English, Published edition: Charles Wilkes papers, Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877.

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Physical Description
  • 6,500 items.
  • 45 containers plus 2 oversize plus 1 vault container.
  • 26 microfilm reels.
  • 18 linear feet.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Charles Wilkes papers, 1607-1959
Creator
  • Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877.
Physical Description
  • 6,500 items.
  • 45 containers plus 2 oversize plus 1 vault container.
  • 26 microfilm reels.
  • 18 linear feet.
Subjects
Summary
  • Correspondence, letterbooks, journals and diaries, autobiography, scientific tracts and notes detailing weather and tidal observations, legal and financial papers, genealogical charts, printed material, and other papers. Subjects include Wilkes's command of an expedition (1838-1842) to the Antarctic, islands in the Pacific, and the northwest coast of the U.S.; his work in Washington, D.C., preparing and publishing (1843-1863) information collected by the expedition; his capture of J. M. Mason and John Slidell in the Trent affair (1861); and his command of the James River Flotilla and the West India Squadron during the Civil War. Also includes letterbooks (1817-1841) of William Compton Bolton. Correspondents include Louis Agassiz, James Dwight Dana, Joseph Drayton, Asa Gray, George Brinton McClellan, Fred D. Stuart, and Gideon Welles.
  • Family papers include correspondence of Charles Wilkes, his children John, Jane, and Eliza, and his wives Jane Renwick Wilkes and Mary Lynch Bolton Wilkes; genealogies; and marriage and building contracts, leases, inventories, promissory notes, trust agreements, and debt records dating from the seventeenth century concerning the family in England and America.
Biography
  • Naval officer and explorer.
Notes
  • Microfilm edition of containers 1-31 available ; no. 16,501.
  • Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
  • Gift Rosalee Lockwood-Jones, Mrs. M. L. Hull, and C. Denby Wilkes 1921-1964.
  • Gift Gilbert Wilkes 2002.
  • Collection material in English.
Access Conditions
  • Open to research.
Language
  • English
Standard Number
  • MSS45716
Libraries Australia ID
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Libraries Australia

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