Theodosia Gordon Collection
This collection came to the Charleston Museum in 2007 and is comprised of books, photographs and memorabilia including postcards, certificates, and a family Bible. The owner of the items, Theodosia Elizabeth Cox Gordon Robinson, was born in 1874 to Thomas Campbell Cox and Elizabeth Singleton. Thomas was twice elected as Darlington County Sheriff and, per family lore, was a member of the Charleston “Mulatto Elite.” Theodosia’s mother died when she was young and she was adopted by her paternal aunt, Julia Cox Gordon. Raised in Charleston, she moved to Washington, D.C. in her early 20s. She married and raised her children there, working for, and eventually retiring from, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Theodosia died in 1947. The images here are just a small portion of the 123 photographs in the collection. While some are identified, many including these shown here, are unknown.

Click here and here to view 1920s textiles from the Cox-Gordon collection

EPHEMERA FRIDAY: Each Friday we post a selection or small collection from our Archives. Some items may be on exhibit, some may be too fragile to display and some may be too unusual to fit into our typical Lowcountry exhibit themes. We will occasionally ask for help identifying people or places in photographs that have come to us with little or no information. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on EPHEMERA FRIDAY.