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A Guide to the James W. Herron Letterbooks

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Herron, James W.
Title: James W. Herron Letterbooks
Dates: 1848-1856
Abstract: Letters of James W. Herron, a Pensacola resident, from 1856 and an engineer's letterbook from 1848-1852.
Extent: 0.05 Linear feet. 2 volumes.
Identification: PKY 88.004; 88.006
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

James W. Herron was a civil engineer at the Navy Yard in Pensacola. He died while working on a construction project for the Pensacola naval base on December 1, 1856 (Source: Pensacola Gazette, December 6, 1856). His son James S. Herron, Jr., was a noted Pensacola physician who served as a surgeon in the Confederate army and attended patients during an outbreak of yellow fever at Fort Barrancas.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the letters of James W. Herron from 1856 as well as his engineer's notes from 1848-1852. Most of the letters concern financial affairs and construction materials purchases, but there are a few letters dealing with naval matters.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Herron submitted a two page report to the Secretary of the Navy (Feb. 19, 1844 - Serial 433) on the location, plan of construction, and probable cost of constructing a permanent wharf at the Navy Yard on Pensacola Bay. Another Serial set item in 1847 includes an April 1843 report of Herron on the same topic. He also published at least one work in 1841, A Practical Description of Herron's Patent Trellis Railway Structure.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James W. Herron Letterbooks, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Pensacola (Fla.) -- History.
United States. Navy Yard, Pensacola -- History.

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