The collection consist of papers relating to the Yancey family, B.
F. Yancey, and the Esmont Colored School, Scottsville, Va., which
he founded. These papers include letters, photographs, school records,
clippings, greeting cards and invitations, memoranda books and financial
and legal papers. Browse
Collection by date.
Two boxes filled with letters and other materials written
by Kate Coles from as early as 1894 up to her death around 1943 are owned
by the University of Virginia and housed in Alderman Librarys Special
Collections Department. The letters indicate that she was born on January
7, 1857 as a slave at Gale Hill plantation in Albemarle County. There
her mistress, Mary Terrell Minor, taught her to read and write.
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