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Guide to the John and Mary Wellborn Cochran Diaries, Letterbook, and Photographs MSS.0326

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2012

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-12-21T15:48-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

December 2012
Collection Title:

John and Mary Wellborn Cochran Diaries, Letterbook, and Photographs

Unit ID:

MSS.0326

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet

Dates:

1839-1915

Abstract:

Three bound volumes of this Alabama attorney and politician and his wife: John Cochran's diary; Mary Wellborn Cochran's journal; and a miscellany of copies of some of John Cochran's outgoing correspondence, journal entries of his, and copies of some freedman contracts to which he was party. Also includes two unidentified photographs that appear to be from the early twentieth century.

creator

Cochran, John

creator

Cochran, Mary Wellborn

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of three bound volumes, one of which contains John Cochran's diary, 1838-1846 (not continuous), another Mary Wellborn Cochran's journal, 1845-1847, and the third a miscellany of copies of some of John Cochran's outgoing correspondence, 1839-1841, some journal entries of his, 1847-1849, and copies of some freedman contracts to which he was party, 1868-1870. Also includes two unidentified photographs that appear to be from the early twentieth century.

Preferred Citation:

John and Mary W. Cochran diaries and letterbook, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. Robert M. Lowe, 1954-55

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Clark E. Center, Jr.; updated by S. Braden, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2012

Biographical/Historical note

Cochran moved from Tennessee to Jacksonville, Alabama, in 1835 and began a law practice. He served as state representative from Calhoun County, 1839-1842. He then moved to Barbour County in 1843 and served as state representative from Barbour County, 1853-1857. He was also a representative to the state Secession Convention, 1861, and was circuit court judge, 1861-1865. He married three times: Caroline; Mary Wellborn of Eufaula, Alabama, October 8, 1845; and Miss Toney of Eufaula.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Source(s)

Alabama (localbroad)

Civil Rights and Human Rights (localbroad)

Correspondence (aat)

Diaries (aat)

Freedmen (lcsh)

Letter books (aat)

Photographs (aat)

Southern Life and Culture (localbroad)

Women (localbroad)

John Cochran Diary Box 805 Folder 1

John Cochran Letterbook/journal Box 805 Folder 2

Mary Wellborn Cochran Diary Box 805 Folder 3

Photographs Box 805 Folder 4