BROOKS, Preston Smith, 1819-1857


Guide to Research Collections

James Madison University
Carrier Library
Harrisonburg, VA
Papers: In the John Thomas Harris Political Papers, 1856-1896, 2 folders of 1 box.
The collection includes items relating to Preston Brooks’s caning of Senator Charles Sumner. Also included is a letter of Henry Force describing the expulsion proceedings in the House of Representatives, as well as a copy of Preston Brooks’s resignation speech. A finding aid is available in the repository.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1856, 2 items.
Photocopies of letters, 23 May and 21 June 1856, from Preston S. Brooks to his brother, John Hampden Brooks, describing his caning of Sen. Charles Sumner and subsequent events and feelings. The original letters are in private collections.


University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library
Columbia, SC
Papers: In the Cantey Family Papers, 1771-1913, 320 items.
Subjects include Preston S. Brooks.

Papers: In the Noble Family Papers, 1752-1967, 135 items and 7 volumes.
Correspondents include Preston S. Brooks.