Robert James Coffey autobiography and poems

Robert James Coffey autobiography and poems

Dates: 1861-1903

One bound volume and one loose volume of autobiographical notes, poems, and scrapbook materials along with photocopies of the collection. Coffey served in a Pennsylvania regiment of the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861-1865). He participated in a large number of campaigns and gives detailed accounts of army life. There are also printed copies of many of the poems Coffey was able to publish.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Coffey, Robert James, 1839-1910
  • Call Number: MSS 1633
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Due to the fragile nature of the items, only the photocopies are available for patron use.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Autobiography and poems must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1633; Autobiography and poems; Western American business and labor history; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1633, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Coffey, Robert James, 1839-1910; United States. Army--History--Sources; Civil Rights; Poets, American--Pennsylvania--Biography--Sources; Politics, Government, and Law; Soldiers--United States--Biography--Sources; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns--Sources; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Genre / Form
American poetry--19th century; Autobiographies; Printed ephemera
Appraisal Information
Western American business and labor history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.II, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Coffey (Robert James) autobiography and poems
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Kim
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-01-12T10:04-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

Union soldier in the Civil War and a prolific poet. He became a newspaper man after the war, delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Pennsylvania U.S. Revenue Assessor, postmaster, and Freemason.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts