Collection Number: 05663

Collection Title: James Franklin Cooley Papers, 1960-1990

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Size About 50 items
Abstract James Franklin Cooley was an educator, minister, police officer, World War II veteran, judge, civil rights activist, and college administrator in Little Rock, Ark. The collection contains James Franklin Cooley's resume; scattered printed materials relating to his candidacy in statewide and local elections; proclamations honoring Cooley chiefly from Pulaski County and Little Rock, Ark.; certificates and awards; pages from biographical dictionaries containing James Franklin Cooley's entry; and clippings about him. Materials are primarily photocopies. There are also programs from three beauty pageants, 1971-1974, held in Little Rock, Ark., for African-American contestants sponsored by Cooley's Athletic and Teenage Club, Inc.
Creator James F. (James Franklin), 1926-1992.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Franklin Cooley Papers #05663, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from T. Mike Childs in November 2015 (Acc. 102457).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Dr. James Franklin Cooley was born in Robeson County, N.C., on 11 January 1926. He became an educator, minister, police officer, veteran, and civil rights activist. After serving in World War II, he recieved his first degree from Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte, N.C. He earned a Master's in Divinity and Sociology, Doctor of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Social Science. He served as a minister at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Forrest City, Ark., and worked for the school board there. He also worked in law enforcement and in higher education in Arkansas; he served as a Dean at Shorter College and as a juvenille probation officer. His work earned him many honors, awards, and attention.

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The collection contains James Franklin Cooley's resume; scattered printed materials relating to his candidacy in statewide and local elections; proclamations honoring Cooley chiefly from Pulaski County and Little Rock, Ark.; certificates and awards; pages from biographical dictionaries containing James Franklin Cooley's entry; and clippings about him. Materials are primarily photocopies. There are also programs from three beauty pageants, 1971-1974, held in Little Rock, Ark., for African-American contestants sponsored by Cooley's Athletic and Teenage Club, Inc.

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Contents list

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About 50 items.
Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Papers, circa 1955-1990 #05663, Series: "James Franklin Cooley Papers, circa 1960-1990." Folder 1-2

Includes James Franklin Cooley's resume; scattered printed materials relating to his candidacy in statewide and local elections; proclamations honoring Cooley chiefly from Pulaski County and Little Rock, Ark.; certificates and awards; pages from biographical dictionaries containing James Franklin Cooley's entry; and clippings about him. Materials are primarily photocopies.

Folder 3

Beauty pageant programs, 1971-1974 #05663, Series: "James Franklin Cooley Papers, circa 1960-1990." Folder 3

Programs for "Arkansas Miss Black Teenage America Beauty Pageant," 1971; "Miss U.S. Teen Pageant and Revue," 1972-1973; and "The Third Annual Miss U.S. Teen Pageant and Revue of Arkansas," 1974, all held in Little Rock, Ark.

Cooley's Athletic and Teenage Club, Inc. sponsored the pageants.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean, March 2016

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, March 2016

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