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Cobb family papers

Cobb family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cobb family papers
Creator: Cobb family
Inclusive Dates: 1891-1957
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet 5 document boxes
Collection Number: ms2353
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Cobbs were a prominent Athens, Georgia, family. Much of the collection concerns Howell Cobb and T.R.R. (Thomas Reade Rootes) Cobb. The former graduated from the University of Georgia in 1834, was elected to Congress from 1843 to 1850, served as the governor of Georgia from 1851-1853, then as the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1856 to 1860. He presided over the Montgomery Convention in 1861, which would create the Confederate States of America. During the Civil War he was a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Howell's younger brother, T.R.R., graduated from the University of Georgia in 1841 and became a well respected lawyer in Georgia. He signed Georgia's Ordinance of Secession in the Civil War and was a prominent author in the Confederate Constitution. Like his brother, he served as a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia, commanding "Cobb's Legion." He was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862.

Most notably, the Cobbs helped found the Confederate States of America. For a brief period of two weeks, Howell Cobb actually acted as the Head of State before Jefferson Davis was elected. T.R.R. Cobb was killed in battle, and General Sherman decimated the Cobb plantation and property during his march to the sea. During Reconstruction, Howell Cobb opposed most political acts, giving speeches against them. He ultimately died of a heart attack in New York City. Both he and T.R.R. are buried in Athens, Georgia, at the Oconee Hill Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence from and by the Cobb family from 1891-1957, printed material including clippings, pamphlets and brochures, photographs, and family business materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cobb family papers, ms2353, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Cobb family -- Correspondence
Cobb family -- Photographs
Family records -- Georgia.
Finance, Personal -- Georgia.
Financial records.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials available in the following collections of the repository: Azariah P. Cobb shares of Georgia Railroad & Banking Company, ms635; Carlisle Cobb Papers, ms2007, ms1250; Carolyn Cobb papers, ms1251; Carolyn Cobb collection, ms1507; Howell Cobb, Junior, certificate, ms1304; Howell Cobb family papers, ms1367, ms1376; Howell Cobb, Jr. family papers, ms1368; Mary Ann Lamar Cobb account book, ms449; Mary McKinley Cobb collection, ms1506; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb papers, ms448; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown, ms3158; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb family papers, ms1370; William A. Cobb account books, ms173; Cobb family papers, ms1220, ms1480, ms2353; Cobb/Erwin/Lamar family collection, ms86; Cobb-Lamar-Rucker collection, ms3052; Cobb family photographs, ms1437.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1891
12Correspondence, 1892
13Correspondence, 1893
14Correspondence, 1896
15Correspondence, 1897
16Correspondence, 1898
17Correspondence, 1900
18Correspondence, 1904
19Correspondence, 1905
110Correspondence, 1907
111Correspondence, 1909
112Correspondence, 1910
113Correspondence, 1913
114Correspondence, 1914
115Correspondence, 1918
116Correspondence, 1919
117Correspondence, 1920
118Correspondence, 1921
119Correspondence, 1922
120Correspondence, 1923
121Correspondence, 1924
122Correspondence, 1925
123Correspondence, 1926
124Correspondence, 1927
125Correspondence, 1928
126Correspondence, 1929
127Correspondence, 1930
128Correspondence, 1931
129Correspondence, 1933
130Correspondence, 1934
131Correspondence, 1935
132Correspondence, 1936
133Correspondence, 1937
134Correspondence, 1938
135Correspondence, 1939
136Correspondence, 1940 January-May
137Correspondence, 1940 September - October
138Correspondence, 1940 November - December
139Correspondence, 1941 January - March
140Correspondence, 1941 April - May
141Correspondence, 1941 June - July
142Correspondence, 1941 August - December
21Correspondence, 1942 January - May
22Correspondence, 1942 July- August
23Correspondence, 1942 September - December
24Correspondence, 1943
25Correspondence, 1944
26Correspondence, 1945
27Correspondence, 1947
28Correspondence, 1948
29Correspondence, 1949
210Correspondence, 1950 January - July
211Correspondence, 1950 August - September
212Correspondence, 1950 November - December
213Correspondence, 1951 January - May
214Correspondence, 1951 October - December
215Correspondence, 1952
216Correspondence, 1953
217Correspondence, 1954
218Correspondence, 1955
219Correspondence, 1956
220Correspondence, 1957
221-27Correspondence, Undated
32Account Book
33Cash Book
34Time Book
37Checks, 1941-1944
38Checks, 1933-1935
39Checks, 1930
310Checks, 1929
311Newspaper Clippings
313-15Printed material
41Legal papers
57Receipts, 1919-1954