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Series I: Frederick A. P. Barnard, 1850-1891, 1977, 1991
Series I is composed of Frederick A. P. Barnard's correspondence and personal materials. The bulk of the correspondence is composed of Frederick's letters to his wife, Margaret McMurray Barnard. The letters discuss issues related to university politics and administration, family issues, and Frederick's research. The majority of Frederick's correspondence from the year 1884 relates to the Porter family case. Other frequent correspondents include John G. Barnard, Sarah Gross Barnard Porter, and the Mississippi politician Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus (L. Q. C.) Lamar.
Though Barnard was a slaveholder during his years in Alabama and Mississippi, the collection includes little reference to this fact. One exception is in a letter written to his wife on December 12, 1851. Barnard describes an incident where several students at the University of Alabama whipped an enslaved man named Moses because they suspected him of reporting one of them for "[laying] felonious hands on a turkey belonging to Dr. Manly." Other letters from 1857-1858 refer obliquely to a controversy regarding Barnard's "respect for Southern institutions" and its impact on his relationship with the University of Mississippi's trustees. Frederick's correspondence with his brother, John G., in 1860-1861 provides a firsthand account of his political leanings regarding slavery and secession, but does not address his own participation in the institution.