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James Shields Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0251

Scope and Contents

James Shields (Grainger County, Tenn., 1827-1856). The Shields Papers contain correspondence to and from James Shields, Postmaster at Marshall's Ferry in Grainger County, Tennessee. The records represent primarily financial documents related to The Mineral Association from its establishment in 1845 and business documents related to its functioning for several years. The Mineral Association members were John Easterly, Solomon Cox, William R. Cox, John Walker, James Shields of Grainger County; Daniel Nelson, George Pierce, Jonathan Laurence of Jefferson County; and Henry Stiner and Henry Walker of Claiborne County, all in the state of Tennessee. Also mentioned: Friendly Botanic Society and Thompson Patents # 1535 (folder 8), and the Andrew Jackson/Henry Clay Presidential election (folder 6). The Shields Papers contain letters, blank contracts, and pages from a ledger of postal activities. The manuscripts span the period from 1827-1856 and record a wide range of activities related to James Shields, the postmaster, and his associates, family members and friends.


  • 1827-1856

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


3 boxes


For related material, see also The Thomas Edward Roach Collection-Shields Papers (MSC 0808)

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

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