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Collection Number: 01195-z

Collection Title: William Cooper Diaries, 1862-1886

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Abstract William Cooper was a planter of Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Ala., and Magnolia Plantation, Coahoma County, Miss. He travelled frequently between his home at Tuscumbia, Ala., and his plantation in Coahoma County, Miss. William Cooper's diaries chiefly contain brief daily records of weather, but include occasional discussions of dealings with slaves and of life in Tuscumbia during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The events described are often illustrated with color drawings. Volumes for 1865 and 1872 are on microfilm only (originals at Alabama Department of Archives and History).
Creator Cooper, William, b. 1802.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 William Cooper Diaries #1195-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lucie M. Pettit of Memphis, Tenn., in November 1946 and Winona B. Elmore of Montgomery, Ala., in December 1950.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Cooper was a planter of Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Ala., and Magnolia Plantation, Coahoma County, Miss. He travelled frequently between his home at Tuscumbia, Ala., and his plantation in Coahoma County, Miss.

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The diaries of plantation owner William Cooper of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Coahoma County, Miss., chiefly contain brief daily records of weather, but include occasional discussions of dealings with slaves and of life in Tuscumbia during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The events described are often illustrated with color drawings.

Volumes for 1865 and 1872 are on microfilm only (originals at Alabama Department of Archives and History)

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4 items.

Two manuscript volumes and one reel of microfilm of two manuscript volumes (originals at the Alabama State Department of Archives and History.) Volumes 1 and 4 have typescript copies.

Folder 1

Volume 1: 1862 #01195-z, Series: "Diaries, 1862, 1865, 1872, 1886." Folder 1

Diary written chiefly at Tuscumbia, Ala., with references to the sale of slaves and the occupation of the area by Federal troops. Folder contains original and typed copy. 118 pages.

Reel M-1195/1

#01195-z, Series: "Diaries, 1862, 1865, 1872, 1886." Reel M-1195/1

Volume 2: 1865 #01195-z, Reel M-1195/1

Diary written chiefly at Magnolia Plantation with discussion of the move to from Tuscumbia to Coahoma, provisions for slaves, and general lawlessness. 97 pages.

Volume 3: 1872 #01195-z, Reel M-1195/1

Diary written chiefly at Tuscumbia, Ala., with agricultural and workers accounts and some political references. 118 pages.

Folder 2

Volume 4: 1886 #01195-z, Series: "Diaries, 1862, 1865, 1872, 1886." Folder 2

Diary written chiefly at Tuscumbia with references to a Democratic Party barbecue, an Africa American female preacher, a trip to Russellville, and a land boom around Sheffield, Ala. Folder contains original and typed copy. 50 pages.

Image Folder PF-1195/1

Two photostat copies of the 25 December 1862 entry from volume 1 #01195-z, Series: "Diaries, 1862, 1865, 1872, 1886." PF-1195/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, July 1996

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 2006

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, September 2010

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