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Roxanna Cole collection

Roxanna Cole collection

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Finding aid for the Roxanna Cole collection

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

April 7, 2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-15T11:06-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Cole, Roxanna Elizabeth McGee, 1825-1907
Creator:Lentz, J. Frederic
Title: Roxanna Cole collection
Dates: 1862-1933
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, genealogical information, and newspaper clippings related to Roxanna Cole.
Identification: BC.MSS.08.10
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection contains correspondence that is arranged chronologically, genealogical information, followed by newspaper clippings.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters written by Roxanna Cole to her mother and cousin, letters written by her relatives, genealogical information from the United States census, and newspaper articles about Cole.


Biographical Information

Roxanna Elizabeth McGee Cole was born in August 3, 1825, near Nolansville, Tennessee, to William and Elizabeth McGee. Her father died in 1831, and she grew up near Franklin, Tennessee. She married William Russell Cole on November 23, 1842, and the couple had four children (W. D., Charles, Bettie, and June). After moving to Colorado in 1880, the family moved to Conway, Arkansas, in 1883 where she lived until she died on November 27, 1907.

After the Civil War, Roxanna began making and selling dolls to help make ends meet. Cole was one of the earliest American doll-maker entrepreneurs, and her creations are highly sought after by collectors.

Note: Different sources spell Cole's name Roxanna, Roxana, or Roxanne.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Cole, Roxanna Elizabeth McGee, 1825-1907
Dollmaking
Lentz, J. Frederic

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roxanna Cole collection, MSS.08.10, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated, 2008


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