Correspondence, speeches, clippings, unpublished manuscripts, scrapbooks related to advertising.
In addition to Cole's professional work, the collection documents his involvement in professional associations, including the Association of National Advertisers, the Advertising Research Foundation, and the Advertising Council. Also includes the published findings of three ANA-commissioned surveys of wartime advertising and the proceedings of wartime ANA conferences; and a scrapbook of advertising ephemera, including late nineteenth-century trade cards and pamphlets. There is a letter in Box 1, folder 1, correspondence from Cole to Barry Goldwater noting he would not be voting for Goldwater in the 1964 Presidential Election due to Goldwater's stand on Civil Rights.
The collection is divided into four series.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1926-1964
Series 2: Unpublished Papers, 1942-1957
Series 3: Wartime Proceedings of the Association of National Advertisers, 1941-1944
Series 4: Advertising Ephemera, 1879-1964
Gordon E. Cole's advertising career spanned thirty years, and this collection documents his work and interests.
Collection donated by Madelene Cole, 1990.
Collection is open for research.
Copyright or trademark restrictions may be in effect for some material.
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Tinware, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).