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David Brent Cole Architectural Drawings Collection

Identifier: DADA-058

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 74 projects, the majority of which were created by firms in which Cole was a partner. Projects consist of architectural drawings, photographs, and other reference materials related to office buildings, churches, schools, and a variety of public structures and green spaces. Included is a collection of negatives and slides of Cole’s time at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, as well as Cole’s 1986 senior thesis.


  • Creation: 1924-1993


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Drawings and Documents Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Drawings and Documents Archive.

Biographical Note

David Brent Cole, the son of Carolyn Meyer Cole and Kenneth D. Cole, was born on July 4, 1954 in Fort Wayne. He graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, and in 1978, married Andrea (Sullivan) Cole. After graduating from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, Cole practiced architecture with his father in their joint practice, Cole and Cole Architects. He also worked for several other firms: Cole, Matson, and Matott; Cole, Matott, and Riley; Cole and Matott; Cole, Matott; Cole Matott Architects; and Sauer, Cole, Matson, Matott Architects and Engineers. Throughout his architectural career, he placed a heavy emphasis on community enrichment and environmental sensitivity, and he possessed a passion for the renovation of historic structures. Later in his life, he taught courses in architectural drafting and design at Ivy Tech Community College. He died on June 3, 2015, at 60 years old.


4.4 Cubic Feet (1 flat file drawer, 2 MSS boxes, 1 roll, 1 OVC box, 1 OVA box)


The David Brent Cole Architectural Drawings are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The David Brent Cole Architectural Drawings were received by the Drawings and Documents Archive as a donation from Andrea Cole on 2016/10/17.


No additions are expected.


“David B. Cole Obituary.” The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), June 7, 2015.

Processing Information

Collection processing complete. EAD finding aid completed 2019/06/20 by Leah Heim; revised 2019/06/25 by Rebecca Torsell.

David Brent Cole Architectural Drawings Collection
Created by Leah Heim; revised by Rebecca Torsell
Created 2019/06/20; revised 2019/06/25
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Repository Details

Part of the Andrew Seager Archives of the Built Environment Repository

Architecture Building, Room 120
Muncie IN 47306 USA
765-285-3726 (Fax)