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Henry Denison Cole Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 C67

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Scope and Contents

Included are minutes of the Wise Light Infantry Co. of Williamsburg, 1881-1882; the College of William and Mary Alumni Association, 1906-1917; papers concerning the College of William and Mary including letters, 1873, from Benjamin S. Ewell; the Williamsburg Free School Trustees, 1870-1907; and the Democratic Committee of Williamsburg.

Also accounts of the state school funds, 1894-1911; the city school funds, 1906-1911, 1919-1924; Bruton Parish Church 1897-1938; and of Robert F. Cole (father of Henry D. Cole), 1843-1856.

Also lists of registered voters in Williamsburg, 1889-1896, 1902-1925, and papers relating to property in Williamsburg and the restoration of Bruton Parish Church, 1905-1906.

The collection also includes stereoptican slides and letters from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

Includes W. T. Roberts letter, 20 November 1901 criticizing the college, president [Lyon G.] Tyler and the vice-president of the Board of Visitors as a "moral leper."   Roberts was rector of Bruton Parish Church  (Box 4, folder 1)

The finding aid for this collection is available online at:


  • Creation: 1786-1939


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Henry Denison Cole (1856-1938) was a resident of Williamsburg for his entire life. He operated a book shop on Duke of Gloucester Street and served as postmaster of Williamsburg, 1884-1889; treasurer of Bruton Parish Church; secretary of the alumni of the College of William and Mary; judge of elections and member of the Democratic committee; the Williamsburg school board; and the board of trustees of Eastern State Hospital. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged into fourteen Series: 1. Papers of Williamsburg City Council, 2. Papers of Williamsburg Post Office, 3. Miscellaneous Letters, 4. Business Papers of H. D. Cole, 5. Papers of the Cole Family, 6. Papers relating to William and Mary College, 7. Wise Infantry Minute Book, etc., 8. Printed Material and Stereoptican Slides, 9. William and Mary Alumni Association, 10. Post Card and Shop Account Book, 11. Papers Relating to Schools, 12. Bruton Parish Records, 13. Williamsburg Democratic Records, and 14. Artifacts.

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Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Henry Denison Cole Papers
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2023: Does not match inventory in Archival Resources of Virginia.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository