Finding Aid, Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976

Part of the Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976 project

Author(s): Conway Slaughter

Year: 2012


This collection is referred to as “Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976.” This name is consistent throughout the finding aid, the file folders, and the box labels. The extent of this collection is half a linear inch.

The associated documentation for Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976 was stored in one acidic folder and in one acidic cardboard box with several other document collections. These collections were Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1977 and Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1979- 1981. It was difficult at first to discern the divisions in the different archaeological investigations, and the Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976 and Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1977 collections were originally processed as one collection. These document collections were later separated due to the different years of investigation and principal investigators.

The Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976 was not an extensive collection. James McMichael reported that one local informant, who had been collecting from the site for 30 years, allowed her collection to be photographed and inspected. Included in her collection were cultural materials indicative of a temporal span ranging from Early Paleo-Indian to Mississippian, inclusive of all identified time periods. Although McMichael does not provide the name of his informant in the report, the processing archivist believes this individual to be Mary Ann Cole.

This investigation appears to be an attempt on James McMichael’s part to record as much information as possible on the archaeological site located on Cole’s property rather than an officially sanctioned U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. The document collection includes McMichael’s notes from his meeting with the local collector, a collage of photographs depicting an artifact collection from the Mary Ann Cole Site, which is arranged on a pool table, and a draft report written by McMichael. Although there may have been a final draft of the report, it was not present in the document collection received by the VCP. Unfortunately, the draft report was handwritten and the photocopy of the draft that was processed by the VCP was difficult to read. Because the report was a draft, it is unknown if or to whom a final report was submitted.

Removed to photograph storage from this collection was a collage of five black and white photographs, which needed specialized attention. The collage was constructed of photographs that were torn or cut to fit together and then taped using non-archival pressure-sensitive tape. Andrea Adams, the archives supervisor, performed the rehabilitation on this item. A tape removal spatula was set on a low setting and used to remove the non-archival pressure-sensitive tape. The photograph surfaces were cleaned using PEC-12 photographic emulsion cleaner, then the photographs were fitted back together using archival mending tissue tape. The rehabilitated collage was placed inside a polypropylene sleeve and housed in an archival grade notebook with other photographic materials from other document collections associated with the Mary Ann Cole Site.

The Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology (GBL) artifact catalog and inventory for this investigation were sent to the VCP electronically, printed on acid free paper, and housed with the associated documentation. Scanned asset numbers were not assigned, because the files were uploaded into the digital imaging database directly from the file sent by GBL.

For more information on the Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976 investigation, please refer to Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1977 and Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1979-1981.

Cite this Record

Finding Aid, Mary Ann Cole Site (12CR1) 1976. Conway Slaughter. Norcross, GA: Brockington and Associates, Inc. 2012 ( tDAR id: 425772) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8RB76RR

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -86.555; min lat: 38.085 ; max long: -86.251; max lat: 38.229 ;


General Note: The digital materials in this collection were processed by the Veterans Curation Program (VCP), and include the artifact database, artifact report, finding aid, scanned asset key, and select artifact photographs. Additional materials held by the VCP include additional artifact photographs, box inventories, card stock inserts, correspondence, document folder listing, GBL artifact inventory, GBL catalog, initial data collection, maps, notes, photographic material spreadsheet, photographic material database, and records removal sheet. For additional information on these materials, refer to the Finding Aid.

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