Cobb family papers

Cobb family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Cobb family
Title: Cobb family papers
Dates: 1891-1957
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (5 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms2353

Biographical/Historical Note

The Cobbs were a prominent Athens, Georgia, family. Much of the collection concerns Howell Cobb and T.R.R. (Thomas Reade Rootes) Cobb. The former graduated from the University of Georgia in 1834, was elected to Congress from 1843 to 1850, served as the governor of Georgia from 1851-1853, then as the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1856 to 1860. He presided over the Montgomery Convention in 1861, which would create the Confederate States of America. During the Civil War he was a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Howell's younger brother, T.R.R., graduated from the University of Georgia in 1841 and became a well respected lawyer in Georgia. He signed Georgia's Ordinance of Secession in the Civil War and was a prominent author in the Confederate Constitution. Like his brother, he served as a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia, commanding "Cobb's Legion." He was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862.

Most notably, the Cobbs helped found the Confederate States of America. For a brief period of two weeks, Howell Cobb actually acted as the Head of State before Jefferson Davis was elected. T.R.R. Cobb was killed in battle, and General Sherman decimated the Cobb plantation and property during his march to the sea. During Reconstruction, Howell Cobb opposed most political acts, giving speeches against them. He ultimately died of a heart attack in New York City. Both he and T.R.R. are buried in Athens, Georgia, at the Oconee Hill Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence from and by the Cobb family from 1891-1957, printed material including clippings, pamphlets and brochures, photographs, and family business materials.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Cobb family -- Correspondence
Cobb family -- Photographs
Family records--Georgia.
Finance, Personal--Georgia.
Financial records.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cobb family papers. MS 2353. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of the repository: Azariah P. Cobb documents, 1866-1867; Carlisle Cobb Papers, 1931-1953; Carlisle Cobb Papers, 1851-1971; Carolyn Cobb papers, 1901-1957; Carolyn Cobb collection, 1931-1947; Howell Cobb, Junior, certificate, 1866; Howell Cobb family papers, 1824-1888; Howell Cobb papers, 1861-1868; Howell Cobb, Jr., family papers, 1859-1925; Howell Cobb family papers, 1793-1932; Howell Cobb family Bible xeroxes; Irvin S. Cobb letter, 1933; J.A. Cobb, 1865; John A. Cobb sale of slaves, 1841; Mary Ann Lamar Cobb account book, 1850-1858; Mary McKinley Cobb papers, 1886-1967; Mary McKinley Cobb papers, 1886-1935; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb papers, 1852-1862; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown, 1860; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb family papers, 1872-1961; William A. Cobb account books, 1845-1851; Cobb family papers, 1837-1913; Cobb family papers, 1859-1919; Cobb family papers, 1880-1900; Cobb/Erwin/Lamar family collection, 1796-1929; Cobb homes of Athens; 1965-1966; Cobb-Lamar-Rucker collection, 1860-1982.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1891
2Correspondence, 1892
3Correspondence, 1893
4Correspondence, 1896
5Correspondence, 1897
6Correspondence, 1898
7Correspondence, 1900
8Correspondence, 1904
9Correspondence, 1905
10Correspondence, 1907
11Correspondence, 1909
12Correspondence, 1910
13Correspondence, 1913
14Correspondence, 1914
15Correspondence, 1918
16Correspondence, 1919
17Correspondence, 1920
18Correspondence, 1921
19Correspondence, 1922
20Correspondence, 1923
21Correspondence, 1924
22Correspondence, 1925
23Correspondence, 1926
24Correspondence, 1927
25Correspondence, 1928
26Correspondence, 1929
27Correspondence, 1930
28Correspondence, 1931
29Correspondence, 1933
30Correspondence, 1934
31Correspondence, 1935
32Correspondence, 1936
33Correspondence, 1937
34Correspondence, 1938
35Correspondence, 1939
36Correspondence, 1940 January-May
37Correspondence, 1940 September - October
38Correspondence, 1940 November - December
39Correspondence, 1941 January - March
40Correspondence, 1941 April - May
41Correspondence, 1941 June - July
42Correspondence, 1941 August - December
21Correspondence, 1942 January - May
2Correspondence, 1942 July- August
3Correspondence, 1942 September - December
4Correspondence, 1943
5Correspondence, 1944
6Correspondence, 1945
7Correspondence, 1947
8Correspondence, 1948
9Correspondence, 1949
10Correspondence, 1950 January - July
11Correspondence, 1950 August - September
12Correspondence, 1950 November - December
13Correspondence, 1951 January - May
14Correspondence, 1951 October - December
15Correspondence, 1952
16Correspondence, 1953
17Correspondence, 1954
18Correspondence, 1955
19Correspondence, 1956
20Correspondence, 1957
21-27Correspondence, Undated
2Account Book
3Cash Book
4Time Book
7Checks, 1941-1944
8Checks, 1933-1935
9Checks, 1930
10Checks, 1929
11Newspaper Clippings
13-15Printed material
41Legal papers
7Receipts, 1919-1954