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Henry Timrod papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-1411

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains letters, some of them Civil War related, and poems to Rachel Lyons, of Columbia, South Carolina, primarily from the period 1861-1863.

Dates

  • 1854-1940

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Conditions Governing Use

None

Biographical/Historical note

Henry Timrod was born on 8 December 1828 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was educated at Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) from 1845 to 1847, when poverty and ill health forced him to leave school. After receiving private training, he sought a professorship, but was unable to obtain one. He then worked as a tutor in various households of South Carolina planters. In 1860, he published a collection of poems, which received favorable reviews. He served briefly as a war correspondent in the West, but ill health forced him to return home. He married Kate Goodwin in 1864, and died on 6 October 1867.

Rachel Lyons Heustis of Columbia, South Carolina was a friend of Henry Timrod, and the recipient of letters and poems by him. She later married Dr. J.F. Heustis of Mobile, Alabama.

Note: The information given is taken from Henry Timrod: A Biographical Sketch, by William P. Fidler, published in the Southern Literary Messenger, October, November, and December 1940.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (45 items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains letters, some of them Civil War related, and poems to Rachel Lyons, of Columbia, South Carolina, primarily from the period 1861-1863.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. W.B. Patterson

Processed by

Ann Ulmer, 2000; revised and updated by Martha Bace, 2009
Title
Guide to the Henry Timrod Papers
Status
Completed
Date
December 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500