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Collection Overview

Cole family
Cole Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1848-1900
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-000890


Consists of 12 letters from William, E. B., and Robert Patten to their brother-in-law and sister, George N. and Olivia Cole, along with additional Cole family documents.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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-)

Collection History


Purchase, 2016. (AM 2017-85)


No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

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

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Cole Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-000890