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Collection Number: 02613

Collection Title: Sallie Southall Cotten papers, 1857-1929

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,000 items)
Abstract Sallie Swepson Sims Southall Cotten (1846-1929) of Pitt County, N.C., was a writer and campaigner for women's issues. Cotten was a leader in both the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs and the National Congress of Mothers, through which she worked to advance the legal and educational status of women. She also published articles and poetry, most notably The White Doe (1901), a verse history of the Lost Colony. The collection consists primarily of letters from Sallie Southall Cotten to her son, Bruce Cotten, concerning family news, current events, and women's issues, including her work in various women's organizations and her lobbying activities in the North Carolina legislature. Also inlcuded is genealogical information on the Sims, Dromgoole, Walton, and Southall families; Sallie Southall Cotten's scrapbooks, 1885-1928, containing clippings, poems, pictures, and other memorabilia relating to her work with women's organizations, and to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893; four notebooks of reminiscences, 1913-1916, and a copy of The White Doe.
Creator Cotten, Sallie Southall.
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 Sallie Southall Cotten Papers #2613, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bruce Cotten of Baltimore, Md., and Sallie Cotten Wiggin of Winchester, Mass., in 1942.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Sallie Swepson Sims Southall Cotten (1846-1929) of Pitt County, N.C., was a writer and campaigner for women's issues. Cotten was a leader in both the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs and the National Congress of Mothers, through which she worked to advance the legal and educational status of women. She also published articles and poetry, most notably The White Doe (1901), a verse history of the Lost Colony.

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The collection primarily consists of letters from Sallie Southall Cotten to her son, Bruce Cotten, concerning family news; current events; and women's issues, including her work in various women's organizations and her lobbying activities in the North Carolina legislature. Also included is genealogical information on the Sims, Dromgoole, Walton, and Southall families; Sallie Southall Cotten's scrapbooks, 1885-1928, containing clippings, poems, pictures, and other memorabilia relating to her work with women's organizations, and to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893; four notebooks of reminiscences, 1913-1916; and a copy of The White Doe.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1891-1929.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

The letters are chiefly to Bruce Cotten from his mother, Sallie S. Cotten, or to her friend General W.J. Le Duc with references to her work on women's issues, news, and current events. There are also several family letters from her son, Lyman A. Cotten (1874-1926), naval commander, describing his diplomatic service in Tokyo and letters addressed to Bruce Cotten.

Folder 1

1891-1900 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 1

Folder 2

1902-1904 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 2

Folder 3

1905-1909 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 3

Folder 4

1910-1913 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 4

Folder 5

1914-1919 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 5

Folder 6

1920-1921 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 6

Folder 7

1922 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 7

Folder 8

1923 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 8

Folder 9

1924-1925 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 9

Folder 10

1926-1928 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 10

Folder 11

1929 #02613, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1929." Folder 11

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12 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Volumes consist of scrapbooks containing clippings, poems, pictures, and other memorabilia relating to Sallie Cotten's work with women's organizations; notebooks of reminiscences; and a copy of her book-length poem, The White Doe, containing a movie scenario and letter concerning the possibility of making a movie based on the story.

Folder 14

Volume 1: 1885-1898 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 14

Scrapbook with clippings, poems, pictures, relating chiefly to the World's Fair and the New Woman. 100 pp.

Folder 15

Volume 2: 1893 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 15

Photocopy of a diary Sallie Cotten kept while in Chicago. 64 pp.

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Volume 3: 1898-1917 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." SV-2613/3

Scrapbook about activities of women's organizations, particularly the National Congress of Mothers, of which Sallie Cotten was secretary. 100 pp.

Oversize Volume SV-2613/4

Volume 4: 1898-1917 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." SV-2613/4

Scrapbook concerning women's clubs and movements. 100 pp.

Folder 18

Volume 5: Before 1900 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 18

Scrapbook. 100 pp.

Folder 19

Volume 6: 1908-1912 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 19

Photocopy of diary. 200 pp.

Folder 20

Volume 7: 1913 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 20

Reminiscences. 22 pp.

Folder 21

Volume 8: 1914 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 21

Reminiscences. 16 pp.

Folder 22

Volume 9: 1915 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 22

Reminiscences. 20 pp.

Folder 23

Volume 10: 1916 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 23

Reminiscences. 23 pp.

Oversize Volume SV-2613/11

Volume 11: 1917-1921 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." SV-2613/11

Scrapbook with clippings and programs of women's meetings. 200 pp.

Oversize Volume SV-2613/12

Volume 12: 1922-1928 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." SV-2613/12

Scrapbook with items concerning women's organizations and North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. 175 pp.

Folder 26

Volume 13: Undated #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 26

Scrapbook of poems and prints. 175 pp.

Folder 27

Volume 14: 1901 #02613, Series: "3. Volumes, 1885-1928." Folder 27

The White Doe by Sallie Southall Cotten. 96 pp.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

Encoded by: Joseph Nicholson, June 2006

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, July 2010

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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