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Collection Number: 03907

Collection Title: O.J. Coffin Papers, 1879-1991

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Size 10.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5700 items)
Abstract Oscar Jackson Coffin was a journalist, professor of journalism, 1926-1956, and the first dean of the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina, 1950-1953. The collection includes correspondence, writings, and other items of Oscar Jackson Coffin and family members. The original deposit includes correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students concerning jobs and newspaper affairs, 1926-1956. Among the correspondents are John Harden, John D. Langston, Holt McPherson, and Roy Parker. Few items pertain to the University of North Carolina directly. Also included are clippings about Randolph County and Asheboro, N.C., especially of Coffin's column, "Shucks and Nubbins," which appeared in the Greensboro Daily News, and, after 1956, personal letters of Coffin's widow, Gertrude Wilson Coffin. The addition of 1995 includes letters, writings, photographs, and other items chiefly relating to Coffin's journalism career. Of note are letters from former students, including a few women journalists, who reported on their career progress, and letters from and photographs of Robert Ruark. Other papers include verses, articles, lectures, and newspaper clippings about and by Coffin. There is a small amount of school materials and writings of Gertrude Wilson Coffin. The addition of 2003 includes letters, writings, photographs and other items relating to Coffin's journalism career, especially while he was editor of the Raleigh Times. Also included are family letters, school materials, church materials, financial materials, and photographs relating to Gertrude; her father, J. E. Wilson (Joseph Edward Wilson), a physician, and her mother, Cordelia Mann Wilson, a school teacher, both of Haywood County, N.C.; her sister, Inez Wilson Dixon; and other members of the Mann and Wilson families.
Creator Coffin, O. J. (scar Jackson), 1887-1956.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Oscar Coffin Papers #3907, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. E. Wilson Coffin in 1970 and from E. Wilson Coffin in September 1995 (Acc. 95122) and November 2003 (Acc. 99660).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Oscar Jackson Coffin was a journalist, professor of journalism, 1926-1956, and the first dean of the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina, 1950-1953.

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The collection includes correspondence, writings, and other items of journalist and professor of journalism Oscar Jackson Coffin and family members. The original deposit includes correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students concerning jobs and newspaper affairs, 1926-1956. Among the correspondents are John Harden, John D. Langston, Holt McPherson, and Roy Parker. Few items pertain to the University of North Carolina directly. Also included are clippings about Randolph County, N.C., and Asheboro, N.C., especially of Coffin's column, "Shucks and Nubbins," which appeared in the Greensboro Daily News, and, after 1956, personal letters of Coffin's widow, Gertrude Wilson Coffin. The addition of 1995 includes letters, writings, photographs, and other items chiefly relating to Coffin's journalism career. Of note are letters from former students, including a few women journalists, who reported on their career progress, and letters from and photographs of Robert Ruark. Other papers include verses, articles, lectures, and newspaper clippings about and by Coffin. There is a small amount of school materials and writings of Gertrude Wilson Coffin. The addition of 2003 is comprised of letters, writings, photographs and other items relating to Coffin's journalism career, especially while he was editor of the Raleigh Times . Also included are family letters, school materials, church materials, financial materials, and photographs relating to Gertrude; her father, J. E. Wilson (Joseph Edward Wilson), a physician, and her mother, Cordelia Mann Wilson, a school teacher, both of Haywood County, N.C.; her sister, Inez Wilson Dixon; and other members of the Mann and Wilson families.

Materials in the original deposit have been maintained in the order as received from Oscar Jackson Coffin's file cabinets. Additions have been arranged in series as per the original deposit. Because similar material appears in all series, researchers may need to look at more than one series to find all of the items of interest to them.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967.

About 2,400 items.

Arrangement: chronological and topical.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters to and from former students seeking help in finding jobs and editors asking Oscar Jackson Coffin to recommend people to fill job openings. Most of the correspondence concerns journalism in North Carolina, but little appears to concern University events, current politics, or daily life in Chapel Hill, N.C. The rest of the correspondence is from friends, mainly in relation to his column "Shucks and Nubbins" in the Greensboro Daily News and correspondents including John Harden, John D. Langston, Holt McPherson, and Roy Parker. Correspondence, 1956-1967, is chiefly to and from Coffin's wife Gertrude Wilson Coffin. Included are many letters of condolence, 1956-1957, on Oscar Jackson Coffin's death.

Other papers include verses, articles, and lectures. There are also three volumes: a Randolph County, N.C., scrapbook of Hal M. Worth with clippings of "Shucks and Nubbins" and items about Randolph County and Asheboro, N.C.; Oscar Jackson Coffin's scrapbook with clippings of writings by Coffin including "Shucks and Nubbins" and the "State House Anthology" series (1917); and a portfolio of newspaper clippings with feature articles about and tributes to Oscar Jackson Coffin.

