Guide to the Douglas Cole (1934- ) Papers

Collection Title: Douglas Cole (1934- ) Papers
Dates: 1960-1997
Identification: 11/3/11/36
Creator: Cole, Douglas
Extent: 9 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Douglas Cole papers fill nine boxes and span the years 1960 to 1997. They contain biographical materials, materials relating to Cole's involvement with Northwestern University, publications and addresses, and teaching files. Materials relating to Cole's Northwestern University involvement include files on the Comparative Literature Committee, the Dean's Advisory Board on Tenure and Promotions, the Drama Program, and the English Department.
Acquisition Information: Donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Douglas Cole, September 10, 1998 (Accession #98-165).
Processing Information: Meghan Courtney; August, 2006.
Separated Materials: Approximately three linear inches of duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded or added to the University Archives' general reference files.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Douglas Cole was born on July 25, 1934, in New York, New York to Ronald and Helen Cole. Cole studied at the University of Vienna, the University of Notre Dame and Princeton University, earning a Ph.D. in English from Princeton in 1961. He began teaching in 1960, and came to Northwestern as a full professor in 1969. While at Northwestern, Cole served as an English Department chair, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Drama, and Master of the Humanities Residential College, amongst various other activities. He retired in 1998.

Cole attended the University of Vienna, Austria from 1953 to 1954 before returning to the United States to finish his degree. He graduated maxima cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1957. In November, 1957 Cole married his wife, Virginia, and in December of that same year he earned his M.A. degree in English from the University of Chicago. He continued his studies at Princeton University, where his first son, Douglas, was born in 1958. Cole received a Ph.D. in English from Princeton in 1961.

Cole's teaching career began in 1960 with his appointment as instructor in the English Department of Yale University; he specialized in courses on Chaucer, Marlowe and Shakespeare. Cole's second son Stephen was born in 1960, followed by his daughters Karen (in 1961) and Kristin (in 1962). His first book, Suffering and Evil in the Plays of Christopher Marlowe, was published by the Princeton University Press in 1962. Cole was promoted to assistant professor at Yale in 1964 and to associate professor in 1967.

In 1969 Cole came to Northwestern University as a full professor in the English Department. He served on the English Graduate Program Fellowships and Scholarships Committee from 1969 to 1973, and was the Director of Graduate Studies in English from 1970 to 1973. Cole was Chairman of the English Department from 1973 to 1977, and acting chair in 1993. He was a member of Northwestern's College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board on Tenure and Promotions in 1974 and 1975 and the Teaching Load Committee in 1975. Also during 1974-1975, Cole served on the English Department Dissertation Committee. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, he was active in the English Department Executive Committee.

Engaged in University cultural endeavors, Cole was instrumental in bringing the Royal Shakespeare Company to the Northwestern campus in 1977 and 1981 to perform and speak to students. He was Associate Master of the Humanities Residential College from 1979 to 1981. Cole helped to found Helicon, a literary magazine based in the Humanities Residential College. His support for the creation of the Humanities Residential College, his service as Assistant Master, and his continued work on Helicon made him a clear choice as Master from 1981 to 1984. In this role, he directed several plays with the students of the College. He became Director of the Undergraduate Program in Drama in 1980 and served as part of a committee on Graduate Programs in Theater and Drama from 1979 to 1991. He also participated in committee work on the Humanities Program and its role in the University from 1985 to 1988 and on a committee concerned with the Integrated Arts Program in 1991. Cole served on Northwestern's Library and Information Technology Committee during the 1995-1996 academic year.

Cole's book, Marlowe and the Renaissance of Tragedy, was published in 1995. He retired from Northwestern in 1998; the University named him professor emeritus upon retirement.

Scope and Content

The Douglas Cole papers fill nine boxes and span the years 1960 to 1997. They are organized into four main categories: biographical materials, materials relating to Cole's involvement with Northwestern University, publications and addresses, and teaching files.

There is one folder of biographical material. The folder includes several curriculum vitae, university personnel paperwork, and newspaper clippings.

