University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James Reid Cole Papers, 1852-1926



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cole, James Reid
Title: Cole, James Reid Papers
Dates: 1852-1926
Abstract: The James Reid Cole Papers include correspondence, diaries, reminiscences, articles, lecture notes, school class records, financial and college class notes relating to Cole, Confederate officer, educator, college administrator, and state representative.
Accession No.: 1939; 1941; 1954
Extent: 1 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

James Reid Cole (1839–1917) was a Confederate officer, educator, college administrator, and state representative from North Carolina. In 1861 he served as a sergeant in his brother's Company M of the Second North Carolina Cavalry Regiment, Confederate Army, and in 1862 was named an adjutant for the Twenty-second North Carolina Cavalry Regiment. Cole remained with this unit for the duration of the war and was ultimately promoted to colonel.

In 1866, Cole moved to Texas where he was employed as chair of the department of ancient languages at McKenzie College in Clarksville. He married Mary P. King in 1868 and they moved to Grayson County, where he was elected to the Twelfth Texas Legislature (1870-71). In 1873 he served as enrolling clerk for the Thirteenth Texas Legislature and also joined the Grange, an agricultural advancement group.

Cole once more decided to focus on education, and in 1877 became president of North Texas Female College (later Kidd-Key College) in Sherman. He resigned only one year later, but in 1879 became chair of the English, Literature, and History departments at Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) in College Station. In 1885 Cole resigned to become superintendent of public schools in Abilene. He then moved to Dallas, where he formed and served as the conductor for Cole's Classical and Military School of Dallas (1889-1902). He returned to university life, serving as chair of the English, Literature, and History departments of Baptist University at Oak Cliff from 1902 until he retired in 1905.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Cole, James Reid," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/fcole.html (accessed July 6, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The James Reid Cole Papers, 1852-1926, include correspondence, family diaries, reminiscences, articles, lecture notes, school class records, financial documents, college class notes, and biographical sketches of Cole’s wife and his brother. The papers relate to Cole’s service in the Civil War, his term as a Texas legislator, and his experiences as an educator.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cole, James Reid, 1839-1917--Archives.
Cole, Mary King
Cole family
Subjects (Organizations)
Cole's Classical and Military School (Dallas, Tex.)
North Texas Female College (Sherman, Tex.)
Texas A & M University
Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Cavalry Regiment, 2nd
Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Cavalry Regiment, 22nd
Texas. Legislature
Subjects
Diaries--Texas--History
Education--Texas--History
Places
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Abilene (Tex.)
College Station (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Reid Cole Papers, 1852-1926, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2C451 School record books
Notebooks with literary productions
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2C452 Personal and family diaries
Account books
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2Q481 "Letters of J.R. Cole and Programmes of Cole Schools, 1866-1899," transcript (2 copies)
"A Little History of Mary King Cole," transcript (2 copies)
"Diaries of James R. Cole, 1870, 1872, 1873," transcript (2 copies)
C.C. Cole diary entry, 1916
Literary efforts, 1911, 1915, and undated
Miscellany
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2Q482 Transcripts of personal and family diaries, 3 volumes (2 copies each)