An Inventory of the Cooper-Richardson Family Papers, 1863-1977

(1 box; .5 linear ft.)

RG 5/032

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The Cooper-Richardson collection contains correspondence and family memorabilia from the Cooper family (William E. and Sarah Roberts Matlack Cooper). The Cooper family were Quakers of New Jersey, attending meetings in the Woodbury and Byberry areas. The collection includes correspondence and family memorabilia. Of particular interest is the journal of their granddaughter, Anna C. Richardson, written on her trip to California in 1904, and the writings of Sarah Cooper.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE The Cooper family were Quakers of New Jersey, attending meetings in the Woodbury and Byberry areas. Materials in this collection focus on the children of William E. and Elizabeth Cooper, their spouses and young children. William Evans Cooper (1812-1856) married Elizabeth M. Roberts (1815-1902) at Woodbury Monthly Meeting in Gloucester County, N.J., in 1836. They had 8 children: Annie, Sarah, Mary Kaighn who married Nathaniel Richardson, Elizabeth Roberts, Joseph Morgan, Lucy, William Alfred, and Henry R. Cooper.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS Includes correspondence and family memorabilia of the children and grandchildren of William Evans and Sarah Cooper. Of particular interest is the journal of their granddaughter, Anna C. Richardson, written on her trip to California in 1904, and the writings of Sarah Cooper. Correspondence focuses on family matters and includes accounts of accidents, marriages, and general family news. Two family chronologies log the births, deaths, and travels of the Coopers. The latter part of the collection stresses the lives of the daughters of Nathaniel and Mary K. Cooper Richardson, Elizabeth C. and Anne, neither of whom married. Of special interest is the journal of Anna C. Richardson of a two month trip to California in 1904. Anna and two companions traveled to Los Angeles and then north into Canada. The journal includes interesting descriptions of the slums and opium dens of Chinatown in San Francisco and notes prominent sites along the route. Photographs and postcards have been glued into the journal and are commented on extensively.

Arrangement The collection is divided into five series

Added entries

  • California -- Description and travel -- 1869-1950
  • Cooper family
  • Quakers - Diaries
  • Quakers - Social life and customs
  • Quakers -- New Jersey
  • Diaries
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Cooper, Anna, 1872-1926
  • Cooper, Elizabeth M. (Elizabeth Matlack), 1815-1902
  • Cooper, Henry R. (Henry Roberts), 1856-1928
  • Cooper, Sarah, 1838-1923
  • Cooper, William E. (William Evans), 1812-1856
  • Richardson, Elizabeth C., 1863-1947
  • Richardson, Mary K. (Mary Kaighn), 1841-1912
  • Richardson, Nathaniel, 1839-1920
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1987
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical, 1896-1947

General Box 1

Early genealogy prepared by William A. Cooper (photocopy) Box 1

Family chronologies:

Sarah Cooper, amended by Elizabeth M. Cooper Box 1

Mary K. Richardson
Includes later additions by Elizabeth K. Richardson, 1947.
1897. Box 1

Family History, Sarah Cooper, for Nathaniel and Mary K. Richardson 4mo 17 1896 Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1863-1977

General family correspondence,
Includes letters from Henry R. Cooper, 1868-1888 and letters to Jessie Bagg Cooper, 1889. Also includes letters of congratulations from members of the Cooper family on the announcement of Henry Cooper's engagement to her.
1863-1898 Box 1

Richardson family 1904-1948 Box 1

Stanley Bagg Cooper
Letters concerning genealogical concerns, to family members.

Sarah to Mary, account and opinion of President Lincoln's death 4mo 16 1865 Box 1

Henry Cooper to his sisters
re: Christmas presents and festivities, including a bushel of walnuts.
12mo 18 1868 Box 1

Ser. 3. Family Memorabilia, 1862-1973, n.d.

Memorials and obituaries Box 1

Wedding invitation, Nathaniel and Mary (Cooper) Richardson 1862 Box 1

Sarah and Annie Cooper's School, prospectus and material 1891, n.d. Box 1

Sarah Cooper, “Recollections of the Azores” for Friends Intelligencer 1885. Box 1

Ivory engagement book, Lucy Cooper Walker Box 1

Canvas portfolio [Nathaniel Richardson] Box 1

Hand drawn map, Chestnut Glen/Byberry, by Mary B. Cooper Box 1

Acrylic and watercolor paintings, Anna Richardson Box 1

Memorabilia of Frances Richardson 1969-1973 Box 1

Ser. 4. Journals, 1881-1904

Sarah Cooper, Accounts of the Activities of the children of; Lucy Cooper Walker; Jessie Bagg Cooper ca. 1881, 1900 (2 vols.) Box 1

Anna Richardson, Journal of trip to California, Oregon, Washington and California 1904 Box 1

Ser. 5. Publications, 1900-1910

Cooper Reunion at Greenfields, New Jersey. H. M. Cooper 1900 Box 1

Notes on the Ancestry of Anne Clarke who Married John Cooper, by William A. Cooper 1910 Box 1