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Collection Number: P0005

Collection Title: Bruce Cotten Collection, circa 1837-1908

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Image from the collection

"The War in America: Interior of Fort Fisher, Near Wilmington, During the Second Bombardment," 18 March 1865; P0005/0037, in the Bruce Cotten Image Collection (P0005), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 62 items)
Abstract Bruce Cotten (1873-1954) was born in Wilson, N.C., and over his lifetime became a serious collector of books and other materials related to North Carolina. The Bruce Cotten Image Collection includes images, chiefly 19th century, relating to North Carolina individuals and places. While there are a few salt prints, most images are etchings, colored engravings, drawings, reproductions, or copy work. Included are images depicting members of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina taken by Matthew Brady, various locations in North Carolina, battles during the American Civil War in North Carolina, and the regional flora and fauna.
Creator Cotten, Bruce, 1873-1954, collector.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
For copyright and use restrictions contact the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bruce Cotten Image Collection #P0005, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Bruce Cotten bequeathed his collection to the University of North Carolina Library, circa 1940, where it forms an important part of the North Carolina Collection. Subsequently, other iconographic materials were purchased for the Cotten Collection.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Bruce Cotten, the fifth child of Robert Randolph Cotten and Sally Sims Southall Cotten, was born in Wilson, N.C., on 3 March 1873. He attended the Horner Military School in Oxford, N.C., before enrolling at the University of North Carolina where he spent the 1891-1892 school year. Following a brief attempt at business and a year in Alaska during the gold rush, Cotten returned to the States and volunteered for the Spanish-American War (1898). After becoming a member of the regular army, he participated in the suppression of the Boxer Uprising in China (1900) and the Philippine Insurrection (1901-02). In 1901, he received a commission as first lieutenant. He was chief of military intelligence of the second military intelligence division of the general staff during World War I and held the rank of major at the time of his discharge from the Army. In 1910, Cotten married Edith Johns, widow of Jesse Tyson of Baltimore, Md. The Cottens resided in Baltimore at their mansion, Cylburn, now a city park and garden center. Cotten died in 1954. Over the course of his lifetime, he became a serious collector of books and other materials related to North Carolina.

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The Bruce Cotten Image Collection includes images relating to North Carolina individuals and places. While there are a few salt prints, most images are etchings, colored engravings, drawings, reproductions, or copy work. Included are images depicting members of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina taken by Matthew Brady, various locations in North Carolina, battles during the American Civil War in North Carolina, and the regional flora and fauna.

These items were originally part of a larger gift to the North Carolina Collection. Cotten's gift included a small number of prints and photographs. Subsequently, additional materials were purchased for the Cotten Collection.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908.

21 items

Arrangement: Subject.

o m Flat Box 1

Folder P0005/0001

Clingman, Thomas Lanier (1812-1897): U.S. Representative (D-N.C.), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0001

Salt print

1 image

Salt print photograph taken by Matthew Brady in Washington, D.C.; accession number 20249; Original Cutter #: P5-2C64-T45L.

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Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0002

Clingman, Thomas Lanier (1812-1897): U.S. Representative (D-N.C.), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0002

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

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Folder P0005/0003

Craige, F. Burton (1811-1875): U.S. Representative (D-N.C.), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0003

Salt print

1 image

Salt print photograph taken by Matthew Brady in Washington, D.C.; Original Cutter #: P5-2C88-FB97.

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Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0004

Craige, F. Burton (1811-1875): U.S. Representative (D-N.C.), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0004

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

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Folder P0005/0005

Gilmer, John Adams (1805-1868): U.S. Representative (American Party-N.C.), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0005

Salt print

1 image

Salt print photograph taken by Matthew Brady in Washington, D.C.; accession number 20251; Original Cutter #: P5-2G48-J65.

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Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0006

Gilmer, John Adams (1805-1868): U.S. Representative (American Party-N.C.), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0006

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Print Box 1

Folder P0005/0007

De Graffenreid, Christopher (1661-1743) and Lawson, John (1674-1711), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0007

Black-and-white Photographic Print

1 image

Copy photograph of engraving; accession number X3253; Original Cutter #: P5-3C25-G73.

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Folder P0005/0008

Jackson, Andrew (1809-1875), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0008

Titled: "Brave Boy of Waxhaws"; Original Cutter number: FFP5-2J12-A56.

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Color 35mm Slide P0005/0009

Jackson, Andrew (1809-1875), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, C35slide P0005/0009

35mm color slide

1 image

35mm slides made by NCC.

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Folder P0005/0010

Jones, John Paul (1747-1792), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0010

Original Cutter#: FFP5-2J77-J65P.

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Folder P0005/0011

Scales, Alfred Moore (1827-1892), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0011

Salt print

1 image

Salt print photograph taken by Matthew Brady in Washington, D.C.; accession number 20250; Original Cutter #: P5-2S28-A39.

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Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0012

Scales, Alfred Moore (1827-1892), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0012

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Print Box 1

Folder P0005/0013

Teach, Edward "Blackbeard" (d. 1718), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0013

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Folder P0005/0014

Tryon, Royal Governor William (1729-1788), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0014

Depicts Governor Tryon with the "Regulators"; Engraving by A. Bollet Co. (?); accession number X4516; Original Cutter #: P5-T287-W71.

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Black and White 35mm Slide P0005/0015

Tryon, Royal Governor William (1729-1788) and the Regulators, circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bw35slide P0005/0015

35mm Black-and-white slides

3 images

35mm slides made by NCC.

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Folder P0005/0016

Winfield family (Unidentified member), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0016

Copy photograph of painting depicting a Winfield family member; accession number 15131; Original Cutter#: P5-2W767.

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Folder P0005/0017

Winslow, Warren (1810-1863), #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0017

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Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0018

Winslow, Warren (1810-1863), circa 1858 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0018

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

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Folder P0005/0019

Wright, Orville (1871-1948) and Wright, Wilbur (1867-1912), 1908 #P0005, Series: "1. North Carolina Individuals, circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0019

Color lithograph(?)

1 image

Titled: "For Conquest of Air" By Lupin, Paris, 1908; Original Cutter #: FFP5-3555-H76

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41 items

Arrangement: Subject.

Arrangement:Subject.

o m Flat Box 1

Folder P0005/0020

Animals: Carolina Parrot or Parakeet, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0020

Colored engraving

From book, engraving by J.J. Audubon; Accession number 15131; Original Cutter #: P5-3C29-P22.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0021

Animals: Carolina Parrot or Parakeet, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0021

Copy negative

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat Box 1

Folder P0005/0022

Animals: Carolina Turtle Dove, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0022

Colored engraving

From book, engraving by J.J. Audubon; Accession number 9037; Original Cutter #: P5-15131.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0023

Animals: Carolina Turtle Dove, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0023

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

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Folder P0005/0024

Animals: "Saw Whet Owl in Cedar," #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0024

Color watercolor painting

1 image

Bob Timberlake. Print no. 804 of 1000, signed; Original Cutter #: FFP5-2T58-R63.

o m Print Box 1

Folder P0005/0025

Boats/ships: Centre Bluff: "The Steamer Tar River lying at Centre Bluff, N.C.," #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0025

Black-and-white photographic print

1 image

Copy photograph; accession number X3301; Original Cutter #: P5-3S79-T17.

o m Print Box 1

Folder P0005/0026

Boats/ships: Tar River: View of a Tar River (boat) landing, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0026

Black-and-white photographic print

1 image

Copy photograph; accession number 3302; Original Cutter #: P5-3T17-R62.

o m Flat Box 2

Folder P0005/0027

Boats/ships: U.S. Ship: North Carolina: 102 Guns, circa 1844 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 2, Folder P0005/0027

Colored lithograph

1 image

Accession numbers X15122.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0028

Boats/ships: U.S. Ship: North Carolina: 102 Guns, circa 1844 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0028

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat File Drawer 1

Folder P0005/0029

Boats/ships: "The Wreck of the Steam Boat Home, Off Ocracoke," 9 October 1837 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0029

Color watercolor painting

1 image

Original Cutter #: FFP5-3555-H76

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0030

Boats/ships: "The Wreck of the Steam Boat Home, Off Ocracoke," #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0030

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat Box 2

Folder P0005/0031

Civil War: "The last of the "Albemarle," Confederate Ram, by Steam Launch No.7," #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 2, Folder P0005/0031

Colored engraving

2 images

Accession numbers X3254; Original Cutter #: FP5-3855-W25-A32.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0032

Civil War: "The last of the "Albemarle," Confederate Ram, by Steam Launch No.7," #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0032

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat Box 2

Folder P0005/0033

Civil War: Dare County: Hatteras Island: "The Bombardment and Capture of the Forts at Hatteras Inlet, N.C. Aug 15th 1865," circa 1865 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 2, Folder P0005/0033

Color lithograph

1 image

Lithograph published by Currier and Ives. P0085 Copy Negative#: 86-688; Accession number X4448; Original Cutter #: FP5-028-1436-C582--N31.

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P0005/0034

Civil War: Dare County: Hatteras Island: "The Bombardment and Capture of the Forts at Hatteras Inlet, N.C. Aug 15th 1865," circa 1865 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Cslide P0005/0034

35mm color slides

2 images

35mm slides made by NCC.

o m Flat File Drawer 1

Folder P0005/0035

Civil War: New Hanover County: Fort Fisher: "Capture of Fort Fisher," 15 January 1865 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0035

Color lithograph

1 image

Lithograph by Kurz and Allison, 1890; Original Cutter #: FFP5-1-65-F73f.1

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Color Sheet Film P0005/0036

Civil War: New Hanover County: Fort Fisher: "Capture of Fort Fisher," #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Csheetfilm P0005/0036

Color interpositive

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat Box 2

Folder P0005/0037

Civil War: New Hanover County: Fort Fisher: "The War in America: Interior of Fort Fisher, Near Wilmington, During the Second Bombardment," 18 March 1865 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 2, Folder P0005/0037

Color lithograph

1 image

Lithograph published by Currier and Ives; P0085 Copy Negative #: 100-45; Accession number X20502.

o m Flat File Drawer 1

Folder P0005/0038

Civil War: New Hanover County: Fort Fisher: "The War in America: Interior of Fort Fisher, Near Wilmington, During the Second Bombardment," 18 March 1865 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0038

Color lithograph

1 image

Item has deteriorated: use P0005/0037; Lithograph published by Currier and Ives; Original Cutter #: XFFP5-1-65-F73F.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

P0005/0039

Civil War: New Hanover County: Fort Fisher: "The War in America: Interior of Fort Fisher, Near Wilmington, During the Second Bombardment," 18 March 1865 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Cslide P0005/0039

35mm color slides

1 image

35mm slides made by NCC.

o m Print Box 1

Folder P0005/0040

Cumberland County: Fayetteville, N.C.: Old Market House, circa 1890s #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0040

Accession number X3298; P0085 Copy negative #: 83-666.

o m Flat File Drawer 1

Folder P0005/0041

Dismal Swamp, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0041

Color engraving

1 image

Original Cutter #: FFP5-3D61-597.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Color 35mm Slide P0005/0042

Dismal Swamp, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, C35slide P0005/0042

35mm color slides

2 images

35mm slides made by NCC.

o m Flat Box 1

Folder P0005/0043

Pasquotank County: Elizabeth City: "View of central Elizabeth City," circa 1894 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 1, Folder P0005/0043

Image is from Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion; Accession number X4515; Original Cutter #: P5-70-E42-M67.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0044

Pasquotank County: Elizabeth City: "View of central Elizabeth City," circa 1894 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0044

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat File Drawer 1

Folder P0005/0045

People: African American man on a wagon pulled by oxen, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0045

Color watercolor painting

1 image

Hand-painted watercolor by Bob Timberlake. Print no. 804 of 1000, signed.; Accession number X21329.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0046

People: African American man on a wagon pulled by oxen, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0046

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Flat File Drawer 1

Folder P0005/0047

People: African American man and woman outside of cabin, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatfile 1, Folder P0005/0047

Color watercolor painting

1 image

Hand-painted watercolor by Painted by J. H. MacNaughton.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Black and White Sheet Film P0005/0048

People: African American man and woman outside of cabin, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, Bwsheetfilm P0005/0048

Copy negative

1 image

Copy negative made by NCC.

o m Black and White Film Box 1

Color 35mm Slide P0005/0049

People: African American man and woman outside of cabin, #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Bwfilmbox 1, C35slide P0005/0049

35mm color slides

6 images

35mm slides made by NCC.

o m Flat Box 2

Folder P0005/0050

People: "North Carolina Sketches"/"Character Sketches in North Carolina," 6 December 1873 #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Flatbox 2, Folder P0005/0050

Colored engraving

2 images

Images are by Mary L. Stone and appeared in "Harper's Weekly"; Accession number X4515; Original Cutter #: FP5-3N87-M67.

o m Print Box 1

Folder P0005/0051

Pitt County: Cottendale Farm (?), #P0005, Series: "2. North Carolina Scenes/Subjects,circa 1837-1908." Printbox 1, Folder P0005/0051

Accession number X3300; Original Cutter #: P5-1-74-B88.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Cullom, August 2011

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, August 2011

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