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Collection Number: 00778

Collection Title: Copp Family Papers, 1820-1917 (bulk 1820-1850).

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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 200 items)
Abstract Members of the Copp family resided in Savannah, Ga. The collection includes correspondence and other papers, chiefly 1820-1850, of members of the Copp family. Correspondence, 1820-1850, consists primarily of letters to D. D. Copp (died 1856?) of Savannah from his brothers Joseph A. Copp and William J. Copp, and his friend, A. H. (Alexander Hamilton) Avery, as well as one letter each from his brothers, Belton A. Copp of Groton, Conn., and George Copp of Plymouth, Lowndes County, Miss., and a few other letters. Joseph A. Copp, apparently a minister, wrote from Sag Harbour, Long Island, N.Y., primarily about religious matters. William J. Copp wrote first from Winchester, Tenn., about his decision to study and practice law, and about economic problems, the currency issue, and presidential politics in Tennessee; later from Aberdeen, Miss., primarily about family matters; and still later from Prescott, Wisc., again about family matters. Alexander Hamilton Avery wrote from Springfield [Mass.?], about his business there and comparing life there to life in Savannah. Other papers include a letter, 21 August 1861, from Charles Copp at Camp Mercer, Tybee Island, Ga., about camp life; papers of Mary Copp Wilbur, 1866-1900, about her family, local charities, and Presbyterian Sunday School matters; and manuscript poems and fiction by Fedora Isabel Copp Wilbur concerning Civil War and Reconstruction issues and other matters.
Creator Copp family.
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 Copp Family Papers, #778, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Schuyler Brandt, 1935, and purchased from her, 1952.
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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Members of the Copp family of Savannah, Ga., included D. D. Copp (died 1856?); his brothers, Joseph Addison Copp, apparently a minister, and William J. Copp, a lawyer; Belton A. Copp of Groton, Conn.; George Copp of Plymouth, Miss.; Charles Copp, a Confederate soldier; Mary E. Copp Wilbur; and Fedora Isabel Copp Wilbur.

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The collection includes correspondence and other papers, chiefly 1820-1850, of members of the Copp family of Savannah, Ga. Correspondence, 1820-1850, consists primarily of letters to D. D. Copp (d. 1856?) of Savannah from his brothers Joseph A. Copp and William J. Copp, and his friend, A. H. (Alexander Hamilton) Avery, as well as one letter each from his brothers, Belton A. Copp of Groton, Conn., and George Copp of Plymouth, Lowndes County, Miss., and a few other letters. Joseph A. Copp, apparently a minister, wrote from Sag Harbour, Long Island, N.Y., primarily about religious matters. William J. Copp wrote first from Winchester, Tenn., about his decision to study and practice law, and about economic problems, the currency issue, and presidential politics in Tennessee; later from Aberdeen, Miss., primarily about family matters; and still later from Prescott, Wisc., again about family matters. Alexander Hamilton Avery wrote from Springfield [Mass.?], about his business there and comparing life there to life in Savannah. Other papers include a letter, 21 August 1861, from Charles Copp at Camp Mercer, Tybee Island, Ga., about camp life; papers of Mary Copp Wilbur, 1866-1900, about her family, local charities, and Presbyterian Sunday School matters; and manuscript poems and fiction by Fedora Isabel Copp Wilbur concerning Civil War and Reconstruction issues and other matters.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

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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