A Guide to the Nellie Stedman Cox Papers, 1843-1908
Born in Frankfurt, Kentucky, Nellie Stedman Cox (1791-1892) was the wife of Cornelius Clay Cox, a cattle rancher and judge. In 1874, she moved to Live Oak County, Texas, to be with her husband. A member of the Texas Women’s Press Association and the Texas State Historical Society, Cox wrote a prolific number of poems and stories concerning frontier life.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, literary productions, a muster roll, a bill of sale, and a photograph compose the Nellie Stedman Cox Papers, 1843-1908, documenting Cox’s literary work and the history of the Cox family. Her literary work consists of poems and short stories relating to her frontier life in Texas. The collection also includes correspondence to Nellie Cox, newspaper clippings concerning her death (1892), the Confederate muster roll of Cornelius Clay Cox (1864), a bill of sale for slaves (1843), and an 1876 photograph of Cornelius and Nellie Stedman Cox. Lithographic prints include an image of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
This collection is open for research use.
Nellie Stedman Cox Papers, 1843-1908, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers