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Betty Coe Cinquegrana papers

Identifier: SC 0030
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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.


  • 1960-2014


Access Restrictions

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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.


0.98 cubic feet (1 Hollinger box, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



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.


This collection is arranged in four series. All series are arranged chronologically.

  1. Academic Life, 1960-1964
  2. Post-Madison College Life, 1964-2003
  3. Reunions of Class of ’64 and Betty Coe ’64 and Paul J. Cinquegrana Scholarship, 1964-2014
  4. Ephemera, circa 1963-2014

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

A Guide to the Betty Coe Cinquegrana Papers, 1960-2014
Brianna Melchione
August 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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