Materials relating to Cole's Northwestern University involvement fill approximately six boxes and are arranged alphabetically by topical groups. Included in this category are files on the Comparative Literature Committee, the Dean's Advisory Board on Tenure and Promotions, the Drama Program, and the English Department. Cole's files on the English Department relate largely to three subcategories: departmental administration and business, the graduate program, and the undergraduate program. Next are files on the Graduate Programs in Comparative Literature Committee, Helicon, the Humanities Program, the Humanities Residential College (including materials on resident students), the Integrated Arts Program, the Library and Information Technology Committee, NUPAC, a Shakespeare Conference, a report on the School of Education and Social Policy, and the Sheil Catholic Center Director Search Committee.

The publications and addresses category fills approximately one box and contains rough drafts of several articles and correspondence relating to their publication. A first draft of Cole's 1995 book, Marlowe and the Renaissance of Tragedy is found in Box 7. This category also contains materials relating to addresses or seminars presented by Cole. These files are arranged alphabetically by keyword of folder headings.

The teaching files fill approximately two and one-half boxes. They are arranged sequentially by course number. Files in this category often include syllabi, test questions, essay assignments, and the work of students. Most files represent courses taught at Northwestern University between 1969 and 1997 though there is a file on classes taught by Cole at Yale.

Arrangement of Materials

The Douglas Cole Papers are organized into four main series: biographical materials; materials relating to Cole's involvement Northwestern University; publications and addresses; teaching files.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of English

