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Collection Number: 03220

Collection Title: William Chambers Coker Papers, 1884-1956 (bulk 1914-1950).

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Size 36.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 29,000 items)
Abstract William Chambers Coker was a botanist, teacher, writer, who taught at the University of North Carolina, 1902-1945, serving as chair of the Department of Botany and editor of the journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society. The collection includes correspondence and other personal and professional records of William Chambers Coker, chiefly 1914-1950. Coker's papers concern family and personal business matters; his research, writing, and international correspondence as a botanist; his activities at the University of North Carolina as a professor and as chair of the Botany Department for 36 years; the journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, of which he was editor, 1904-1945; and numerous civic interests. Also included are Coker's notebooks titled "Plants of Chapel Hill"; files of Alma Holland of the Botany Department as editor of the yearbook of the Garden Club of North Carolina, 1940-1941; files of the Highlands Museum and Biological Laboratory, 1930-1950; and files of the Division of Design and Improvement of School Grounds, University of North Carolina Extension Bureau. Also included are Coker's research notes on his studies of mycology; notes and drawings on various fungi; photographs, field notes, and drawings of plants; blueprints related to what became the Coker Arboretum at the University of North Carolina; and correspondence with Coker's family and friends.
Creator Coker, William Chambers, 1872-1953.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 William Chambers Coker Papers, #3220, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts, 1956-1983; Lydia Sargent Macauley in April 2006 (Acc. 100367); Preston W. Fox in December 2008 (Acc. 101033)
Additional Descriptive Resources
The original finding aid is filed in folder 1A.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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William Chambers Coker was a botanist, teacher, writer, who taught at the University of North Carolina, 1902-1945, serving as chair of the Department of Botany and editor of the journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society.

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The collection includes correspondence and other personal and professional records of William Chambers Coker, chiefly 1914-1950. Coker's papers concern family and personal business matters; his research, writing, and international correspondence as a botanist; his activities at the University of North Carolina as a professor and as chair of the Botany Department for 36 years; the journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, of which he was editor, 1904-1945; and numerous civic interests. Also included are Coker's notebooks titled "Plants of Chapel Hill"; files of Alma Holland of the Botany Department as editor of the yearbook of the Garden Club of North Carolina, 1940-1941; files of the Highlands Museum and Biological Laboratory, 1930-1950; and files of the Division of Design and Improvement of School Grounds, University of North Carolina Extension Bureau. Also included are Coker's research notes on his studies of mycology; notes and drawings on various fungi; photographs, field notes, and drawings of plants; blueprints related to what became the Coker Arboretum at the University of North Carolina; and correspondence with Coker's family and friends.

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Contents list

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4 items.

Notebooks kept by William Chambers Coker, labelled "Plants of Chapel Hill."

Box 11

Plants of Chapel Hill #03220, Series: "2. Notebooks, 1884-1912." Box 11

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Materials relating to the Bureau of Design and Improvement of School Grounds of the Extension Division of the University of North Carolina, 1920-1925. Included are many diagrams and pictures, with accompanying lists of plantings for individual schools, public and private. Also included is correspondence about the financial and administrative aspects of the Bureau, among other topics.

Box 12

Bureau of Design #03220, Series: "3. Bureau of Design, 1920-1925." Box 12

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Files of Alma Holland of the Botany Department Office relating to her work as editor of the 1940-1941 yearbook of the Garden Club of North Carolina. Included is Holland's correspondence with Garden Club officers, names, addresses, committee reports, messages, and minutes.

Box 12

Garden Club Year Book #03220, Series: "4. Garden Club Year Book, 1939-1941." Box 12

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence, reports, minutes of trustees, and mimeographed informational papers.

Box 12

Highlands Museum and Biological Laboratory #03220, Series: "5. Highlands Museum and Biological Laboratory, 1930-1950." Box 12

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About 2400 items.

Typed drafts; manuscript notes; and illustrations, both photographs and drawings, organized generally in units by genus and species.

Box 13

Units 1-6 #03220, Series: "6. Mycology Notes." Box 13

Box 14

Units 7-11 #03220, Series: "6. Mycology Notes." Box 14

Box 15

Units 11-13 #03220, Series: "6. Mycology Notes." Box 15

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About 1600 items.

Research notes, photographs, drawings, and field notes, as well as blueprints of what became the Coker Arboretum at the University of North Carolina.

Box 19

A-O #03220, Series: "8. Photographs, Notes, and Blueprints." Box 19

Box 20

P-Z #03220, Series: "8. Photographs, Notes, and Blueprints." Box 20

Image Box IB-3220/1-3

IB-3220/1

IB-3220/2

IB-3220/3

Prints of trees, plants, gardens, fields, and other botanical subjects #03220, Series: "8. Photographs, Notes, and Blueprints." IB-3220/1-3

Special Format Image SF-P-3220/1-5

SF-P-3220/1

SF-P-3220/2

SF-P-3220/3

SF-P-3220/4

SF-P-3220/5

Glass negatives of botanical subjects #03220, Series: "8. Photographs, Notes, and Blueprints." SF-P-3220/1-5

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-3220/1

Blueprints of what became the Coker Arboretum on the campus of the University of North Carolina #03220, Series: "8. Photographs, Notes, and Blueprints." XOPF-3220/1

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About 2400 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of June 1979.

About 800 items.

Typed notes and pictures of various types of fungus, notebooks containing William Chambers Coker's field notes, and interspersed other items.

Box 21

Typed Notes #03220, Subseries: "Addition of June 1979." Box 21

Box 22

Notebooks #03220, Subseries: "Addition of June 1979." Box 22

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About 800 items.

Professional correspondence, 1902-1916, between Coker and botanists in the United States and elsewhere. Most of the letters concern botanical specimens.

Box 23-24

Box 23

Box 24

Correspondence, 1902-1916 #03220, Subseries: "Addition of November 1983." Box 23-24

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4 items.

Cards with poems written inside that William Chambers Coker sent to Lydia Sargent Macauley.

Box 27

Cards #03220, Subseries: "Addition of April 2006." Box 27

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About 1000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters, 1897-1914, to William Chambers Coker from family and friends.

Box 25

1897-1904 #03220, Subseries: "Addition of December 2008." Box 25

Box 26

1905-1908 #03220, Subseries: "Addition of December 2008." Box 26

Box 27

1908-1914, undated #03220, Subseries: "Addition of December 2008." Box 27

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Revisions: Finding aid updated in November 2008 and January 2009 by Benjamin Bromley.

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