Albion W. Tourgée, Papers, 1880-1896


Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, March 13, 2002
1 slim document case, .66 cubic ft., 11th floor

Biographical Note

Novelist, magazinist, and attorney Albion Winegar Tourgée was born May 2, 1838, in Williamsfield, Ohio, and died May 21, 1905, in Bordeaux, France. He grew up on a farm near Kingsville, Ohio, and attended the University of Rochester for two years. He served in the Union Army from 1861-63, during which time he suffered spinal injuries and spent four months in a Confederate prison. In 1864 he was admitted to the Ohio bar. Hoping to find entrepreneurial opportunities in the South, he moved to North Carolina in 1865 . Labeled a "carpetbagger", he believed in the reintegration of the Union, abhorred slavery, took on African-Americans as law clients and employees, and openly criticized the Ku Klux Klan. He joined the Republican Party and was a delegate to the North Carolina constitutional convention in 1868.

Tourgée's writings include several novels and political articles. One of his best-known novels is A Fool's Errand: By One of the Fools (1879). He founded a magazine called Our Continent (later, Continent) in 1881 and also published another periodical called Basis: A Journal of Citizenship.

Box 1

Folder -- Contents
  1. Letter: Tourgée, A. W. to Rossiter Johnson. Sept. 1, 1880
  2. Quotation: "Ye suffer a fool..." by Tourgée. Feb. 27, 1882
  3. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to George C. Steele. Jan. 23, 1883
  4. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to Darwin C. Pavey. Oct. 5, 1885
  5. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to Emily Sartain. May 24, 1886
  6. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to Observer, [newspaper?], Keene, NH. Apr. 14, 1889
  7. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to L. S. Metcalf. May 10, 1889
  8. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to Ashley Trimble Cole. Oct. 10, 1894
  9. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to Mrs. Shepherd. Apr. 24, 1893 [mounted onto board with photos of and clippings about Tourgée]
  10. Letter: Tourgée, Albion W. to _____ [unknown recipient]. Sept. 5, 1896
  11. Quotation: from Tourgée's The White Christ (Pactolus Prime). [no date]

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