LOWNDES, William, 1782-1822


Guide to Research Collections

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
Southern Historical Collection, Manuscript Department
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1754-1941, 1 linear foot.
The papers contain chiefly correspondence while William Lowndes served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Correspondents include William Lowndes’s wife, as well as other notable politicians. A finding aid for the papers is available in the library.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1787-1842, 100 items.
The papers include correspondence, journals, notes, and memoranda of William Lowndes. The bulk of the correspondence is between William Lowndes and his wife, Elizabeth (Pinckney) Lowndes, as well as with Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Topics covered in the papers relate to military aspects of the War of 1812, internal improvements, coinage, and the conduct of foreign affairs, particularly the treaty-making power. The journals contain descriptions of day-to-day operations on William Lowndes’s plantations with notes on rice cultivation, a trip to England in 1819, various aspects of British economic life, and historical anecdotes with observations on notable persons, and national internal improvements. Other correspondents include John Quincy Adams, William Harris Crawford, and William Wirt.

Microfilm: 1754-1941, 2 reels of microfilm.
The original papers of William Lowndes are in the Southern Historical Collection, Manuscripts Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Duke University
Manuscript Department, William R. Perkins Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the William Lowndes and Thomas Lowndes Letters, 1795-1846, 8 letters.
The letters are chiefly personal and include a description of William Lowndes’s death at sea. Among the correspondents are John Connel, Robert Wilson Gibbes, and Thomas and William Lowndes.


South Carolina Historical Society Library
Charleston, SC
Papers: 1816-1817, 3 items.
The correspondence consists of three letters pertaining to an offer of the post of U.S. Secretary of War to William Lowndes. Correspondents include James Madison and James Monroe.