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History Comes to Life in Frank Cole Collection

The CECOM Historical Office is beginning to uncover the extent of the history contained in the Frank Cole Collection.

As reported in 2010, the Historical Office accessioned a large collection of negatives dating from the WWI era through the 1930s, known as the Frank Cole Collection:

With the move of the entire archive from New Jersey to Maryland, we’ve updated our website and added a mention of the Frank Cole collection, and now the research requests and questions are beginning to come in!

So far we’ve heard from two folks who are looking for information on photographs they’ve discovered. One of the photographs was of Battery D, 307th Field Artillery, Camp Dix – taken October 1917. The other is of the 83rd Company, Transportation Corps, American Expeditionary Forces, dated 1919. This photograph also lists the name of 1st Lieutenant D.M. Hubbard.

Image of the print courtesy Don Orkoskey

We’ve found that the negatives are stamped with an identification number, which corresponds to the card catalog we also obtained with the negatives, and to the label on the boxes containing the negatives. The negatives are also cross-referenced by subject in two bound books. A third bound book is organized by location.

Command Historian Susan Thompson with the negative.

We’re beginning to electronically catalog the card catalog, and hope to have the future capability of scanning the negatives and producing positives of the images, once we know the extent of what the collection contains.

We’d love to hear from you if you have a photograph attributed to “Cole & Company.”

Note: This entry written by Command Historian Susan Thompson, and edited/posted by Chrissie Reilly.  Look for more blogs from Susan in the future!

Posted in From the Archives.

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