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Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoirs, 1840-1932 | Manuscripts

By Jaime Janda

Collection Overview

Title: Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoirs, 1840-1932Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1840-1865
ID: 01/HM.29
Primary Creator: Cooper, Elizabeth Simpson
Extent: 1.0 Folders
Arrangement: Information in the memoir is arranged roughly chronologically, with groupings by subject. In order, these 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."
Date Acquired: 00/00/1977. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Collection of materials which document Elizabeth Simpson Cooper's life before and during the Civil War in Kansas. Also included in Cooper's memoirs are descriptions of experiences in Virginia.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This 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.

Collection Historical Note

Elizabeth Simpson Cooper, 1840- spent her childhood on a farm in Virginia before moving westward with her family in 1857 to a farm near Pleasant Run Creek, in Kansas. She married George R. Cooper in 1860, after a three-year acquaintance, and together they had nine children. They left Kansas in 1890, George Cooper died in 1904, and at the end of her life, Elizabeth Cooper was living in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 77-008,1977-030
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Mrs. August Schreiber
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: Digital surrogates of items from this collection are available in the Portal to Texas History. For more information please see
Preferred Citation: Elizabeth Simpson Cooper Memoirs, 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

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