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Finding-Aid for the David Todd Collection of Civil War Materials (MUM00447)

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Descriptive Summary
Todd, David [collector]
David Todd Collection of Civil War Materials
Inclusive Dates:
Materials in:
Collection contains clippings, pamphlets, articles, invitations, photographs, and correspondence related to the Civil War. Items were created 1863-1938.
3 boxes.
G-14 (2 boxes) & MM-11 (7 boxes); H-15 (1 oversized box).
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
E-Mail: archive@olemiss.edu
URL: https://www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/archives/
Cite as:
David Todd Collection of Civil War Materials (MUM00447). The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Scope and Contents Note
Collection contains clippings, pamphlets, articles, invitations, photographs, and correspondence related to the Civil War. Items were created 1863-1938.

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.

Container List

Box 1


1. Clippings – contains newspaper articles 1896 -1931 regarding the Civil War, the Confederacy, Bonnie Blue Flag, United Daughters of the Confederacy, steamboat races, songs of the South, Mexican ruins, New Orleans and misc.

2. Invitation to Grand Ball and Promenade Concert given by Veterans of the Washington Artillery May 19, 1903

3. Pin – Delegate to Miss. Div. U. D. C. May 5-7, 1915

4. Carte de visite of an unknown woman, taken in New Orleans

5. Confederate money – 2 envelopes

6. Postcards of Vicksburg sites, pamphlet re: Siege of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg National Military Park

7. Pamphlet – Davis Memorial Park

8. “Memories of Mr. James P. Harrison” 5 pg. typed transcription includes recollections of Civil War skirmish at Coleman’s Cross Roads, battle of converted tug-boat “Webb” and the iron clad Indianola, wounding and death of Lieutenant Earle by Paddocks Scouts, Yergers Co. Adams Brigade

9. Holographic versions of three articles cited above

10. Misc.

11. Misc. holographic writings

12. “The Spirit of Freedom” a holographic version of a paper given by Mrs. S. W. Sholars at the DAR meeting Nov. 1, 1917

13. “Modern Philanthropy” holographic article by Kate Shaifer

14. “Davis of the Confederacy” holographic excerpt from the Detroit Journal of Aug. 1921

15. President Andrews’ Estimate of Lee – holographic transcript of speech given by President Andrews of Brown Univ. re: Robert E. Lee

16. “An Address” typed version of a speech made by Mrs. S. W. Sholars at ReUnion of Green’s Brigade at Orange

June 29, 1921

17. “Kitty Alone and I” holographic version of lyrics

18. “Kitty Alone and I” typed, holographic lyrics plus musical score and numerous watercolors, several with gouache, and pen and ink sketches

19. “Kitty Alone and I” holographic lyrics plus foreword;title page indicates arranged and edited by Kate Shaifer Sholars, includes musical score with pen and ink drawings, bound with a pink ribbon

20. Notepad, largely in [Pitman] shorthand re: Battle of Port Gibson written by Mary Shaifer Michie

21. Nine photographs including Chamberlain Hunt Academy, Confederate Veterans, Allen family of Port Gibson, Mrs. S. W. Sholars. Originals housed in Collections Photographs

22. Red Jumbo pad containing holographic article? “The Mississippi River Its Legends and Its Landings” written by Mrs. S. W. Sholars plus loose holographic pages with the same title but considerably shorter

23. Small blue folder containg typed article “’78 in Tensas” discussing Reconstruction in Tensas Parrish, LA.

24. Holographic notes regarding General Robert E. Lee by Kate Shaifer Sholars

25. Holographic article entitled “Direct Detailed Synopsis of ‘Dumb Music'” by Kate Shaifer Sholars describing a game played by several leading citizens of St. Joseph, LA.

26. Red and gold volume entitled Album begun by Sarah Ann Shaifer prior to 1833 and added to by her niece, Sarah Ann Shaifer. Contains clippings and holographic poetry

27. Segment of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine May, 1884

28. Calling cards

29. Holographic Invitation Feb. 5, 1883

30. Invitation Minerva Hall April 2, 1872

31. Invitation West Arch St. Presbyterian Church Oct. 6, 1870

32. Invitation with attached Dance Card to Natchez and Vicksburg Packet Co.’s New Year Ball Jan. 1893

33. A Comprehensive Sketch of the Merrimac and Monitor Naval Battle

34. Vindication of the Country’s Dead Heroes, Hancock and McClellan, Speech of Hon. J. C. S. Blackburn

March 6, 1888

Box 2


1. “Our People” by Kate Shaifer Sholars 100 paged typed reminiscenes of a woman born in Port Gibson, MS. in 1849. Includes discussion of Civil War battles, slavery, education in MS and LA.

2. Brown leather bound volume entitled “Mary J. Briscoe” compiled by her daughter, Mrs. Adele Lubbock Briscoe Looscan. Contains typed biographical information regarding Mary Jane Briscoe born in 1819 in St. Genevieve, MO. and whose family traveled to TX. and was active in the Texan struggle for independence. Includes photographs.

3. Correspondence 1870

4. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1916-26

5. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1927-28

6. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1929-30

7. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1931-32

8. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1933-34

9. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1935-36

10. Correspondence James P. Harrison 1937-38

11. Correspondence Mattie F. Rowan, widow of former President of Alcorn A&M

12. Correspondence misc

Box 3


1. Copy of the original sketch of F. G. Obenchain after the Battle of Port Gibson May 1, 1863.

2. Sketch of the Battlefield of Port Gibson by A. K. Shaifer

3. Confederate States of America Loan for one thousand dollars [Jan. 1863]
4. Facsimile wallpaper newspaper The Daily Citizen Vicksburg, MS July 2, 1863

5. The Weekly States Second part Sept. 18, 1891

6. Clippings oversize 1881-1937 includes articles on New Orleans, Mexico, Confederacy, misc.

See also the following items which were catalogued:

Programme of the Nineteenth Annual Convention Mississippi Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy Vicksburg May 4-7, 1915

In Memory of R. E. Lee An Address Delivered by Capt. William Dunovant

Ritual for Confederate Decoration or Memorial Day April 26

Ritual of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

The Alumnus of Alcorn A & M College Vol. 1 No. 1


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