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Christopher Gustavus Memminger Papers

Call Number

Z 6616 M5 P5

The Christopher Gustavus Memminger Papers in the Southern Historical Collections of the University of North Carolina Library. Chapel Hill: 1966. Memminger, Christopher Gustavus, 1803-1888.

MIC FLM Z 6616 M5 P5  1 reel. 35 mm.


            Christopher Memminger, born in Germany in 1802, brought to the United States, orphaned, adopted by Thomas Bennett, a governor of South Carolina, became a prominent Southern politician. He served as a state legislator for South Carolina from 1836 to 1860; he was especially concerned with education and he is considered the founder of the public school system of South Carolina. He was involved in the events leading up to the Secession, and served as the Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederacy form 1851 to 1964, when he retired to private life.

            This collection of his letters and papers covers the period from 1803 to 1915; the majority of the material is from 1858 to 1868. It also includes some of the papers of his son, Thomas, a surgeon in the Confederate Army.




             Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Christopher G. Memminger Papers.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Library, 1966.

            This guide is reproduced at the beginning of the reel and contains a description of the collection and a partial list of correspondents.