Michael B. Ballard
Jefferson Davis manuscript material is scattered in repositories from the East to the West Coast. Some of the more important Davis collections are at the University of Alabama Library; Duke University Library; Library of Congress; Museum of the Confederacy; National Archives (Record Group 109, which contains numerous Confederate records); Transylvania University Library; Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Louisiana Historical Association Collection housed at Tulane University; Filson Club collection, Louisville, Kentucky; Miami of Ohio University Library (in the Samuel W. Richey Collection); and Rice University Library. Detailed information on Davis manuscripts can be found in the National Union Catalog of Manuscripts Collections ( 1964-), a multivolume compilation of largely unpublished holdings in libraries and other repositories throughout the United States.
Fortunately for the Davis scholar, the Rice University and the Jefferson Davis Association/ Jefferson Davis Papers Project has resulted in the collection, compilation, and publication of most known pertinent Davis material. The first volume of the Papers of Jefferson Davis ( 1971), edited by Haskell M. Monroe Jr., and James T. McIntosh, covers the years 1808- 1840 and includes Davis's autobiography written shortly before his death and a Davis genealogy chart. The first volume also set the pattern for future volumes, featuring a chronology and, most important, solid scholarship. Later volumes include pertinent items not included in the proper time frame of previous volumes. Volume 2 ( 1974), edited by James McIntosh, includes items from June 1841 to July 1846; volume 3 ( 1981), edited by McIntosh, for July 1846 to December 1848; volume 4 ( 1983), edited by Lynda Lasswell Crist, for 1849 to 1852; volume 5 ( 1985), edited by