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Iveson L. Brookes papers

Identifier: MSS-0214

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains approximately 555 letters written between 1811 and 1911. They are mostly business related (plantations, slaves, church, etc). However, there are 42 letters about family matter written by other members of the family, some of them well after Brookes's death, to third parties.


  • 1811-1911
  • Majority of material found within 1825 - 1865


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Biographical/Historical note

Iveson Lewis Brookes (1793-30 March 1865) was a Baptist clergyman, planter, and a southern sectionalist. While in school at the University of North Carolina, he was very much against slavery and had optimistic view of the future. As he grew older his views shifted, and he became quite wealthy in land, money, and slaves. By the time of his death he had turned in a hard nosed southern sectionalist and had written many articles defending slavery.


4.9 Linear Feet (4.6 linear feet + 2 volumes)

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A large collection of letters to and from this Baptist clergyman, planter and southern sectionalist, including defenses of the South, Brookes's business transactions, and family matters.


purchased, 1956-1959


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Guide to the Iveson L. Brookes papers
April 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266