University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Edwin Hedge Fay:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Fay, Edwin Hedge, 1832-1898
Title: Edwin Hedge Fay Collection
Dates: 1862-1894, undated
Abstract: Chiefly includes letters written during the United States Civil War by or to educator and solider Edwin Hedge Fay of Minden, Alabama.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1370
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011


This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 ALS to Bush, James T., 4 June 1863.
114 ALS to Fay, Sarah Elizabeth Shields, Mrs., 1862-1865. With 6 ALS from Fay, Harriet Porter; and letters from White, Mrs. to Fay, Edwin Hedge with letters to Fay, Sarah, Mrs. written across them:
1.2 1862 March - June
1.3 1862 June - August
1.4 1862 August - December
1.5 1863 January - April
1.6 1863 April
1.7 1863 April - August
1.8 1863 September - December
1.9 1864 January - September
1.10 1865 January - July
1.11 Unmatched empty envelopes, 1863-1865


1.12 Anderson, Mary I., Mrs. 5 ALS to Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Shields, 1865-1866.
1.13 Fay, Edwin, 1794- . ALS to Fay, Edwin Hedge, undated.
1.14-15 Fay, Harriet Porter White, Mrs. 13 ALS to Fay, Edwin Hedge, 1862-1863; ALS to Fay, Sarah Elizabeth Shields, Mrs., 1863.
1.16 Fay, Sarah Elizabeth Shields, Mrs. 2 ALS to Fay, Edwin Hedge, 1862.
1.17 Fay, Sarah Elizabeth Shields, Mrs. Journal, 18 November 1862 - 29 April 1894, handwritten manuscript.
1.18-19 Fay, William Henry, d. 1864. 3 ALS to Fay, Edwin Hedge, 1862-1863; 2 ALS to Fay, Sarah Elizabeth Shields, Mrs., 1862-1863.
1.20 Johnson, W. B. ALS to unidentified recipient re Fay, Edwin Hedge, undated.
1.21 Stoddard, Sallie Fay, Mrs. ALS to Fay, Edwin Hedge, 2 September 1863.
1.22 Venables, Richard M. ALS to Fay, Edwin Hedge, 1864.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author’s outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author’s incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date