Collection ASM0566 - Historical Documents collection

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Historical Documents collection


  • 1642-1977 (Creation)
  • 1760s-1920s (Creation)


15 Boxes

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The Historical Documents Collection includes letters, deeds, bonds, receipts, orders, position appointments, writings, and other documents that are individual in nature and do not belong to any particular collection. The materials represent a number of prominent figures in the areas of art, literature, music, science, scholarship, business, law, military, politics, diplomacy, and religion. The items range in date from 1642-1977, but the bulk date from the 1760s through the 1920s. Most of the materials are American in origin, although some are from Mexico and Europe, particularly Great Britain.

Individuals represented in the collection include, but are not limited to:  Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), Charles Dickens, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Washington Irving, Aldous Huxley, Rudyard Kipling, Ezra Pound, John Muir, Sigmund Freud, and Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Butler, James Longstreet, Edmund Gaines Pendleton, Matthew Perry, William Tecumseh Sherman, Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben, John Quincy Adams, Napoleon Bonaparte, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, James Oglethorpe, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Paine, Woodrow Wilson, and King Louis XVIII.

System of arrangement

The Historical Documents Collection is organized into seven series.

I. Art, Literature, Music, and Science

II. Business

III. Military

IV. Politics, Diplomacy, and Law

V. Religion

VI. Education

VII. Miscellaneous

Please see the Finding Aid/Inventory section of this guide for more detailed information.

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This collection is open for research.

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Historical Documents Collection Finding Aid © 2011 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Languages of the material

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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CAAD Items purchased with the support of the Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant, Summer 2013

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Selected materials from this collection have been digitized.

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See also Thomas Jefferson Collection (ASM0569), the Caribbean Documents Collection (ASM0570), the Latin America Documents Collection (ASM460), the Jamaica Manuscripts Collection (ASM0320), and the Florida Documents Collection (ASM0567).

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Descriptive abbreviations used in the collection:

ALS (Autograph Letter Signed): A letter in the hand of and signed by the author.

TLS (Typewritten Letter): A typewritten letter signed by the author

DS (Document Signed): A document written by another person, but signed by the author.

ADS (Autograph Document Signed): A document written and signed by the author.

MS (Manuscript): Nonlegal or unofficial papers such as speeches, biographical sketches, sermons, reminiscences, writings, and such other items of a generally narrative nature, in the hand of  the author but unsigned.

ANS (Autograph Note): A line or two, at most a half-page, or any fragment which could not be classified as an ALS or AMS, such as a signed memorandum.

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