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Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks, 1842-1949 (bulk 1842-1886): Finding Aid

Published in September 2014

Summary Information

  • Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
  • Publisher Address:
    589 McNair Road
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
    Phone: 410-293-6917
  • Call number: MS 8
  • Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
  • Title: Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks
  • Dates: 1842-1949
  • Bulk Dates: 1842-1886
  • Size: 0.42 linear feet
  • Container Summary: 1 manuscript box
  • Creator: Waddell, Ann Sellman Iglehart
  • Language(s) of material: English
  • Abstract: Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell was the wife of U.S. and Confederate Navy officer James Iredell Waddell. The scrapbooks focus primarily on Mrs. Waddell's interest in poetry and the career of her husband, James Iredell Waddell, both during and after the Civil War.

Biography of Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell

Ann Sellman Iglehart, of Annapolis, Maryland, was born around 1824 and married James Iredell Waddell, then a passed-midshipman in the U.S. Navy, in 1848. During the latter days of the Civil War, while James Waddell was commanding the commerce raider C.S.S. Shenandoah (Confederate cruiser), Ann Waddell was placed under house arrest at the home of her parents on Prince George Street in Annapolis. Following the end of the Civil War, Ann Waddell traveled to England to join her husband, where they both remained until returning to Maryland in 1875. Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell died on January 28, 1891 and was buried in St. Anne's Cemetery in Annapolis alongside her husband and daughter, both of whom predeceased her.

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Description of Contents

The Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks, comprising 0.42 linear feet of documentation, span from 1842 to 1886, with several additional items dating as late as 1949. The scrapbooks focus primarily on Waddell's interest in poetry and the career of Waddell's husband, James Iredell Waddell.

The first volume, spanning from 1842 to 1847, is composed exclusively of poetry, drawings, and engravings from books and other publications. The poems, which predominate the volume, exist in both handwritten form and in the form of newspaper clippings. Dates and initials following several of the poems suggest that some of the content may have been copied or produced by James Iredell Waddell while he was a midshipman at the Naval Academy.

The second volume, spanning from 1874 to 1886, illustrates Ann Waddell's continued interest in poetry, but focuses more heavily on the Civil War and post-Civil War career of her husband, James Iredell Waddell. Specifically, the volume focuses on newspaper retrospectives of James I. Waddell's command of C.S.S. Shenandoah (Cruiser), coverage of his command of and the wreck of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's City of San Francisco (Steamer), and his eventual death in 1886. The scrapbook also touches upon the Waddell's time in England and events in the Iglehart family.

In addition to the volumes, the collection also includes a selection of to and from Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell, Anne Waddell Iglehart, and Louisa Taylor Alger regarding the donation, loan, and sale of the papers and portraits of James I. Waddell. Also among the enclosures is an order accepting the resignation of William Iglehart from the armed forces of the Confederacy.

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The Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks are arranged chronologically. Enclosures are arranged alphabetically by document type thereafter.

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Access and Use


Access is unrestricted.

Copyright and Permission

The Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.

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Acquisition and Appraisal

Provenance and Acquisition

Accession Nos. 108065 and 109021.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Material

Additional material pertaining to Waddell's husband, James Iredell Waddell, can be found in the James Iredell Waddell Diary, MS 144, as well as in his Alumni Jacket, both available at Special Collections & Archives, Nimitz Library.

A logbook of Waddell's vessel during the Civil War, C.S.S. Shenandoah, is held by the Chicago History Museum.

Materials Cataloged Separately

No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.

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Processing and Other Information

Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Album, 1842-1847, was formerly cataloged as MS 176.

Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbook,1874-1886, was formerly cataloged as MS 182.

Preferred Citation

Ann Sellman Iglehart Waddell Scrapbooks, MS 8

Special Collections & Archives Department

Nimitz Library

United States Naval Academy

Selected Bibliography

The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:

Johnson, Allen, ed. Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Scribner, 1946-1958.

Jensen, Ann. "Rebel Captain." Annapolitan (March 1990): 42-46, 102-103.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David D'Onofrio in September 2014. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in September 2014.

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Subject Headings

Name and Subject Terms

  • City of San Francisco (Steamer)
  • Iglehart family
  • Pacific Mail Steamship Company
  • Poetry
  • Shenandoah (Confederate cruiser)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations
  • United States. Navy -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Waddell, Ann Sellman Iglehart
  • Waddell, James I. (James Iredell), 1824-1886

Genre Terms

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Greeting cards
  • Manuscripts
  • Scrapbooks
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Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1

Album, 1842-1847, 1862 1 volume (43 leaves)

The album includes drawings, engravings from books, poems, and newspaper clippings (of poems) Several of the poems are dated 1845, U.S. Naval School, and were likely copied by James Iredell Waddell, while several others are initialled J.I.W.

Box 1 Folder 2

Scrapbook, 1874-1886, 1949 1 volume (61 leaves)

The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings, engravings, Christmas cards, advertisements, poems, and several pieces of correspondence. The contents of the scrapbook pertain to such topics as James I. Waddell's command of C.S.S. Shenandoah (Cruiser) and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's City of San Francisco (Steamer), the loss of the City of San Francisco, announcements of visits by James I. Waddell to various cities promoting the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and the death of James I. Waddell. The scrapbook also includes material on the marriage of Dr. O. S. Iglehart, and images of the Isle of Wight and London. Tucked into the volume at page 77 are three United States certificates of inspection for masters.

Box 1 Folder 3

Enclosures - Biographical Notes, undated

Notes on James I. Waddell, possibly written by Anne Waddell Iglehart.

Box 1 Folder 4

Enclosures - Correspondence (Alger, Louisa Taylor), 1949

Correspondence regarding Waddell collections and artwork donated and sold by Anne Waddell Iglehart.

Box 1 Folder 5

Enclosures - Correspondence (Iglehart, Anne Waddell), 1936-1945

Correspondence with the North Carolina Historical Commission, North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, and the State of Maryland regarding the donation of materials related to James I. Waddell.

Box 1 Folder 6

Enclosures - Correspondence (Waddell, Ann Sellman Iglehart), 1887-1890

Correspondence with the North Carolina Library Department and General Marcus J. Wright, Agent of War Department for the Collection of Confederate Records, regarding the donation and loan of James I. Waddell materials.

Box 1 Folder 7

Enclosures - Special Orders No. 40, 1864

Acceptance of the resignation of William Iglehart from the 30th Battalion, Virginia Sharp Shooters.

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