A Guide to the Robert Selph Henry Papers, 1861-1971 Henry, Robert Selph Papers Ms1989-020

Robert Selph Henry Papers, 1861-1971

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1989-020


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Processed by: Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1989-020
Title
Robert Selph Henry Papers, 1861-1971
Physical Characteristics
4.3 cu. ft. 4 boxes
Creator
Henry, Robert Selph
Language
English
Abstract
Spanning 1861 to 1971, The Robert Selph Henry Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, photographs, and clippings concerning Henry's research on the Civil War, focusing on the Confederacy and Nathan Bedford Forrest, and also railroad history. This collection also contains Henry's Southern Historical Association (SHA) and Association of American Railroads papers.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Robert Selph Henry Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Robert Selph Henry Papers, Ms1989-020, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection was acquired by Virginia Tech Special Collections in 1989.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Robert Selph Henry Papers was completed in July 2013.


Biographical Note

Robert Selph Henry (1889-1970) was born in Clifton, Tennessee on October 20, 1889. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with an L.L.B. in 1910 and a BA in 1911. He served as a Captain of Field Artillery in WWI, and remained in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of colonel, until his retirement in 1952. He worked for the newspaper in Nashville (1907-1913), served as secretary to the Governor of Tennessee (1913-1915), practiced as a lawyer in Nashville (1915-1921), and worked for the railroads, first as Director of Public Relations for the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway (1921-1928), then as Assistant to the Vice President of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railrway (1928-1934), and lastly as as the Vice President of the Association of American Railroads (1934-1958).

Henry was also a historian of the Civil War and the railroads. He published several books including The Story of the Confederacy (1931), The Story of Reconstruction (1938), First with the Most Forrest (1944), and This Fascinating Railroad Business (1942). Henry also served as President of the Southern Historical Association (SHA; 1957).

Scope and Content Note

The Robert Selph Henry Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, photographs, and clippings concerning Henry's research on the Civil War, focusing on the Confederacy and Nathan Bedford Forrest, and also railroad history. Most subject files involve research notes and photocopies or transcriptions of primary sources such as diaries, letters, and reminiscences. This collection also contains Henry's Southern Historical Association (SHA) and Association of American Railroads papers.

The collection dates from 1861 to 1971; however, most of the Civil War letters and diaries contained in this collection appear to be either later reprints, transcriptions, or copies of the original. The dates given in this finding aid correspond to the year for the original document. Many of the photographs are reproductions as well.

Arrangement

This collection is organized thematically in alphabetical order by folder title.

Related Material

Separated Material

The following book has been removed from the collection and has been catalogued for the rare book collection: Diary of Capt. Heber S. Thompson, Seventh Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, May to December, 1864


