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Ulrich Bonnell Phillips papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 397

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of the research files of Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, an author and history professor. The papers include Phillips's notes and transcripts of historical source materials and the collected papers of several southern families from 1712-1933. The collected papers include correspondence, account books, business records, farm and plantation records, diaries, photographs, and other papers which focus primarily on the years 1790-1865, and the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia and the Piedmont region of Georgia. Phillips's own papers in the collection include a small amount of correspondence, lecture notes, typescript versions of published essays and reviews, transcripts of materials from various sources, his research notes arranged by topic, and related printed matter.

Dates

  • 1712-1933
  • Majority of material found within 1800 - 1861

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Access is to glass slides and negatives is restricted for preservation purposes. Researchers must use digital surrogates available in the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Image Database (MADID).

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The majority of the material was purchased from the estate of U. B. Phillips in 1934. There was also a gift of additional material by Mrs. Phillips and David M. Potter in 1961. Transfer from the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 2006.

Arrangement

Arranged in eighteen series and one addition: I. Correspondence, 1748-1961. II. Records, Bonds, and Accounts, 1753-1882. III. Account Books and Diaries, 1812-1899. IV. Pamphlets, 1712-1918. V. Bryan Family, 1828-1883. VI. Cabell-Hare Family, 1792-1825. VII. Dorman Family, 1821-1881. VIII. McDowell Family, 1792-1861. IX. Moore Family, 1794-1865. X. Newton-Steele Family, 1803-1864. XI. Reid Family, 1758-1867. XII. Thomas Family, 1849-1888. XIII. Willson Family, 1806-1869. XIV. Walker Family, 1818-1847. XV. Transcripts. XVI. Manuscripts, 1904-1939. XVII. Research Notes. XVIII. Miscellanea.

Extent

25.75 Linear Feet (52 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0397

Overview

The papers consist of the research files of Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, an author and history professor. The papers include Phillips's notes and transcripts of historical source materials and the collected papers of several southern families from 1712-1933. The collected papers include correspondence, account books, business records, farm and plantation records, diaries, photographs, and other papers which focus primarily on the years 1790-1865, and the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia and the Piedmont region of Georgia. Phillips's own papers in the collection include a small amount of correspondence, lecture notes, typescript versions of published essays and reviews, transcripts of materials from various sources, his research notes arranged by topic, and related printed matter.

Biographical / Historical

Ulrich Bonnell Phillips was born in La Grange, Louisiana, on November 4, 1887. He taught history at several universities, including Yale University (1929-1934). He specialized in southern history, collected primary source material, and published extensively on the subject. Phillips died in New Haven, Connecticut, on January 21, 1934.

Existence and Location of Copies

All of the glass slides and negatives and many of the other photographic images have been digitally reproduced and are available through the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Image Database (MADID).

Additional information not yet available in the online version of the finding aid exists in the repository. Contact Manuscripts and Archives for assistance.

Separated Materials

Original nitrate negatives were removed from the collection and destroyed following digitization.

Publication Note

Reproductions of photographs from Accession 2007-M-012 were published in
  • Bixel, Patricia Bellis, and John David Smith. Seeing the New South: Race and Place in the Photographs of Ulrich BonnellPhillips. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Papers
Author
compiled by William E. Brown, Jr. and Kirstin Kay
Date
October 1984
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 2011: finding aid revisiion description not supplied

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
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New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
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