Nathaniel Prentiss Banks papers, 1829-1911 (bulk 1860-1880)
Correspondence (1860-1880), and diaries and notebooks, letterbooks, military papers, speeches and writings, scrapbooks, clippings, printed matter, and miscellany relating chiefly to Banks's political career in the House of Representatives and to his service as an army officer during the Civil War. Includes papers on the Kansas territorial question, the assault on Charles Sumner, and the establishment of the Republican Party. Civil War topics include Banks's activities as Major General of Volunteers in District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and the Department of the Gulf, Stonewall Jackson's Valley campaign, the battle of Cedar Mountain, the Red River campaign, and operations at Port Hudson; also includes official correspondence of Robert Patterson. Other topics include the Alaska purchase, U.S. relations with Spain and Cuba, the Fenian uprising, an isthmian canal, politics in Louisiana, Massachusetts, and the United States, and Reconstruction. Family correspondence consists primarily of letters between Banks and his wife, Mary Theodosia Palmer Banks relating in part to her travels especially in France, Italy, and Switzerland
Archival Material, English,
50,000 items. 110 containers plus 3 oversize. 44.5 linear feet.
Collection material in English