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Robert Cole collection of military papers

Call Number: MS 151


Military and naval documents, including some printed forms, collected by Robert Cole, who died approximately 1866. Most are military or naval orders, warrants, reports, etc.; most are related to the Ordnance Office, to other military supplies, or to the Barrack Office. Some items do not concern supplies, and a few are non-military, although written by military figures. Most items are written by a clerk and signed by the issuer; many are also countersigned.


  • Creation: 1705 - 1837


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1 linear foot (2 document cases containing 188 items)

Language of Materials



Collection has been grouped roughly by type of item.

Physical Location

MS 151

Other Finding Aids

See the attached for an itemized list of the collection:

Custodial History

Robert Cole, who died around 1866 or 1867, appears to have acquired the collection in various small lots. Puttick and Simpson sold the collection in 1867, at which time Sir Thomas Phillipps bought a quantity of "autograph letters," which he numbered 19281-19287 and 23651-23788 in his catalogue. He had the latter group bound into 138 volumes called the Cole Autographs volumes. The 3 volumes that the Spencer Research Library bought were labeled with Phillips numbers 23659, 23662, and 23767 and with Cole Volume numbers 9, 12, and 117. Sotheby's sold the Phillipps manuscripts over a period of time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Sotheby via Hofmann with funds gifted from Helen Foresman Spencer fund, 1977.

Processing Information

The collection had been bound by Phillipps into 3 volumes and was disbound by Spencer Research Library staff in 1987.

Guide to the Military Papers Collection
Collection of military papers
Finding aid prepared by alh, October 13, 1977. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Robert Cole collection of military papers, Department of Special Collections, MS 151, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States