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Title: Nathaniel W. Stephenson Family Papers

Collection #: 0050

Dates: 1833-1933

Size: 28 boxes (12.5 linear ft.)

Biographical Note: Educator, historian, journalist, and writer. Stephenson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Reuben Henry and Louisa Wright Stephenson. He became a professor of history and economics at the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.) in 1902. Stephenson was the author of numerous historical works and novels. His wife was Martha Stephenson.

Scope and Content Note: Papers consist of Nathaniel Wright Stephenson's writings, correspondence (with Lancelot Minor Harris, among others), lecture notes, diaries, artwork, and miscellaneous items; correspondence (1888-1920) of Martha Stephenson; business records and correspondence (1845-1895) of Reuben [Henry] Stephenson; a Wright family genealogy; correspondence of various Stephenson family members and acquaintances; diaries and journals of Wright and Stephenson family members; a book of sermons (n.d.); photographs of Stephenson family members taken in Charleston, South Carolina and western Europe; and miscellaneous items.

Nathaniel Wright Stephenson's writings consist of drafts of his historical works, novels, plays, and an autobiography.

Subject Headings:

Harris, Lancelot Minor, 1868-1941.
Stephenson, Martha.
Stephenson, Nathaniel W. (Nathaniel Wright), 1867-1935.
Stephenson, Reuben Henry.
Stephenson family.
Wright family.
Authors, American -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
Historians -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
Novelists, American -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
South Carolina -- History.

Inventory:

Box#/Folder#
I.
Family Genealogy, Stephenson and Wright
1/1
Correspondence:
Barnes, A.S. 1895
1/2
Belding, D.W. 1892
1/3
Betsy 1892, 1895, N.D.
1/4
Blake, Elizabeth Wright, N.D.
1/5
Bond, P.M. 1913
1/6
Bradley, A.W. July 14, 1914
1/7
Brooks, A.M. 1912, 1913, 1914
1/8
Brown
1/9
Cook, George Aug. 25, 1892
1/10
Cousin Carrie 1892, N.D.
1/11
Davis 1914
1/12
Dickson, William L. 1911
1/13
Duncan, G.W. 1906
1/14
Dunning, W.A. 1915
1/15
Eliza (Aunt) N.D.
1/16
Ezekiel & Bernheim 1892
1/17
Fishburne-College of Chas. 1916
1/18
Frazser, H. Barrett 1913
1/19
Freeman, Archibald 1913
1/20
Fullerton, High Stuart N.D.
1/21
Gardiner N.D.
1/22
Ginn and Co. 1912-1914
1/23
Glenn N.D.
1/24
Hart, Albert Bushmill 1892, 1911
1/25
Harris, Lancelot 1914
1/26
Hill Archibald A. 1897
1/27
Hill Patty S. 1898, N.D.
1/28
Hogue, Addison 1917
1/29
Hullihen, Dr. 1914
1/30
Jameson, Dr. 1914
1/31
Kinard, Charles C. 1914
1/32
L., W.E. N.D.
1/33
Lin, J. Reese 1915
1/34
Lord, Carrie A. 1892 (cousin)
1/35
Lockwood, M.E.C. 1885
1/36
McClung, D.W. 1892
1/39
McCormick, E.O. 1895
1/40
McKin, Fredrick W. 1912
1/41
Markham, A.H. 1877
1/37
Martin Marty 1895, N.D.
1/38
New York Times N.D.
1/42
Nichols 1895
1/43
Paget R. Harold 1914-19 (Literary Agency)
1/44
Ravenel, E.P. 1914
1/45
Rhodes, James Ford 1921
1/46
Ridgeway, Bertha S. 1892
1/47
Robbie 1914
1/48
Siousset, St. George L. 1913
1/49
Twitchell, Albert H. 1914
1/50
Robertson, Edward 1914, 1916
2/1
Robertson, Henry 1917, 1922, N.D.
2/2
Robertson, May 1913, N.D.
2/3
Robertson, William 1921
2/4
Ruth N.D.
2/5
Schaeffer, Charles 1892
2/6
Scripps 1933
2/7
Seabrook, P.D. 1917
2/8
Stephenson, Henry 1891, 1892, 1894, 1895, 1899, N.D.
2/9
Stephenson, Martha 1911, 1919, 1922, N.D.
2/10a, 10b
Taylor, E.M. 1895
2/11
Thomas, C.S. 1895
2/12
Till, L. N.D.
2/13
Tice, Herbert 1892
2/14
Wagener, Louise 1911
2/15
Ward, W. 1912, 1913
2/16
Woods, Clarence 1894, 1895
2/17
Wright, W. Burnet Jr. 1900
2/18
Yale University Press-Robert Glasgow 1919
2/19
Unidentified and miscellaneous letters, 1912-1917
2/20
Artwork by Stephenson
2/21
Architectural designs
2/22
European travels-prints and memorabilia
2/23
WWI poster-The American Fund for Wounded French (In WWI poster drawer)
2/24
Evacuation letter & notices to leave Germany: 1914
2/25
Invitation to the inauguration of James Rowland Angell-Yale University: 1921
2/26
The 26th annual meeting of the Assoc. of Colleges and Secondary Schools of Southern States: 1921
2/27
Declaration adopted by the Executive Committee of the New York Peace Society: 1917
2/28
Program-commemoration of the British Empire’s Defense of Freedom-St. George’s society, St. Andrew’s society Chas. Dec. 7, 1918
2/29
“South Carolina”-historical pagent 1913-1915 (includes Joseph Waring, Ellen Heyward Jervey, Henry Timrod’s “Carolina”)
2/30
Commencement address N.D.
2/31
The Need of a Position Programme-Speech Evangelical Alliance 1895
2/32
Miscellaneous business correpondence and receipts and misc. financial notes 1892, 1895-98, 1912, 14, 15, 17, 19, N.D.
2/33
List of residents 1909, 1918
2/34
Memorabilia
2/35
Writings NWS (as a Harvard student) lecture notes
2/36
Dairy:
1891
3/1
Miscellaneous notes & diary 1906, 1899, 1907
3/2
( ?) 1916, 1905, 1900 (?)
3/3
1902
3/4
1905
3/5
1907
3/6
1907
3/7
1910
4/1
1910, 1917
4/2
1911
4/3
1914
4/4
1917, 1918
4/5
1922
4/6
1928
4/7
N.D.
4/8
N.D.
4/9
List of writings (novels, short stories, essays)
5/1
Newspaper and journal articles
5/2
NON FICTION:
An American History
5/3
Unknown title-part 1
5/4
Part 2
6/1
Part 3
6/2
Part 4
6/3
Part 5
6/4
An American History-MS (inc.)
6/5
An American History-MS (inc.)
7/1
An American History-MS (inc.)
8/1
An American History-American Maps
8/2
An American History
8/3
An American History
8/4
An American History
8/5
American Life-lectures on typical Americans & their problems”
8/6
Art & Science-notes
8/7
As to the Myth of American Isolation
8/8
Burr/Hamilton-notes
8/9
Calhoun notes-1844
8/10
California, history of-TP
8/11
Cincinnati, cultural aspects
8/12
The Coming Thing in Fiction-MS
9/1
College of Charleston-history-MS (inc.)
