Scope and Contents
Papers of the Tavenner family of western Virginia, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, maps, and other material. Much of the material in this collection regards the Civil War. The Tavenner family was sympathetic to the Confederate cause. One member of the family, William Cabell Tavenner, served in the Confederate army; his letters are part of the collection. This collection also contains material related to families allied to the Tavenner family by marriage, particularly the Withers family, including material regarding Alexander Scott Withers and his book Chronicles of Border Warfare.
The collection is organized into six series, including:
Series 1. Genealogy; 1868-1952, undated; box 1, folder 1 (7 items)
Series 2. Correspondence; 1778-1953, undated; box 1, folders 2-6 (73 items)
Series 3. Maps; 1863, 1939, undated; box 1, folder 7 (3 items)
Series 4. Miscellaneous; 1822-1950, undated; box 1, folders 8-10 (30 items)
Series 5. Newspaper Clippings; 1829-1931, undated; box 1, folder 11 (15 items)
Series 6. Oversize Materials; 1829-1861; box 1, folder 11 and box 2 (3 items)
A&M 81, Cook, Roy Bird (1886-1961), Collector. Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material
A&M 3763, Tavenner, William C. Civil War Correspondence and Other Material
Biographical / Historical
Roy Bird Cook was born at Roanoke, Lewis County on April 1, 1886, the son of David Bird and Dora Elizabeth Conrad Cook. In 1905, at age 19, he received his pharmacy license, the youngest person to ever do so in West Virginia. His pharmacy career spanned fifty-six years. During his lifetime, Cook served on many pharmacy and state boards and commissions. His interest in local history, the Confederacy and Stonewall Jackson inspired him to collect manuscripts and some 600 volumes on those subjects. His many awards and honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from West Virginia University in 1938. Cook died in 1961.
0.25 Linear Feet (3 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 oversize folder, 1/4 in.))