Samuel Rankin Latta papers Edit


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 92


  • 1848-1910 (label)
  • 1848-1862 (Other)
  • Date acquired: 12/04/1960 (Other)


  • 1.00 boxes (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of copies of letters and journals of Samuel Rankin Latta of Dyersburg, Tennessee. Most of the letters were written during the first years of the Civil War (1860-1862) and are from Latta to his wife Mary and to other members of his family. The letters tell of his participation in the war and discuss family matters. The journals (1848-1857), written by Latta, describe his social, religious, and college activities, teaching experiences, and travels, and give his opinions on events of the time. There are also genealogical notes about the Latta family as well as the "Life of Mary Neely."

  • Accruals and Additions

    Additional material added to the collection in 1963.

  • Arrangement Note

    The copies are arranged by topic, then chronologically, as folows: correspondence, diaries, "Life of Mary Neely," and genealogical notes. The collection consists of one box.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Samuel Rankin Latta of Dyersburg, Tennessee, fought in the Confederate Army 13th Tennessee Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He wrote to his wife, Mary, and other members of his family about his participation in the war. His journals describe his social, religious and college activities, teaching experiences and travels, and gave his opinions on events of the time.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions. The collection contains only copies.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Mrs. F.W. Latta.

  • Related Materials

    Additional papers of Latta's are housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. A finding aid is available online.

  • Preferred Citation

    Samuel Rankin Latta papers, Manuscripts Collection 92, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed in 1962.