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Collection Number: 03589

Collection Title: Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958.

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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 22.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9,000 items)
Abstract Cotten family members include Robert Randolph Cotten of Pitt County, N.C., his wife, Sallie (Southall) Cotten, (1846-1929), and their children and grandchildren. The collection includes family correspondence of Robert Randolph Cotten, of his wife, Sallie (Southall) Cotten, and of their children and grandchildren. Sallie (Southall) Cotten's papers concern women's rights, state and national women's organizations, women's war work, 1916-1918, the Virginia Dare Memorial Association, and her many other interests and activities, as well as family and social matters. Also included are her scrapbooks, 1892-1929, writings, speeches, and personal memoranda, and letters from her son, Lyman A. (Lyman Atkinson) Cotten (1874-1926), as a captain in the United States Navy. The Addition of February 1995 includes family papers, chiefly relating to Lyman Atkinson Cotten, Elizabeth Henderson Cotten, their sons John Henderson Cotten and Lyman A. Cotten, and Lyman A. Cotten's wife, Patsy White Cotten. Included are many letters John Henderson Cotten wrote to his mother while he served in the Navy, and many items generated by Lyman A. Cotten during his tenure as professor of English at the University of North Carolina, 1940-1974. The Addition of September 1995 consists of letters and other items chiefly relating to Lyman Cotten Junior.
Creator Cotten family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Cotten Family Papers, #3589, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Sallie Dromgoole Cotten (Mrs. Russell B.) Wiggin of Winchester, Mass., and Mrs. Lyman Cotten of Chapel Hill, N.C., August 1962. Additions received from Patsy White Cotten of Chapel Hill, N.C., February 1995 (Acc. 95020) and transferred from the North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, September 1995 (Acc. 95120).
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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 Cotten family of North Carolina include Robert Randolph Cotten of Pitt County, N.C.; his wife, Sallie Southall Cotten (1846-1929), their children and grandchildren.

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The collection includes family correspondence of Robert Randolph Cotten, Sallie Southall Cotten, and their children and grandchildren. Sallie Southall Cotten's papers concern women's rights, state and national women's organizations, women's war work, 1916-1918, the Virginia Dare Memorial Association, and her many other interests and activities, as well as family and social matters. Also included are her scrapbooks, 1892-1929, writings, speeches, and personal memoranda, and letters from her son, Lyman A. (Lyman Atkinson) Cotten (1874-1926), as a captain in the United States Navy. The Addition of February 1995 includes family papers, chiefly relating to Lyman Atkinson Cotten, Elizabeth Henderson Cotten, their sons John Henderson Cotten and Lyman A. Cotten, and Lyman A. Cotten's wife, Patsy White Cotten. Included are many letters John Henderson Cotten wrote to his mother while he served in the Navy, and many items generated by Lyman A. Cotten during his tenure as professor of English at the University of North Carolina, 1940-1974. The Addition of September 1995 consists of letters and other items chiefly relating to Lyman Cotten Junior.

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Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated.

The collection includes family correspondence of Robert Randolph Cotten, Sallie Southall Cotten, and their children and grandchildren. Sallie Southall Cotten's papers concern women's rights, state and national women's organizations, women's war work, 1916-1918, the Virginia Dare Memorial Association, and her many other interests and activities, as well as family and social matters. Also included are her scrapbooks, 1892-1929, writings, speeches, and personal memoranda, and letters from her son, Lyman A. (Lyman Atkinson) Cotten (1874-1926), as a captain in the United States Navy.

Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a

Introductory and biographical items #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1892-1894 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

1895-1896 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1897 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1898-1899 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1900-1904 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1905-1906 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1907-1908 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1909 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1910-1911 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1912 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1913 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1914-1915 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1916-1917 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1918-1920 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1921-1922 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1923 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1924-1926 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1927-1950 #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Undated #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20a-24

Sallie Southall Cotten Papers #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 20a-24

Includes writings, speeches, miscellaneous notes and printed ephemera of Sallie Southall Cotten.

Folder 25-28

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Virginia Dare and Roanoke Island materials #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 25-28

Folder 29-33

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Clippings #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 29-33

Image Folder PF-3589/1-5

PF-3589/1

PF-3589/2

PF-3589/3

PF-3589/4

PF-3589/5

Photographs #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." PF-3589/1-5

Folder 34-37

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Printed material #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 34-37

Folder 38

Volume 1: Arm Chair Travels #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 38

The North Carolina College for Women Extension Bulletin, May 1924, outlining club program. Includes information about club meetings and a poem added by Mrs. R.R. Cotten.

Folder 39

Volume 2: Kate Virginia Way McMullen #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." Folder 39

Overwritten with notes by Mrs. R.R. Cotten about the Cotten family and her own life and life in general.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-3589/1b

Oversize papers #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." OPF-3589/1b

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-3589/1a

Oversize papers #03589, Series: "Cotten Family Papers, 1892-1958 and undated." X-OPF-3589/1a

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of February 1995 (Acc. 95020), 1900s-1990s.

About 8,000 (19.5 linear feet).

This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

Processing Note: Unprocessed.

Family papers, chiefly relating to Lyman Atkinson Cotten, Elizabeth Henderson Cotten, their sons John Henderson Cotten and Lyman A. Cotten, and Lyman A. Cotten's wife, Patsy White Cotten. Included are many letters John Henderson Cotten wrote to his mother while he served in the Navy, and many items generated by Lyman A. Cotten during his tenure as professor of English at the University of North Carolina, 1940-1974.

Box 5

Materials chiefly relating to Lyman A. Cotten and Elizabeth Henderson Cotten #03589, Subseries: "Addition of February 1995 (Acc. 95020), 1900s-1990s." Box 5

Box 6-9

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Materials chiefly relating to John Henderson Cotten, Elizabeth Henderson Cotten, Patsy White Cotten, and other family members #03589, Subseries: "Addition of February 1995 (Acc. 95020), 1900s-1990s." Box 6-9

Box 10-17

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Box 17

Materials chiefly relating to Lyman A. Cotten's tenure as professor of English at the University of North Carolina #03589, Subseries: "Addition of February 1995 (Acc. 95020), 1900s-1990s." Box 10-17

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About 10 items.

This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

Processing Note: Unprocessed

Letters and other items chiefly relating to Lyman Cotten, Jr.

Box 17

Addition of September 1995 #03589, Subseries: "Addition of September 1995 (Acc. 95120), 1900s-1960." Box 17

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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