Guide to the Cone Family Collection, 1850 - 1969, undated

Summary Information

Title: Cone Family Collection, 1850 - 1969, undated
Collection: AC.131
Extent: 1.75 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 2 oversize boxes, 2 framed portraits)
Abstract:

The Cone Family Collection contains photographs and papers related to industrialist Moses Cone and his family. This collection includes family photographs, correspondence, a leather letter wallet engraved "Moses H. Cone", a newspaper clipping scrapbook inscribed "Ceasar Cone," and other newspaper clippings.

Creator: Cone family

Biographical/Historical Note

Brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone were the eldest children within the Herman and Helen Guggenheimer Cone family. Although born in Jonesborough, Tennessee, they were raised in Baltimore, Maryland with their eleven younger siblings, Albert (died at 3 months), Etta, Dr. Claribel, Clarence, Carrie, Dr. Sydney, Julius, Bernard, Solomon, Frederick, Monroe. Herman Sr., Moses, Ceasar and Monroe incorporated into H. Cone and Sons. Moses married the former Bertha Lindau and Ceasar married the former Jeannette Siegel. Later in life, they became textile industrialists. The brothers established the Cone Export and Commission Company in 1890. Five years latter, they built their first cotton mill, Proximity, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Moses and Bertha Cone were the owners of the the 3,500 acre Flat Top Manor. The Cones were childless and Mrs. Cone willed the estate to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro. In 1949, the hospital board donated the property to the National Park Service. The estate was named The Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and is managed by the Blue Ridge Parkway, a unit of the National Park System.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, bills, newsclippings, photographs, and portraits of Moses Cone and Ceasar Cone. The correspondence is primarily between Cone Export and Commission Co. secretary David Dreyfuss, Cone Export and Commission Co. treasurer Reuben Lindheim, Ceasar Cone and Moses Cone. Writers refer to letters that are not included. Included letters contain Ceasar Cone's handwritten notes to Moses to underscore the contents related to their corruption. Moses subsequently fired Dreyfuss and Lindheim for their inappropriate use of company money and stock for personal use. Most newspaper clippings focus on the death of Moses while the papers date primarily from 1906 to 1908 and focus on the operation of Cone Export and Commission Co. Other correspondence includes letters between Paul Fink and Ben Cone regarding historical Jonesborough, Tennessee. A scrapbook contains newsclippings related to the death of and tributes to Ceasar Cone. Also included are a Textile Manufacturers Journal and the Half-Century Book, 1891-1941 as well as a leather mailing wallet inscribed "Moses H. Cone."

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by subject, then organized chronologically within folders.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated by the Cone Family, via Ceasar Cone, in 1986. This collection was opened to the public on July 31, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, May 2005; Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Cynthia Harbeson, August 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.131: Cone Family Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folders

Correspondence, 1901-1969, undated 

Note: The correspondence contains letters primarily between Cone Export and Commission Co. secretary David Dreyfuss, Cone Export and Commission Co. treasurer Reuben Lindheim, Ceasar Cone and Moses Cone. Writers refer to letters that are not included. The included letters contain Ceasar Cone's handwritten notes to Moses to underscore the contents related to their corruption. Moses subsequently fired Dreyfuss and Lindheim for their inappropriate use of company money and stock for personal use. Most newspaper clippings focus on the death of Moses while the papers date primarily from 1906 to 1908 and focus on the operation of Cone Export and Commission Co. Other correspondence includes letters between Paul Fink and Ben Cone regarding historical Jonesborough, Tennessee.

1 1-3
  Box Folder

Bills, 1907-1969, undated 

1 4

Newsclippings, 1907-1969, undated 

1 5

Photographs [copies], 1850-1916

1 6
  Box

Photographs, 1850-1916 

2

Textile Manufacturers Journal, 1908 

3

Half-Century Book, 1941 

3

Ceasar Cone Tribute Scrapbook, 1917-1923 

3

Moses H. Cone Leather Mailing Wallet, undated 

3
  Frame

Portrait of Moses Cone, undated 

1

Portrait of Ceasar Cone, undated 

2