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Collection Number: 04338

Collection Title: Emma Lee Hutchison Cosby Papers, 1898-1916

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 31 items)
Abstract Emma Lee Hutchison Cosby was raised in Bath County, Va. She married Henry Preston Cooley and taught in a private school in Warm Springs, Va. Later she worked briefly as secretary to temperance leader Carrie Nation and pursued interests in genealogy and writing. Chiefly letters to Cosby concerning Sittington, Sterrett, and Crawford family genealogy, and writings by Cosby. Writings include "Chip: When the Yankees Were in Virginia," a 700-page series of vignettes set in "Wildwood," presumably in Bath County, Va., during the Civil War, and including memories of Cosby's childhood. Also included are apparent diary entries, presumably by a teenaged girl, describing experiences during a stay at Millboro Springs, Bath County, Va., June-July 1898.
Creator Cosby, Emma Lee Hutchison.
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 Emma Lee Hutchison Cosby papers #4338, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. W. L. Wiley of Chapel Hill, N.C., in October 1982.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Emma Lee Hutchison Cosby (fl. 1900-1916) was raised in Bath County, Va. Moving to the area around Warm Springs, Va., Cosby taught in a local private school. She was the wife of Henry Preston Cosby, with whom she had one child. After her husband's death, Cosby went to business school and later worked briefly in Washington, D.C., as secretary to temperance leader Carrie Nation. Cosby's interests in genealogy and writing, which she pursued on a free-lance basis, are reflected in these papers.

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Chiefly letters to Cosby concerning Sittington, Sterrett, and Crawford family genealogy, and writings by Cosby. Writings include "Chip: When the Yankees Were in Virginia," a 700-page series of vignettes set in "Wildwood," presumably in Bath County, Va., during the Civil War, and including memories of Cosby's childhood. Also included are apparent diary entries, presumably by a teenaged girl, describing experiences during a stay at Millboro Springs, Bath County, Va., June-July 1898.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1900-1916.

28 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly letters from J. R. Sittington Sterrett of Massachusetts and New York to Emma Lee Hutchison Cosby, relating to the genealogy of the Sittington and Sterrett families of Virginia. There are also two letters relating to Crawford family of Virginia genealogy from Alexander W. Crawford of Kentucky. Letters after 1902 are not related to genealogy.

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1900 #04338, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1900-1916." Folder 1-3

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1901-1902 #04338, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1900-1916." Folder 4

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1909-1916 #04338, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1900-1916." Folder 5

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Writings include the original typescript of "Chip: When the Yankees Were in Virginia," by Emma Lee Hutchison Cosby (undated, circa 700 leaves). Also included are two handwritten pieces by unknown authors: a childhood diary (24 June-17 July 1898, 17 pages), entitled "My Trip to Millboro Springs"; and "The Story of the Ring" (undated, 5 pages), which recounts a Civil War adventure.

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"Chip: When the Yankees Were in Virginia" #04338, Series: "2. Writings, 1898 and undated." Folder 6-55

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"My Trip to Millboro" #04338, Series: "2. Writings, 1898 and undated." Folder 56

"The Story of the Ring" #04338, Series: "2. Writings, 1898 and undated." Folder 56

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