University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
Charlottesville VA 22904-4110
64.5 linear feet. 25,000 items.
The papers of the Cocke family of Fluvanna County, Virginia, and related Barraud family, Faulcon family, and other families, consist of ca. 25,000 items, (194 Hollinger boxes, ca. 64.5 linear shelf feet), 1725- 1939, and contains correspondence, legal and financial papers, diaries of John Hartwell Cocke, Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke, and Lucy Cocke, minutes of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, diagrams & sketches concerning the University, bound volumes, sketches and drawings, college and school notes, poetry, orations and speeches, essays, genealogy, and lists pertaining to agriculture, music and other subjects. Major topics covered by the collection include: the development of agriculture in Virginia, merino sheep, horse breeding and purchases, slavery, the American Colonization Society, temperance movement, other religious and reform groups, book dealers, religion, the War of 1812, the Civil War, public education (including the Bremo Seminary), the founding and development of the University of Virginia and public improvements. The bulk of the papers were generated by General John Hartwell Cocke (1780-1866) and his immediate descendants. The collection includes: Correspondence and other material in order by date(s): Boxes 1-178; Undated Correspondence: Boxes 179-181; 3) Undated Miscellaneous Papers re agriculture, architecture, inventions, public improvements, medicine and illness, military papers, slavery and abolition, temperance, and the University of Virginia: Boxes 182-187; 4) Bound Volumes: Boxes 188-191; 5) Diaries of Louisa Maxwell Holmes Cocke: Boxes 192-194 (on microfilm M-1676-1678); 6) Oversize Material: 3 boxes. Miscellaneous papers include: Reply from committee on Inventions of the Virginia Mechanical Inventions. 1855 Box 150. RE Inventions, Canals, Railroads