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Roy Bird Cook, Collector, Papers Regarding the Civil War in Southern West Virginia

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0895

Scope and Contents

Papers mainly related to the Civil War in southern West Virginia, including correspondence, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, muster rolls, and other material. Highlights of the collection include material regarding Captain John V. Young of the 11th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry; Captain James S. Cassady of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Captain W.D. Thurmond and his company of Partisan Rangers; and the 8th and 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry units.

The collection is organized into seven series, including:

Series 1. Correspondence; 1841-1888, undated; box 1, folder 1-5 (69 items)
Series 2. Maps; 1861-1935, undated; box 1, folder 6 (8 items)
Series 3. Miscellaneous; 1851-1867, undated; box 1, folder 7A-7B; (20 items)
Series 4. Photographs; undated; box 1, folder 8 (5 items)
Series 5. Sketches; 1898, undated; box 1, folder 9 (15 items)
Series 6. Newspaper Clippings; 1861-1938, undated; box 1, folder 10A-10C (17 items)
Series 7. Muster Rolls; 1864, undated; box 1, folder 11 and box 2 (3 items)

Dates

  • 1844-1938
  • Majority of material found within 1861-1867

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

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.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet (4 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 large flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.))

Overview

Papers mainly related to the Civil War in southern West Virginia, including correspondence, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, muster rolls, and other material. Highlights of the collection include material regarding Captain John V. Young of the 11th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry; Captain James S. Cassady of the 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Captain W.D. Thurmond and his company of Partisan Rangers; and the 8th and 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry units. The collection is organized into seven series, including: 1. Correspondence (1841-1888, undated); 2. Maps (1861-1935, undated); 3. Miscellaneous (1851-1867); 4. Photographs (undated); 5. Sketches (1898, undated); 6. Newspaper Clippings (1861-1938, undated); and 7. Muster Rolls (1864, undated).

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Related A&M Collections

81, 858, 895, 1309, 1379, 1528, 1561

Separated Materials

Photograph – Encampment of 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry, Union Army at New Creek, (Keyser) W. Va.; 1865; image, ID# 000853, on West Virginia History OnView.

Photograph – Seventh West Virginia Cavalry, Union Army; Officers in front identified, left to right: Captain James S. Cassady, First Lieutenant James D. Fellers, and Second Lieutenant John E. Swaar; image, ID# 039077, on West Virginia History OnView.

Photograph – Tented encampment of unidentified Union Army Unit, caissons parked in the foreground; image, ID # 000849, on West Virginia History OnView.

Photograph – Unidentified Artillery Unit, Union Army, caissons and cannons parked, with soldiers standing in the background; image, ID# 000850, on West Virginia History OnView.

Photograph – Carte de visite of an illustrated portrait of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, New York Zouave Unit, Union Army; image, ID # 000856 on West Virginia History OnView.
Title
Roy Bird Cook, Collector, Papers Regarding the Civil War in Southern West Virginia
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536