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Forrest L. Cosby, Sr. Collection MC 10

Biographical Note

Dr. Forrest Lee Cosby, Sr. (1864-1933) began practicing medicine in Columbus in 1899. He later served as Muscogee County health officer and county physician for 27 years, as well as being the head of the county tuberculosis sanatorium which bore his name. At the time of his death he was the head of the county relief organization. Shortly before he died, Cosby came to know George Washington Carver as a result of one of his appearances in Columbus.

Scope and Content

This collection contains letters and newspaper clippings concerning George Washington Carver and his interactions with Dr. Cosby and George Philips.

1932-1941 1 box (.5 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish materials from the Forrest L. Cosby Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Forrest L. Cosby Sr. Collection (MC 10)
Columbus StateUniversity Archives


Donated by Ninette Rogers in 1976.

Box 1

Folder 1 – Contains 6 letters from George Washington Carver, Tuskegee Institute, to Dr. Forrest L. Cosby and to George Philips. They discuss Carver's visit to Columbus and visits to him in Tuskegee, as well as the deaths of Dr. and Mrs. Cosby and Carver's reaction to them. These letters express Carver's appreciation of how he was treated by the Cosbys and the Philips, and also refer to difficulties he faced in life “. . . due to my complexion . . “ as he says in the letter dated July 11, 1933. There is also a postcard from M. Siddalingaiya to Dr. Cosby giving him his address in Bangalore,India. (October 13, 1932-July 11, 1933)

Letter from George Washington Carver to George Philips, July 11, 1933

Folder 2 – Newspaper clippings about the life and death of George Washington Carver, including his meeting with Henry Ford in 1940 (1930s-1941)

Item 3 – Newspaper clippings concerning the illness and death of Dr. Cosby, glued to cardboard (1933)