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Robert James Coffey letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9077

Scope and Contents

Two letters from Coffey to Nora M. Brown during his service in the Civil War at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Alexandria, Virginia. Includes a poem by Coffey titled "To Miss N.M.B." Dated 1864-1865.


  • 1864-1865


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted due to condition. Photocopy of 1864 letter open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Robert James Coffey letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Robert James Coffey (1839-1910) was a sergeant in the Civil War and later a journalist.

Robert James Coffey was born April 14, 1839 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to James Coffey and Elizabeth Savage Coffey. He enlisted for the Civil War on September 1, 1864, and served as a sergeant with the Co. G, 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He was honorably discharged August 3, 1865. He enjoyed writing poetry, and wrote many verses during his time in the war. He married Nora Mary Brown on September 12, 1865, and they had four daughters. He went on to become a journalist and revived the Shippensburg Sentinel and founded the Shippensburg Democratic Safeguard. He continued to found and purchase other newspapers in other states. Robert James Coffey passed away March 11, 1910 in Delta, Colorado.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Charlie Potter found these letters during a move in an envelope addressed to Constance L. Harre, a descendant of Coffey in Renton, WA, from Jean Coffey Row in Dover, DE. Charlie Potter donated these letters to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in October 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Charlie Potter; October 2017.


Orphaned Manuscripts collecting policy (February 2014).

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of 1864 letter available in folder 2.

Related Materials

MSS 1633 contains Coffey's autobiography and poems.

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Stanley, student manuscript processor; November 2017.

Register of Robert James Coffey letters
Maddi Stanley
2017 November 14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States