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Collins family papers, Bulk, 1839-1879

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Finding aid prepared by Katie L.B. Henningsen

Title

Collins family papers

Date

Bulk, 1839-1879

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by subject.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

51M13 : [identification of item], Collins family papers, 1808-1895, Bulk 1839-1879, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

1.8 Cubic feet

4 boxes

Creator

Collins

Biography/History

Richard H. Collins (1824-1889) was the son of Lewis Collins, author of Historical Sketches of Kentucky (1848). An 1845 graduate of Centre College, Danville, Ky, and later of the Transylvania University School of Law, Richard Collins edited The Maysville Eagle from 1845 to 1850, and again from 1853 to 1857. He practiced law in Maysville from 1851 to 1853, and in Cincinnati from 1862 to 1871. Collins traveled extensively in Kentucky and Tennessee and further south during the Civil War. In 1874 he published Collins' History of Kentucky, based on his father's earlier work.

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of letters received by Mary Collins née Cox from her family and friends. Writers include her husband, Richard H. Collins, brother, Edward Cox, sisters, Fanny Broderick and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cox, children, Lewis, Mary Ellen, Sue, and Annie Craig, son-in-law, S.L. Craig, neices, Lottie Blatterman and Phebe Broderick, sisters-in-law, Ellen Blatterman née Collins, Maria Owens née Collins, and Kate Ross née Collins, cousins Lucy Wiglesworth and James Wormald, as well as her English uncle Alfred Cox.

The bulk of the family letters include news of births and deaths, visits, clothes, church, and social affairs. Many letters were written during the Civil War and contain comments on the war. Letters from Richard Collins detail the handling of his business affairs while he traveled during the war and letters from Alfred Cox, a hosiery manufacturer, contain comments on politics in England and America, Napoleon III, and Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Subjects

  • Kentucky--Genealogy.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Public opinion.
  • Wisconsin--Economic conditions.
  • Collins, Mary Cox
  • Collins, Richard H., 1824-1889
  • Cox, Alfred
  • Authors, American--Kentucky.
  • Publishers and publishing--Kentucky.
  • Real estate investment--Wisconsin.
  • Women--Education--Kentucky.

Collection Inventory

General, 1836; 1840-1841; 1843-1849; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] browse
Scope and Contents note:

Contains letters written to Mary Collins from friends and relatives. A few of the undated letters are addressed to "Mary Cox," Mary Collins' maiden name.

General, 1850-1864
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] browse
Scope and Contents note:

Contains letters written to Mary Collins from friends and relatives.

General, 1868-1878; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 3] browse
Scope and Contents note:

Contains letters written to Mary Collins from friends and relatives. A few letter fragments are included.

Ellen Blatterman letters to Mary Collins, 1846-1849
[Box: 1, Folder: 4] browse
Ellen Blatterman letters to Mary Collins, 1858-1864
[Box: 1, Folder: 5] browse
Ellen Blatterman letters to Mary Collins, 1868-1876; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 6] browse
Lottie Blatterman letters to Mary Collins, 1860-1863; 1870; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 7] browse
Fanny Broderick letters to Mary Collins, 1839; 1845
[Box: 1, Box: 8] browse
Fanny Broderick letters to Mary Collins, 1851; 1857-1864
[Box: 1, Folder: 9] browse
Fanny Broderick letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1879; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 10] browse
Phebe Broderick letters to Mary Collins, 1858-1864; 1870-1871; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 11] browse
Collins family, 1859-1861; 1864; 1870-1871; 1874-1875; 1878; undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 12] browse
Scope and Contents note:

Letters exchanged by members of the Collins family, including Mary Collins' children, sisters, and sisters-in-law.

Lewis Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1871; 1873-1876; undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 1] browse
Mary Collins letters to Richard H. Collins, 1850; 1853
[Box: 2, Folder: 2] browse
Mary Ellen Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1858; 1860-1861; 1863-1864
[Box: 2, Folder: 3] browse
Mary Ellen Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1871; 1873-1879; undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 4] browse
Sue Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1871; 1873-1879; undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 5] browse
Letters received by Richard H. Collins, 1848; 1850-1851; 1854-1855; 1859-1864; 1868; 1870-1871; 1873-1874; undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 6] browse
Scope and Contents note:

Letters addressed to Richard H. Collins from his children, sisters, and sisters-in-law, as well as a small number from business associates.

Richard H. Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1847; 1849
[Box: 2, Folder: 7] browse
Richard H. Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1850-1851; 1853-1858
[Box: 2, Folder: 8] browse
Richard H. Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1859-1860; 1862-1864
[Box: 2, Folder: 9] browse
Richard H. Collins letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1871-1878; undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 10] browse
Alfred Cox letters, 1808; 1832; 1842; 1844; 1846-1848; 1850; 1852-1856; 1858; undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 11] browse
Edward Cox letters to Mary Collins, 1874-1878
[Box: 3, Folder: 1] browse
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cox letters to Mary Collins, 1847-1848
[Box: 3, Folder: 2] browse
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cox letters to Mary Collins, 1851-1853; 1857-1864
[Box: 3, Folder: 3] browse
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cox letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1878
[Box: 3, Folder: 4] browse
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Cox letters to Mary Collins, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 5] browse
Annie Craig letters to Mary Collins, 1856; 1858; 1860-1863
[Box: 3, Folder: 6] browse
Annie Craig letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1874
[Box: 3, Folder: 7] browse
Annie Craig letters to Mary Collins, 1875-1878
[Box: 3, Folder: 8] browse
Annie Craig letters to Mary Collins, 1878; undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 1] browse
S.L. Craig letters to Mary Collins, 1875-1878
[Box: 4, Folder: 2] browse
Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum receipts, 1889; 1893-1895
[Box: 4, Folder: 3] browse
Maria Owens letters to Mary Collins, 1859; 1861-1864; 1868; 1870; 1874-1877; undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 4] browse
Kate Ross letters to Mary Collins, 1853; 1855; 1858-1864; 1868; 1870-1871; 1878; undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 5] browse
Lucy Wiglesworth letters to Mary Collins, 1862-1864
[Box: 4, Folder: 6] browse
Lucy Wiglesworth letters to Mary Collins, 1868; 1870-1878; undated
[Box: 4, Folder: 7] browse
James Wormald letters to Mary Collins, 1840-1844
[Box: 4, Folder: 8] browse