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Collection Number: 40473

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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the Duplication Policy section for more information.

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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, white professor and dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1979 to 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.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. University Archives.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
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, Wilson Special Collections 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
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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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

Updated by Dawne Howard Lucas, November 2021

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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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

General info speech for alumni, parents

School Changes Over 25 Years

Speeches on Accrediting

Speeches, 1988-1995

Speeches, 1996

Speeches, 1997

Speeches, 1998

Speeches, 1999

Speeches, 2000

Rotary speech, September 2001

Speeches, 2001

Speech at Penn State, April 2002

Speeches, 2002

Partners with the Profession

Speeches, 2003

Speeches, Fundraising

Digital Folder DF-40473/1

Presentations, 2003-2004

Box 1

Speeches, 2004

Speeches on Newspapers, April 2005

Digital Folder DF-40473/2

Tribute to Richard R. Cole, April 29, 2005

Box 1

PhD birthday-Don Shaw, April 21-22, 2016

Box 2

JoMC Blues humor magazine

Cuba, licenses from U.S. to go

Communication and Journalism Colloquium, 2013

Mexico/Cuba Speeches

Annual reports, 2005-2012

Russia project

Speech, Fall 2015


Roy H. Park, Jr.

"A Health Mix of Faculty Members"

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

Planning for the Bicentennial: A Report to the Chancellor

Introduction Speeches, Wendy Bounds and Don Shaw

Mass Communication in Mexico

Memorial Service Speeches

Proposal: The Center for Media Law and Public Policy

Fulbright to Mexico City, September 2005

Richard R. Cole Service Award

Carolina Communicator: Thank You, Dean Cole

65th Birthday of Our School as a School

Sabbatical Report, 2005-6

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 2006-7

An Analysis of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Tecnologico de Monterrey

A Celebration for Richard R. Cole, April 29, 2005

Mexico Project

Miscellaneous Papers, 2005-2013

Freedom Forum Medal book (1992)

Brochures from Cuba

Treasury Dept. Licenses for Cuba

Cuba Correspondence, 1995

Cuba Clippings, Pre-1993

Cuba Clippings and Correspondence, 1993

Cuba Clippings and Correspondence, 1994

Book of well-wishes for Richard R. Cole, 2005


RT 20190502.3.

Requests for archives

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

RT 20190502.3.

Image Folder PF-40473/1

Hemingway Marina-Havana, 1993

Image Folder PF-40473/2

Hotel Sevilla-Havana, Spring 1994

Image Folder PF-40473/3

University of Havana

Image Folder PF-40473/4

Cathedral of Havana and Cathedral Square

Image Folder PF-40473/5

Hotel Nacional-Havana

Image Folder PF-40473/6

Capitolio in Havana

Image Folder PF-40473/7

Road to Varadero Beach-about 2 hours from Havana

Image Folder PF-40473/8

Havana Rooftops

Image Folder PF-40473/9-11




Havana street scenes, 1991-2004

Image Folder PF-40473/12

Habana Libre Hotel, 1991

Image Folder PF-40473/13

La Bodeguita del Medio-Home of the Mojito, 1992

Image Folder PF-40473/14

Floridita Restaurant-Havana-Home of the Daiquiri

Image Folder PF-40473/15-16



El Paraiso-government farm outside of Havana

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

Image Folder PF-40473/17-18



Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class and local journalists, mid 1990s

Image Folder PF-40473/19

Trip to Cuba with journalism deans and newspaper executives from around the U.S., Feb 2004

Image Folder PF-40473/20

Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class, April 2000

Image Folder PF-40473/21

Spring break trip with Richard R. Cole's class, 2003

Image Folder PF-40473/22

Habana Libre Hotel, Plaza de las Armas-artists and booksellers, Downtown park with pony rides, Gran Teatro-Grand Theater of Havana-built in 1838

Image Folder PF-40473/23

Hotel Melia Habana-Original Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana, Jan 2016

Image Folder PF-40473/24

Cuba, mid-1990s

Image Folder PF-40473/25

Cuba, miscellaneous

Image Folder PF-40473/26

Freedom Forum International Seminar in Santiago de Chile, March 1998

Videotape VT-40473/1

Cuba, 1993

Photograph Album PA-40473/1

Photograph album of Cuban professor visiting UNC (Fall 1994 and Spring 1995)

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)

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