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Collection Number: 04155

Collection Title: Lucy Plummer Battle Papers, 1903-1904.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract Lucy Plummer Battle of Raleigh, N.C., and Collier Cobb (1862-1954), professor of geology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, were married in April 1904. The collection includes letters from Cobb to Battle prior to their marriage containing personal remarks as well as information about friends, relatives, and Cobb's students.
Creator Battle, Lucy Plummer, 1861-1905.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lucy Plummer Battle Papers, #4155, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nancy Cobb Lilly of Raleigh, N.C., March 1977.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Lucy Plummer Battle (1861-1905), native of Wadesboro, N.C., was the daughter of Richard Henry Battle (1835-1912) and Annie Ruffin Ashe Battle (1838-1883). She was educated at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., and married Collier Cobb in 1904.

Collier Cobb (1862-1934) was a native of Wayne County, N.C., a graduate of Harvard University, and a professor of geology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1892-1933. His first marriage was to Mary Lindsey Battle (1864-1900) with whom he had three children, William (born 1891), Collier Junior (born 1893), and Mary (born 1899).

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The collection includes letters to Lucy Plummer Battle from Collier Cobb prior to their marriage. The letters contain professions of love, news of family and friends, and accounts of Cobb's domestic life and work, including descriptions of his students and classes.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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