9/2
Confederate History-MS (inc.)
9/3
Confederate History-MS (inc.)
9/4
Confederate History-MS (inc.)
9/5
Confederate History-TP (inc.)
9/6
Confederate History-TP (inc.)
9/7
Confederate History-notes
9/8
Dissolution of the Ancient Mediterranean World-MS (inc.)
9/9
Emigration to America in the 17th century-TP (inc.)
9/10
English History-notes-map of Great Britain-MS Lecture notes
10/1-10/2
English Literature-MS
10/3
The Fall of the King of Cotton-chap. 3-MS (inc.)
10/4
The Ferment of the Thirties-TP (inc.)
10/5
The Foundation of Americanism: 1912 (course notes)
10/6
Greek History, outline of
10/7
How We Lost the Danish West Indies-TP
10/8
Lancaster Dynasty
10/9
Lectures on typical Americans and their problems
10/10
The Lawn Party-(essay?)-MS (inc.)
10/11
Lincoln-MS-pages 107-131
10/12
162-300
10/13
301-490
10/14
491-694
10/15
695-886 unknown title
11/1
revealed, chap. VI
11/2
final intentions
11/3
notes
11/4
Modern history-lecture notes
11/5
The Outlook for the Drama-TP
11/6
The Place of History in the Curriculum 1915
11/7
The Question of Arming the Slaves-reprinted from The American Historical Review: Jan 1913
11/8
Rationalism an Racial Decay-MS
11/9
The Roman Dominion-TP (inc.)
11/10
Ruskin, criticism of-MS
11/11
Seminar notes-the Sociological Theory of the Prominent Class (inc.)
11/12
State History in the Schools-TP
11/13
Stephenson, Robert Louis-MS (inc.)
11/14
Stephenson’s School History in the United States-TP (inc.)
13/5
Stowe, Harriet Beecher-MS (inc.)
11/15
The System of the Acts in Mac Beth-TP (inc.)
11/16
A Theory of Jefferson Davis-Rep. Amer. Hist. Rev. Oct 1915
11/17
Toyokuni-list of Japanese prints-MS-TP (inc.)
11/18
Washington-TP-vol. 1
12/1
A Portrait in narrative-TP-vol.1
12/2
What is Protestonism? & misc. notes
12/3
Student’s History notes-(Ancient History)
12/4
(Roman History)
12/5
Francisco De Miranda in his Relationship with the United States (essay by unknown student)
12/6
Account of witnesses in trial of William H. Sloan-notes
13/1
Confederacy-historical notes-nonfiction-MS
13/2
The Phenomenon in the Salvation Army-TP
13/3
English-History lecture notes-MS
13/4
FICTION
Block Theme of Paula Ackor-MS-TP (inc.)
14/1
All in Your eyes-MS (inc.)
14/2
The Allston Boy-TP
14/3
TP-notes (The Winner-MS)
14/4
Amazonian-MS (inc.)
14/5
The Ambassador’s Charge-TP (complete)
14/6
As In a Dream-part I-MS (inc.)
14/7
Part II
14/8
The Awakening-play-TP (complete)
15/1
The Back of the Shadow-TP (complete)
15/2
The Beautiful Miss Moulton-notes-MS
15/3
Belsola-misc. notes-MS (inc.)
15/4
Black and White; or North and South-outline-TP
15/5
The Black Sheep 1897-TP (complete)
15/6
Bobbie Shaft’s Gone to Sea-MS (inc.)
15/7
Brooks-chap I-XXVIII-MS (inc.)
15/8
The Bungler-TP (inc.)
16/1
A Case of Serious Error-TP (inc.)
16/2
The Confession of a Duffer-TP (inc.)
16/3
The Daytons Fortunes-MS-TP (inc.)
16/4
Desperate Remedies-MS (inc.)
16/5
Do They Mean It?-MS (inc.)
16/6
Doigeneds and the Parvenus-TP (inc.)
16/7
The Dreamers; Like Onto Like; Final Fruits;The Soul of the Earth-misc-notes-MS
16/8
The Essence of Face-misc. notes (inc.)
16/9
The Fakers-notes-MS (inc.)
16/10
Kathrine Fearless-novel-MS-TP (complete)
16/11
Final Fruits-Adelaide, Voilet, Elizabeth, Serise, Josephine-MS (inc.)
16/12
Flower of the World-TP (complete) (Flower O’ the World, Sisera, Kathrine Fearless, The Tumbrils)
17/1
Forty-eight or the Enemy-TP (inc.)
17/2
A Game of Chance with Napoleon III-MS (inc.)
17/3
The Golden Woman-MS (inc.)
17/4
The Height of Illusion-MS (inc.)
17/5
A House of Cards-notes-MS (inc.)
17/6
A House Upon the Sand (inc.)
17/7
In Nazinous-notes-MS (inc.)
17/8
The Invader, The Natural Woman-MS (inc.)
17/9
Judas Iscariot-by Martin Dexter-TP (complete)
17/10
TP (complete)
18/1
TP (complete)
18/2
TP (inc.)
18/3
TP (inc.)
18/4
The King’s Comedy-MS (inc.)
18/5
The King Dissolved-MS (inc.)
18/6
The Kinsmen-TP (complete)
18/7
Like Onto Like-misc. notes-MS (inc.)
18/8
The Loves of Six-MS (inc.)
19/1
The Man of the Hour-play-TP (inc.)
19/2
The Married Egoist-MS (inc.)
19/3
Medus-play-TP (complete)
19/4
