Register of the Nelson Wilder Collection
MS 087


This is a finding aid. It is a description of the contents of an archival collection held within the Special Collections at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web.

Summary Information

Repository
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections
Creator - Correspondent
Wilder, John Thomas, 1830-1917
Creator - Compiler
Wilder, Nelson
Title
Nelson Wilder Collection
ID
MS 087
Date [inclusive]
1862-1892
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The Nelson Wilder Collection is made up of several correspondence letters to the Civil War General John T. Wilder from some of his former comrades and the future 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison. There are letters written by John T. Wilder to his wife and back to his comrades as well. There are also a few pictures of Chattanooga in the years after the Civil War, along with some personal photographs.

Preferred Citation note

The Nelson Wilder Collection, MS 087, Lupton Library Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Biographical/Historical note

Nelson Wilder is the great-grandson of John T. Wilder, a Civil War officer from Indiana who moved to Chattanooga after the war.

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Scope and Contents note

The Nelson Wilder Collection contains photocopies of items pertaining to John T. Wilder (1840-1917). Items include correspondence, both war-time and post-war, documents, photographs, and newspaper articles relating to John T. Wilder's military career.

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Arrangement note

Series 1: Photographs

Series 2: Correspondence

Series 3: Documents

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections September 2011

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37403
423.425.2186
archives@utc.edu

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Patrons must read and sign the "Rules for Use" form available in the Special Collections. Please contact the Special Collections of Lupton Library to use this collection.

Publication Rights

The copyright interests in the Nelson Wilder Collection have not been transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For further information, see the section on copyright and publishing on the web site for the Special Collections, under "Policies".

Provenance

The Nelson Wilder collection was donated to the Lupton Library and UTC by Nelson Wilder.

Processing Information note

Collection arranged and described by Noelle Boggs, 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Wilder, John Thomas, 1830-1917
  • Wilder, Nelson

Subject(s)

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Photographs 

Box

Photocopy of unnamed persons and documents 

1

Photocopy of panoramic view of Chattanooga, 1877 

1

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Series 2: Correspondence 

Box

Letter from W.M. Shirreff to John T. Wilder, July 7th, 1874 

1

Letter from Spencer Repeating Rifle Company to General John T. Wilder, October 26, 1863 

1

Letter from John T. Wilder to his wife, December 30th, 1862. 

1

Letter to Abraham Lincoln from Governor of Indiana, O.P. Morton, Aug. 20, 1883. 

1

Letter from Executive Mansion to John T. Wilder, July 11, 1881. 

1

Letter from President Benjamin Harrison to John T. Wilder, March 11, 1892. 

1

Envelope from the Executive Mansion to John T. Wilder 

1

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Series 3: Documents 

Box

Envelope from Spencer Repeating Rifle Company 

1

Republican Ticket of 1876 in which John T. Wilder ran for Congress. 

1

Newsclipping of General Wilder's death, October 23, 1917. 

1

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