Lenore McComas Coberly Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection contains papers of writer Lenore McComas Coberly, relating to Robert Henderson "Bob" Adkins, 20th-century owner and operator of an oil and gas business in Lincoln County, West Virginia. The collection includes 26 typescript pages of notes (with manuscript corrections) from interviews conducted with Adkins in July, 1990, accompanied by a cover letter from Adkins' secretary. The interviews focus on Adkins' experiences in the oil and gas industry in southern West Virginia, together with reminiscences of his own life and local and family history. Also included is a photocopy of Coberly's completed article, "Bob Adkins, Lincoln County Gas Man," appearing in the Summer 1992 issue of Goldenseal magazine.
- 1990 - 1992
- Coberly, Lenore McComas (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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Biographical / Historical
Lenore Coberly (nee McComas) was born in Hamlin (Lincoln County), West Virginia, on February 23, 1925. She graduated from West Virginia University and obtained a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and married Camden Arthur Coberly (1922-2001) in West Virginia in 1946; the couple had four children. The Coberlys moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where Camden Coberly obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. A published poet and writer, Lenore Coberly taught creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She died in Madison on September 28, 2022, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison.
Robert Henderson "Bob" Adkins, son of Albert G. and Mary Anna Dingess Adkins, was born in Ferrellsburg (Lincoln County), West Virginia, on October 27, 1903. He established R. H. Adkins and Companies in Hamlin (Lincoln County) in 1927. He remained active in the oil and gas industry throughout his life and also served as chairman of the board of Lincoln National Bank. Twice married, to Madge Hager (1895-1972) and Rena Weaver (1927-2018), he fathered two children, the first dying in infancy. Bob Adkins died in Hamlin on October 12, 1999, and was buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Hamlin.
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Papers of writer Lenore McComas Coberly, including a photocopy of Coberly's article "Bob Adkins: Lincoln County Gas Man" from Goldenseal magazine and Coberly's typescript notes from 1990 interviews with Adkins, focusing on his experiences in the oil and gas industry as well as reminiscences of personal, family, and local history.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Lenore McComas Coberly Papers were acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 1993.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Lenore McComas Coberly Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing and description of the Lenore McComas Coberly Papers commenced and was completed in October, 2023.
- Lenore McComas Coberly Papers, 1990-1992
- John M. Jackson
- 2023 (CC0 1.0)
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