Personal Name

Cole, Douglas

Subjects

English literature--Study and teaching--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Northwestern University
    • Comparative Literature Committee, 1976-1983Box 1, Folder 2
    • Dean's Advisory Board on Tenure and Promotion, 1974Box 1, Folder 3
    • Drama B / C Class Size ChangesBox 1, Folder 4
    • Drama Program Committee, 1980-1983Box 1, Folder 5
    • Graduate Program in Theater and Drama, 1990-1991Box 1, Folder 6
    • Lab TheaterBox 1, Folder 7
    • Ph.D. in Theater and Drama, 1979-1989Box 1, Folder 8
    • Review: Major in Drama, 1985-1989Box 1, Folder 9
    • Syllabi / Reading Lists Drama, 1977-1984Box 1, Folder 10
    • Annual Report of the English Department, 1975Box 1, Folder 11
    • Chairmanship (English Department), 1974-1977Box 2, Folder 1
    • Correspondence Relating to Tenure and PromotionsBox 2, Folder 2
    • English Course Renumbering, 1978Box 2, Folder 3
    • English Department, 1970-1971Box 2, Folder 4
    • English Department, 1989-1990Box 2, Folder 5
    • English Department Meetings, 1977-1980Box 2, Folder 6
    • English Department Meetings, 1984-1985Box 2, Folder 7
    • English Department Meetings, 1989Box 2, Folder 8
    • English Department Meetings, 1993-1994Box 2, Folder 9
    • English Department Reorganization, 1969-1970Box 2, Folder 10
    • English Department Reorganization, 1983-1984Box 2, Folder 11
    • English Department Report, 1983-1984Box 2, Folder 12
    • English Department Self-Report, 1985Box 2, Folder 13
    • English Department Executive Committee, 1972-1973Box 2, Folder 14
    • English Department Executive Committee, 1979Box 2, Folder 15
    • English Department Executive Committee, 1980-1981Box 2, Folder 16
    • English Department Executive Committee, 1983-1985Box 2, Folder 17
    • English Department Faculty Appointments, 1987Box 2, Folder 18
    • English Department Faculty Appointments, 1993-1994Box 2, Folder 19
    • English Department Faculty Roster / Directory, 1993Box 2, Folder 20
    • Syllabi for non-Cole Courses, 1969-1970Box 2, Folder 21
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Committee, 1992-1993Box 3, Box 3, Folder 5
    • Graduate Admissions, 1991Box 3, Folder 1
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Committee, 1969-1971Box 3, Folder 2
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Committee, 1972Box 3, Folder 3
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Committee, 1990Box 3, Folder 4
    • Graduate Committee, 1978Box 3, Folder 6
    • Graduate Committee: “Dipple Regime”, 1980-1082Box 3, Folder 7
    • Graduate Program, 1985-1986Box 3, Folder 8
    • Graduate School, 1989-1991Box 3, Folder 9
    • Graduate School General Information, n.d.Box 3, Folder 10
    • Ideas for Graduate School, n.d.Box 3, Folder 11
    • M.A. Program Applicants, 1992-1993Box 3, Folder 12
    • M.A. Grading, 1969-1970Box 3, Folder 13
    • Ph.D. Dissertation Committee, 1974-1975Box 3, Folder 14
    • Ph.D. Qualifying Exams, 1969-1976Box 3, Folder 15
    • Ph.D. Placement, 1972-1973Box 3, Folder 16
    • Ph.D. Placement, 1974-1975Box 3, Folder 17
    • Ph.D. Student Funding, 1989Box 3, Folder 18
    • Ph.D. Student Funding, 1993Box 3, Folder 19
    • Teaching Assistant Assignments, 1991-1993Box 3, Folder 20
    • Consideration for English Departmental Honors, 1973-1979Box 3, Folder 21
    • Undergraduate English Major Requirements, 1991-1992Box 3, Folder 22
    • Reports on English Courses, 1972-1973Box 4, Folder 1
    • Reports on the English Major in Writing, 1984Box 4, Folder 2
    • Report on Undergraduate Enrollments, 1976-1983Box 4, Folder 3
    • Undergraduate Committee, 1985-1987Box 4, Folder 4
    • Undergraduate English Major, n.d.Box 4, Folder 5
    • General Studies Committee, 1984-1985Box 4, Folder 6
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of Art History / Music History Departments, 1981Box 4, Folder 7
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of Classics Dept, 1981Box 4, Folder 8
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of Critical Theory Department, 1981Box 4, Folder 9
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of English Dept, 1981Box 4, Folder 10
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of the History and Literature of Religions Department, 1981Box 4, Folder 11
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of Interdepartmental Studies in Speech, 1981Box 4, Folder 12
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of Language Depts, 1981Box 4, Folder 13
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Committee Meetings, 1981Box 4, Folder 14
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of Philosophy Dept, 1981Box 4, Folder 15
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Report of the Theater Det, 1981Box 4, Folder 16
    • Graduate Programs in Literature: Final Committee Report, 1981Box 4, Folder 17
    • Review of the Graduate Programs in Literature (Humanities), n.d.Box 4, Folder 18
    • Helicon, 1979-1981Box 4, Folder 19
    • Helicon, 1982Box 4, Folder 20
    • Helicon Prize, 1983Box 4, Folder 21
    • Resumes, Submissions to Helicon, 1980Box 4, Folder 22
    • Student Writing Prize Advertisements, 1979-1981Box 4, Folder 23
    • Quaecumque, 1979-1980Box 4, Folder 24
    • Humanities Agenda, 1985-1987Box 5, Folder 1
    • Humanities Program Brochure, 1986-1987Box 5, Folder 2
    • Humanities Program Revision, 1986Box 5, Folder 3
    • Report on Humanities in the University by KruleeBox 5, Folder 4
    • Residential College Council of Masters, 1981-1982Box 5, Folder 5
    • Residential College Council of Masters, 1982-1983Box 5, Folder 6
    • Residential College Council of Masters, 1984Box 5, Folder 7
    • Humanities Residential College Fellows, 1982-1983Box 5, Folder 8
    • Humanities Residential College Formation Records, 1978-1982Box 5, Folder 9
    • Humanities Residential College, 1986-1987Box 5, Folder 10
    • Humanities Residential College Master's Records, 1981-1984Box 5, Folder 11
    • Humanities Residential College Minutes, 1979-1980Box 5, Folder 12
    • Humanities Residential College Minutes, 1980-1981Box 5, Folder 13
    • Humanities Residential College Minutes, 1981-1982Box 5, Folder 14
    • Humanities Residential College Newsletter, 1981-1982Box 5, Folder 15
    • Humanities Residential College Students, 1981-1983Box 5, Folder 16
    • Humanities Residential College Records, 1979-1980Box 5, Folder 17
    • Humanities Residential College Records, 1980-1981Box 5, Folder 18
    • Humanities Residential College Records, 1981-1982Box 5, Folder 19
    • Humanities Residential College Tutorials: Student Papers, 1980/1990Box 5, Folder 20
    • Humanities Residential College Tutorial, 1993Box 5, Folder 21
    • Integrated Arts, 1977Box 5, Folder 22
    • Integrated Arts CTECs (Evaluations), 1989-1990Box 5, Folder 23
    • Integrated Arts Courses, 1987-1991Box 5, Folder 24
    • Integrated Arts Program Review, 1989-1991Box 6, Folder 1
    • Integrated Arts Student Evaluations, 1991Box 6, Folder 2
    • Library and Information Technology Committee, 1995-1996Box 6, Folder 3
    • Northwester University Political Action Committee, 1970Box 6, Folder 4
    • Shakespeare Conference, 1975Box 6, Folder 5
    • Royal Shakespeare Company Visit, 1977Box 6, Folder 6
    • Royal Shakespeare Company Visit, 1981Box 6, Folder 7
    • School of Education and Social Policy Report, 1989Box 6, Folder 8
    • Sheil Catholic Center Director Search Committee, 1992Box 6, Folder 9
    • Teaching Load Committee, 1975Box 6, Folder 10
  • Publications / Addresses
    • Correspondence Relating to Pre-Publication Reviews of Books, n.d.Box 6, Folder 11
    • “Blow Up & Shoot,” Film Literature Quarterly, n.d.Box 6, Folder 12
    • Faust Conference, 1987Box 6, Folder 13
    • “Impact of Goethe's Faust on 19th and 20th Century Criticism of Marlowe's Faustus”, 1987Box 6, Folder 14
    • Notes, Publication of “Impact of Goethe's Faust on 19th and 20th Century Criticism of Marlowe's Faustus”, n.d.Box 6, Folder 15
    • Marlowe and the Renaissance of Tragedy, First Draft, n.d.Box 7, Folder 1
    • “Myth and Anti-Myth: The Case of Troilus and Cressida” Shakespeare Quarterly, 1978-1980Box 7, Folder 2
    • Publications, 1960-1970Box 7, Folder 3
    • Publications, 1970Box 7, Folder 4
    • Publications, 1980-1989Box 7, Folder 5
    • Publications, 1995Box 7, Folder 6
    • Shakespeare Association of America, 1974-1980Box 7, Folder 7
    • Draft of Article on Shakespeare's Pastoral Plays, 1973Box 7, Folder 8
