W. A. Graham research

W. A. Graham research

Dates: 1934, approximately 1778-1921

Collection is primarily copies of original documents that Colonel W. A. Graham used in researching habeas corpus proceedings concerning prisoners held by general courts-martial. It also includes some of his writings from his research. Most of the papers deal with the court case of John André, an officer of the British Army accused of working with Benedict Arnold who was arrested, tried, and hung in 1780. The collection also includes papers dealing with other courts-martial cases from different presidential administrations; copy of "Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States" (1803 edition), by von Steuben; and three photographs of Colonel William Alexander Graham. Materials are dated from approximately 1778 to 1921, with the pictures dated 1934.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954
  • Call Number: MSS 1877
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Location of Originals
Originals: New York State Library; Cultural Education Center; 222 Madison Ave., Albany, N.Y.; 518-474-5355
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the W. A. Graham research must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1877; W. A. Graham research; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1877, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Hugh Shick and Mrs. Helen B. Graham in 1975 and 1977.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Hugh Shick and Mrs. Helen B. Graham; 1975 and 1977.
Subject Terms
André, John, 1751-1780--Trials, litigation, etc.; Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801; United States. Army. Infantry; Civil Procedure and Courts; Civil Rights; Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States; Habeas corpus; Politics, Government, and Law; United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Genre / Form
Photocopies; Research (Document genres)
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts because of William Alexander Graham's research of American history.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Graham (W. A.) research
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-19T15:32-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

W. A. Graham (1875-1954) was an American lawyer, army officer, and writer.

William Alexander Graham was born January 23, 1875. He studied at Beloit College Academy from 1891 to 1894, at Stanford University from 1894 to 1896, and at the University of Iowa in 1897. He passed the Iowa Bar that year and practiced law in Iowa until 1916. He began his military service in 1912 when he served as a captain in the National Guard. He became a Major in the Judge Advocate's Department for the United States Army in 1920. He became a colonel in 1931 and retired from the U.S. Army in 1939. During his service at the Mexican border (1916-1917) he received the Mexican Border Service Medal, Victory Medal with Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector bars. In addition to being in the military, the colonel was also an author. Some of his works include "The Story of Little Big Horn" (1926), "The Custer Myth" (1953), and "Abstract of the Reno Court of Inquiry" (1954). He died October 8, 1954 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1921 Colonel Graham researched habeas corpus proceedings concerning prisoners held by general courts-martial. He looked into the practice starting with the American Revolution period, starting with the case of John André in 1780 until the 1920s and was given access to all related documents.

comments powered by Disqus

Site Navigation

Search this Collection

Collection Arrangement

Yellow highlight indicates current location in collection description

Print View

Help with this Collection

Ask us a Question

Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts