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Guide to the William Johnston Cocke Papers, 1682-1977, bulk 1900-1960

Abstract

Rhodes scholar and lawyer of Asheville, N.C.

Collection is divided into the following categories: Correspondence (1815-1969, some transcribed); Writings (1682-1965); Speeches (1896-1965); Miscellany (ca. 1908); Clippings (1792-1975); Printed materials (1865-1977); Volumes (1886-1954); Pictures, late 19th and early 20th centuries; and an Alphabetical file (1787-1977), arranged by topic. Most of the material spans the years 1900-1960. Included are personal correspondence and materials relating to Cocke's political and civic interests; family correspondence and photographs; clippings; and scrapbooks. Cocke's many correspondents include Sam Ervin, B. Everett Jordan, and Terry Sanford. Correspondence topics include the Democratic Party; life as an American law student in England; English law compared to American law; and travels in Europe. Some letters refer to Thomas Wolfe, whom Cocke knew.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Cocke, William Johnston, 1904-
Title
William Johnston Cocke papers 1682-1977, bulk 1900-1960
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.4 Linear Feet, 2121 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection reflects the varied interests of Cocke. It is divided into the following categories: correspondence (1815-1969, some transcribed); writings (1682-1965); speeches (1896-1965); miscellany (ca. 1908); clippings (1792-1975); printed materials (1865-1977); volumes (1886-1954); pictures, late 19th and early 20th centuries; and an alphabetical file (1787-1977), arranged by topic. The collection covers a wide variety of topics and time periods, but most of the material has dates in the span 1900-1960. Included are personal correspondence and materials relating to Cocke's political and civic interests. His many correspondents include Sam Ervin, B. Everett Jordan, and Terry Sanford. Correspondence topics include the Democratic Party; life as an American law student in England; English law compared to American law; travels in Europe; Thomas Wolfe, whom Cocke knew; publishing efforts; and a meeting with Lady Astor and the future King Edward VII. Other items include family letters; manuscripts by Cocke's mother, Nola, including "My Reminiscences of the Sixties (1861-1865)" about the Reconstruction era in Tenn.; clippings regarding a proposed N.C. constitution amendment requiring a literacy test for voter registrants in the 1860s; speeches by William Cocke, Sr., mayor of Asheville, N.C.; a guardian's account book later turned into a scrapbook; a large campaign scrapbook for Senate candidate Alton Asa Lennon; Cocke-Dilworth family photographs and many albumen prints of Europe. Topics in the alphabetical file include civic clubs; United World Federalists, Inc.; the attempt to establish the state of Franklin in what is now western N.C.; legal cases regarding horse stealing, a slave sale, and other topics; court reform in N.C. and the Bell Committee; and the Commission on International Cooperation under the N.C. Dept. of Conservation and Development.

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Contents of the Collection

1815-1928
Box 1
1929-1969 and undated
Box 2
Clark, William Bell, 1960
Box 3
Cocke, Nola (Dilworth), undated
Box 3
Cocke, Nola (Dilworth), 1930 and undated
Box 4
Cocke, William Johnston, 1949-1965 and undated
Box 5
Dilworth, Sarh E. J. (Broyles), 1861-1868
Box 5
Duncombe, Giles, 1682
Box 5
Speeches and other engagement files
Box 6
Various papers
Box 6
Clippings files
Box 7
Other printed materials
Box 8
Nola (Dilworth) Cocke, ca. 1886
Box 8
William Johnston Cocke scrapbook, 1898-1910
Box 8
Alton Asa Lennon scrapbook, 1954
Box 15
Miscellany, late 19th and early 20th centuries
Box 9
People, late 19th and early 20th centuries
Box 9
Belgium, England, Ireland, late 19th century
Box 9
France, late 19th century
Box 9
Germany, late 19th century
Box 9
Italy, late 19th century
Box 10
Scotland and Switzerland, late 19th century
Box 10
Asheville and Bunconbe county, 1929-1964 and undated
Box 11
Burton Grant, 1808-1967
Box 11
Chucky Jack, 1956
Box 11
Court calendar reform, 1954-1957
Box 12
Cour cases, 1933-1952
Box 12
Court reform, 1954-1961
Box 12
Democratic National Committee, 1953
Box 13
Democratic Party, local and national campaign, election miscellany, 1904-1970
Box 13
East Tennessee Historical Society, 1955-1957
Box 13
International relations, 1948-1972
Box 13
McCarthy, Joseph Raymond, 1954
Box 13
Masonic certificates, 1883-1885
Box 13
National Trust for Historic Presercation in the the United States, 1953-1956
Box 14
North Carolina and Buncombe County Bar Associations, 1909-1965
Box 14
Recreational information, 1939-1948
Box 14
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Asheville, N.C., 1961
Box 14
Sanford, Terry, 1961-1963
Box 14
Sanford campaign, 1972
Box 14
State of Franklin, 1785-1975
Box 14
Tennessee legal papers, 1787-1793
Box 14
Trauma and cancer, 1928
Box 14
United World Federalists, Inc., 1948-1958
Box 14
Webb, Edwin Yates, 1955
Box 14
Western North Caolina Historical Association, 1954-1961
Box 14
The Wilderness Trail, undated
Box 14
Wills, 1895-1905
Box 14
Women's Clubs, 1899-1941
Box 14
Vance, Zebulon Baird, 1868-1943
Box 14
Young Democratic Clubs of America, 1936-1961
Box 14
Zeb Vance Debating Society, 1946-1966
Box 14
Presidential pardon, 1865 Nov.
Folder 1
Passport, 1890

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Johnston Cocke Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The William Johnston Cocke Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a part of the Flowers Collection in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff

Encoded by Ted Holt, November 2009

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.