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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Coit, Helen Harry
Coit Collection
Date [inclusive]
General Physical Description note
1 box (.209 linear feet)
Letters & receipts belonging to Helen Harry Coit, who lived in Jasper County, Mississippi.

Prefered Citation

Coit Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Collection History

Originally placed in Small Manuscripts 2008.1, these materials were separated into their own collection in 2010.

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Scope and Content Note

Primarily Reconstruction era materials related to Helen Harry Coit of Jasper County, Miss. Also contains one Civil War letter from Col. John F. Harry while stationed in Louisiana.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 

Access Restrictions

The Coit Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Eleanor Favrot in 2008.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For more materials related to the Reconstruction period housed at the University of Mississippi Archives & Special Collections, see our Reconstruction subject guide.

For more Civil War materials housed at the University of Mississippi Archives & Special Collections, see our Civil War subject guide.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • poetry
  • receipts (financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Jasper County (Miss.) -- History
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)

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Collection Inventory

AN to Mr. Harey from John Chisholm. Regarding goods and supplies bought and money owed and borrowed. 1856. 4 notes. 

ALS to Dear Wife from Your Husband Col. J.F. Harry, dated 23 December 1863, Franklinton, Louisiana 

Scope and Contents note

Col. Harry describes the area in which his company is camped as poor, speculates that the Union army will not venture into the area and speculates on making camp for the Winter.

ALS to My Dear Daughter from Your Affectionate Father J.F. Harry dated 12 April 1864, Near Memphis, Pickens Cty, Alabama. 

ALS to Dear Wife. Dated Wednesday 25 February 1864, from Webster Winston Cty. 

ALS to Dear John from yours truly [O?] H. [Ruiton] dated 11 July 1866. 

Receipt for sugar and freight. J.H. Gary & Co., Cotton Factors and General Commission Merchants. Mobile, Alabama, dated 21 November 1868. Made out to Mr. J.F. Harry. 

ALS to Mr. J.F. Harry and Wife from Joseph Miley dated 10 July 1870. 

ALS to Dear Mrs. Harry from Jn. [R] Miley dated 2 April 1871, from Tupelo, Mississippi. 

Receipt. Lyerly, Woolverton & Co. Whilesale. Dated 13 August 1872. Made out to Jno. F. Harry. 

Subscription card for The Southern Collegian, published at Washington & Lee University. Dated 19 January 1876. 

ALS to My Dear Ann from Mother. Dated 13 May 1878. 

ALS to Dear Mr. Harry from Annie M. Frazer. Dated 17 July 1879, from Tupelo, Mississippi. 

Receipt. 1904. Bank of Hickory. On reverse: Benj. F. Griffin, Died 5 June 1881. Age 48. 

ALS to My dear Sir from W.B. [Shut or Sheet] dated 12 August 1889, from Huntsville. Fragments. 

Article. Jackson People Honor "Old Glory." 1915. 

Card. "A Peaceful Easter." To [Jan or Jon] From Edwin and Myrtle. 1925. On reverse: Dear Cousin Emma from Myrtle Britto[r or n]. Dated "Thurs. night". 

Birth Announcement. Emmet Britton Spann III. 18 July 1939. To Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Britton Spann Jr. 

ALS to Dear Darling from devoted friend Emma. Dated 7 September [1888]. 

AD "Hours Shine [wise]" Poetry. 

AD. Birth and death dates and locations for William W. Britton, Margaret Isobella, and Margaret [Nesiruth]. 

ALS from Mother. Dated July 10. 

AD "Our Country." Undated 

AL Dear Sweet. Dated "Friday June 25". 

AL My Dear Ann from Your Mother. Dated 27 January [1870 or 1880]. 

TD. Notes on Daniel Webster, J.C. Calhoun, and Henry Clay. Undated 

ALS from your affectionate husband. Fragment. Undated 

Envelope. Undated. Addressed to Col. John F. Harry, Jasper Co., Mississippi. 

Clipping. Poem: "Abraham Lincoln."