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Collection Title: Agnew (Samuel Andrew) Diaries

Accession Number: AM 88-42

Inclusive Dates: 1852-1902

Volume: 46 vols.

Given By : Donated by Mrs. John Robison.

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

Form of Material:

Typescript (eight volumes, 1852-1854, 1861-1867) and photocopies (38 volumes, 1867-1902) of the diary of Samuel Andrew Agnew, Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister, farmer, teacher, and prominent citizen of Tippah and Lee Counties in northeastern Mississippi.

The original diaries are preserved in the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The following description comes from that repository's website:

"Agnew grew up and attended college and seminary in Due West, S. C. In 1852 he moved to Mississippi, and thereafter lived in the northeastern part of the state, chiefly in Tippah and Lee counties, where he was an Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister, teacher, farmer, and prominent local citizen.

Detailed diary of Agnew's thoughts, experiences, and activities; neighborhood news; public events, particularly as they affected the locality; relations with slaves and free blacks; the Civil War, during which he was in the area of operations of both armies; Reconstruction, which was tumultuous in his vicinity; local and regional church affairs; farming and leadership in the local Grange; major natural events; frequent travels to Memphis and to other parts of Mississippi; and many other aspects of personal and public life that came within his view. There are occasional gaps in the diary before 1873 and after 1883."

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