D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Tench C. Coxe Collection


Title Tench C. Coxe Collection
Creator Tench C. Coxe and Family
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/coxe_tench/default_coxe_ten.htm
Keyword Subject World War II ; Korean War ; Episcopal High School in Alexandria Virginia; chemical warfare ; Kyoto ; Rhododendron Festival ; Korea ; Chinese People's Volunteers
Subject LCSH Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Campaigns
Chemical warfare disposal
Smoke screens
Kyoto (Japan)
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Propaganda
World War, 1939-1945 -- Anecdotes
Description This collection contains an assortment of personal documents from Tench C. Coxe. This collection relates, mainly, to Tench C. Coxes's experiences in World War II and the Korean War as well as his life in the five years following his release from Korea. Documents include personal letters, photographs, war-related publications, newspaper clippings and memorabilia. Coverage: 1939-1957 
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville  
Date original  
Date digital 2012-03-21
Type Collection ; Text ; Photographs ; Maps
Format 1 carton
Source M2011.15.01
Language English
Relation Frank Coxe Oral History ; Speculation Lands Collection ; Frank Coxe Papers ; Tench Coxe Collection ;
Coverage temporal 1939-1957
Coverage spatial Atlanta, GA ; Kyoto, Japan ; Busun Korea; Alexandria, VA ; Muroc, CA ; Fort Brag, NC ; Columbia, SC ; Wildflecken, Germany ; Namur, Belgium ; Siegen, Germany ; The Hauge, South Holland ; Asheville, NC
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Citation Tench C. Coxe Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville
Processed by Special Collections Staff, AAM, 2012.
Biography Tench C. Coxe III was born in 1923 to Mr. and Mrs. Tench C. Coxe Jr. of Asheville, North Carolina. He attended the Episcopal High School of Alexandria, Virginia where he graduated top of his class in 1942.  From high school, he went on to study at Yale University until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served until September 1946. Throughout this period, he served as a lieutenant in the 2nd Chemical Battalion performing, mainly, chemical warfare disposal through out Germany. Upon his release he continued his studies at Yale and went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study law.  In 1951 he was drafted to serve in the Korean War where he once again served as a lieutenant until his release in 1952. Upon his release, he continued his studies at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors in 1953.

Tench C. Coxe III married Francis Mayburry in 1957 and relocated to Atlanta to serve as part of a law firm of Troutman, Sams, Schroder and Lockerman. In Atlanta, he became involved with multiple community organizations and fathered two children, Tench C. Coxe IV and Molly Coxe.
History The Coxes are one of the most prominent families in Western North Carolina. Tench Coxe (1755-1824), between the years of 1795 and 1797 acquired 400,000 acres of land throughout Polk, Buncombe, Henderson, McDowell and Rutherford counties through land speculation. Many of his descendents remained in Western North Carolina where they continued to grow and expand Asheville and its surrounding communities from the creation of the Battery Park Hotel by Franklin Coxe to the expansion of the railroad into Asheville. 

               ITEM LIST

Box # Folder # Description
1 1 Letters to Beekman and associates, High School Transcripts
1 2 High School Transcripts, Correspondence from Yale
1 3 Correspondence to family members - 1944
1 4 Correspondence to family  - 1945
1 5 Correspondence to family - January to March 1946
1 6 Correspondence to family  - April to June 1946
1 7 Correspondence to family - July to September 1946
1 8 Correspondence to family - June to October 1951
1 9 Correspondence to family - November to December 1951
1 10 Correspondence to family - 1952
1 11 Newspaper clippings, letters
1 12 Miscellaneous