Collection Number: 40473

Collection Title: Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract Speeches, correspondence, and teaching materials of Richard R. Cole, Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1979-2005. Speeches were given from 1988 to 2016 to alumni detailing developments in the then School of Media and Journalism. There are also materials and photographs relating to Richard R. Cole's spring break class trips to Cuba from 1991 to 2016 among other items.
Creator Cole, Richard R.
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 Richard R. Cole Papers #40473, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Richard R. Cole in October 2016 (RT 20161031.1). Addition received from the Park Library at the School of Media and Journalism in April 2019 (RT 20190502.3)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Richard R. Cole was the dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism from 1979-2005. Cole received a bachelor’s degree in journalism as well as a master’s in mass communication from the University of Texas at Austin in 1964 and 1966, respectively. He received a PhD in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 1971. Cole joined the UNC community in 1971 as Assistant Professor of Journalism and spent his career at the University.

Over the course of his 26-year tenure, Cole helped build new programs in sports communication, business journalism, medical journalism, and new media. Under his leadership, the school often ranked as one of the top five journalism schools in the country. The school also gained international prestige from its exchanges with peers in Mexico, Cuba, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Cole has received numerous honors, including the Freedom Forum Medal for Distinguished Accomplishments in Journalism-Mass Communication Administration in 1992. The school has also named an eminent professorship, a research assistantship, and a high school scholarship after him. He currently runs the school’s Visiting International Scholars Program as the Dean Emeritus.

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Speeches, correspondence, and teaching materials of Richard R. Cole of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The collection contains speeches given from 1988 until 2016, files about projects in Russia, Mexico, and Cuba, and photographs. Many of the speeches were given to alumni and detail developments in the School of Media and Journalism. Other speeches were delivered at conferences in Mexico and Cuba and memorial services for various colleagues. There are files from Richard R. Cole’s retirement celebration on 29 April 2005 as well as a photograph album from the event. The collection also contains an album of the Cuban professors who visited UNC-Chapel Hill in Fall 1994 and Spring 1995 and photographs of Cole’s trips to Cuba from 1991 to 2016.

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Contents list

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About 2000 items.

Arrangement: For the most part, the donor's arrangement has been maintained.

Box 1

Speeches, undated #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

General info speech for alumni, parents #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

School Changes Over 25 Years #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches on Accrediting #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 1988-1995 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 1996 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 1997 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 1998 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 1999 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 2000 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Rotary speech, September 2001 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 2001 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speech at Penn State, April 2002 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 2002 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Partners with the Profession #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, 2003 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches, Fundraising #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Digital Folder DF-40473/1

Presentations, 2003-2004 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." DF-40473/1

Box 1

Speeches, 2004 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Speeches on Newspapers, April 2005 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Digital Folder DF-40473/2

Tribute to Richard R. Cole, April 29, 2005 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." DF-40473/2

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PhD birthday-Don Shaw, April 21-22, 2016 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 1

Box 2

JoMC Blues humor magazine #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Cuba, licenses from U.S. to go #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Communication and Journalism Colloquium, 2013 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Mexico/Cuba Speeches #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Annual reports, 2005-2012 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Russia project #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Speech, Fall 2015 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Biography #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Roy H. Park, Jr. #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

"A Health Mix of Faculty Members" #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Planning for the Bicentennial: A Report to the Chancellor #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Introduction Speeches, Wendy Bounds and Don Shaw #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Mass Communication in Mexico #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Memorial Service Speeches #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Proposal: The Center for Media Law and Public Policy #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Fulbright to Mexico City, September 2005 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Richard R. Cole Service Award #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Carolina Communicator: Thank You, Dean Cole #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

65th Birthday of Our School as a School #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Sabbatical Report, 2005-6 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 2006-7 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

An Analysis of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Tecnologico de Monterrey #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

A Celebration for Richard R. Cole, April 29, 2005 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Mexico Project #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Miscellaneous Papers, 2005-2013 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Freedom Forum Medal book (1992) #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Brochures from Cuba #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Treasury Dept. Licenses for Cuba #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Cuba Correspondence, 1995 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Cuba Clippings, Pre-1993 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Cuba Clippings and Correspondence, 1993 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Cuba Clippings and Correspondence, 1994 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Book of well-wishes for Richard R. Cole, 2005 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Correspondence #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

RT 20190502.3.

Requests for archives #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 2

Consists primarily of correspondence between Cole, archivists in Wilson Library, and potential donors of papers.

RT 20190502.3.

Box 3

Hemingway Marina-Havana, 1993 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Hotel Sevilla-Havana, Spring 1994 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

University of Havana #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Cathedral of Havana and Cathedral Square #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Hotel Nacional-Havana #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Road to Varadero Beach-about 2 hours from Havana #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Havana Rooftops #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Havana street scenes, 1991-2004 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Habana Libre Hotel, 1991 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

La Bodeguita del Medio-Home of the Mojito, 1992 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Floridita Restaurant-Havana-Home of the Daiquiri #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

El Paraiso-government farm outside of Havana #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Work brigade from Argentina was helping to harvest potatoes by hand, Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class (UNC), 1994

Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class and local journalists, mid 1990s #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Trip to Cuba with journalism deans and newspaper executives from around the U.S., Feb 2004 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class, April 2000 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class, 2003 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Habana Libre Hotel, Plaza de las Armas-artists and booksellers, Downtown park with pony rides, Gran Teatro-Grand Theater of Havana-built in 1838 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Hotel Melia Habana-Original Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana, Jan 2016 #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." Box 3

Videotape VT-40473/1

Cuba, mid 1990s #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." VT-40473/1

Photograph Album PA-40473/1

Photograph album of Cuban professor visiting UNC (Fall 1994 and Spring 1995) #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." PA-40473/1

Photograph Album PA-40473/2

Photograph album of Cole's retirement celebration, Alumni Center dinner, and Bullock's BBQ in front of Carroll Hall (April 29-30, 2005) #40473, Series: "Richard R. Cole Papers, 1988-2016." PA-40473/2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jaffa Panken and Jennifer Coggins, December 2016

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, December 2016

Finding aid updated because of addition by Jennifer Coggins and Laura Smith, June 2019

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