Robert Taylor Cole papers, 1933-1991

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Cole, Taylor, 1905-
Robert Taylor Cole was a professor in Duke's Political Science department, specializing in comparative politics, Europe and the British Commonwealth and served as Provost to the University from 1960-1969. The collection includes correspondence, student recommendations, and writings. The material ranges in date from 1933-1991.
2.5 Linear Feet
1500 Items
Material in English, German
Collection ID:
University Archives Record Group:
05 -- Office of the Provost
05 -- Office of the Provost > 54 -- R. Taylor Cole


Scope and content:

Contains correspondence, student recommendations, writings, a photo identification card from Heidelberg University (1933), and a dust jacket from "The Recollections of R. Taylor Cole." At least one letter (in box 1, miscellaneous writings folder) is in German. Also included is a folder which holds a few reports related to Duke University. Box 3 contains two bound volumes of both handwritten and typed letters sent to Cole in 1975, upon his retirement. The material ranges in date from 1933-1991.

Biographical / historical:

Robert T. Cole was born in Bald Prairie, Texas and educated at the University of Texas (A.B., 1925, A.M., 1927) and Harvard (Ph.D., 1936). He joined the Duke political science faculty in 1935, specializing in comparative politics, Europe and the British Commonwealth. He served the University as its first Provost from 1960 to 1969, and was James B. Duke Professor of Political Science. He retired in 1975, and died in May of 1991. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1945 and the University Medal in 1986.

Acquisition information:
The Robert Taylor Cole papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1964, 1966, and 2013.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, November 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2007; updated June 2008

Updated by Kimberly Sims, August 2013

Accessions A82-94 and UA2013-0029 are described in this finding aid.

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Duke University. Department of Political Science
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[Identification of item], Robert Taylor Cole Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.