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Special Collections: Guide to the Clinton L. Cole Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
July 2009

Collection title: Clinton L. Cole Papers
Collection number: MS 107
Dates of collection: 1898-1975
Size of collection: 3 boxes
Provenance: Gift of Lois Cole Raymond
Restrictions on access and use: This collection is kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice is required for retrieval


Clinton L. Cole, the son of Edward and Hattie Cole, was born in Sedgwick, Maine, on January 19, 1879. Cole graduated from the University of Maine in 1900 with a degree in civil engineering. After being employed at the university for three years as an instructor in civil engineering and mechanical drawing, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where he became a consulting engineer and partner in the firm Bliss & Cole, appraisers and insurance evaluators.

Clinton Cole died in July, 1936, in West Hartford, Connecticut. He bequeathed his collection of approximately 3,500 books about maritime subjects to Fogler Library, where it makes up the Clinton Cole Marine Library in the Special Collections Department.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains material from Clinton Cole's years as a student at the University of Maine (then Maine State College) including diaries from 1898 and 1899 as well as memorabilia from his social activities at the university. Also included are notes and lectures as well as a few photographs of Cole.

The bulk of the collection contains scrapbooks and individual illustrations from newspapers and magazines of a variety of vessels. An index listing the contents of the scrapbooks by vessel name, artist and vessel owner accompanies the collection.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


1 Clinton Cole diaries, 1898, 1899

2 Transcription, 1898 diary

3 Transcription, 1899 diary

4 Maine State College memorabilia, 1898-1900

5 Clinton Cole lectures, Div. 1, 22 W.H.

6 Cole notes on mathematics

7 Correspondence, memorabilia, etc., 1900's

8 Cole drawings

9 Photographs

10 Cole scrapbook: Cup racers

11 Cole scrapbook: Large sailing yachts arranged by Clinton L. Cole

12 Cole scrapbook: Ocean racers

13 Cole scrapbook: Some long distance small cruisers, 1934

Box 2 (321)

1a Index to pictures, photos, sketches, from newspapers and magazines in Clinton L. Cole scrapbooks; compiled by Robin Tarbell; typed and arranged by Eloise McLaughlin, 1975

1-161 Pictures, illustrations, etc.

Box 3 (321a)

162-323 Pictures, illustrations, etc.

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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