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Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: A-123
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: James Chaplin Beecher, 1828-1886
Title: Papers of James Chaplin Beecher, 1850-1946
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, photographs of James C. Beecher, son of Lyman Beecher, and other family members.
This is a collection of material pertaining to the family of James C. Beecher (1828-1886) and his wife Frances Johnson Beecher Perkins. He was the son of Lyman Beecher, a picture of whose portrait is included. The family letters reveal personalities, background and interests of those who lived in the Civil War period. James joined the United States Army becoming a Colonel of the First North Carolina Colored Volunteers which fought at Fort Sumpter and in Florida. He praised the courage and ability of his African American troops. His correspondence with his military commanders reveals his impatience and lack of confidence in the operation of the Freedmen's Bureau, the treatment of the Refugee Freedmen and the policy of distribution of land of abandoned plantations. Two letters to Charles Sumner review the problems of Reconstruction. [Written by Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger]
Correspondence, diaries, and photos comprise the collection. Included are James Beecher's correspondence about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Freedmen's Bureau, and papers of his wife, Frances (Johnson) Beecher Perkins, their adopted twin daughters, Mary Frances (Beecher) Beecher and Margaret (Beecher) Ward, and other Beechers and Johnsons.
- Box 1: Folders 1-58
- Box 2: Folders 59-78