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Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries

Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries

Descriptive Summary

Title: Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries
Creator: Willcox, Cyprian Porter, 1822-1897
Inclusive Dates: 1848-1854, 1933
Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet (2 diaries)
Collection Number: ms98
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Cyprian Porter Willcox (1822-1897), born in Sparta, Georgia, was an educator at the University of Georgia (Athens, Ga.) from 1872-1897.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two diaries of Cyprian Porter Willcox. Entries dating July-September 1848 discuss the French Revolution of 1848; the succeeding Republic government; and military and political issues of Prussia, Germany, Italy and the United States, including slavery. Part of the volume outlines the history of the United States, including the founding of the original colonies and the revolution of 1776.

Entries dating April 1852-September 1854 detail Willcox's trip through Europe, including travels in Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. He discusses time spent in cities and regions including Valencia, Madrid, Cadiz, and Granada, Spain; Marseilles and Paris, France; Munich, Berlin, and Augsburg, Germany; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Entries for the various cities and regions vary in concentration and detail, but often include observations on architecture, the characteristics of the area, accommodations, weather, food, and people. The entry for Madrid includes a lengthy discourse on a bullfight Willcox attended. The second diary contains an inscription, "My father's book of travels in Europe as a young man, Athens, March 19, 1933."

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cyprian Porter Willcox diaries, ms98, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jones M. Drewry in 1964

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2017.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Bullfights -- Spain.
Denmark -- Description and travel.
France -- Description and travel.
Germany -- Description and travel.
Slavery -- United States.
Spain -- Description and travel.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11July-September 1848
12April 1852-September 1854