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James K. Cox Collection, ca. 1908-1940

Manuscript Collection #1110

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Title: James K. Cox Collection
Creator: Cox, James K.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Photographic prints (circa 1908, circa1940) of Greenville, North Carolina scenes, including a portrait of the Farmers Consolidated Tobacco Company members, a view of the downtown fire station interior, and eleven images of a flooded area on North Greene Street near Dal Cox’s Esso filling station. Black & white. Various sizes.
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 1 box 13 items , Photographic prints

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Accessions Information

August 21, 2007, 13 items, 0.01 cubic feet; Photographic prints (ca. 1908-1940) of Greenville, North Carolina scenes, including a portrait of the Farmers Consolidated Tobacco Company members, a view of the Downtown Fire Station interior, and 11 images of the Flood on North Greene Street near the Dal Cox Esso Station. Black & white. Various sizes. Donor: James K. Cox

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

James K. Cox Collection (#1110), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of James K. Cox

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, March 31, 2008

  • Processed by Katie Noble, April 2010


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

This collection consists of one photo featuring members of Greenville, North Carolina’s Farmers Consolidated Tobacco Company, one photo documenting an interior view of Greenville, North Carolina’s downtown fire station and eleven images depicting flooding in the North Greene Street area of Greenville, North Carolina.

The flooding in Greenville, North Carolina occurred during the summer of 1940. Historically, this flood was not as destructive as other floods in Greenville before or since, and other communities suffered worse damage. The Farmers Consolidated Tobacco Company was founded in Greenville in 1903 and is documented as active as late as 1918. Among the members featured in the photograph are prominent figures in Greenville’s civic and business history. The first united fire company was established in Greenville in 1902.

Source: Roger Kammerer's "Pitt's Past" Column abstracts http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/ncc/PittPast.cfm

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The collection consists of thirteen black and white photographs taken by an unknown photographer. The bulk of the photographs document a flooded area near North Greene Street in Greenville, North Carolina (circa 1940). Among the landmarks featured is Dal Cox’s Esso service station. Other topics are represented by one photograph. These include the interior of Greenville’s downtown fire station (circa 1908) and members of Greenville’s Farmers Consolidated Tobacco Company (circa 1908). For further details see the container list below.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#1110.1 Icon to indicate that there are digitized materials available
    • Folder a#1110.1.a (4 items  digitized)
      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #5)

        picture is taken from Dal Cox’s Esso service station. The L. Mernest Construction Company building is visible on the far right side.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC Photographic print. Black and White. 5"x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #6)

        Three men are standing underneath a Carolina Ice Cream sign at Dal Cox’s Esso service station.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #7)

        Large billboard on the right side of the street along with homes along the left side. People and cars are visible further down the road.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5"x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #8)

        Dal Cox’s Esso service station during the flood. People are visible under the carport.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #9)

        Photo taken from the back of a pickup truck. Directly in the front is a "Danger High Water" sign. People can be seen standing in the water throughout the street. On the right side, a pickup truck is driving through the street with men sitting in the back.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #10)

        Picture is taken next to Dal Cox’s Esso service station gas tank. Left bottom corner is faded.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940  (item #11)

        Photo taken from across the street of the right corner of Dal Cox’s Esso service station. Large groups of people shown around the service station, and numerous cars parked in front.

      • Inside of the downtown fire station. Greenville Photographic print. Black and White. 6" x 9", ca. 1908  (item #12)

        Two fire trucks sitting on the inside of the station. The fire truck on the left has two men in the front seat and the fire truck on the right has one man in the driver's seat. On the wall is a large sign listing local fire phone numbers corresponding to specific street intersections.

      • Farmers Consolidated Tobacco Company members, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 10" x 8", ca. 1908  (item #13)

        The ten members of the company are listed on the back of the photograph in order from left to right: J. Marshall Cox, A. A. Forbes, Jr., O. L. Joyner-President, B. B. Sugg-member of the Board of Trustees, W. H. Dail, Jr.-Secretary, R.J. Cobb-Treasurer, J. J. Turrough(?), Thad R. Hodges-Vice President, E. E. Dail, Sam Joyner.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC.

        North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Black and White. 5" x 3.5" 1 item. 1p., ca. 1940. Image faces the east side of Dal Cox’s Esso service station. Water from the flood is seen on the left side of the image along with a Pepsi sign and a white picket fence in the background.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC

        North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940. Shows the front right corner of Dal Cox’s Esso service station. Floodwater is covering the street in front of the store. Two pickup trucks are visible along with people gathered under the carport.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC

        North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC. Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940. Depicts the left side of Dal Cox’s Esso service station during the flood. Three young boys are standing directly in the front of the picture with a large group of people gathered under the carport. On the far right corner, a car with people in the back is also visible.

      • North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC

        North Greene Street flood, Greenville, NC Photographic print. Black and White. 5" x 3.5", ca. 1940. The entire street is visible along with Dal Cox’s Esso service station in the far right corner. The L. M. Ernest Construction Company building is visible directly to the left of the station. People are seen standing all along the street.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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