Cinquegrana, Betty Coe Papers, 1960-2014 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Betty Coe Cinquegrana Papers, 1960-2014

Collection No.: SC 0030
Creator: Cinquegrana, Betty Coe

Extent: 1 hollinger box, 1 oversize box; .98 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Betty Coe Cinquegrana, who attended Madison College from 1960-1964. Materials date from 1960-2014 and relate to her time as a student at Louisa County High School and Madison College, and life after college. Materials relating to the Betty Coe '64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship, established in the mid-2000s, are also included.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation: [Identification of Item], [box #, folder #], Betty Coe Cinquegrana Papers, 1960-2014, SC 0030, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Donated to James Madison University by Betty Coe Cinquegrana on July 15, 2014.
Processing Information: Newspaper clippings have been photocopied; originals are retained. Materials with sticky notes have been photocopied to show original placement. The notes were removed and placed on a separate sheet of paper. Materials from a school binder with paper sand notes for classes in Biology, Algebra, English 102, and Health 40 have been taken out of the original binder and placed in folders. The original binder has been discarded.

Bio/Historical Note:

Betty Coe Cinquegrana, neé Betty Lee Coe, graduated from Louisa County High School in Mineral, Virginia in 1960. She was offered the M. Frieda Koontz Award that helped fund her education at Madison College from 1960-1964. As a divorcee raising two children, Betty's mother could only afford to give her daughter $100 towards tuition. The scholarships and financial assistance Coe received were vital to her academic success, and as such she wanted to give back to the College and help others with demonstrated financial need. To this end, she established the Betty Coe '64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship, in honor of her and her husband, Paul. The scholarship is awarded to business students and future teachers. (See box 1, folder 36 titled "Making Gray Days Brighter," for additional background information about Betty Coe Cinquegrana and the scholarship in her name.) During her time at Madison College, Betty started out as a math major and later changed her major to business. She was also involved in many organizations such as Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Lambda, Pi Omega Pi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains materials related to Betty Coe Cinquegrana and her experiences at Louisa County High School and at Madison College from the years 1960-2014. Other materials relate to Class of 1964 reunions that were held in 1979 and 1989, as well as the scholarship named for Betty and her husband, the Betty Coe '64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship. Membership cards, initiation awards, and pledge membership cards for Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Lambda, Pi Omega Pi, and Zeta Tau Alpha are also included. There is also a school binder of Coe's that contains her notes for biology, algebra, English 102, and English 40 at Madison College. After graduation, Coe kept track of her fellow classmates and newspaper clippings of wedding announcements for her classmates are also included. Other materials include ephemera from her years at Madison and from her class reunions, including a class beanie and Madison College pennant.


This collection is arranged in 4 series:
Series 1: Academic Life, 1960-1964
Series 2: Post-Madison College Life, 1964-2003
Series 3: Reunions of Class of '64 and Betty Coe '64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship, 1964-2014
Series 4: Ephemera, ca. 1963-2014
All series are arranged chronologically.


Series 1: Academic Life, 1960-1964

This series includes documents from Coe's academic career at Louisa County High School and Madison College. Her 1960 high school diploma is included, as well as newspaper clippings announcing her graduation. There is also a letter from the Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers to Coe that announced her as a recipient of the M. Frieda Koontz Award, which provided $300 towards her tuition at Madison College. An essay she wrote about graduating high school and the scholarships she won on senior night is included. The remaining items in the series relate to Betty's academic life at Madison College, from 1960-1964. Other materials include items related to scholarships she received (Bernice R. Varner) as well as Greek life and other organizations (Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Omega Pi, and Zeta Tau Alpha).

