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Georgina M. Cooper copybook and poetry scrapbook


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Georgina Maria Cooper (alternately spelled Georgiana, Georgianna, or Georgeanna) was born in 1850 to Ezekiel and Louise Cooper of Sussex County, Delaware. She had at least one sibling, Susan E. Cooper. In the 1870s, Cooper began work as a school teacher in School District No. 29, Hollandsville, Delaware. She married Robert Penny and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, prior to the mid 1880s. Georgina died in Philadelphia on March 10, 1902, at the age of 52.

"Death Notices." The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 13, 1902.Further biographical information derived from the collection.

This nineteenth-century copybook and scrapbook was kept by student (and later teacher) Georgina Maria Cooper of Hollandsville, Delaware. It contains pages of copied phrases completed when Cooper was in school, poetry clippings, copied lists of deaths and marriages in Kent County, Delaware, and a list of her students in 1871.

Georgina Cooper began writing in the copybook in 1866, when she was a schoolgirl, and included lines copied for penmanship, sums, "miscellaneous exercises," rhymes, biblical verses, and dialogs "spoken by girls and boys at Ebenezer Church." Numerous deaths and marriages are copied from the

Delaware Republican, a Kent County, Delaware, newspaper. On January 1, 1871, Georgina Cooper listed herself as teacher and identified her pupils for School District No. 29 in Hollandsville, Delaware. In the later 1870s, Cooper continued her copy work with essays, poems, and hymns from camp meeting books. By 1885, her address was Pine Street, Philadelphia, and her gathered poems and essays were copied from the Atlantic Monthly or clipped from various newspapers.

Laid into the copybook is a mailed invitation to an October 7, 1900, reunion of M.E. Mariners' Bethel Sabbath School, addressed to Cooper's husband, Robert Penny. The book is in poor condition with loose, frayed pages.

University of Delaware. Library.

Self works : diaries, scrapbooks, and other autobiographical efforts : catalog of an exhibition, August 19, 1997-December 18, 1997 : guide to selected sources. Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 1997.

  1. Item 0095: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097


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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2014 March 6
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Collection Inventory

Georgina M. Cooper copybook and poetry scrapbook, 1866-1900.
Item 0095
Physical Description

1 volume

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