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Barker-Cooke Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 B24

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Scope and Contents

Letters and business papers, chiefly 1848-1866, of James E. Cooke of Powhatan, Virginia and the Barker family of Fluvanna County, Virginia. Includes letters relating to the hiring out of slaves, plantation operations and the Civil War. Civil War letters are between John H. Barker and Henry J. Dobbs of the 18th Virginia Regiment of the Confederate army concerning the Battle of First Bull Run/Manassas.


  • Creation: 1809-1889
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1848-1866


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


182.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection has been divided into series with Series 1 covering letters and Series 2 including accounts, receipts and notes. The subseries under letters is grouped by date: Subseries 1 are letters 1848- 1854, Subseries 2 are the Civil War letters and Subseries 3 covers letters written after the Civil War.

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Other Information:

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Barker-Cooke Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020 April 30: Removed sub-series and organized material into folders.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository