Collection Number: P0103

Collection Title: Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918

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Size 60 images
Abstract The collection of white pharmacist Aros Coke Cecil (1897-1958) of High Point, N.C., consists of a twenty-page photograph album Cecil assembled in 1918, a year after he graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy. Each album page contains between two and four photographs depicting student social life on the UNC campus and scenes in Chapel Hill, N.C., and High Point, N.C. Included are images of commencement, campus buildings, dormitories, women on campus, an African American man on the university's housekeeping staff, and the University of North Carolina Student Battalion, which became the university's Reserved Officer Training Corps when the United States entered the First World War. Documents related to the draft and Cecil's induction into the United States Army in 1918 are also included.
Creator Cecil, Aros Coke (1897-1958)
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina #P0103, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Lee Dowdy of High Point, N.C. in May 2006.
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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Aros Coke Cecil (1897-1958) was born in High Point, N.C. Cecil graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy in 1917. While attending the University, Cecil was a member of the "University of North Carolina Student Battalion," which would become the University Reserved Officer's Training Corps when the United States became involved in World War I. After serving, he returned to High Point, N.C. In 1925 he opened Cecil's Drug Store, and in 1946 he opened Cecil's Office Equipment Company. He died in 1958.

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The collection of white pharmacist Aros Coke Cecil (1897-1958) of High Point, N.C., consists of a twenty-page photograph album Cecil assembled in 1918, a year after he graduated from the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy. Each album page contains between two and four photographs depicting student social life on the UNC campus and scenes in Chapel Hill, N.C., and High Point, N.C. Included are images of commencement, campus buildings, dormitories, women on campus, an African American man on the university's housekeeping staff, and the University of North Carolina Student Battalion, which became the university's Reserved Officer Training Corps when the United States entered the First World War. Documents related to the draft and Cecil's induction into the United States Army in 1918 are also included.

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Contents list

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1 item.

Arrangement: Original.

Flat Box 01

Photograph Album PA-P0103/0001

Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, circa 1917-1918 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 01, Photoalbum PA-P0103/0001

Black-and-white prints

21 pages (60 images)

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0001

Album cover (front), circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0001

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0002

Album page 01, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0002

Three images. The top image is from the 1917 University of North Carolina commencement with President E.K. Graham. The bottom-left image is Cecil in military dress beneath a bridge. The bottom-right is an image of the Old Well.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0003

Album page 02, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0003

Three images. The top image is from the 1917 University of North Carolina commencement with President E.K. Graham leading the procession. The bottom-left image shows Cecil and another man in military dress beneath a bridge. The third image is a man atop the same bridge.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0004

Album page 03, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0004

Three images. The top image shows the University of North Carolina student battalion marching on the athletic fields in 1917. The bottom left and right images depict an unidentified individual in a pharmacy classroom.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0005

Album page 04, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0005

Four images. The top left image shows Cecil and an inidentified woman eating watermelon. The top right image shows Cecil in military dress beneath a bridge. The bottom left image shows an unidentified woman near a lake. The bottom right image shows Cecil and an unidentified woman seated on the front steps of an unidentified house.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0006

Album page 05, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0006

Two images. The top image shows an unidentified woman standing on steps. The bottom images depicts a campus building, possibly Old East or Old West.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0007

Album page 06, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0007

Three images. Top image depicts Cecil and other unidentified figures on a bridge with a cow. Middle image shows Davie Hall. Bottom images shows an empty Emerson Field.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0008

Album page 07, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0008

Three images. Top image shows three unidentified schoolgirls. Middle image shows a campus building, possibly Old East or Old West. Bottom image is the Carr building.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0009

Album page 08, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0009

Three images. Top image is a panoramic shot of the University of North Carolina student battalion standing shoulder-to-shoulder. The bottom left image shows Cecil standing in front of a house with a small dog. The bottom right photo is an image of the Memorial to Civil War Soldiers of the University with Cecil sitting at its base.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0010

Album page 09, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0010

Three images. The top image depicts an unidentified person leaning against a bare tree with a log cabin in the background. The middle picture shows an unidentified man seated in a dorm room. The bottom image shows a field.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0011

Album page 10, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0011

Three images. The top left image shows Cecil standing in a trench. The top right image depicts Cecil and an unidentified man standing in a dorm. The bottom picture shows a field.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0012

Album page 11, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0012

Four images. Top left image shows Cecil and an unidentified man, both in uniform, standing on building steps. The top right picture shows an unidentified student lounging in a dorm room. The bottom left photo shows an unidentified man standing in a field. Bottom right photo shows an unidentified man standing on a street.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0013

Album page 12, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0013

Four images. Top left photo shows two unidentified men in uniform standing on building steps. Top right photo depicts two unidentified men standing before a house. The bottom image is a portrait of a young boy. A loose photo depicts three unidentified girls, one seated on a bicycle, before a house.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0014

Album page 13, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0014

Four images. Top left is an unidentified man seated on porch steps. Top right is an unidentified man in uniform standing in a yard. Bottom left is an unidentified woman in a black dress. Bottom right is Cecil and an unidentified man playing with a skeleton in a classroom.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0015

Album page 14, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0015

Three images. Top image is of three men in a field with a horse-drawn plow. Middle image depicts Cecil and two unidentified women standing at the base of the Caldwell Monument on the University of North Carolina's campus. The bottom image is Cecil and the two unidentified women standing on the stairs of an unidentified building.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0016

Album page 15, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0016

Three images: The top two images each depict one of the two unidentified women from the previous page. The bottom image is a postcard portrait of a baby with a hidden mother.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0017

Album page 16, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0017

Two images. The top image shows men competing in a hurdle race. The bottom image shows a man pole vaulting.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0018

Album page 17, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0018

Three images. The top image shows a college track race with a white student from Elon College finishing first. The bottom left image depicts an African American man, who may be Henry Merritt, Jr. (b. 15 March 1900). Merritt was a janitor for the university dormitories. The bottom right image shows Cecil with an unidentified white woman standing on porch steps.

Processing information: In October 2019, Autumn Linford, graduate student and Park Fellow in UNC's Hussman School of Journalism, provided information about Henry Merritt, Jr., based on research she conducted in census records and draft registration indexes.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0019

Album page 18, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0019

Two notices. Both notices are from the War Department in Guilford County, N.C. The top notice indicates his classification. The bottom is a notice to appear for physical examination.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0020

Album page 19, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0020

Two notices. The top is a notice to appear for physical examination from Washington, D.C. The bottom is a draft notice with instructions for contact.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0021

Album page 20, circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0021

One notice; one image. The notice indicates that the Draft Office has received all necessary papers. The image shows three unidentified students, two seated, in a dorm room.

Flat Box 1

Image P-P0103/0022

Album cover (back), circa 1917 #P0103, Series: "1. Aros Coke Cecil Photograph Album of the University of North Carolina, 1917-1918." Flatbox 1, Image P-P0103/0022

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amelia Holmes, August 2015

Encoded by: Amelia Holmes, August 2015

Updated in November 2019 to add the possible identity of a man depicted in a photograph on page 17 of the album. Changes made by Laura Hart based on research conducted by Autumn Linford, Park Fellow at UNC's Hussman School of Journalism and Media, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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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