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Finding-Aid for the James Boyce Henderson Collection (MUM00225)



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
James Boyce Henderson Collection
1897-1969 1916-1969
1.5 Linear feet 3 boxes
Letters, photographs, and ephemera relating to the life and career of James Boyce Henderson.

Preferred Citation

James Boyce Henderson Collection (MUM00225). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

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Historical Note

James Boyce Henderson was one of eight children born to Jesse Louis Henderson and Molly Longest. He was born at Chiwapa, Pontotoc County, Mississippi on September 29, 1893. Little is known about his early life, save that he grew up at Chiwapa. He participated in WWI, being sworn in on Thursday, May 17, 1917. He was sent to France and by the time he reached the front lines the church bells signaling the armistice were ringing. He came back to the University of Mississippi for the 1919-1920 year and went to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary soon thereafter. In 1923 Henderson was forced to leave the seminary due to his public questioning of the student clubs on campus. The time period between 1923 and 1927 is unclear, but by November of 1927 Henderson was working as a teacher under the Department of the Interior in Kanatak, Alaska. He spent nearly twenty years in this position and married Carrye Adele Rose (date unknown). They returned to Pontotoc by the 1950s and lived there until his death in 1982.

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Scope and Contents Note

Collection contains photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials related primarily to the life of James Boyce Henderson.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2005

Access Restrictions


Use Restriction

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mr. Ruffin Rackley

Processing Information

Processed by University of Mississippi Department Special Collections Staff . EAD encoded finding-aid begun September 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

Folder 1: Correspondence 1897-May 5, 1919. 

Folder 2: Correspondence, November 25, 1920- February 28, 1924. 

Folder 3: Correspondence, November 29-December 11, 1927. 

Folder 4: Correspondence, January 22, 1928-December 17, 1928. 

Folder 5: Correspondence, January 19, 1929-December 14, 1929. 

Folder 6: Correspondence, January 7, 1930-May 31, 1930. 

Folder 7: Correspondence, January 13, 1931-November 15, 1931. 

Folder 8: Correspondence, February 13, 1932-December 25, 1932. 

Folder 9: Correspondence, January 21, 1933-December 7, 1933. 

Folder 10: Correspondence, January 26, 1934-November 11, 1934. 

Folder 11: Correspondence, January 21, 1935-November 16, 1935. 

Folder 12: Correspondence, [January 16, 1936]- July 19, 1936. 

Folder 13: Correspondence, January 31, 1937-December 31, 1937. 

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Box 2 

Folder 1: Correspondence, January 1, 1938-December 31, 1938. 

Folder 2: Correspondence, January 25, 1939-December 30, 1939. 

Folder 3: Correspondence, January 21, 1940-October 18, 1940. 

Folder 4: Correspondence, April 7, 1946-December 5, 1956. 

Folder 5: Correspondence, January 1, 1957-December 5, 1957. 

Folder 6: Correspondence, 1958. 

Folder 7: Correspondence, February 1959-February 13, 1966. 

Folder 8: Correspondence, February 1966-May 22, 1969. 

Folder 9: Publications-self published "Laconicryptogram" (Undated-1968). 

Folder 10: Publications-self published' "Remember Straws in the Wind." 

Folder 11: Publications- self published, "The Blue Sheet" (Undated-February 1, 1963). 

Folder 12: Publications- self published, "Constitutional Encyclical" January 1-November 3, 1957. 

Folder 13: Publications- self published, "The Ohelion" April 30, 1956-November 27, 1956. 

Folder 14: Financial documents. 

Folder 15: Documents--transcript of journal, June 2, 1918-January 1, 1919. 

Folder 16: Documents- contents of WWI wallet, contains official orders, etc. 

Folder 17: Documents- general. 

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Box 3 

Folder 1: Documents- information on 1923 "club controversy" 

Folder 2: Documents- miscellaneous. 

Folder 3: Documents- poetry. 

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Box 4 

Photographs--see collections photographs (CPB39). 

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