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Joseph Rucker and Clarinda Pendleton Lamar papers

Joseph Rucker and Clarinda Pendleton Lamar papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Rucker and Clarinda Pendleton Lamar papers
Creator: Lamar, Clarinda Pendleton, 1856-1943
Creator: Lamar, Joseph Rucker, 1857-1916
Inclusive Dates: 1792-1936
Bulk Dates: 1910-1915
Language(s): English
Extent: 12.5 Linear Feet 11 document boxes, 3 half boxes, 6 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder
Collection Number: ms22
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Joseph Rucker Lamar, son of the Rev. James Sanford Lamar (minister of the Disciples of Christ) and Mary Margaret (Rucker) Lamar, was born in Ruckersville, Elbert County, Georgia on October 14, 1857 and died in Washington, D.C. on January 2, 1916. He was raised in Augusta, Georgia next door to Woodrow Wilson (the 28th President of the Unites States); educated at Bethany College, West Virginia and Washington & Lee University, Virginia; practiced law in Augusta, Georgia; served in Georgia Supreme Court (1901-1905); and was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Taft in 1911 and served until his death in 1916. Justice Lamar was a writer and historian, served in State Legislature from 1886 to 1889, and was often in demand as a speaker. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi as were other members of the court. He published First Days of St. Paul's Parish, Augusta, GA (1910?), Trustees of Richmond Academy of Augusta, Georgia... and The Code of the State of Georgia in two volumes in 1896.

Clarinda Pendleton Lamar (1856-1943), daughter of William Kimbrough Pendleton (President of Bethany College) and Catherine Huntington (King) Lamar and the wife of Joseph Rucker Lamar, was born in Bethany, West Virginia on August 25, 1856 and died in Atlanta, Georgia on April 27, 1943. Mrs. Lamar held the office of President of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America between 1914 and 1927, and was instrumental in the preservation of Sulgrave Manor in England (the ancestral home of George Washington), Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C. (headquarters of The National Society), and Gunston Hall (the home of George Mason). She published A History of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in 1934. She served on many boards of directors and was on the executive committee for Georgia's bicentennial. Her The Life of Joseph Rucker Lamar 1857-1916, published in 1926 was very well received.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the papers of Joseph Rucker and Clarinda Pendleton Lamar from 1792-1936 and includes correspondence, scrapbooks, certificates, engagement books, invitations, speeches, and telegrams pertaining to Joseph Lamar's service on the Georgia and U.S. Supreme Courts; Clarinda Lamar's involvement with the Colonial Dames of America; and the Lamars' personal and public life in Augusta, Georgia and Washington, D.C.

Correspondents of Justice Lamar, many of whom also continued to correspond with Mrs. Lamar after his death, included Augusta friends W. H. Barrett, J. C. C. Black, E. H. Callaway, Ed. B. Hook and Andrew J. Cobb of Athens. Other notables included Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James A. Garfield, William Jennings Bryan, and Octave Thanet (pseudonym of author Alice French). Mrs. Lamar also corresponded with Helen Taft, Mary Custis Lee, Edith Bolling Wilson, Martha Berry, Daisy Low (Juliette Gordon), and Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged into eight series by content and/or record type:

Joseph Rucker Lamar papers; Clarinda Lamar papers; printed material by or about the Supreme Court and Justice Lamar; ledgers; historical material; graphic materials; cards; and scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Rucker and Clarinda Pendleton Lamar papers. MS 22. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Clarinda Pendleton Lamar in 1938.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 March 18.

General Notes

Digitization funded by Historic Augusta, Inc. through a grant from The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Augusta (Ga.) -- Social life and customs.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Georgia. Supreme Court
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948
Judges -- Georgia.
Judges -- United States.
Lee, Mary Custis, 1835-1918
Low, Juliette Gordon, 1860-1927
Minerva (Ship : 1800-1807)
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
Patriotic societies -- United States.
Pendleton, Nathaniel
Shipping -- Georgia.
Slave bills of sale -- Georgia.
Slavery -- Georgia -- History.
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain)
Taft, Helen Herron, 1861-1943
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
Thanet, Octave, 1850-1934
United States. Supreme Court
Washington (D.C.) -- Social life and customs.
Wilson, Edith Bolling Galt, 1872-1961
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
Women -- Georgia -- Societies and clubs.
Women -- Societies and clubs.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Joseph Rucker Lamar papers