The Mistress of the Millions 1908-TP (complete)
19/5
TP (inc.)
19/6
The Money of the Ellemeres (or afterwards) 1919-MS (inc.)
19/7
Florence Nightingale-TP (inc.)
19/8
On the day of Chuckamanga(?)-novel-MS-TP (inc.)
19/9
A Parable-TP (inc.)
19/10
Passages form a Missianic Tragedy-notes-MS (inc.)
20/1
The Price of a Soul-note-MS (inc.)
20/2
A Prologue of Arthur with other notes-TP (complete)
20/3
The Protestan-notes-MS
20/4
The Puppets-play-TP (complete)
20/5
The St. Clairs-MS (inc.)
20/6
Sheridan-part I, II-MS
20/7
A Side-light of Lafcadio Hearn-TP (inc.)
20/8
The Sinsmen-TP (complete)
24/1
The Southern Planter, retitled The Missouri Compromise-play-TP (inc.)
24/2
The Stranger Sex-MS (inc.)
20/9
The Strength of the Hill-play-TP (complete)
21/1
I, II, III-MS (inc.)
21/2
TP/MS (inc.) (reverse side on MS)
21/3
The Soul of the Earth-notes-MS
21/4
Them Honor of the South-TP (complete)
21/5
The Tigress-TP (inc.)
21/6
Transfiguration-TP (complete)
21/7
The Truth, The Despots-misc. notes-MS (inc.) Scratch letter to Randolph Harrison
21/8
Until Death, Kings in Exile, The Compulsive Play, Kathrine Fearless-notes
21/9
The Wild Swan-MS (inc.)
22/1
Without End-MS (inc.)
22/2
Will It Ever Happen?-act I, II-MS (inc.)
22/3
Dixie a photoplay
23/1
Red Lion Tavern (play)
23/2
Miscellaneous MS
23/3
Miscellaneous MS
23/4
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
25/1
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
25/2
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
25/3
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
25/4
Miscellaneous notebooks-notes on play, sketches of Japanese print
25/5
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
25/6
Christian Science Play (?)-MS
25/7
Miscellaneous-MS-TP
25/8
Outline of novel-TP (inc.)
25/9
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
25/10
Norina-play-notes (inc.)
25/11
Miscellaneous MS
25/12
Outline of play about Salvationist-MS (inc.)
26/1
Miscellaneous MS (inc.)
26/2
Novel about Taft’s life-MS (inc.)
26/3
Miscellaneous poetry (see also XXVI/2)
26/4
Miscellaneous notes
26/5
Miscellaneous notes on characters
26/6
Miscellaneous notes
26/7
Martha Stephenson-correspondence:
May: 1912-1917, N.D.
26/8
Sue Prioleau: 1920
26/9
Edward T. Robertson: 1916, 1917, N.D.
26/10
Gladys M. Buckner: 1915
26/11
George: 1915
26/12
Henry: 1914
26/13
Lancelot M. Harris
26/14
Edward Robertson: N.D.
26/15
W.H. Tucker: 1917
26/16
To William Robertson from May Robertson: 1917
26/17
To Mary from A.H. Markham: 1881
26/18
Lizzie: 1888
26/19
Family Papers:
Correspondence-
To Mary’s husband from Mary’s sister: N.D.
26/20
To Lou from Mary: Sept 6, 1875
26/21
To aunt Mary from Katie W. Mason: 1888
26/22
To a friend from Mary: N.D.
26/23
To Chump from Lizzie: N.D.
26/24
To Will from Lizzie: 1888
26/25
To Harry from Mary Cuvier: N.D.
26/26
To Martin from Dick Hoffman: 1892
26/27
To G.L. Ford from C.B. Boyton: 1881
26/28
To Lou from Edward F. Noyer: 1881
26/29
To Lou from Sister Mary: 1879
26/30
To M.T. Antram from A. Eileen: 1874
26/31
To Mrs. Cuvier from W.W. Carberight: 1880, 1888
26/32
To Eileen Cleisswen from S.E. Craig: 1888
26/33
To Sister from Will: 1881, N.D.
26/34
To (?) from Eliz Von Voerenburgit: 1881
26/35
To Cousin William from Robert Burnet: Feb 25, 1890
26/36
Reuben Stephenson Business Papers-
William Beal: 1867, 1870, 1871, N.D.
27/1
J.W. Reynold: 1863
27/2
Law license and business papers: 1845, 1849, 1852, 1875, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1863-64, 1867, 1868, 1869-5, 1870, 1872-2, 1874-3, 1877-2, 1879-5, 1880-6, 1881-2, 1882-3, 1884-2, 1885-2, 1886, 1895-2
27/3
Injunction to stay copyright
28/1
Reuben Stephenson land grant-surveyor’s plat: 1859
28/2
Diaries and Notebooks
Family diary
27/4
Grandmother’s notebook (?): 1833 (Mary T. Wright)
27/5
Grandfather’s diary-
27/6
Grandfather’s diary-G.A. Wright: 1850-1858
27/7
Family diary (woman)’s: 1866
27/8
Family diary: 1867-1868
27/9
Sermon book
27/10
Photographs (also see: photograph collection)-Family photos
28/3
Charleston
28/4
Misc. photos
28/5
Silhouette
28/6