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Railroad
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Advertisements - Forrest Quote, 1945-1948
Box-folder 1-2
Assn. of American Railroads, 1934-1953
Box-folder 1-3
Bell, Brig. Gen. Tyree H. Bell, n.d.
Box-folder 1-4
Biography - R. S. Henry, n.d.
Box-folder 1-5
Mary Forest Bradley, (Correspondence), 1943
Box-folder 1-6
Burlington Zephyrs, n.d.
Box-folder 1-7
Chapin, Edward Young, 1944-1954
Box-folder 1-8
Chattanooga, TN - 1869, (Recollections of Mr. Caldwell), n.d.
Box-folder 1-9
"Chattanooga and the War," 1959
Box-folder 1-10
Civil War Articles - Various Authors, 1932-1957
Box-folder 1-11
Civil War Articles - No Author, 1931, n.d.
Box-folder 1-12
Civil War Letter, Camp Near Richmond, 1862
Box-folder 1-13
Civil War Letters - Merrick, 1862
Box-folder 1-14
Civil War Letter - Gen. Ruggles, ca. 1864
Box-folder 1-15
Civil War Letter - Post, 1888
Box-folder 1-16
Cockrell, Monroe, 1947-1958
Box-folder 1-17
Confederate Research Club, 1955-1958
Box-folder 1-18
Confederate Songs, 1950
Box-folder 1-19
"Diary of Capt. Herber S. Thompson" 7th PA Volunteer Cavalry, 1864
Box-folder 1-20
"Diary of J. Pugh Cannon," Transcript, 1863-1864
Box-folder 1-21
Diary - Chaplain Charles Todd Quintard, Transcript, 1864
Box-folder 1-22
Ewell (Lt. Gen. R.S.) Letter to R. E. Lee - Transcribed, 1865
Box-folder 1-23
Forrest, Nathan Bedford, 1935-1955
Box-folder 1-24
Forrest, N. B. - "Bankruptcy on Debtor's Petition," Copy of 1869 Document, 1944
Box-folder 1-25 to 1-30
Forrest, N. B. - Notes (6 folders), n.d.
Box-folder 1-31
Freight Tariff for 1870, 1870-1937
Box-folder 1-32
Grady, Henry Woodfin, "The New South," 1886
Box-folder 1-33
Hood's Campaign, Middle Tenn., Transcript of Conversation, 1868
Box-folder 1-34
Hughes, Robert Morton, 1933-1936
Box-folder 1-35
Illustrations - Civil War, Copies, n.d.
Box-folder 1-36
Inka, Miss. (Battle of), (Notes), n.d.
Box-folder 1-37
Jackson, "Stonewall" - Hall of Fame Bust, 1957
Box-folder 1-38
Ku Klux Klan, 1930-1944
Box-folder 1-39
Kuhler, Otto, 1935-1952
Box-folder 1-40
Letters, n.d.
Box-folder 1-41
Letters, 1930
Box-folder 1-42
Letters, 1931
Box-folder 1-43
Letters, 1932
Box-folder 1-44
Letters, 1933
Box-folder 1-45
Letters, 1934
Box-folder 1-46
Letters, 1935
Box-folder 1-47
Letters, 1936
Box-folder 1-48
Letters, 1937
Box-folder 1-49
Letters, 1938
Box-folder 1-50
Letters, 1939
Box-folder 1-51
Letters, 1940
Box-folder 1-52
Letters, 1941
Box-folder 1-53
Letters, 1942
Box-folder 1-54
Letters, 1943
Box-folder 1-55
Letters, 1944
Box-folder 1-56
Letters, 1945
Box-folder 2-1
Letters, 1946
Box-folder 2-2
Letters, 1947
Box-folder 2-3
Letters, 1948
Box-folder 2-4
Letters, 1949
Box-folder 2-5
Letters, 1950
Box-folder 2-6
Letters, 1951
Box-folder 2-7
Letters, 1952
Box-folder 2-8
Letters, 1953
Box-folder 2-9
Letters, 1954
Box-folder 2-10
Letters, 1955
Box-folder 2-11
Letters, 1956
Box-folder 2-12
Letters, 1957
Box-folder 2-13
Letters, 1958
Box-folder 2-14
Letters, 1959
Box-folder 2-15
Letters, 1960
Box-folder 2-16
Letters, 1961
Box-folder 2-17
Letters, 1962
Box-folder 2-18
Letters, 1964
Box-folder 2-19
Letters, 1968
Box-folder 2-20
Letters, 1969
Box-folder 2-21
Letters, 1970-1971
Box-folder 2-22
Lincoln, Pres. A., 1954
Box-folder 2-23
Mrs. Joseph Luxton (Mother of N. B. Forrest), 1925-1943
Box-folder 2-24
Mexican War, 1950-1959, n.d.
Box-folder 2-25
Newspaper Articles - Civil War, 1925-1956
Box-folder 2-26
Newspaper Articles on Forrest, 1942-1956
Box-folder 2-27
Pemberton, John C., 1931-1938
Box-folder 2-28
Photographs - Civil War, 1920, 1951, n.d.
Box-folder 2-29
Photographs - Railroad, 1863-1938
Box-folder 2-30
"Portraits of the Iron Horse," 1936-1945
Box-folder 2-31
Postcards, 1945-1956
Box-folder 2-32 to 2-35
Printed Material (4 folders), 1903-1961
Box-folder 2-36
Pullmans, 1940, n.d.
Box-folder 2-37
Railroad Notes and Papers 1, n.d.
Box-folder 2-38
Railroad Notes and Papers 2, ca. 1920s - 1940s
Box-folder 2-39
Railroad Notes and Papers 3, 1939-1948
Box-folder 2-40
Railroad Notes and Papers 4, 1938-1941
Box-folder 3-1
Reviews - R. S. Henry Books, 1931-1960
Box-folder 3-2
Sansom, Emma, 1954
Box-folder 3-3
Shelton, R. - 14th TN (typed) Letters, 1862-1864
Box-folder 3-4
Slave Insurance Policy from 1855, 1931
Box-folder 3-5
Southern Historical Assn., 1881, 1951-1958
Box-folder 3-6
"The Story of the Confederacy," 1930, n.d.
Box-folder 3-7 to 3-8
"The Story of Reconstruction" (2 folders), ca. 1930s
Box-folder 3-9
Story of Reconstruction Notes - 1865, n.d.
Box-folder 3-10
Story of Reconstruction Notes - 1866, n.d.
Box-folder 3-11
Story of Reconstruction Notes - 1867-1868, n.d.
Box-folder 3-12
Story of Reconstruction Notes - 1869-1870, n.d.
Box-folder 3-13
Story of Reconstruction Notes - 1871-1873, n.d.
Box-folder 3-14
Story of Reconstruction Notes - 1874-1877, n.d.
Box-folder 3-15
Streight-Forrest Route, 1948
Box-folder 3-16
Sturgis's Route From Ripley to Brice Cross Roads, n.d.
Box-folder 3-17
Swift, Eben - Letters, 1888
Box-folder 3-18
Telegrams, 1934-1950
Box-folder 3-19
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1940
Box-folder 3-20
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1941
Box-folder 3-21
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1942
Box-folder 3-22
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1943
Box-folder 3-23
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1944
Box-folder 3-24
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1945
Box-folder 3-25
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1946
Box-folder 3-26
"The Fascinating Railroad Business," 1947
Box-folder 3-27
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1948-1949
Box-folder 3-28
"This Fascinating Railroad Business," 1950s
Box-folder 3-29
Tom Thumb, n.d.
Box-folder 3-30
"Trains" - 1930s, 1933-1938
Box-folder 3-31
"Trains" - 1940s, 1943-1949
Box-folder 3-32
"Trains" - 1950s, 1950-1957
Box-folder 3-33
Ware, Dr. John N. - Correspondence, 1943-1956
Box-folder 3-34
Wiley, Bell I. - Letters, 1942-1957
Box-folder 3-35
Wyeth, Dr. John A. to General E. W. Rucker, 1896
Box-folder 3-36
Yancey, William L., 1861
Box 4
Civil War Copies of Images and Letters for Publications, n.d.