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Louisa County High School Diploma, 1960
Louisa County High School Essay on Scholarships and Promissory Notes, 1960-1963
Louisa High School Memorabilia, 1960-1970
Betty's Notebook: Postcards, zipper pouch, and name card, 1960
Betty's Notebook: Biology, 1960
Betty's Notebook: Algebra, 1960
Betty's Notebook: English, 1960
Betty's Notebook: P.E. and Health, 1960
Betty's Notebook: Graphs, 1960
Semester Grade Report and Certificate of Proficiency, 1961-1963
College Ring Order Sheet, 1962
Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Lambda, and Pi Omega Pi Information, 1962
Pi Omega Pi, 1962-1964
Bernice R. Varner Scholarship Award, 1963
Kappa Delta Pi Constitution and By-Laws, 1963
Kappa Delta Pi Certificate and Membership Card, 1963-1964
Madison College Student Handbook, 1963-1964
Zeta Tau Alpha Membership Card, Pledge Manual, and Poem, 1963-1964
Commencement Program and List of Graduation Events, 1964
Madison College Diploma and Photograph, 1964
Maps of James Madison University Campus, 1964
Newspaper Clippings on Coe's Accomplishments at Madison, 1964
Zeta Tau Alpha 1964 Composite, 1964

Series 2: Post-Madison College Life, 1964-2003

Materials included in this series are related to Betty's life post-Madison College. Included is her 1964 teaching contract with George Washington High School, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Other items include Betty's teacher evaluations for classes that she taught on steno-block and typing as well as a certificate from Future Business Leaders of America from the years 1982-1992. Additional materials include awards given to Betty in recognition of contributions to the Hospice Cup Organization from 1982-1992. The remainder of the series is comprised of newspaper clippings about fellow Madison classmates that graduated in 1964, such as wedding announcements.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Rough Draft of Job Resume for Spotsylvania High School, 1964
Teaching Contract for George Washington High School, Teaching Certificate, Teacher Evaluations, and Christmas Card, 1964-2003
Hospice: Philosophy of Caring Conference Certificate, 1982
Hospice Cup Information and Quicker Quicken Award Certificate, 1982-1992
Hospice Cup, Glen Oban Neighborhood Development Award, 1982
Newspaper Clippings of the Class of 1964, 1991
Synopsis of Resume, 1991

Series 3: Reunions of Class of 1964 and the Betty Coe '64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship, 1964-2014

This series includes multiple items from reunions of the class of 1964, including a photograph of the women of the class of 1964 who attended the homecoming in 1979, along with a seating chart made by Jan Woods Marks (senior class president), stating the names of the women in the photograph. Other items include a September 1994 article from Montpelier magazine with pictures of the classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, and 1974, as well as short paragraphs explaining details about each person's life and an undated booklet for the reunion class of 1964. Other items contain information concerning the Betty Coe '64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship and its recipients for the years 2008-2013, and letters of appreciation to the Cinquegranas from scholarship recipients. The concert announcements and the scholarship information were both originally located inside a James Madison University folder, but have been removed and placed in a new folder. The original folder is included.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Scholarship Information and recipients, and concert announcements, 1964-2014
Class of '64 Photograph at Homecoming, 1979
Octoberfest Related Materials, 1979-1994
Class Reunion of '64, 1989
Funeral Program for Paul Cinquegrana, 2007
"Making Gray Days Brighter" Article, 2014

Series 4: Ephemera, ca. 1963-2014

This series includes Betty's Madison College pennant and beanie. It also includes a Bluestone Society medal, her nametag for the 50th reunion for the class of 1964 held in 2014, a pin for the Bluestone Society, and lastly a pin for the President's Council. The President's Council pin is awarded for regular donations to James Madison University. Coe's annotated yearbooks from 1962 and 1963 were retained. The items in this series are all contained within one oversize box.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Madison Beanie, 1963
OV 1
Madison Pennant, 1963
OV 1
Bluestone Society Medal, 2014
OV 1
Bluestone Society Pin and President Council Pin, 2014
OV 1
Nametag for 50th Reunion, 2014
OV 1
JMU gift bag, 2014
OV 1
Bluestone yearbook, 1962
OV 1
Bluestone yearbook, 1963
OV 1

Compiled by: Brianna Melchione, August 2015