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Louise A. Carson and Lucia St. John Cook papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0314

Scope and Content

This collection (1851-1964, undated) contains journals, letters, correspondence, clippings, financial records, and photographs. Materials are from the families of both Louise A. Carson and Louise's friend, Lucia St. John Cook. The collection includes journals kept by Lucia St. John Cook. Some interesting entries of Cook's diaries were made in 1850-1851 when Cook describes her journey alone from Farmington, Iowa, to Arkansas to teach. Cook discusses meeting African Americans on her trip, her teaching experiences, and educational differences between the North and the South. Included in the 1894 calendar is a brief biography of Cook. The final journal (1851) says "copied by Lucia St. John Cook for Mrs. William Carson." Cook mentions Louise Carson several times within her diaries. One folder (folder 5) contains documents of Louise Carson including financial records, correspondence, and news clippings.

Dates

  • 1851-1964, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Louise A. Carson was a resident of Burlington, Iowa. Carson was born in the mid-19th century and was married to William Carson. William Carson had a company in Burlington called the "William Carson Company." Louise lived through the middle of the 20th century. Lucia St. John Cook (born Lucia Williams on December 18, 1830) was a friend of Louise Carson. Lucia married Rufus St. John on September 6, 1848 when she was 18. She moved from Illinois (where she had spent most of her childhood) to Morgan, Ohio. After Rufus' death in December 1850, she moved to Farmington, Iowa and soon after (1850-1851) traveled from Farmington, Iowa to Arkansas to teach. She returned to Iowa soon after, and lived in both Ohio and Iowa until she married Lyman Cook in Burlington, Iowa in 1861. Her daughter, Julie(?), was born in 1862.

Extent

1.42 Linear Feet (1 document box and 1 photograph box)

Abstract

Louise A. Carson was a resident of Burlington, Iowa during the middle of the 19th through the middle of the 20th centuries. Lucia St. John Cook (born Lucia Williams in 1830) was a friend of Louise Carson. Lucia married Rufus St. John in 1848. Widowed in 1850, she married Lyman Cook in Burlington, Iowa in 1861. This collection contains journals, letters, correspondence, clippings, financial records, and photographs. Materials are from the families of both Louise A. Carson and Lucia St. John Cook. The bulk of the collection contains journals by Lucia St. John Cook and photographs of the Carson and Williams families. Some interesting entries of Cook's diaries were made in 1850-1851 when Cook describes her journey alone from Farmington, Iowa, to Arkansas to teach. Cook discusses meeting African Americans on her trip, her teaching experiences, and educational differences between the North and the South.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
MS-0314. Louise A. Carson and Lucia St. John Cook papers, 1851-1964, undated
Date
December 12, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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