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Nathaniel Russell Middleton papers

Identifier: Mss 0032

Collection Overview

Nathaniel Russell Middleton papers consist of his writings, his correspondence with his wife and children, and miscellaneous items. Middleton's writings consist of poems, essays, and addresses about Christianity, the fine arts, philosophical materialism, temperance, secession, fame, the U.S. Constitution, and other subjects, many of which were probably delivered to the students of the College of Charleston during his tenure there as professor and president. Correspondence includes letters (1845-1880) from Nathaniel Russell Middleton to his wife Anna and children concerning family matters, family financial affairs, religion, and other topics; letters (1856-1881) from Anna Middleton to Nathaniel Russell Middleton and her daughters Maria and Charlotte ("Lottie"); and letters (1868) from Nathaniel Russell Middleton, Jr. to his sister [Charlotte?] written while he was a student at the College of Charleston. Russell Middleton, Jr., discusses social outings, a "great firemen's parade" in Charleston, the appearance of the Battery, commencement exercises at the College of Charleston, and a prank played on the freshmen class by seniors. Miscellaneous items consist of a list (n.d.) of the names of educators at various institutions in South Carolina, and a page (1851) from an account book totaling expenses for tuition, shoes, and other items for Nathaniel Russell Middleton's son.


  • Creation: 1823-1881


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Charleston, South Carolina, plantation owner, South Carolina state representative, educator, and president of the College of Charleston (1857-1880). Middleton's second wife was Anna Elizabeth de Wolf (1815-1908) of Bristol (R.I.), by whom he had a son and four daughters, including Nathaniel Russell Middleton (1851-1896), Maria Louisa Middleton (b. 1844), who married Thomas W. Doar, and Charlotte Helen Middleton (b. 1854), who married Edward Padelford de Wolf.


0.25 linear feet (1 slim document box)

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Inventory of the Nathaniel Russell Middleton Papers, 1823-1881
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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