The Resource Papers

Papers

Label
Papers, 1825-1897
Title
Papers
Inclusive dates
1825-1897
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
engfre
Summary
  • Papers, 1825-1897, of William Wilberforce Mann of Georgia, documenting his career as author, editor, and journalist in Georgia, New York, and France. The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title and includes accounts, clippings, correspondence, literary manuscripts, poems, scrapbooks, and speeches
  • The main focus of the collection are twenty-two scrapbooks containing the published copies of Mann's literary contributions to newspapers and magazines, in addition to clippings relevant to political topics of the day. Topics include issues of American nationalism and sectionalism during the 19th century, constitutional debates on taxes and tariffs, woolen bill of 1827, the U.S. national bank, 1856 presidential election, Civil War, tobacco trade and slavery, European politics, society, and government (use Misc. reels 5107-5109)
  • Volume 1-10 contain articles written while Mann lived in Paris, France, and relate political and social issues in Europe, especially France, from 1848-1856, including European politics and government, society life and theatre, and the French revolution of 1848; Volumes 11-12 consist of editorials, published mainly in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, by Mann on topics relating to the Civil War, abolitionism, states' rights, the draft, President Lincoln, and reconstruction. Mann was a Southern sympathizer and his editorials reflected his stance. The article, "What are we coming to, or the veil removed," written in February 1863, reiterated Mann's beliefs in states rights and against Northern aggression; Volumes 13-18 and 22 contain a variety of articles regarding miscellaneous political issues, including secession and the New Orleans Riot of July 1866; Volume 19 includes copies of the magazine THE KNICKERBOCKER, 1833-1834; Volume 20 includes miscellaneous notes by Mann; and Volume 21 contains editorials by Mann in the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 1871. All of the scrapbooks were arranged and indexed by Mann
  • Also included are accounts for Maria Mann's, William's daughter, board and tuition at the Sacred Heart School (Manhattan, NY); correspondence between Mann and Maria, pertaining to her writing skills and education; and correspondence to Mann from Mary Bryan, a fellow writer. Mann served as Bryan's mentor and offered critiques of her work. These letters are transcribed and published in A GEORGIA AUTHORESS WRITES HER EDITOR: MRS. MARY E. BRYAN TO W.W. MANN (1860), edited by James S. Patty. The collection also includes poems written by Mann, biographical materials, and a copy of a speech regarding tariffs and sectionalism Mann gave before the Philological Society, 8 Jan. 1828
  • The literary manuscripts include Mann's rough notes, calculations, final drafts, and proof sheets for two publications on his unique metric measurement system, based on the "linn", a fraction of the length of the polar axis of the Earth. They are entitled, A NEW SYSTEM OF MEASURES, WEIGHTS, AND MONEY; ENTITLED THE LINN-BASE DECIMAL SYSTEM; AND DESIGNED FOR THE ADOPTION OF ALL CIVILIZED NATIONS (1871), and A NEW DECIMAL METRICAL SYSTEM FOUNDED ON THE EARTH'S POLAR DIAMETER AND DESIGNED FOR ADOPTION BY ALL CIVILIZED NATIONS, AS THE ONE COMMON SYSTEM (1872)
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Accessioned
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  • Accessioned
  • Described
Additional physical form
  • also available on microfilm (Misc. reels 5107-5109).
  • The final versions of the literary manuscripts are published as A NEW SYSTEM OF MEASURES, WEIGHTS, AND MONEY; ENTITLED THE LINN-BASE DECIMAL SYSTEM; AND DESIGNED FOR THE ADOPTION OF ALL CIVILIZED NATIONS, AS THE ONE COMMON SYSTEM (New York, 1871); and A NEW DECIMAL SYSTEM FOUNDED ON THE EARTH'S POLAR DIAMETER AND DESIGNED FOR ADOPTION BY ALL CIVILIZED NATIONS, AS THE ONE COMMON SYSTEM (New York, 1872).
  • Transcripts of the correspondence between Mary E. Bryan and William Wilberforce Mann may be found in, A GEORGIA AUTHORESS WRITES HER EDITOR: MRS. MARY E. BRYAN TO W.W. MANN (1860) edited by James S. Patty (Georgia, 1957).
Biographical or historical data
William Wilberforce Mann, author, editor, and journalist, was born March 1809 in New England and grew up in Augusta, Georgia. Mann wrote for the GEORGIA COURIER, from 1825-1832, the GEORGIA CONSTITUTIONALIST, 1832, and was editor of THE PEOPLE'S PRESS, 1838. In 1846 Mann moved to Paris, France and began his career as the Parisian correspondent for the CHARLESTON COURIER (1846-1848), NEW YORK COURIER AND ENQUIRER (1848-1853), SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER (1848), NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER (1850-1856), and SOUTHERN ECLECTIC (1853). While in Paris, Mann also translated the United States Constitution and letters of George Washington's into French. Mann returned to Georgia in 1856 and moved to New York in 1860, where he worked for the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. In 1871 he published two books on his new metric measurement system, the Linn-base system, entitled A NEW SYSTEM OF MEASURES, WEIGHTS, AND MONEY; ENTITLED THE LINN-BASE DECIMAL SYSTEM and A NEW DECIMAL METRICAL SYSTEM FOUNDED ON THE EARTH'S POLAR DIAMETER. Mann died in New York, NY on 20 Feb. 1885.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Papers
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00056.xml
Note
RELATED WILLIAM WILBERFORCE MANN MATERIALS FOR ACC. NOS. 18771, 26088, 28717, AND 31133 MAY BE FOUND INTERFILED WITH ACC. NO. 26673
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory available electronically at the website of the Virginia Heritage Project-
Extent
  • 3.6
  • 1
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Arents, Grace
  • Patty, James S.
  • Arents, Grace
  • Arents, Grace
  • Arents, Grace
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000491966
Type of unit
  • cubic ft.
  • oversize box.

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