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Granville Davisson Hall (1837-1934) Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0042

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and writings of Granville Davisson Hall, reporter for the Wheeling Intelligencer during the Wheeling conventions, 1861-1863; secretary of state of West Virginia, 1865-1873; and author of numerous works of fiction and historical studies about West Virginia. Includes correspondence (1861-1947, undated), mainly regarding personal matters, the early statehood period, and Civil War activities in West Virginia; and typescript copies and drafts of numerous articles by Hall (some of which were published) on topics including West Virginia statehood, the U.S. Constitution and government, and other historical subjects (ca. 1896-1925, undated). Also includes miscellaneous typescript articles, newspaper clippings, and memoranda regarding politics and history (1863-1928, undated); and miscellaneous printed material from the First Constitutional Convention of West Virginia (1861-1863). The majority of the correspondence and miscellaneous material post-dates statehood.

Series include:

Series 1. Correspondence; 1861-1947, undated; box 1. This series includes correspondence (1861-1947, undated), mainly regarding personal matters, the early statehood period, and Civil War activities in West Virginia. The majority of the correspondence post-dates statehood. Correspondents include: William E. Borah, Archibald W. Campbell, John S. Carlile, Roy B. Cook, William M.O. Dawson, Charles J. Faulkner, A.B. Fleming, Nathan Goff, Henry Haymond, C.D. Hubbard, Dana L. Hubbard, William P. Hubbard, Flora Farnsworth Leonard, R.S. Northcott, Anna Pierpont Siviter, W.E. Stevenson, Joseph P. Tumulty, and W.T. Willey.

Series 2. Writings by G.D. Hall; ca. 1896-1925, undated; box 2, folders 1-47. This series includes typescript copies and drafts of numerous articles by Hall, some of which were published. Article topics include West Virginia statehood ("How the W.Va. Convention Tried to Conserve Slavery"), the U.S. Constitution and government ("The Failure of the 14th Amendment"), and other historical subjects ("Church's Life of Cromwell").

Series 3. Miscellaneous; 1863-1928, undated; box 2, folder 48 - box 3. This series includes printed material, typescripts and drafts of articles, newspaper clippings, memoranda, ephemera, and pamphlets. Subjects include the early statehood movement in West Virginia, Virginia and West Virginia history, general American history and politics, G.D. Hall and his books, and other topics.

Series 4. Printed Material; 1861-1863; box 4. This series includes miscellaneous printed material from the First Constitutional Convention of West Virginia (1861-1863).

Contents:

Series 1. Correspondence

Box 1; Folder 1; Correspondence; 1861-1864

Box 1; Folder 2; Correspondence; 1865-1867

Box 1; Folder 3; Correspondence; 1868

Box 1; Folder 4; Correspondence; 1869

Box 1; Folder 5; Correspondence; 1870-1884

Box 1; Folder 6; Correspondence; 1900-1902

Box 1; Folder 7; Correspondence; 1903-1904

Box 1; Folder 8; Correspondence; 1906-1907

Box 1; Folder 9; Correspondence; 1908-1909

Box 1; Folder 10; Correspondence; 1910-1912

Box 1; Folder 11; Correspondence; 1913-1915

Box 1; Folder 12; Correspondence; 1916-1917

Box 1; Folder 13; Correspondence; 1918-1919

Box 1; Folder 14; Correspondence; 1920-1922

Box 1; Folder 15; Correspondence; 1923-1927

Box 1; Folder 16; Correspondence; 1937, 1947, undated

Box 1; Folder 17; Correspondence with Governor Dawson of West Virginia; 1902-1915

Box 1; Folder 18; Undated Correspondence, Shorthand Letters, and Notes; ca. 1866-1902

Box 1; Folder 19; Newspaper Clippings of Articles by Hall and Article on Hanging of Associates of John Wilkes Booth; 1914, undated

Box 1; Folder 20; Correspondence and Receipts; 1861-1870

Series 2. Writings

Box 2; Folder 1; Articles Written by G.D. Hall; Contents (list of articles in folders 2-47)

Box 2; Folder 2; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "A Historic Old Virginia Town" Box 2; Folder 3; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "John Brown, The Unforgotten"

Box 2; Folder 4; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "A Son of the Old Dominion"

Box 2; Folder 5; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Texas, The Fruit of Violence"

Box 2; Folder 6; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Missouri Compromise"

Box 2; Folder 7; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Virginia Debt Case"

Box 2; Folder 8; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Virginia Masons"

Box 2; Folder 9; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Thomas Jefferson - Politician"

Box 2; Folder 10; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Location of the National Capitol in 1790"

Box 2; Folder 11; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "A Domestic Peril - Unequal Representation"

Box 2; Folder 12; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "A New Angle in an Old Topic"

Box 2; Folder 13; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "11th Amendment to the United States Constitution"

Box 2; Folder 14; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Relations of the United States and Canada"

Box 2; Folder 15; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Suffrage and Representation"

Box 2; Folder 16; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Failure of the 14th Amendment"

Box 2; Folder 17; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Constitutional Limitations - Are They Adequate?"

