By Jaime Janda
|Title:||Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoirs Collection, 1840-1932|
|Primary Creator:||Cooper, Elizabeth Simpson (1840-1935)|
|Arrangement:||Information in the memoir is arranged roughly chronologically, with groupings by subject.|
|Date Acquired:||00/00/1977. More info below under Accruals.|
|Forms of Material:||Memoirs|
Scope and Contents of the MaterialsThis collection consists entirely of a 41-page typed memoir by Elizabeth Simpson Cooper, written for her family in 1931 and 1932 when she was 91 years old and living in Nebraska City, Nebraska. In her memoir, entitled, "Memories of My Life," Cooper describes her early life and experiences from 1840 to 1865 and provides a little more information about her life in select years of the early 20th century. She writes about her school days in Virginia, the run of typhoid fever that decimated her family, her involvement with church, the Cooper family history, "Bleeding Kansas" (the period of conflict over deciding if Kansas would be a free or slave state), and the Civil War in Kansas. She specifically mentions the Lawrence Massacre and notes the savagery of Quantrill's band of bushwackers, who killed nearly every male in town they suspected of abolitionist support and vigilante activity. Also included in her memoir are her memories of personal encounters with Native Americans in Kansas and her trip back to visit her old home in Virginia in 1932. Sections of the memoir include: "Thoughts of my Early Life, Memories of Childhood and Youth;" "Family;" "School Days;" "Church;" "Christmas Season;" "Days of 1854;" "My Mother's People, Robert Ralston;" "Year of 1857, Commencement of a New Life;" "The New Home;" "1859;" "1860;" "1861;" "1861-'62-'63;" "Biography Father Cooper's Family;" "1861;" "1863;" "Indian Story of the Years '57-'58 and '59;" "1904-1919-1921;" "Memory of the Absent Ones," "1932;" "My Visit East;" and "On Memory."
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|Repository:||University of North Texas Special Collections|
|Acquisition Source:||Mrs. August Schreiber|
|Related Materials:||Digital surrogates of items from this collection are available in the Portal to Texas History. For more information please see http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/CWADP/browse/?fq=str_title_serial%3AThe+Elizabeth+Simpson+Cooper+Memoirs%2C+1931-1932.|
|Preferred Citation:||Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoirs Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections|
|Processing Information:||April 2018 by Nicole Yatsonsky - fixed dates; added Arrangements, Scope/Contents, and Historical Note from previous version of finding aid|