acumen 3.0ɑ
A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Harriet Anna Kennedy papers W.0117

ASSET VIEWER
Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

February 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-21T16:38-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Harriet Anna Kennedy papers

Unit ID:

W.0117

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1863-1903

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama.

Abstract:

Notebook of poems written by Harriet Anna Kennedy between 1863-1864. A letter and a small collection of later poems written by Kennedy and members of her extended family are also included.

creator

Eborn, Bettie Kennedy

creator

Eborn, Corinne Peteet

creator

Kennedy, Harriet Anna, 1817-

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Preferred Citation:

Harriet Anna Kennedy papers, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

General note

Title on phase box spine: Manuscript Verse on Confederate Themes, Bettie Eborn, Greensboro, Alabama 1863.

Access Restrictions:

None

Scope and Contents note

This ninety-six page notebook contains a collection of poems written by Harriet Anna Kennedy, the wife of plantation owner Warren Eason Kennedy. Writing under the pseudonyms "Crazy Carrie" and "Carrie Carlton," Kennedy describes her daily life in Greensboro, Alabama, in a series of satirical poems. Written between April 1863 and March 1864, the poems provide insight into Kennedy's views on marriage, family, and her medical treatment. The views that Kennedy expresses, especially on marriage, are often negative. In one poem, "Answer to 'The old maid's lament,'" Kennedy advises her niece to remain unmarried, writing "I do not hesitate to say that if you marry you will your husband hate!" In her poems, Kennedy describes frequent hardships, including food shortages that affect the family.

The collection also includes a letter and three pages of poetry that are not bound in the notebook. The poems are addressed to Kennedy's daughter, Bettie Eborn and includes poems written by Kennedy and others. The letter, dated July 26, 1903, is a condolence letter dated July 26, 1903. The letter was addressed to Corinne Eborn, the wife of Bettie Eborn's son Benjamin F. Eborn, and was written shortly after the death of Corinne's daughter Mary.

Note: There is some question as to the true identity of Crazy Carrie. The author might have been Bettie Eborn, daughter of Harriet Anna Kennedy.

Biographical/Historical note

The daughter of Robert Lanier and Edith Pearce, Harriet Anna Lanier was born on August 4, 1817, in Pitt, North Carolina. She married Warren Eason Kennedy (1813-1882) on November 18, 1833. Census records compiled in 1850 and 1860 list Kennedy as a plantation owner living in Greensboro, Alabama.

Related Archival Materials note

Collection on women in Alabama, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Eborn and Peteet family papers, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama--Authors (lcsh)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Poetry (lcsh)

Papers Box W0117.01