Box 2; Folder 18; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Is the United States a Judicial Monarchy?"

Box 2; Folder 19; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "A Sixty-Two Year Old Trail"

Box 2; Folder 20; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Andrew F. Ritchie of Fairmont"

Box 2; Folder 21; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Name of W.Va. - It was Lawfully Named Kanawha"

Box 2; Folder 22; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Virginia - Some of Her Forgotten History"

Box 2; Folder 23; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Farnsworth Charge at Gettysburg - 1600 or 300?"

Box 2; Folder 24; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "How the W.Va. Convention Tried to Conserve Slavery"

Box 2; Folder 25; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Flick Amendment"

Box 2; Folder 26; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Sowing of the Dragon's Teeth in 1787"

Box 2; Folder 27; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Plantation Life in Virginia in Slavery Days"

Box 2; Folder 28; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Color Line in the United States - Who is to Blame?"

Box 2; Folder 29; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Mormon Savagery Under Brigham Young"

Box 2; Folder 30; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Wiard Built-Up Steel Cannon"

Box 2; Folder 31; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Is It Prosperity - Is It Ruin?"

Box 2; Folder 32; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Pennsylvanian Tightens Belt"

Box 2; Folder 33; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Church's Life of Cromwell"

Box 2; Folder 34; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Dartmouth College Case"

Box 2; Folder 35; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Journalism - The Noblest of Professions"

Box 2; Folder 36; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Woman and War"

Box 2; Folder 37; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "The Fort Sheridan Flag"

Box 2; Folder 38; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Amber' - The Tragedy of Her Life and Death"

Box 2; Folder 39; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "A Peep Into the Twentieth Century"

Box 2; Folder 40; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "England Eighty Years Ago"

Box 2; Folder 41; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Inwood Pictures"

Box 2; Folder 42; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Old Spanish Gold - A Study of 'Don Quixote'"

Box 2; Folder 43; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Concerning Motion"

Box 2; Folder 44; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Monopoly - Deadly Tyranny"

Box 2; Folder 45; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Soul or Faculty"

Box 2; Folder 46; Articles Written by G.D. Hall (cont.); "Whence-What-Whither?"

Box 2; Folder 47; Miscellaneous Material Originally in Notebooks Containing Writings of G.D. Hall

Series 3. Miscellaneous

Box 2; Folder 48; Miscellaneous and Unpublished Papers Worth Rewriting (includes printed material about the West Virginia Constitutional Convention (1863); typescripts and drafts of articles, some submitted for publication [topics include the statehood movement, prominent West Virginians, autobiography, Virginia history, and other topics]; and ephemera, including an advertisement for a book by Leon Trotzky [1918]); 1863-1928, undated

Box 2; Folder 49; Miscellaneous Memoranda (includes printed material; news clippings; memoranda, including shorthand; and typescripts on general politics and history); 1919-1927, undated

Box 3; Folder 1; Miscellaneous Typescript Articles (includes articles on Virginia and West Virginia history, the Missouri Compromise, and drafts of items in Series 2); 1917, undated

Box 3; Folder 2; Miscellaneous Memoranda (includes typescript articles and memoranda on early statehood, general American history, the Bible, and ancient Greeks); undated

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Printed Material and Newspaper Clippings (includes Anna Pierpont Siviter's book of poetry, Songs of Hope; newspaper clippings on William Hubbard, Hall's books, Maulsby Bridge, and other topics; pamphlets, including "The Virginia Secession Convention of 1861" by Hon. John Goode; and a map of Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C. [1925]); 1899-1925, undated

Series 4. Printed Material

Box 4; Loose; Miscellaneous Printed Material of the First Constitutional Convention of West Virginia; 1861-1863

Dates

  • 1861-1947, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1861-1928

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Extent

1.3 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 ft. 3 1/2 in. (2 doc cases, 5 in. each); (1 doc case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 flat storage box, 3 in.))

Overview

Correspondence and writings of Granville Davisson Hall, reporter for the Wheeling Intelligencer during the Wheeling conventions, 1861-1863; secretary of state of West Virginia, 1865-1873; and author of numerous works of fiction and historical studies about West Virginia. Includes correspondence (1861-1947, undated), mainly regarding personal matters, the early statehood period, and Civil War activities in West Virginia; and typescript copies and drafts of numerous articles by Hall (some of which were published) on topics including West Virginia statehood, the U.S. Constitution and government, and other historical subjects (ca. 1896-1925, undated). Also includes miscellaneous typescript articles, newspaper clippings, and memoranda regarding politics and history (1863-1928, undated); and miscellaneous printed material from the First Constitutional Convention of West Virginia (1861-1863). The majority of the correspondence and miscellaneous material post-dates statehood. See Scope and Content Note for series descriptions and folder-level contents list.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Separated Materials

Pamphlet titled "Ordinances of the Convention Assembled at Wheeling, on the 11th of June, 1861," printed by authority of the Convention, Wheeling, Va., 1861, will be bound and added to main WVHRC stacks. Digitized version will be added to Printed Ephemera Collection.
Title
Granville Davisson Hall (1837-1934) Papers, 1861-1947, undated
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536