The collections consist of correspondence, writings, printed material, financial papers, photographs, artifacts, and scrapbooks. The correspondence is largely family letters between Alexander H. Stephens, his father Andrew Baskins Stephens, his brother Aaron Grier Stephens, his nephew John Alexander Stephens, and his half-brother Linton Stephens. One group of letters concerns the imprisonment and parole of honor of Alexander H. Stephens at Fort Warren (Boston, Mass.) in 1865.
There are also letters between Alexander H. Stephens and various political figures including Howell Cobb, Abraham Lincoln (facsimiles), Ben Hill, and Robert Toombs. Stephens and Ben Hill write about the possibility of a duel between them because of an argument over politics.
Among the financial papers are deeds, and the wills of Alexander H. Stephens and his grandfather Alexander Stephens. Of special interest in the financial papers is a plantation account book of the Simpson plantation. In it are lists of slaves, a journal of daily farm work, printed rules for managing farms and slaves, and signed contracts with the freed slaves.
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