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Robert James Coffey autobiography and poems

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1633

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1861-1903


Conditions Governing Access

Due to the fragile nature of the items, only the photocopies are available for patron use.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)




19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of originals available in Box 1, folders 1-2. Transcriptions available in Box 1, folder 3.
Register of Robert James Coffey autobiography and poems
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 13
Description rules
Language of description
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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