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Cole Family Papers


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

George N. Cole (1821-1870), of Calais, Maine, married Olivia Patten (1822-1897), of Kent County, New Brunswick in 1845. They had two children: William Howard Cole (1846-1909) and George E. Cole (1851-). William married Fanny Alice Woodbury (1859-1910), with whom he had three children: Albert Neil Cole (1885–1952), Thomas B. Cole (1893-), and Miriam V. Cole (1897-)

This collection consists of various materials related to the Cole family of Maine. Of special interest are 12 letters from brothers William, E. B., and Robert Patten, to their brother-in-law and sister, George N. and Olivia Cole, about their experiences in San Francisco during the gold rush.

No arrangement scheme.

Purchase, 2016. (AM 2017-85)

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in March 2017. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in March 2017.

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Faith Charlton
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Patten Brothers' Letters to George and Olivia Cole, 1848-1860. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

George and Olivia Cole, Marriage Affidavit, 1845 September 19. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

William H. Cole, Official Documents, 1865-1878. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes William's discharge from the U.S. Army (Company C, Maine Unattached Infantry, under Captain Thomas P. Hutchinson) as well as his certificate of appointment from the Secretary of Treasury as Customs Clerk for the District of Passamaquoddy, Maine

Physical Description

1 folder

Albert Neill Cole, Photographs, circa 1900. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

shown in uniform

Physical Description

1 folder

(David) Wing and Bates, Stock Notes for Kennebec and Portland Railroad Company, 1854-1855. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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