AbstractThe Turner and Cordell Families were wealthy, influential, southern families connected through the marriage of Dr. Levi O’Connor Cordell and Christine Turner. The collection, while documenting the families generally, contains a majority of materials documenting Christine Turner Cordell and her son, Dr. Eugene F. Cordell. A large portion of the collection are letters from Christine Turner Cordell and Dr. Eugene F. Cordell. Christine’s letters are written during her childhood documenting her life in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia); education in private schools; her marriage to Dr. Levi Cordell; and their children. Dr. Eugene F. Cordell’s letters fall into two categories: his career in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War and his professional and personal life as a physician and educator in Baltimore, Maryland. The remaining materials present insight into the life and experiences of two wealthy, well-connected, slave-owning families in the American South before and during the Civil War, as well as, the ancestral and genealogical research into the families completed by Dr. E. F. Cordell. In addition, the collection contains provenance materials, documenting the purchase and donation of the materials to the Health Sciences Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
DescriptionCollection located in Historical Collections of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Collection dates are 1804-1967 and undated. The bulk of the collection dates from 1825 to 1915.
The majority of this collection was purchased by the Health Sciences Library (predecessor of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library) from Palmetto Coins & Stamps of Charleston, South Carolina in 1967. It was received for review by Hilda E. Moore, then library director, in December 1966. Other materials, including the “Glimpses of Baltimore” diary of Dr. Eugene F. Cordell, were donated to the library in 1957 and 1958 by Mrs. Martha T. C. Jeffers, Dr. Cordell’s daughter. While not part of this collection, Dr. Eugene F. Cordell’s books were donated by his wife, Louise S. Cordell in 1921. Donation and provenance letters are included in the collection in the Provenance Information Series.
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KeywordCordell, Christine Turner
Turner, Henry Smith
Cordell, Levi C.
Jeffers, Martha C.
American Civil War
Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, 1843-1913
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
Confederate States of America. Army
Washington, George, 1732-1799--Family
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870--Family
Jefferson County (W. Va.)--History
Charles Town (W. Va.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore
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