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Robert H. Smith legal notebook

 Collection
Identifier: W-0016

Scope and Contents

This 270-page manuscript includes handwritten definitions and summaries of legal cases tried between 1869 and 1877. Although the cases described were primarily tried in Alabama district courts, the manuscript also includes descriptions of cases tried in South Carolina. The case descriptions primarily relate to railroad interests and personal property law.

Dates

  • circa 1870

Creator

Physical Description

Originally the notebook was probably a hardbound journal but the individual signatures were removed from the bindings and separated, most likely after having been written.

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

Robert H. Smith was a prominent lawyer and politician in the Mobile, Alabama, area in the mid-nineteenth century. Born in Camden County, North Carolina, on 21 March 1813, he was a member of the Alabama Legislature in 1849 and then a member of the Alabama State Senate in 1851. Between 1861and 1862 he served as a delegate from Alabama to the Confederate Provisional Congress. He was also a colonel in the Confederate Army. He was a candidate for representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress ninth district in 1863. Smith died in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, on 13 March 1878.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Handwritten definitions and summaries of legal cases tried between 1869 and 1877, relating primarily to railroad interests and personal property law.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Provenance

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Physical Description

Originally the notebook was probably a hardbound journal but the individual signatures were removed from the bindings and separated, most likely after having been written.

General

Title on phase box spine: Interesting Court Cases in Reconstruction Mobile - Legal Notebook of Robert H. Smith - 1872

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Robert H. Smith legal notebook
Status
Completed
Date
September 2013
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