stephens was married to Mary Emma Simpson (1841?-1900), daughter of William Wingfield Simpson (1814-1887), owner of a plantation in Hancock County (Ga.).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, financial papers, and scrapbooks. Correspondence is largely family letters between Alexander H. Stephens and John A. Stephens in which they discuss family matters, politics, and legal cases. Business correspondence includes a letter from Herschel Johnson, and items relating to John’s imprisonment at Johnson Island (OH) during the Civil War. In the writings are typed versions of a biographical sketch of Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens. Printed material includes two copies of the sketch. The scrapbooks contain newspapers clippings about Alexander H. Stephens. Of special interest in the financial papers is a plantation account book of the Simpson plantation. In it are lists of slaves, a journal of daily farm work, printed rules for managing farms and slaves, and signed contracts with the freed slaves.

Index Terms

Farm management--Georgia.
Johnson Island Prison.
Plantations--Georgia--Hancock County.
Stephens family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Alexander H. Stephens family papers, ms 3823, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Family, 1854-1868
2Family, 1869
3Family, 1870
4Family, 1871
5Family, 1872
6Family, 1873
7Family, 1874 January-June
8Family, 1874 July-December
9Family, 1875 January-April
10Family, 1875 May-December
11Family, 1876-1878
12Family, 1879-1882
13Family, undated
14Business, 1858-1878
15Alexander W. Stephens - re: publication of sketch of Alexander H. Stephens, 1939-1940
16William Wingfield Simpson - family letters, 1861-1883

2. Writings

21Sketches of Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens - typed versions
2Law Library of Linton Stephens - typed list

3. Printed Materials

23"Sketch of Alexander H. Stephens" by Alexander W. Stephens, 1940
4"Address of the Hon Alexander H. Stephens before the Literary Societies of the University of Georgia", 1873 August 4
5Catalog of literary books belonging to Alexander H. Stephens
6"Address delivered by John A. Stephens... before the O. M. Mitchell Post, G.A.R.", 1886 February 26
7"Reminiscences of an old Georgia Lawyer" by Garnett Andrews, 1870

4. Photographs

28Alexander W. Stephens, House - 149 W. Peachtree

5. Financial

29Deed, Receipts, Contract, 1864-1877
10Plantation account book - William Wingfield Simpson-owner, S. R. Oliphant-manager, Hancock County (Ga.), 1861-1869

6. Scrapbooks

31Alexander H. Stephens, 1873-1874
2Alexander H. Stephens, 1880-1881
3Alexander H. Stephens, 1881-1883
41Alexander H. Stephens, 1881-1882
2Alexander H. Stephens, 1861-1870