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Bragg Family Papers

Correspondence, legal documents, genealogy, photographs, and other materials, 1836-1946

Manuscript Collection 1257



INFORMATION ABOUT THE BRAGG FAMILY

Samuel Brewton Bragg (1802-1880) and Hosea Bragg (1804-1889) were small plantation owners during the mid-nineteenth century in Ouachita County, Arkansas.  Moving from Alabama, the two brothers settled in Arkansas during the early 1840s.  Walter Newport Bragg, a son of Hosea, was a farmer who retained most of the old Bragg plantation.  Peter Newport Bragg, Sr. (1887-1963), the grandson of Hosea, was born to Walter and Annie Bragg.  He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Columbia University.  He was formerly a teacher and principal of Helena High School, principal of Fayetteville High School, superintendent of Texarkana schools, before retiring as an instructor in Mathematics at the University of Arkansas.  He was married to Gladys Smith of Fayetteville, Arkansas, a descendent of the Engles family of Washington County.  Peter was also a veteran of the First World War, serving as a 2nd Lt. in the 339th Field Artillery unit.  John Smith Bragg ( b. 1921)  a son of Peter and also a graduate of the University of Arkansas, was a farmer and former rural postal carrier in Ouachita County, Arkansas.  He was also a veteran of the Philippines campaign during World War II.  John, a first sergeant and squad leader in Company A, 161st Infantry, 25th Division, commanded three mortar squads and two light machine gun squads.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
 

Books and papers pertaining to the Bragg family were donated to Special Collections by Mr. John Smith Bragg of Chidester, Arkansas, on July 20, 1993.

The collection was an accumulation of materials preserved by various Bragg family members.  Most of the materials were collected by Miss Kate Bragg, an aunt of the donor, and inherited by John S. Bragg upon the death of his aunt.

The Bragg family papers have been arranged in six series based upon family correspondence, genealogical materials, financial documents, legal documents, printed materials and photographs.  Some items have been removed to Box 2 (oversize materials).

Processed by Michael Richard Strickland, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in August 1993.


CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
1 linear foot (2 containers)

Series 1.  Correspondence, 1845-1938 (Box 1, Folders 1-11)
Series 2.  Genealogical Material, n.d. (Box 1, Folders 12 and 13)
Series 3.  Printed Materials, c. 1880s-1945 (Box 1, Folder 14; Box 2)
Series 4.  Financial Documents, 1836-1939 (Box 1, Folders 15 and 16)
Series 5.  Legal Documents, 1849-1946 (Box 1, Folders 17-20)
Series 6.  Military Maps, 1945 (Box 1, Folder 21)
Series 7.  Photographs, 1943-1946, n.d. (Box 2)


Series 1.  Correspondence, 1845-1938 (Box 1, Folders 1-11)

Antebellum South and Civil War family correspondence recieved by Hosea and Samuel Bragg from their sisters, nephews, and friends in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana; a letter from Annie Bragg of Chidester to her son, Peter Newport Bragg, Sr. attending college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1907; a letter written by Peter Newport Bragg, Sr. to his parents, Walter Newport and Annie Bragg of Chidester, Arkansas, during his college days at the University of Arkansas in 1908 and letters from Camp Pike, Arkansas, Camp Jackson, South Carolina and France during World War I; letters from Annie Bragg to her son, Peter Newport Bragg, Sr.; letters from Gladys Smith in Chicago, Illinois in 1911 to her mother in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  These items have been arranged chronologically.

Box 1

  1.   Letters: 1845-1848
  2.   Letters: 1851-1859
  3.   Letters: 1861-1862
  4.   Letters: 1868, 1888
  5.   Letters: 1907, 1908, 1911
  6.   Letters: 1917
  7.   Letters: January - June 1918
  8.   Letters: July - August 1918
  9.   Letters: September - December 1918
  10.  Letters: 1919-1920
  11.  Letters: 1934, 1938


Series 2.  Genealogical Material, n.d. (Box 1, Folders 12 and 13)

Genealogical materials largely relating to the Bragg and Engles families.

Box 1 (cont'd)

  12.  Genealogical materials related to the Bragg family.
  13.  Genealogical materials related to the Gladys Smith Bragg (Engles family).


Series 3.  Printed Materials, c. 1880s-1945 (Box 1, Folder 14; Box 2)
 

Printed materials such as newspapers clippings about the Bragg family, various items printed ca. 1880s and World War II materials and publications. Some items have been removed to Box 2 (oversize materials).

Box 1

  14.  Various printed materials and newspaper clippings.

Box 2 (oversize materials)

            Books and periodicals:

 Arkansas Agriculturalist.  Volume 20, Number 4, (December 1942).

 "Depicting the Nineteenth Infantry Training Regiment," Camp Roberts Trainer, Volume 2, Number 1, Camp Roberts, California, 1943.

 Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, Insignia of Rank, Service Ribbons, Decorations and Insignia of the U.S. Armed Forces.  New York: Joel and Arnoff, 1945.

 Intelligence Bulletin.  Volume 3, Number 10, (June 1945).

 _____________________.  Volume 3, Number 12, (August 1945).

 Rutherford, William de Jarnette.  165 Days, 25th Division on Luzon.  Headquarters of the 25th Division, September 1945.


Series 4.  Financial Documents, 1836-1939 (Box 1, Folders 15 and 16)

Financial documents and tax receipts of Hosea and Walter Newport Bragg.  Documents are chronologically arranged within topical folders.

Box 1 (cont'd)

  15.  Financial documents: 1836 - 1939
  16.  Tax receipts: 1876 - 1898


Series 5.  Legal Documents, 1849-1946 (Box 1, Folders 17-20)

Legal documents including land deeds and slave receipts of Hosea Bragg.  Documents are chronologically arranged.

Box 1 (cont'd)

  17.  Land deeds: 1849 - 1857
  18.  Land deeds: 1860 - 1899
  19.  Land deeds: 1903 - 1939
  20.  Legal documents of John Smith Bragg


Series 6.  Military Maps, 1945 (Box 1, Folder 21)

Maps from the Philippines Campaign during World War II giving details about the battles in which John Smith Bragg participated.  Some items have been removed to Box 2 (oversize materials).

Box 1 (cont'd)

21. Maps of the Philippines Campaign, 1945


Series 7.  Photographs, 1943-1946, n.d. (Box 2)

This series includes photographs from Camp Roberts, California, the South Pacific and the Philippines during World War II (1943 - 1946).  Photos have been sequentially numbered and arranged in subject groups.

Box 2

Photographs of:

1-4        Company D, 88th Infantry Training Battalion, 1943
5-64      New Caledonia, South Pacific, 1944
65-85    Philippines, 1945
86-160  Occupied Japan, 1945-46
161       General Braxton Bragg home, n.d.
162       Old Hosea Bragg home near Chidester, Arkansas, n.d.



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