Cole family : Cole Family Papers, 1842-1945
- New England and Chicago Protestant missionary family. Includes letters and family documents from John A. Cole, a civil engineer, active in the U.S. Christian Commission during the Civil War. After the war he worked with and educated freedmen, women, and children in Washington D.C. through the Lincoln Industrial Mission and the recently established Howard University. He met his wife, Julia A. Cole (née Alvord) through his work with the Lincoln Industrial Mission and Howard University, who worked with and educated freedmen, women, and children too. The collection includes family documents related to her family lines as well. Additionally the collection includes letters and family documents of the Cole's daughter, Elizabeth Cole Fleming and her husband, Daniel Johnson Fleming, who served as Presbyterian missionaries at Forman Christian College in Lahore, India (now Pakistan). After the Fleming's return from mission work they settled in New York City, where they both continued to contribute and serve the mission.
Extent: 2.5 linear feet - (6 boxes)
Subjects: Chicago, Civil War, Religion, Social Action, Women
Call Number: Midwest MS Cole
The Cole Family Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).