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Collection Title: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter Records

Collection Number: M204

Dates: 1901-1982

Volume: 2 cu.ft.

Provenance: Donated by the Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, April 1983.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

The Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, was organized in March 1900 by Mrs. Ida V. May Hardy, who was its first president. Originally called the Hattiesburg Chapter #422, the name was changed in the 1920s to the Madge Hoskins Holmes Chapter in honor of the woman who served as president form 1908-1912 and 1918-1927. In November 1956, the members of the chapter voted to restore the original name, but this was short lived because in the 1960s, the chapter was renamed after the Confederate Army General, Nathan Bedford Forrest.

A major accomplishment of the chapter dates back to October 1910 when the chapter unveiled the Confederate Monument on the Forrest County Courthouse lawn as the opening event of the twentieth annual reunion of the Mississippi Confederate Veterans. The monument was erected through the Daughters of the Confederacy and the local camp of the Confederate Veterans. On the same day of the unveiling, the corner stone of Kamper Park was laid. The land had been secured from John Q. Kamper in the name of the U.D.C. by Mrs. Hardy in 1902. The land was given with the stipulation that it was to be improved and used as a public park. In 1908, the land was conveyed to the City of Hattiesburg with the same conditions. The tract has since grown into a park, playground, and zoo.

Other projects in which the chapter have been involved are the restoration and maintenance of Beauvoir House (the last home of Jefferson Davis) on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the restoration of the Rodney Presbyterian Church in Rodney, Mississippi (which is the state shrine of the Mississippi Division of the U.D.C.), the co-sponsorship of a yearly historical essay contest, and other patriotic and civic activities.

Scope and Content:

The records of the Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy span the years 1901-1982 and consist of two (2) cubic feet. The collection will be useful to scholars and researchers who are interested in the role and function of twentieth-century Confederate patriotic organizations.

The collection is comprised of correspondence, financial records, minutes, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, registers, yearbooks, collected items, and other record types. The correspondence is quite sparse and deals mainly with the financial affairs of Kamper Park. In regard to the Park, there are copies of legal documents which detail its ownership and control, first by the U.D.C. and then the City of Hattiesburg.

The most significant and fruitful records in the collection are the minutes which trace the evolution and development of the chapter. At the same time, the minutes reflect an inhibiting aspect of the collection in that there are many chronological gaps in the various record types. For example, the span of the minutes begins in 1914, continues to 1917, picks up again in 1928 and procedes with some regularity through 1977. In general, the bulk of the other records are concentrated in the 1950s and 1960s.

Box and Folder List:

Series I -- General Records
   
Box 1  
Folder 1 Correspondence --1955, 1961, 1969-1971, 1973, 1976, undated
Folder 2 Correspondence --Greetings and Invitations - 1969, undated
Folder 3 Correspondence -- Post Cards - 1952
Folder 4 Announcements - 1969
Folder 5 Biographical Notes -- ca. 1953, undated
Folder 6 Blueprints - undated
Folder 7 Bylaws and Standing Rules - 1963
Folder 8 Bylaws - Proposed Amendments - 1973
Folder 9 Certificates (of membership) - ca. 1923, 1925, 1926
Folder 10 Certificates (of merit) - 1975
Folder 11 Constitution and Bylaws - 1961
Folder 12 Essays - undated
Folder 13 Financial Records - Dues Statements - 1956, 1958-1964
Folder 14 Financial Records - Dues Statements - 1965-1972
Folder 15 Financial Records - Ledgers - 1901-1902, 1904-1915, 1917
Folder 16 Financial Records - Ledgers - 1924-1937
Folder 17 Financial Records - Ledgers - 1937-1950
Folder 18 Financial Records - Ledgers - 1948-1954
Folder 19 Financial Records - Receipts - 1950, 1973
Folder 20 Handbook - 1959
Folder 21 Historical Notes - 1947, undated
Folder 22 Manual (Vice-President's) - 1974
Folder 23 Membership Application Forms - undated
Folder 24 Membership Guidelines - 1965
Folder 25 Membership Work Sheets - undated
   
Box 2  
Folder 1 Memorabilia - undated
Folder 2 Minutes - 1914-1917
Folder 3 Minutes - 1928-1929
Folder 4 Minutes - 1930-1931
Folder 5 Minutes - 1932-1934
Folder 6 Minutes - 1935-1936
Folder 7 Minutes - 1938-1939
Folder 8 Minutes - 1940-1941
Folder 9 Minutes - 1942-1943
Folder 10 Minutes - 1944-1946
Folder 11 Minutes - 1947-1949
Folder 12 Minutes - 1952-1953
Folder 13 Minutes - 1954-1955
Folder 14 Minutes - 1969-1970, 1972-1973
Folder 15 Minutes - 1972-1974
Folder 16 Minutes - 1975- 1977
Folder 17 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1952
Folder 18 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1955
Folder 19 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1957
Folder 20 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1959
   
