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W. B. Augustus Papers

Identifier: MSS-156

Scope and Contents

First accession includes the following letters: Governor John M. Stone to W. B. Augustus, Sept. 9, 1881 (photocopy); Blanche Colton Williams, London, to Anne H. Augustus, Aug. 1, 1938. Documents: draft of resolution by W.B. Augustus concerning secession (photocopy); appointment of W. B. Augustus as trustee of A & M College, 1878. Clippings (2). Periodicals: Confederate Veteran, Feb. 1905; Alumni Bulletin of the University of Virginia, Apr. 1923; A Christmas Book, edited by Blanche C. Williams; Lippincott's Magazine, 1880, concerning Sherwood Bonner.

The second accession includes miscellaneous family papers including a marriage certificate, World War II ration books, and genealogical materials relating to the Augustus family.


  • 1860 - 1938


Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note

William Baldwin Augustus was born on 22 February 1830 in Monticello, Pike County, Alabama to George B. Augustus (1802-1850) and Mahala Colbert Augustus (1809-1891). He had three wives throughout his life: Shadie Ann Brooks Augustus (1837-1861; m. 1855), Mary Ann Clemens Augustus (1846-1872; m. 1868), and Kate Hooper Brantley Augustus (1842-1812; m. 1875). He fathered six children, one of whom died in infancy: Eliza B. Augustus Miller (1856-1892); Shadie Brooks Augusts Smith (1860-1943); Henrietta Longstreet Augusts (1869-1872); Infant Son Augustus (1872-1872); George Baldwin Augustus (1876-1967); and Gertrude Augustus Dent (1883-1942). W. B. Augustus spent most of his life in Noxubee County, Mississippi. He died on 19 September 1909, aged 79, in Noxubee County. He is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, located in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi.


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Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into two parts. The first part is the first accession donated by the Augustus sisters. It is made up of family papers and periodicals; these items are arranged by subject then chronologically in ascending order. The second part represents the portion donated by Gregory. These materials include papers related to the Augustus family. These items are arranged by subject then chronologically in ascending order by folder.


The first accession of this collection was donated by Anne Augustus and Kate Augustus (date uncertain). The second accession was donated by Kate Gregory in July 2020.

W. B. Augustus papers
JM edited 2024
June 2012 and March 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository