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Guide to the John Nelson Cole scrapbook, 1905-1919

Abstract

John Nelson Cole, Jr. was an undergraduate student at Trinity College from 1905-1909.

The scrapbook includes diary-style entries, photographs, clippings, receipts, tickets, poems, short stories, correspondence and other memorabilia related to his final year at Trinity College and his subsequent career. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1905-1919.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Cole, John Nelson, Jr., 1889-.
Title
John Nelson Cole scrapbook 1905-1919
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.6 Linear Feet, 2 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains news clippings, correspondence, journal entries, wedding invitations, telegrams, photographs, event programs, tickets, as well as some of Cole's own poems, essays and short stories. The scrapbook ranges in date from 1905-1919.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

This scrapbook contains clippings, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia from Cole's last year at Trinity College, and from his subsequent career. Materials from his time at Trinity College include photographs and memorabilia from athletics, Glee Club, and Alpha Tau Omega events. Also included are wedding invitations and clippings, including some related to the wedding of Mary Duke Biddle. Cole wrote and included many journal-style entries about his daily life, particularly during the years 1909-1912. The scrapbook also contains ephemera from his travel to Paris and his career in New York, as well newspaper obituaries upon the death of his father. Loosely arranged in chronological order.

Historical Note

The son of famed Methodist minister Rev. John Nelson Cole, John Nelson Cole, Jr. was born in 1895 and grew up in Rockingham, NC. He entered Trinity College in 1905 and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity as well as the Glee Club. He was also friends with Angier B. Duke.

After graduating in 1909 with a degree in journalism, Cole went on to teach English at the Woodberry School in Orange, VA for a short time. From 1910 to 1912, he attended Columbia University's journalism program. He subsequently worked for the Baltimore Hotel, the N.Y. Edison Company, and as a reporter for the New York Evening Post. Later, he worked as advertising writer and salesman for the U.S. Printing and Lithograph Company. Eventually, he became founder and president of the Planographic Equipment Company, which manufactured printing presses and produced pictorial sections for large newspapers.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Nelson Cole scrapbook, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The John Nelson Cole scrapbook was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, August 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A87-32 is described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.