  • Teaching
    • A 03, Fall 1979Box 7, Folder 9
    • A 03: Twice-Told Plays, Winter 1983Box 7, Folder 10
    • A 03: Twice-Told Plays, Fall 1984Box 7, Folder 11
    • Alumni College, 1985Box 7, Folder 12
    • Alumni College, 1986Box 7, Folder 13
    • B04, Spring 1980Box 7, Folder 14
    • B04, Spring 1983Box 7, Folder 15
    • B04, Spring 1987Box 7, Folder 16
    • B04: Tests and Syllabi, 1985Box 7, Folder 17
    • B12, Fall 1988Box 7, Folder 18
    • B12, Winter 1988Box 7, Folder 19
    • B12, Fall 1990Box 7, Folder 20
    • B12, Spring 1990Box 7, Folder 21
    • B12, n.d.Box 7, Folder 22
    • B18, Fall 1992Box 7, Folder 23
    • B18, Spring 1992Box 7, Folder 24
    • B18, Fall 1993Box 7, Folder 25
    • B28, Winter 1973Box 7, Folder 26
    • B50-2, Winter 1970Box 8, Folder 1
    • B50-2: PapersBox 8, Folder 2
    • B 50-2, Winter 1975Box 8, Folder 3
    • B 50-2, Winter 1976Box 8, Folder 4
    • B 50-2, Winter 1977Box 8, Folder 5
    • B 98, Winter 1997Box 8, Folder 6
    • B 98, Fall 1994 / Winter 1996Box 8, Folder 7
    • Correspondence with Former StudentsBox 8, Folder 8
    • Correspondence Relating to Job OffersBox 8, Folder 9
    • C 12, Winter 1992Box 8, Folder 10
    • C 22-1, Fall 1969Box 8, Folder 11
    • C 22-1, Fall 1978Box 8, Folder 12
    • C 22-2, Winter 1990Box 8, Folder 13
    • C 22-5, Summer 1975Box 8, Folder 14
    • C 28, Spring 1970Box 8, Folder 15
    • C 28, Spring 1972Box 8, Folder 16
    • C 28, Summer 1978Box 8, Folder 17
    • C 29, Spring 1977Box 8, Folder 18
    • C 34-1, Fall 1979Box 8, Folder 19
    • C 34-1, Fall 1980Box 8, Folder 20
    • C 34-1, Fall 1981Box 8, Folder 21
    • C 34-1, Fall 1982Box 8, Folder 22
    • C 34-1, Winter 1990Box 8, Folder 23
    • C 34-1, Fall 1991Box 8, Folder 24
    • C 34-1: ExamsBox 8, Folder 25
    • C 34-2, Winter 1986Box 8, Folder 26
    • C 34-2: Exams, 1984Box 8, Folder 27
    • C 34-2, Spring 1988Box 8, Folder 28
    • C 34-5, Fall 1988Box 8, Folder 29
    • C 39, Spring 1997Box 8, Folder 30
    • C 62-1, Fall 1991Box 8, Folder 31
    • C 62-1, Fall 1992Box 8, Folder 32
    • C 62-1, 1994-1995Box 8, Folder 33
    • C 62-1, 1996Box 8, Folder 34
    • C 62-2, Winter 1980Box 9, Folder 1
    • C 62-2, Winter 1981Box 9, Folder 2
    • C 62-2, Winter 1982Box 9, Folder 3
    • C 62-2, Winter 1984Box 9, Folder 4
    • C 62-2, 1986Box 9, Folder 5
    • C 62-2, Winter 1987Box 9, Folder 6
    • C 62-2, Winter 1988Box 9, Folder 7
    • C 62-2, Winter 1989Box 9, Folder 8
    • C 62-2, Winter 1990Box 9, Folder 9
    • C 62-2, Winter 1992Box 9, Folder 10
    • C 62-2, Winter 1993Box 9, Folder 11
    • C 62-2, Winter 1994Box 9, Folder 12
    • C 62-2, Spring 1994Box 9, Folder 13
    • C 62-2, Winter 1995Box 9, Folder 14
    • C 62-2, Spring 1996Box 9, Folder 15
    • C 62-2, Winter 1997Box 9, Folder 16
    • C 62-2, n.d.Box 9, Folder 17
    • C 86, n.d.Box 9, Folder 18
    • C 90, Spring 1987Box 9, Folder 19
    • C 90-2, 1980-1981Box 9, Folder 20
    • C 90-2, Spring 1986Box 9, Folder 21
    • C 90-2, Spring 1987Box 9, Folder 22
    • C 90-2, n.d.Box 9, Folder 23
    • C 95, Spring 1976Box 9, Folder 24
    • C 98, 1978Box 9, Folder 25
    • C 98, 1986-1987Box 9, Folder 26
    • C 98, Spring 1994Box 9, Folder 27
    • D 12, 1981-1997Box 9, Folder 28
    • D 12, Fall 1982, 1986Box 9, Folder 29
    • D 12, Winter 1992-93Box 9, Folder 30
    • D 22, Fall 1971Box 9, Folder 31
    • D 34, Spring 1988Box 9, Folder 32
    • D 34, Fall 1983Box 9, Folder 33
    • D 34, Spring 1990Box 9, Folder 34
    • D 34, Summer 1990Box 9, Folder 35
    • D 34, n.d.Box 9, Folder 36
    • D 41, Spring 1970Box 9, Folder 37
    • D 41, Fall 1990Box 9, Folder 38
    • D 41, Winter 1971Box 9, Folder 39
    • D 41, Summer 1972Box 9, Folder 40
    • D 41, Spring 1973Box 9, Folder 41
    • D 41, Spring 1978Box 9, Folder 42
    • E 22, Fall 1969Box 9, Folder 43
    • E 41, 1972Box 9, Folder 44
    • E 70: Teaching Seminar, 1972Box 9, Folder 45
    • Essay Course, n.d.Box 9, Folder 46
    • Grade Book, Fall 1992- 1994Box 9, Folder 47
    • High School Humanities Institute, Summer 1986Box 9, Folder 48
    • Schedules, 1981Box 9, Folder 49
    • Typos / Notes, n.d.Box 9, Folder 50
    • Yale University Courses, 1962-1969Box 9, Folder 51
  • Biographical MaterialBox 1, Folder 1