Box 3  
Folder 1 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1961
Folder 2 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1965
Folder 3 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1980
Folder 4 Minutes (Annual Convention) - 1982
Folder 5 Miscellaneous Items - 1942, 1947, 1969, undated
Folder 6 Newspaper Clippings - 1907-1910
Folder 7 Newspaper Clippings - 1914, 1929-1931, 1933, 1940, 1943-1944, 1947
Folder 8 Newspaper Clippings - 1948-1951
Folder 9 Newspaper Clippings - 1953-1957
Folder 10 Newspaper Clippings - 1958
Folder 11 Newspaper Clippings - 1959, 1961, 1965-1967, 1969
Folder 12 Newspaper Clippings - 1970-1973, 1975-1977
Folder 13 Newspaper Clippings - undated
Folder 14 Obituaries - 1939, 1954, 1961, 1970, undated
Folder 15 Photographs - undated
Folder 16 Procedures - ca. 1904, ca. 1959, undated
Folder 17 Programs - 1940, 1946, 1948, 1958, 1962, 1969, 1971-1972
Folder 18 Projects - ca. 1976
Folder 19 Publications - Brochures - 1954, undated
Folder 20 Publications - Magazines - 1944, 1953
Folder 21 Publications - Newsletters - 1948, 1952, 1960-1961
Folder 22 Publications - Newsletters - 1966-1969
Folder 23 Publications - Newsletters - 1973-1974
Folder 24 Publications - Newsletters - 1975-1977
Folder 25 Publications - Pamphlets - 1969, undated
Folder 26 Registers - 1950
   
Box 4  
Folder 1 Resolutions - 1973
Folder 2 Standing Rules - 1963
Folder 3 Subscription Guidelines - undated
Folder 4 Subscription Guidelines - 1962-1963, 1965, 1970, 1972-1973, undated
Folder 5 Yearbooks - 1948
Folder 6 Yearbooks - 1954-1956, 1960-1965
Folder 7 Yearbooks - 1967-1972
Folder 8 Yearbooks - 1972-1978
Folder 9 Collected Items - 1923
Folder 10 Collected Items - 1935, 1946
Folder 11 Collected Items - 1951-1953, 1957
Folder 12 Collected Items - 1959, 1961
Folder 13 Collected Items - ca. 1968, 1970, 1972, 1976
Folder 14 Collected Items - undated
Folder 15 Collected Magazine Articles - 1947, 1971
Folder 16 Collected Newspaper Clippings - 1904, 1907, 1910, 1931, 1942-1943, 1946, 1948-1950
Folder 17 Collected Newspaper Clippings - 1951, 1953-1959
Folder 18 Collected Newspaper Clippings - 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972-1973, 1975-1976
Folder 19 Collected Newspaper Clippings - undated
   
Series II -- Kamper Park Records
   
(Box 4 continued)
Folder 20 Correspondence - 1911, 1913, 1940, 1942, 1945 1953, 1956-1958
Folder 21 Correspondence - 1959-1961, 1964-1966, 1969-1970, 1973, 1975
Folder 22 Correspondence - Greetings and Post Cards -1959, 1975
Folder 23 Biographical Notes - undated
Folder 24 Blueprints - ca. 1955
Folder 25 Financial Records - Budget Proposals - 1958-1959.
Folder 26 Financial Records - Cost Projections - 1955
Folder 27 Financial Records - Reports - 1915, 1917-1920, 1931
Folder 28 Financial Records - Reports - 1955, 1957-1958
Folder 29 Financial Records - ca. 1916, ca. 1950, ca. 1960, ca. 1962
   
Box 5  
Folder 1 Legal Records - 1910, 1916, 1929, 1956, undated
Folder 2 Minutes - 1915-1916
Folder 3 Minutes - 1917
Folder 4 Minutes - 1920-1924
Folder 5 Minutes - 1927-1932
Folder 6 Minutes - 1933-1937
Folder 7 Minutes - 1938-1941
Folder 8 Minutes - 1942-1944
Folder 9 Minutes - 1945-1946, 1948
Folder 10 Minutes - 1949-1950
Folder 11 Minutes - 1951-1952
Folder 12 Minutes - 1953
Folder 13 Minutes - 1955-1960
Folder 14 Minutes - 1960-1962
Folder 15 Minutes - ca. 1964, ca. 1969, 1972-1973
Folder 16 Minutes - 1974-1975
Folder 17 Minutes - 1976-1977, 1981
Folder 18 Miscellaneous Notes - ca. 1961
Folder 19 Newsletters - 1975
Folder 20 Newspaper Clippings - 1920, 1937, 1949, 1956, 1960
Folder 21 Photographs - undated
Folder 22 Programs - 1970
Folder 23 Reports - 1961

 


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