The Papers of Gideon Welles (1802-1878) span the period 1777-1911, with the core of the material concentrated in the years 1820-1878. The papers include diaries, correspondence, writings, naval records, and scrapbooks reflecting all phases of Welles's career as a newspaper editor, politician, and naval administrator. Welles was a gifted diarist, correspondent, and essayist, and his papers are a rich source of primary materials for the study of the political and social history of the United States in the nineteenth century. The Diaries series includes a fifteen-volume diary, 1862-1869, written when Welles was secretary of the navy, and a three volume retrospective narrative, 1861-1869, plus notes and journal entries for earlier periods in his life. Welles's Civil War diaries were excerpted and edited by his son, Edgar Thaddeus Welles, for publication in a three-volume set in 1911, drafts of which are also included in the series.The Letterbooks record the day-to-day operational and administrative policies enacted by the Navy Department during the Civil War including those related to the establishment of blockades, ship construction and naval ordnance, the outfitting of ironclads, naval engagements and tactical maneuvers, and the pursuit and capture of Confederate cruisers and subsequent rewarding of prize money. In addition to the Diaries and Letterbooks, the papers also include a series of Navy Department records collected by Edgar Thaddeus Welles while he was chief clerk of the Navy Department,   1865-1869.      See sample links below.

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Guide to the Gideon Welles Papers 

  

Addition I, Correspondence; General; 1860-1865

       1860-1865

       1866-1868

      

Correspondence, 1820-1878

       1860 Feb - 1861 Mar 27

       1861 Mar 28 - July 8

       1861, July 9 - 1862, Mar.-May

       1862 June - 1863 Mar

       1863 Apr - 1864 Sep

       1864 Oct. - 1866 Jun

       1866, July - 1868 Jun

       1868, July - 1874, Feb

      

Correspondents other than Welles; 1861, May-1885, Dec., undated

       Correspondents other than Welles; 1861, May-1885, Dec., undated

      

Diaries - 1862-1869

       1862, July 13-Oct. 25

       1862, Nov. 1-1863, Apr. 21

       1863, Apr. 22-July 27

       1863, July 27-1864, Jan. 30

       1864, Dec. 15-1865, May 2

       1864, Feb. 1-July 22

       1864, July 25-Dec. 10

       1865, May 8-Dec.30

       1866, Dec. 24-1867, June 20

       1866, Jan. 1-June 15

       1866, June 18-Dec. 21

       1867, Dec. 24-1868, May 29

       1867, June 20-Dec. 2 0

       1868, June 1-1869, Jan. 18

       1869, Jan. 18-June 6

       July 27-1863, Jan. 30-1864

      

Diary of Gideon Welles, handwritten and typescript drafts, circa 1910

       Diary of Gideon Welles, handwritten and typescript drafts, circa 1910

      

Letterbooks, 1862-1869

       1862, June 21-Oct. 4

       1862, Oct. 4-1863, Feb. 2

       1863, Feb. 2-May 22

       1863, July 25-1864, Mar. 17

       1863, May 23-Sept. 30

       1864, Dec. 10-1865, Mar. 3, and appendix

       1864, June 27-Dec. 10

       1864, Mar. 17-June 27

       1865, Mar. 3-1869, Feb. 26

      

Records of the Navy Department

       1861, Apr.-1864, Nov

       1864, Dec.-1878, Feb., undated

      

Retrospective narrative, 1861-1867

       retrospective narrative; Vol. 1

       retrospective narrative; Vol. 2

       retrospective narrative; Vol. 3

       Welles, Gideon. Diary of Gideon Welles, Vol. 1, 1911

       Welles, Gideon. Diary of Gideon Welles, Vol. 2, 1911

       Welles, Gideon. Diary of Gideon Welles, Vol. 3, 1911

      

Scrapbooks, 1834-1900

       Vol. 1, 1834-1899

       Vol. 2, 1842, Feb.-1860, June

     Vol. 3, 1861, Feb.-1862, Aug

       Vol. 4, 1862, Oct.-1863, Dec

       Vol. 5, 1864, Jan.-1865, Jan

       Vol. 6, 1865, Jan.-1868, Dec

       Vol. 7, 1869, Feb.-1872, Nov

       Vol. 8, 1873, Apr.-1900, Jan

      

Welles, Edgar T., correspondence; 1861, Mar.-1868, June

       Welles, Edgar T., correspondence; 1861, Mar.-1868, June

      

Welles, Edgar T., correspondence; 1868, July-1911, Jan., undated

       Welles, Edgar T., correspondence; 1868, July-1911, Jan., undated

      

Welles, Mary Hale, correspondence, 1859-1883, undated

       Welles, Mary Hale, correspondence, 1859-1883, undated

      

 

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