Additionally, the family subgroups contain a wide variety of papers, including letters, invoices, receipts, account books, legal instruments, real property documents, work contracts, and other material that testify to the family's business and legal activities.
The collection documents primarily the public service career of Joseph Wheeler (1836-1906) as a Confederate and, later, as a U.S. general, and, more fully, his almost-two decades as a U.S. Representative from Ala. The bulk of political papers are letters, telegrams, and postcards sent to him in Washington. Unfortunately, Wheeler did not regularly keep records of his responses until the late 1890s, and then only during the months he was on active duty.
Within the Political/Post-political series of the Joseph Wheeler subgroup, the letters and correspondence cover such topics as patronage, a variety of U.S. Postal Service issues, military appropriations, claims and pension settlements, the development of Muscle Shoals on the Tennessee River, Alabama politics, the free silver issue, and the Spanish-American and Civil wars, on which he wrote extensively. Other topics include tariff issues, elections, education, and African American soldiers' claims.
The Joseph Wheeler papers also include letters and correspondence on personal and family matters as well as financial, business, and legal topics, the latter being generated by the extensive and complicated Wheeler real property lawsuits.
- Hull, William, -- 1753-1825.
- Lowe, William M. -- (William Manning), -- 1842-1882.
- Richardson, William, -- 1839-1914.
- Shafter, William Rufus, -- 1835-1906.
- Sherrod, Benjamin, -- 1786-1857.
- Wheeler, Annie Early, -- 1858-1955.
- Wheeler, Daniella Jones, -- 1841-1896.
- Wheeler, Joseph, -- 1787-1866.
- Wheeler, Joseph, -- 1836-1906.
- Wheeler family.
- United States. -- Army -- African American troops.
- United States. -- Bureau of Refugees, Freedman, and Abandoned Lands.
- Confederate States of America. -- Army.
- Farmers' Alliance.
- Decatur Land, Improvement and Furnace Company (Ala.)
- Memphis and Charlestown Railroad.
- United Confederate Veterans.
- Democratic Party (Ala.)
- African American soldiers.
- African Americans -- Suffrage.
- Agriculture -- Alabama.
- Banks and banking -- Alabama.
- Campaign management -- Alabama.
- Campaign paraphernalia -- Alabama.
- Cherokee Indians.
- Conflict of interests.
- Cotton -- Southern States.
- Cotton trade -- Alabama.
- Dams -- Alabama.
- Education -- Alabama.
- Political campaigns -- Alabama.
- Harbors -- Alabama.
- Interstate commerce.
- Journalists -- Alabama.
- Judges -- Alabama.
- Lawyers -- Alabama.
- Military education -- United States.
- Patronage, Political -- Alabama.
- Politics, Practical.
- Postal service -- Alabama.
- Postal service -- United States -- Employees.
- Press and politics -- Alabama.
- Railroads -- Alabama.
- Railway mail service -- Alabama.
- Real property -- Alabama.
- Rural free delivery -- Alabama.
- Rural free delivery -- United States.
- Tariff -- United States.
- Tariff -- Alabama.
- Alabama -- Economic conditions.
- Alabama -- Politics and government.
- Augusta (Ga.)
- Colbert Shoals (Ala.)
- Muscle Shoals (Ala.)
- Philippines -- History -- 1898-
- Tennessee River.
- United States -- Armed Forces -- Pay, allowances, etc.
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Claims.
- Spanish-American War, 1898.
- Yellowstone National Park.
- Blair Bill, -- 1882-1890.