A Guide to the Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book, 1863-1870 Cowardin, Aileen B. Friendship Book Ms2011-104

Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book, 1863-1870

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2011-104


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2011-104
Title
Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book, 1863-1870
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Cowardin, Alice Bolling, b. abt. 1848
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of a friendship book collected and maintained by Aileen B. Cowardin. The book includes leaf and plant samples, most of which are labeled as to the location where they were found.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book, Ms2011-104, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book was purchased by Special Collections in November 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Aileen B. Cowardin Friendship Book was completed in November 2011.


Biographical Note

Although biographical information is limited, it is likely that Aileen B. Cowardin was born about 1848 in Virginia. She appears to have had four brothers, at least two of whom fought for the Confederacy, one enlisting with a local defense regiment when he was only fourteen. She also had an older sister. In 1860, the family lived in Hanover, Virginia. By 1870, they had relocated to Greenbrier County, West Virginia. No additional information was found.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a friendship book collected and maintained by Aileen B. Cowardin. The book includes leaf and plant samples, most of which are labeled as to the location where they were found. Several pages contain items of Civil War and/or local history interest:

The first few pages contain unsent Confederate 3-cent blue stamps and a City of Richmond 10-cent voucher
Page 11 contains is a visiting card of J. F. Damman dated 1877 with part of a leaf attached to a picture stating that it came from the tomb of Stonewall Jackson
Page 15 includes a fragment of cedar with a notation that is came from Jackson's grave, including poetry
Page 29 contains samples from Staunton, Virginia, and White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Page 57 contains a faded, but genuine signature of Gen. Robert E. Lee pasted to the page

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Friendship book, 1863-1870

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Cowardin, Alice Bolling, b. abt. 1848