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BERNEY, JANE E.
Jane Elizabeth Berney was the daughter of Saffold Berney
(1844-1929), a judge, author, and Confederate veteran, and Mary Clifton Berney
(1846-1921). Her papers contain photographs of Saffold Berney, his father, Dr. James
Berney, and other unidentified women and children, probably Berney family members, as well
as a 1909 photo of the family home. Other images show a Confederate veteran's parade. Some
of the photographs date from 1877 to 1922, although most are not dated at all. The paper
(1918-1942, bulk ca. 1937) relate primarily to Berney's WPA employment in Mobile. From
1936 to 1937 she worked on a project to survey records and write histories of various
federal agencies in Mobile, including the post office, the Inland Waterways Corporation,
and the Internal Revenue. Her papers also include her membership certificate for the
Daughters of the Confederacy (1919) and an employment application for Brookley Field
(1942). .75 cubic feet.
CROOM, VELMA AND STEPHENS G.
This collection consists of correspondence between various Croom
family members and friends from 1840 to 1906, as well as personal papers and literary
manuscripts. Most of the letters were written between 1850 and 1870 by Cicero
Stephens Croom, his sister Elizabeth Whitfield Croom Bellamy, and their parents, William
Whitfield Croom and Julia Stephens Croom. The personal papers include a journal kept
by Stephens in 1863 during the siege of Vicksburg while he was serving on General Forney's
staff. Also included are numerous school essays written by Stephens while he was
attending college at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and by Elizabeth who studied at the
Spingler Institute in New York City. The literary manuscripts in the
collection--poems, short stories, and novels--were written by Elizabeth between 1865 and
1900. Her early works were published in national magazines under a pseudonym, Kamba
Thorpe. In later works she used her married name, Elizabeth W. Bellamy. The
collection also contains her notes for lectures on literary subjects. Appointment
required for the use of this collection. 5 cubic feet.
Consists of 1 letter written by William Dowling to his brother
Michael on April 13, 1869, at the beginning of Reconstruction. Dowling, living at the time
in Marengo County, discusses the effect the newly-freed slaves were having on economic
conditions in Mobile and in the countryside.
Daniel Geary was Brigade Ordnance Officer for the City of Mobile
during the Civil War. When the war ended, Geary apparently kept some of the records of the
Ordnance Office. These papers consist of some of the day-to-day records of that office,
including day- and letter-books, orders, personnel rosters, invoices, vouchers, and
receipts. The collection also has Geary's personal receipt books from 1839 to 1891. Of
particular interest within the collection is an 1852 Odd Fellow certificate, and a diary
by Charles Brother, a Union officier, describing the Battle of Mobile Bay. Brother's diary
has been published. See Two Naval Journals: 1864, edited by C. Carter Smith
(1964). 1.5 cubic feet.
LOGAN, DANIEL W.
Correspondence, journals (1862, 1869-1870, 1898, 1899-1901), and
account books of Daniel W. Logan, a bookkeeper. Born in Charleston, SC, in 1835, Logan
lived in Mobile from the 1860s until his death in 1906. The journals discuss events of the
day, as well as Logan's travels, visitors, work schedule. They also allude to the Civil
War and Reconstruction. 2 cubic feet.
of Mark Lyons (1840-1887), Confederate States Army, February 18, 1861 to June 19, 1865.
The letters are addressed to his fiancee (and later his wife) Amelia Horsler (1845-1916).
Lyons first period of service began at Camp Beulah, Mobile. He was in Mississippi through 1862, resigned from the army, and
married Amelia Horsler in 1863. He then re-enlisted in May 1864 and was stationed at
various batteries in the defenses of Mobile until the end of the war. The letters have
been transcribed by a relative. Some background about Mark Lyons and historical notes
about the activities of the Confederate Army are included. 2 cubic feet.
RICKARBY, ANN H.
Made up of various papers belonging to Rickarby's grandfather
George Duncan Rickarby, who was a cotton buyer prior to and after and blockade runner
during the Civil War. (See also Photograph Collections
under the same heading.) .25 cubic feet.
SAUNDERS, JAMES E.
One 900-page ledger used by James E. Saunders. Entries cover the
period from 1858 to 1863 and record profits and losses, commissions, sales, and interest
and dividends. Saunders was a commission merchant in Mobile from 1842 and co-owner of the
firm of Bradford and Saunders (which became Saunders and Son). Over 125 individuals and
firms are listed, including a few African Americans.
TOULMIN, HARRY T.
Contains miscellaneous documents (1856-1936) related to Judge
Harry T. Toulmin (1838-1916). The documents include biographies, deeds, and other property
records (1869-1904), tax records (1856-1898), his will, estate papers, correspondence
(1863-1936), and two photographs. Also includes one receipt book (1858-1868). Some of the
material relates to Toulmin's judgeship and Civil War service. The judge began practicing
law in Mobile in 1860. He entered the Confederate army in 1861 as a private and was later
promoted to captain. Toulmin resumed the practice of law after the war. The collection
also includes a list of officers and soldiers of the 22nd Alabama Infantry, as well as a
typed report from Toulmin regarding the infantry's part in the battle at Chickamauga,
during which the son of Josiah Nott was killed. Some of the correspondence is between
family members or concerns family business and a number of the letters concern Toulmin's
selection to the federal bench. The receipt book lists expenses for, among other things,
renting slaves. The collection also includes an invitation to a breakfast engagement with
President Grover Cleveland. 1 cubic foot.