Collection Number: 40493

Collection Title: James Park Coffin Papers, 1920-1927

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Abstract James Park Coffin, of Batesville, Arkansas, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, class of 1859. In the 1920s, Coffin made a regular effort to keep up with his classmates, particularly those living in Arkansas. When he started corresponding in 1920 there were 12 remaining alumni from that class year; by 1927 there were just three. Papers consist of correspondence of James Park Coffin from the 1920s, primarily with classmates from the class of 1859. Most letters relate to health and family members, and some contain memories from Civil War service. Other correspondence relates to Coffin's efforts to contact UNC alumni living in Arkansas in the early 1920s and letters related to the history of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Also included are biographical notes about Coffin and regular reports on surviving alumni from the class of 1859.
Creator Coffin, James Park, 1838-1930.
Language English
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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 Park Coffin Papers #40493-z, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received August 2018 from Lucy Yeager (RT 20180831.1).
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James Park Coffin, of Batesville, Arkansas, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, class of 1859. In the 1920s, Coffin made a regular effort to keep up with his classmates, particularly those living in Arkansas. When he started corresponding in 1920 there were 12 remaining alumni from that class year; by 1927 there were just three.

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Papers consist of correspondence of James Park Coffin from the 1920s, primarily with classmates from the class of 1859. Most letters relate to health and family members, and some contain memories from Civil War service. Other correspondence relates to Coffin's efforts to contact UNC alumni living in Arkansas in the early 1920s and letters related to the history of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Also included are biographical notes about Coffin and regular reports on surviving alumni from the class of 1859.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Coggins, August 2018

Encoded by: Laura Smith, September 2018

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