Preliminary Guide to the Isaac F. Shepard Papers

Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo
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Preliminary Guide to the Isaac F. Shepard Papers, ca. 1830s-1880s

Collection number: Wyles Mss 74

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Preliminary arrangement and description by D. Tambo
Date Completed:
Aug. 29, 2000
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Isaac F. Shepard Papers
Dates: ca. 1830s-1880s
Collection number: Wyles Mss 74
Creator: Shepard, Isaac F. (Isaac Fitzgerald), 1816-1889
Collection Size: 3.0 linear feet (5 document boxes and 1 metal box).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: Commander of the 52nd U.S. Infantry, Colored, from 1863 onwards, making him ranking regimental officer (initially as Colonel, later as Brigadier General) of all colored troops in the Union. Includes an 1863 diary, Court of Inquiry Papers, and related correspondence, which document a seminal incident in which Shepard defended his troops against hostile treatment by white Union troops, was arrested, but subsequently had all charges dismissed by Gen. Grant and was restored to his command.
Physical location: Del Sur (Boxes 1-5); Annex 2 (box 6).
Languages: English

Access Restrictions

None. Some materials stored off-site, advance notice required for retrieval.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Isaac F. Shepard Papers. Wyles Mss 74. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase from multiple sources, 1996, 1997, 2000.

Biography

Born July 7, 1816. Harvard University graduate, class of 1842. Served with various Civil War regiments, including command of the 52nd U.S. Infantry, Colored, from 1863 onwards, which made him ranking regimental officer (initially as Colonel, later as Brigadier General) of all colored troops in the Union.

Scope and Content of Collection

Of special note are an 1863 diary, Court of Inquiry Papers, and related correspondence, which document a seminal incident in which Shepard defended his troops against hostile treatment by white Union troops, was arrested, but subsequently had all charges dismissed by Gen. Grant and was restored to his command.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Shepard, Isaac F. (Isaac Fitzgerald), 1816-1889
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.

Related Materials

A book of poetry by Isaac Shepard, Poetry of Feeling and Spiritual Melodies (Boston: Lewis and Sampson, 1844) has been cataloged separately and may be searched in Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.

 

Pre-Civil War Period

Box 1

1830s (mainly incoming correspondence)

 

1840s

Box 1

General (mainly incoming correspondence)

Box 1

Correspondence - Longfellow (Henry W.), 1 letter (ALS), 5 July 1843

 

1850s

Box 1

General (mainly incoming correspondence)

Box 1

Denton Estate (bills regarding improvements)

Box 1

Diaries (2 small leather bound diaries, one ca. 1845 and the other 1849-1853, 1867)

Box 1

Poems

Box 1

Speeches

Box 1

Miscellany (includes play and other writings)

 

Civil War Period

Box 1

Clippings

 

Correspondence (incoming)

 

General

Box 1

1861

Box 1

1862

Box 1

1863

Box 2

1864

Box 2

1865

Box 2

Abercrombie

Box 2

Adams

Box 2

Botume

Box 2

Boyd, 1862

Box 2

Cary

Box 2

Congratulatory Letters (on appointment as Lieutenant Colonel), 1861

Box 2

Crandal

Box 2

Forman

Box 2

Frost, William, 1863

Box 2

Hawkins

Box 2

Letters of Introduction, 1861

Box 2

McNeil, John, ca. 1860-1870

Box 2

Osterhaus

Box 2

Telegrams, 1862

Box 2

Webber

Box 2

White River Expedition, 1862

Box 2

Wiley

Box 2

Wilson

Box 2

Court of Inquiry Papers, 1863-1864

Box 2

Diary, 1863

Box 2

Documents (mainly bills and receipts; some orders)

 

Financial Records (bound)

Box 3: 1

Cash Book, 1864-1865

Box 3: 2

Day Book, 1864-1865

Box 3: 3

Ledger, 1864-1865

Box 3: 4

Receipt Book, 1864-1865

Box 3

Personal

 

Post-Civil War Period

Box 4

Adjutant General, Missouri, 1870-1871

 

Correspondence

 

General

Box 4

1866-1869

Box 4

1870s

Box 4

1880s

Box 4

1870 Campaign

Box 5

Letters of Introduction

Box 5

Financial

Box 5

Missouri Club, ca. 1872-1873

Box 5

Missouri Democrat, ca. 1866-1874

Box 5

Missouri State Atlas, 1871-1873

 

Speeches

Box 5

4th of July, n.y.

Box 5

Memorial Day Oration, May 30, 1870

 

Photographs

Box 5

Daguerreotype (later enlargement, of Isaac F. Shepard, Deborah Nash Shepard, and Ella Gertrude Shepard), ca. 1847

Box 5

Cabinet Photos - 2 portraits, possibly copies of earlier images

Box 5

Tintypes - 21 small images, female family members

 

Civil War era

Box 5

5 cartes de visite, with Isaac F. Shepard in uniform

Box 5

1 cabinet photo, inscribed "The Vick House." Vicksburg, Miss. Headquarters of Brig. Genl. Isaac F. Shepard.

Box 5

1 portrait, Isaac F. Shepard in uniform.

Box 5

Additions

Scope and Content Note

not yet integrated into collection
Box 6

Artifacts

Scope and Content Note

Metal box with red lettering: "I. F. SHEPARD. MILITARY and BUSINESS PAPERS" (in oversize box)