Folder 1

1916; 1923; 1926-1927 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 1

Folder 2

1929 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 2

Folder 3

1930-1932 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 3

Folder 4

1934-1939 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 4

Folder 5

1940-1941 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 5

Folder 6

1942-1943 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 6

Folder 7

1944 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1945 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 8-9

Folder 10-12

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

1946 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 10-12

Folder 13-16

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

1947 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 13-16

Folder 17-19

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

1948 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 17-19

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

1949 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 20-22

Folder 23-26

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

1950 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 23-26

Folder 27-31

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

1951 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 27-31

Folder 32-34

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

1952 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 32-34

Folder 35-38

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

1953 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 35-38

Folder 39-41

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

1954 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 39-41

Folder 42-43

Folder 42

Folder 43

1955 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 42-43

Folder 44-46

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

1956 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 44-46

Folder 47

1957 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 47

Folder 48

1958-1959 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 48

Folder 49

1960-1967 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 49

Folder 50-53

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Undated #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 50-53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

Miscellaneous #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 54-55

Folder 56-59

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Verses #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 56-59

Folder 60

Enclosures from Randolph County, N.C., scrapbook #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 60

Folder 61

Enclosures from Oscar Jackson Coffin's scrapbook #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 61

Folder 62

Volume 1: Scrapbook: Randolph County, N.C., 1934, 50 pp. #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 62

Folder 63

Volume 2: Scrapbook: Oscar Jackson Coffin, 200 pp. #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 63

Folder 64

Volume 3: Portfolio: Clippings about Oscar Jackson Coffin #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 64

Folder 65-73

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Clippings: Oscar Jackson Coffin, 1930s-1950s #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 65-73

Folder 74-78

Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Clippings: Oscar Jackson Coffin newspaper tributes and obituaries, 1956-1957 #03907, Series: "1. General Correspondence and Related Material, 1916-1967." Folder 74-78

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Alumni, 1943-1953.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Incoming and carbons of outgoing correspondence by and about students in the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina. These materials were maintained separately by Oscar Jackson Coffin and are filed alphabetically by the name of the student. Note that folder A is missing.

Folder 79

B #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 79

Folder 80

C #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 80

Folder 81

D #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 81

Folder 82

F #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 82

Folder 83

G #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 83

Folder 84

H #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 84

Folder 85

I #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 85

Folder 86

J #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 86

Folder 87

K #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 87

Folder 88

L #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 88

Folder 89

Mc #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 89

Folder 90

M #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 90

Folder 91

N #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 91

Folder 92

O #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 92

Folder 93

P #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 93

Folder 94

Q #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 94

Folder 95

R #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 95

Folder 96

S #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 96

Folder 97

T #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 97

Folder 98

V #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 98

Folder 99

W #03907, Series: "2. Alumni, 1943-1953." Folder 99

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: topical.

Incoming and carbons of outgoing correspondence between Oscar Jackson Coffin and journalists, press and professional organizations, former students, University colleagues, and other professional associates. These materials were maintained separately by Coffin and mostly concern his students. Some letters are filed by correspondent, others by newspaper, location, or organization. Unless noted, newspapers and locations are in North Carolina.

Folder 100

Applications for teaching positions #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 100

Folder 101

AASDJ, AATJ, AEJ, ASJSA #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 101

Folder 102

Asheville: Asheville Citizen-Times #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 102

Folder 103

B general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 103

Folder 104

C general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 104

Folder 105

Charlotte: Charlotte News #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 105

Folder 106

Charlotte: Charlotte Observer #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 106

Folder 107

D general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 107

Folder 108

Durham: Herald Sun #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 108

Folder 109

Dunn: Daily Record #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 109

Folder 110

E general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 110

Folder 111

Edenton: Edenton Daily News #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 111

Folder 112

Editor and Publisher #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 112

Folder 113

Elizabethtown: Bladen Journal #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 113

Folder 114

Elkin: Elkin Tribune #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 114

Folder 115

Elizabeth City: Daily Advance #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 115

Folder 116

F general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 116

Folder 117

Florida State University #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 117

Folder 118

G general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 118

Folder 119

Gastonia: Gastonia Gazette #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 119

Folder 120

Goldsboro: News Argus #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 120

Folder 121

Greensboro: Greensboro News-Record #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 121

Folder 122

Greenville: Daily Reflector #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 122

Folder 123

H general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 123

Folder 124

Hartsville, S.C.: Messenger #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 124

Folder 125

Hickory: Daily Record #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 125

Folder 126

I general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 126

Folder 127a

J general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 127a

Folder 127b

Jacksonville: News and Views #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 127b

Folder 128

Journalism Quarterly #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 128

Folder 129

K general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 129

Folder 130

Kinston: Kinston Daily Free Press #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 130

Folder 131

L general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 131

Folder 132

Laurinburg: Laurinburg Exchange #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 132

Folder 133

Lillington: Harnett County News #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 133

Folder 134

Mc general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 134

Folder 135

M general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 135

Folder 136

N general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 136

Folder 137

New Bern: Sun-Journal #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 137

Folder 138

North Carolina Press Association (and eastern North Carolina) #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 138

Folder 139

Norfolk, Va.: Ledger-Dispatch; Virginian Pilot #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 139

Folder 140

O general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 140

Folder 141

P general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 141

Folder 142

R general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 142

Folder 143a

Raleigh: Raleigh Times #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 143a

Folder 143b

Raleigh: News and Observer #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 143b

Folder 144

S general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 144

Folder 145

Scotland Neck: Scotland Neck Commonwealth #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 145

Folder 146

Sanford: Sanford Herald #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 146

Folder 147

Shelby: Shelby Daily Star #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 147

Folder 148

South Atlantic Council of Industrial Editors #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 148

Folder 149

T general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 149

Folder 150

U general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 150

Folder 151

United Press #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 151

Folder 152

V general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 152

Folder 153

W general #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 153

Folder 154

Wallace: Wallace Enterprise #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 154

Folder 155

West Jefferson: Skyland Post #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 155

Folder 156

Winston-Salem: Journal-Sentinel #03907, Series: "3. Other Correspondence, 1929-1953." Folder 156

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of September 1995 (Acc. 95122), 1900-1966.

About 840 items.

Arrangement: arranged in series as per original deposit.

Letters, writings, photographs, and other items chiefly relating to Oscar Jackson Coffin's journalism career. Of note are letters from former students, including a few women, who reported on their career progress, and letters from and photographs of Robert Ruark. Other papers include verses, articles, lectures, and newspaper clippings about and by Oscar Jackson Coffin. There is a small amount of school materials and writings of Gertrude Wilson (Coffin).

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About 800 items.

Arrangement: chronologial and topical.

Chiefly letters received from former students and newspaper colleagues concerning journalism in North Carolina. Of note are letters from former students, including a few women, who reported on their career progress. Most female correspondents are filed in the "Lois Byrd, etc." folder. There are also several letters from Robert Ruark and a separate file for letters of condolence sent on Coffin's death. Other papers include verses, articles, lectures, and newspaper clippings about and by Oscar Jackson Coffin. Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 157-158

Folder 157

Folder 158

1905-1919 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 157-158

Folder 159-165

Folder 159

Folder 160

Folder 161

Folder 162

Folder 163

Folder 164

Folder 165

1920-1929 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 159-165

Folder 166-172

Folder 166

Folder 167

Folder 168

Folder 169

Folder 170

Folder 171

Folder 172

1930-1939 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 166-172

Folder 173-175

Folder 173

Folder 174

Folder 175

1940-1949 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 173-175

Folder 176-177

Folder 176

Folder 177

1950-1959 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 176-177

Folder 178

1956: Letters of condolence #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 178

Folder 179

1966 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 179

Folder 180-182

Folder 180

Folder 181

Folder 182

Undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 180-182

Folder 183

Joe Bobitt and Bob Mason, 1929-1943 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 183

Folder 184

Lois Byrd, etc., 1928-1948, 1982 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 184

Folder 185

E. C. Daniel and Burke Davis, 1933-1951 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 185

Folder 186

Dowds of the Charlotte News, 1933 and undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 186

Folder 187

Carl Durham and congressional concerns, 1938-1939, 1949 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 187

Folder 188

James T. McAden and Karl Sprinkle, 1935-1956 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 188

Folder 189

Holt McPherson and Capus Waynick, 1926-1956 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 189

Folder 190

John Mebane and Joe Bobbitt, 1930-1953 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 190

Folder 191

Jack Riley, 1933-1949 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 191

Folder 192

Robert Ruark, 1938-1965 and undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 192

Folder 193

Jake Strother, 1936-1942 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 193

Folder 194

Carl Thompson, Clay Thompson, Kay Thompson, 1933-1941 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 194

Folder 195

Sonny Tilghman and George Bradham, 1931-1936 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 195

Folder 196

Roy Wilder, 1935-1947 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 196

Folder 197-201

Folder 197

Folder 198

Folder 199

Folder 200

Folder 201

Miscellaneous #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 197-201

Folder 202

Verses #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 202

Folder 203-205

Folder 203

Folder 204

Folder 205

Clippings: About and by Oscar Jackson Coffin #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 203-205

Folder 206

Datebook, 1955? #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1905-1966 and undated." Folder 206

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1902-1906.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of November 2003 (Acc. 99660), 1879-1991.

About 800 items.

Arrangement: arranged in series as per original deposit.

Letters, photographs, writings, and other items relating to Oscar Jackson Coffin's journalism career, especially while he was editor of the Raleigh Times . Also included are family letters, school materials, church materials, financial materials, and photographs relating to Coffin's wife, Gertrude Wilson Coffin; her father, J. E. Wilson (Joseph Edward Wilson), a physician, and her mother, Cordelia Mann Wilson, a school teacher, both of Haywood County, N.C.; her sister, Inez Wilson Dixon; and other members of the Mann and Wilson families.

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: chronologial and topical.

Chiefly letters to Oscar Jackson Coffin regarding editorials published while he was the editor of the Raleigh Times. Other letters are from friends and former students serving in the military during World War II. Also included are letters to his wife, Gertrude Wilson Coffin, from her sister Inez Wilson Dixon; from Jake Strother, a longtime friend from the newspaper business; and from other family and friends. Other materials include newspaper clippings; a scrapbook; lectures and other writings of Coffin; materials relating to Gertrude's death; and miscellaneous membership cards, certificates, and biographical material.

Folder 212

1908-1916 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 212

Folder 213

1918 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 213

Folder 214

1919-1920 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 214

Folder 215

1921 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 215

Folder 216

1922 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 216

Folder 217

1923 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 217

Folder 218

1924 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 218

Folder 219

1925 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 219

Folder 220

1926 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 220

Folder 221

1927-1934 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 221

Folder 222

1935-1939 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 222

Folder 223

1941-1942 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 223

Folder 224

1943-1944 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 224

Folder 225

1945 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 225

Folder 226

1946-1947 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 226

Folder 227

1948-1952 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 227

Folder 228

1953 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 228

Folder 229

1954-1965 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 229

Folder 230

1966-1967 #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 230

Folder 231

Undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 231

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Folder 232

Folder 233

Folder 234

Inez Dixon, 1950-1953 and undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 232-234

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Folder 235

Folder 236

Folder 237

Folder 238

Jake Strother, 1955-1967 and undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 235-238

Folder 239

Clippings #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 239

Folder 240

Gertrude Wilson Coffin: Death #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 240

Folder 241

Lectures #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 241

Folder 242

Other writings #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 242

Folder 243

Scrapbook: Letters, chiefly tributes to Oscar Jackson Coffin (disassembled; see P-3907/6 for photographs) #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 243

Folder 244

Miscellaneous #03907, Subseries: "Series 1. General Correspondence, 1908-1970 and undated." Folder 244

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About 500 items.

Correspondence, school materials, church materials, physician's account books, medical licenses, receipts, telephone bills, and other miscellaneous material relating to Gertrude Wilson Coffin; her father, J. E. Wilson (Joseph Edward Wilson), and her mother, Cordelia Mann Wilson, a school teacher, both of Haywood County, N.C.; and other Mann and Wilson family members.

Folder 245

Mann family genealogy #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 245

Folder 246

C. E. McCloud algebra notebook, 1880 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 246

Folder 247-248

Folder 247

Folder 248

Cordelia Mann Wilson, 1881-1939 and undated #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 247-248

Folder 249

Cordelia Mann Wilson: School materials, 1976-1880 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 249

Folder 250

Gertrude Wilson Coffin: School materials, 1903-1906 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 250

Folder 251-263

Folder 251

Folder 252

Folder 253

Folder 254

Folder 255

Folder 256

Folder 257

Folder 258

Folder 259

Folder 260

Folder 261

Folder 262

Folder 263

J. E. Wilson, 1879-1929 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 251-263

Folder 264

J. E. Wilson: Bethel Church and Academy, 1887-1908 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 264

Folder 265

J. E. Wilson: Check register, 1903-1904 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 265

Folder 266

J. E. Wilson: Prescription pad, 1924 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 266

Folder 267-275

Folder 267

Folder 268

Folder 269

Folder 270

Folder 271

Folder 272

Folder 273

Folder 274

Folder 275

J. E. Wilson: "Physician's Visiting List," 1894-1895, 1897-1899, 1903, 1922-1923 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 267-275

Folder 276-290

Folder 276

Folder 277

Folder 278

Folder 279

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Folder 281

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Folder 283

Folder 284

Folder 285

Folder 286

Folder 287

Folder 288

Folder 289

Folder 290

J. E. Wilson: "Physician's Memorandum," 1902-1917 #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 276-290

Folder 291

Miscellaneous #03907, Subseries: "Series 5. Other Family Papers, 1879-1991." Folder 291

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Separated materials include oversize papers (OP-3907/1-4); oversize pictures (OP-P-3907/1-5); pictures (P-3907/folders 1-15).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing and SHC Staff, March 1996 with subsequent additions

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, August 2004

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