Skip to main content

Edward Cross Political and Familial Papers

Identifier: MS C884 354

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of, for the most part, correspondence created or received by Edward Cross. Series I consists principally of incoming correspondence, 1838-1843, from Cross' relatives, friends, constituents, and political supporters during and immediately prior to his three terms in Congress, including election campaigns, patronage, and legislation relating to mail routes, petitions for redress of grievances, agriculture, land surveys, military affairs, banking and the monetary system, human trafficking as part of the Atlantic slave trade, and Native American affairs; included, however, are a few outgoing letters, from the same period, which pertain entirely to personal and familial affairs. Series II consists of unpublished essays written, 1856-1857, by Cross' daughter, Nannie E. Cross.


  • 1838-1843
  • 1856-1857


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Edward Cross was a Tennessee-born lawyer, jurist, surveyor, legislator and railroad developer who moved to Arkansas in 1826, where he practiced law in the town of Washington in partnership with David Ringo until 1832. He served as U. S. Superior Court judge for Arkansas Territory (1832-1836), U. S. Surveyor General for Public Lands in Arkansas (1836-1838), U. S. Representative from Arkansas (1839-1845), Arkansas State Supreme Court justice (1845-1855), president of the Cairo and Fulton Railway (1855-1862), and Arkansas State Attorney General in 1874.


0.5 Linear Feet (11 folders)

Arrangement of the Papers

Collection consists of two series: correspondence and essays by Cross' daughter, Nannie E. Cross. Both of these series are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The Edward Cross Political and Familial Papers were purchased by Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries in 1979 from John E. Conner Museum, Texas A & M University of Kingsville, Texas where the originals are preserved.

Processing Information

Processed by John E. Conner Museum.



Edward Cross Political and Familial Papers
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 2023: Finding aid language was updated by Emily Ward in May 2023 as part of a project to update outdated or harmful description related to slavery or to enslaved persons.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444