11Correspondence, 1877-1899
12Correspondence, 1900 Access Online
13Correspondence, 1901-1902 Access Online
Includes speech to Ladies' Memorial Association, Athens on Private Soldier of the Confederacy letters from George Foster Peabody, Walter B. Hill
14Correspondence, 1903 Access Online
Includes certificate of appointment to the Georgia Supreme Court.
15Correspondence, 1904 Access Online
16Correspondence, 1905 Access Online
17Correspondence, 1909 Access Online
18Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
Letters from Governor Joseph M. Brown, Senator Bacon in support of Lamar's appointment U. S. Supreme Court.
19Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
110Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
111Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
Includes letters form Governor Joseph M. Brown and Tom Watson - certificate of U.S. Court appointment in folio.
21Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
telegrams re appointment to court
22Correspondence, 1911 Access Online
lots of invitations to social events
23Correspondence, 1911 Access Online
includes W. H. Taft letters
24Correspondence, 1911 Access Online
honorary degrees
25Correspondence, 1911-1914 Access Online
Augusta Bar Association correspondence
26Correspondence, 1912 Access Online
Woodrow Wilson letter
27Correspondence, 1913-1914 Access Online
28Correspondence, 1915 January - March Access Online
includes Henry Ford letter & Alice French letter
29Correspondence, 1915 March 10 - August Access Online
210Correspondence, 1915 September - 22 October Access Online
31Correspondence, 1915 October - December Access Online
Includes letters to Justice & responses due his illness
32Opinions of Supreme Court; picture of 1911 court Access Online
33Leo Frank case Access Online
Supreme Court of the United States Leo M. Frank, plaintiff-in-error, against the State of Georgia on a motion for leave to file an application for a writ of error. Brief for motion. Louis Marshall, Henry C. Peeples, Henry A. Alexander, Counsel for Petitioner.
34Addresses: to Georgia Society of New York; laying of cornerstone at American Red Cross building Access Online
35Biographical Sketches Access Online
36Miscellaneous Georgia Documents - Typescripts Access Online
37Notes on Georgia history used in addresses Access Online
38Photostats of story on John B. Lamar, "The Experience of the Blacksmith" Access Online
1ACertificates of appointment to U. S. Supreme Court

2. Clarinda Lamar papers

Includes correspondence from W. H. Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Daisy Low [Juliette Gordon], League of Nations Association, Colonial Ancestry of General Lee, Camp Juliette Low, Inc., Georgia Bicentennial Committee & others, correspondence related to Colonial Dames of America, National Defense organizations.
39Correspondence, 1895-1903 Access Online
310Correspondence, 1908 Access Online
311Correspondence, 1909 Access Online
312Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
41Correspondence, 1910 Access Online
42Correspondence, 1911 Access Online
43Correspondence, 1912-1914 Access Online
44Correspondence, 1915 Access Online
Mary Custis Lee letter, W. H. Taft letter
45Correspondence, 1916 Access Online
Woodrow Wilson letter & telegram
46Correspondence, 1916 Access Online
Mary Custis Lee, Edith Bolling Wilson letters
47Correspondence, 1917-1918 Access Online
W. H. Taft letter
48Correspondence, 1918 Access Online
Franklin D. Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy
49Correspondence, 1919-1920 Access Online
letter from YMCA employee, Paris, re post-war situation
410Correspondence, 1917-1920 Access Online
Council of National Defense
411Correspondence, 1921 Access Online
W.H. Taft letter
412Correspondence, 1922 Access Online
413Correspondence, 1923 Access Online
414Correspondence, 1924 Access Online
Martha Berry letter
415Correspondence, 1925 Access Online
51Correspondence, 1926 Access Online
W. H. Taft letter
52Correspondence, 1927 Access Online
W. H. Taft letter
53Correspondence, 1928 Access Online
Eleanor Roosevelt letter
54Correspondence, 1929 Access Online
55Correspondence, 1930 Access Online
56Correspondence, 1931 Access Online
57Correspondence, 1932 Access Online
58Correspondence, 1933 Access Online
Georgia Bicentennial
59Correspondence, 1933-1938 Access Online
Martha Berry letter
510Miscellaneous Documents Access Online
Biography of Clarinda; Woodrow Wilson wedding invitation; Sulgrave Manor ceremonies, Colonial Dames, photos, invitations, programs etc.
511Correspondence, Sulgrave Manor Access Online
61Miscellaneous, undated Access Online

3. Printed material

62The Saturday Evening Post, p 12 +, August 16, 1913 Access Online
62 The Augusta Bar , undated (2 copies)
62Church Bells v IV, no 8, p 4-8, January 1911 (2 copies)
62The Literary Digest, p 1181-1183, December 10, 1910
62The World's Work, p 13934, 13948, February 1911
62The American Red Cross Magazine, p 169-174, May 1915
26 The World's Work , April 1914
62Boletin de la Union Panamericana, p 390-405, September 1914
62 The Federal Register , October 21, 1915
photo, back cover
62Liberty, A Magazine of Religious Freedom, p 22, 1914
62The Independent, p 456, March 2, 1911
62The February Outlook Magazine, p 148, 156-64, No 1911
62The American Review of Reviews, p 147-8; 168-70, February 1911
62The American Bar Association Journal, p 15, January 1916
62Yale Alumni Weekly, Commencement, p 985, 998-1000, 1911
63 Proceedings of the Bar and Officers of the Supreme Court of the United States in Memory of Joseph Rucker Lamar , May 27, 1916 (3 copies) Access Online

4. Ledgers

71Visiting lists, Mrs. Lamar, 1911 Access Online
72Articles written for newspapers, legislature, Citizens Reform Movement etc.; student papers from Bethany College, 1877-1889 Access Online
73Visiting Lists Mrs. Lamar, 1911-15 Access Online
74Engagement book, 1912 Access Online
75Engagement book, 1913 Access Online

5. Historic material

81Letter, Alexander Hamilton, August 15, 1792 Access Online
82Nathan Pendleton letter signed, September 18, 1792 Access Online
83Anthony Stokes, narrative, re conduct, London, 1784 (typescript)
84Religious tracts, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1813 (typescript)
85Mrs. Frances Shaftoe, "Popish Intrigues..." London, 1745 (manuscript copy)
86State of Georgia re Sloop Polly, 1777 (typescript)
87ALS James A Garfield, 1879 Access Online
88Miscellaneous Georgia documents: Robert Middleton land deed, Washington County, 1790
88John White v Peter Knight, Court of Admiralty, 1777
88Slave sale to James Austin, 1827
88ALS Robert Turnbull, 1853
89Documents from London (copies)
includes Oglethorpe's will
810Augusta Chronicle, May 3, 1912 and September 20, 1823

6. Graphic materials

9Photographs of Rome, Italy sites; literary prints from Dickens' works

7. Cards

10Visitor's cards, 1912-14
11Visitor's cards, 1912-14
12Visitor's cards, 1912-14
13Invitations, cards, miscellaneous, 1911-16
14Invitations, cards, miscellaneous, 1911-16
18Invitations, visitor's cards, 1911-1912
19Invitations, vistor's cards, miscellaneous, 1911-1916
20Invitations, miscellaneous, 1911-1916

8. Scrapbooks

Articles written for newspapers, Legislature & Citizens Reform movement, 1877-1889; Good citizenship, public service, legal matters, Pres. Young Men's Business League for Augusta, Codification of Georgia Laws, speeches, addresses at Bar Association meetings, address at Athens, appointed Georgia Supreme Court, family notes, 1890-1904; Resignation from Georgia Supreme Court & return to Augusta, cases, appointment to U. S. Supreme Court, opinions, degree from Yale University, sinking of the Titanic, Pres. Wilson's inauguration, 1905-1914; The ABC Conference at Niagara Falls (Mediation-A), 1914; The ABC Conference at Niagara Falls (Mediation-B), 1914; The Frank Case,; opinions; laying corner stone American Red Cross building; last illness & death; editorial comment, 1914-1916; Clippings from national newspapers, 1916; Clippings from newspapers in Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, tributes & memorials in later years, 1916-17 1930-34; Clarinda Pendleton Lamar: scrapbooks, 1879-1936 1930-1936
151Entertainments, to and by the Lamars, lists of guests, menus, etc. (Datebook), 1910-1915 Access Online
152Scrapbook, 1879-1936
153Scrapbook, 1930-1936
154Scrapbook, 1890-1904
161Scrapbook, 1914
162Scrapbook, 1914
163Scrapbook, 1905-1914
164Scrapbook, 1914-1916
171Scrapbook, 1916
172Scrapbook, 1916, 1917, 1930-1934