AIKEN, David Wyatt, 1828-1887


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University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library
Columbia, SC
Papers: ca. 1849-1916, 183 items and 5 volumes.
The papers of D. Wyatt Aiken contain personal, business, and political papers and correspondence, travel and farm diaries, reports, autobiographical and biographical material, articles, and other papers. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Hugh Kerr Aiken Papers, 1832-1866, 149 items.
Correspondents include David Aiken.

Papers: In the Virginia Carolina Smith Aiken Diary, 1872-1898, 13 volumes.
The diary documents David Wyatt Aiken’s travels and activities as a politician and activist on behalf of the grange movement and farmers’ alliance. It also provides a detailed account of the final illness, medicinal use of morphine, and death of David Wyatt Aiken.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1864, 1 item.
An account of D. Wyatt Aiken’s early years, written ca. 1864 while he was serving in the Confederate Army. The narrative covers his childhood, including his education at Mt. Zion Academy, Winnsboro, S.C.; his attendance at South Carolina College, Columbia, 1846-1849; his teaching at Mt. Zion, 1850; a long illness; courtship; and travels in England, the Continent, and the southern, eastern, and midwestern United States, 1848-1851.