Guide to the James Roberts Gilmore, aka Edmund Kirke, Papers, September-December 1863, undated

Summary Information

Title: James Roberts Gilmore, aka Edmund Kirke, Papers, September-December 1863, undated
Collection: AC.602
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains three papers of James Roberts Gilmore, who is more well-known under his nom de plume, Edmund Kirke. Two of the letters tell of his availability for lectures in 1863 in New York City and in Chicago. Another gives his autographs as Gilmore and Kirke.

Creator: Gilmore, James R., (James Roberts), 1822-1903

Biographical/Historical Note

James R. Gilmore was a wealthy merchant and, under the name of Edmund Kirke, a well-known publicist of mildly emancipationist views. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, September 10, 1823. Entering business at a early age, Gilmore made annual business trips to the south, and at the age of twenty-five became the head of a new cotton and shipping firm in New York City, from which he retired before the beginning of the Civil War. In the early years of the War, he published several novels, containing realistic portrayals of Southern life and feeling, under the pen name Edmund Kirke. He also wrote numerous war-song and ballads.

Scope and Contents

Of the three papers in this collection, one tells of his availability for lectures in September 1863 New York City, another gives his autographs as Gilmore and Kirke, and the third is a handwritten letter from him about speaking for $50 or all receipts of the night, from Sherman House in Chicago, December 22, 1863. The topic of his lecture would be The Southern Whites: Their Characteristics, and Their Relation to the Future of the Union.


The three papers are together in one archival photo sleeve.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased July 23, 2003, probably from Bookworm and Silverfish. Accession number AC.2003.019

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.602: James Roberts Gilmore, aka Edmund Kirke, Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, September-December 1863, undated ACSC_Box 18, Folder 10