Michael Tames Papers, PC.5106

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Michael Tames Papers, PC.5106

Abstract

Michael Tames is an antiques and postcard collector, Civil War enthusiast, and resident of Roanoke Island, N.C. The Michael Tames Papers, 1861-2009 and undated, primarily consists of Tames' collection of letters and documents related to the Civil War on Roanoke Island, as well as photographs of the Outer Banks area taken by the Tames family.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Michael Tames Papers
Call Number
PC.5106
Creator
Tames, Michael
Date
1861-2009 and undated
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research. Computer files may be inaccessible pending reformatting. Contact the Outer Banks History Center for more information.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], PC.5106, Michael Tames Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Michael Tames Papers, 1861-2009 and undated, primarily consists of Tames' collection of letters and documents related to the Civil War on Roanoke Island. Tames collected dozens of letters from soldiers stationed at forts and on ships in the vicinity of the island, as well as numerous official records created during the war. Substantial collections of letters from William S. Chace, 4th Rhode Island Infantry, and Thomas Love, 89th New York, are present in the collection, in addition to numerous discrete letters and documents created by soldiers stationed on Roanoke Island at various points during the war. Many of the letters are love letters, including most of Thomas Love's letters to his wife, and a 5 May 1865 letter from Jonathan Gable to his sweetheart, Miss Julian Grove. The collection also includes photocopies of several documents related to Chace and Love collected by Tames while doing research at various archival repositories.

In addition to papers related to the Civil War, the collection also includes photographs created by the Tames family during their time on Roanoke Island in the 1960s-2000s. These photographs depict the area surrounding the William B. Umstead Bridge in the early 1980s, family beach excursions, metal detecting and searching for artifacts at the former site of a Civil War camp on Roanoke Island, Tames and his family surfing and swimming in the 1960s, the First Colony Inn in Nags Head, Jockey's Ridge State Park, the removal of ancient tree stumps from Nags Head beach in the early 1990s, Boy Scout fishing trips, an unidentified "LST" shipwreck, and damage after Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Photographs include black and white and color prints, negatives, contact sheets, and born digital images.

Arrangement Note

Most materials arranged chronologically within folders.

Biographical/Historical

Michael Tames is an antiques and postcard collector, Civil War enthusiast, and resident of Roanoke Island, N.C. He spent approximately three decades acquiring the Civil War materials in this collection. Tames created a website entitled "The Civil War on Roanoke Island" to share his research.

Tames is especially interested in the Battle of Roanoke Island, a campaign which took place 7-8 February 1862. Many of the letters and documents in this collection relate to this campaign and the movements of the Burnside Expedition in the preceding months.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
William S. Chace Letters, 1861-1862
William S. Chace Letters
Thomas Love Letters, 1861-1862
Thomas Love Letters
Letter from Thomas Love to Jane Love, 24 June 1862
Letter from Thomas Love to Jane Love
Letter from Thomas Love to Jane Love, 3 October 1862
Letter from Thomas Love to Jane Love
Discrete Civil War Letters, 1861-1865
40784
Discrete Civil War Documents, 1861-1865
40785
Research Papers on Thomas Love (1862-1994), circa 2000s
Research Papers on Thomas Love (1862-1994)
Research Papers on William S. Chace (1862-2009), 2000s
Research Papers on William S. Chace (1862-2009)
CD-Rom with Sampling of Scanned Civil War Letters, 2003
CD-Rom with Sampling of Scanned Civil War Letters
Tames Family Photographs, 1962-1990s and undated
Tames Family Photographs
CD-Rom with Digital Photographs of Hurricane Isabel Damage, 2003
CD-Rom with Digital Photographs of Hurricane Isabel Damage

Subject Headings

  • Battle of, N.C. 1862 South Mills
  • Battle of New Bern, New Bern, N.C., 1862
  • Burnside's Expedition to North Carolina (1862)
  • North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)--History--Capture, 1862
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Love letters
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Michael Tames, May 2003, March 2012, and March 2018; and the Outer Banks History Center Associates, December 2009.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, February 2020.