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Accession 20

Inclusive Dates

1848-1974, 2010


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

20,500 pieces, linear 10.25 (not including file cases)



Historical Note

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Massey was an historian, educator, and author. She was a Winthrop History Professor from 1950 through 1974 with a focus on the American Civil War.

For information about Dr. Massey please consult the biography written by Louise Pettus above.

Scope and Content Note

The Mary Elizabeth Massey Papers consist of Dr. Massey’s professional and organizational files and includes biographical data, correspondence, lecture and teaching materials, rough notes and unpublished drafts of Dr. Massey’s journal articles and books, speeches, research notes and photocopies and typescript copies of historical manuscripts from other repositories. Most of the material pertains to Dr. Massey’s publishing efforts, her work as a Winthrop faculty member and scholar and her involvement with professional organizations, especially the Southern Historical Association and the Civil War Centennial Commission. While there is material extending from Dr. Massey’s student days at Hendrix College (a 1937 graduate), most of the substantive material extends from 1953-1973.

Additional Notes

To facilitate the use of the collection, three special name and subject indexes have been prepared for certain parts of the collection. These have been included as appendices to the inventory. When a researcher is using one index, he should also consider the other two indexes to the collection.

Transfer of Items: Numerous publications were transferred to the Acquisitions Department of the library for review. Dr. Massey’s book reviews and publications were transferred to the Archives Faculty Publication file. (See disposition of records in the Massey collection control file for a more complete list of transfers)


The papers of Mary Elizabeth Massey, historian, educator, and author, were received as a gift by the Archives from Sarah Jane O’Donnell, Charles L. Massey and John O. Massey on February 20, 1975. Dr. Massey’s office files were transferred to the Archives on October 5, 1975.


American Civil War, Women's History, Southern Historical Association, Civil War Centennial, Winthrop


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Mary Elizabeth Massey Papers - Accession 20