Guide to the Ivorey Cobb Collection, 1930-1992

Collection number: MC 353
Size: (2 boxes) (1 cu.ft.)

About Ivorey Cobb (1911-1992)

Ivorey Cobb was the first minority and African-American judge in New Hampshire. The following biography was generously supplied by his family:

"Ivorey Cobb was born September 28, 1911 in Andalusia, Alabama, son of Sam and Minerva (Minnie) Cobb. He graduated from Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, going on to attend Duquesne University prior to entering military service in 1942. During his military career he pursued further undergraduate and graduate studies at Rutgers University, Northeastern University, the University of Maryland Overseas Division in Austria and Italy. In June 1960, Judge Cob received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

"Ivorey Cobb and Elsie Margaret Stanton were married on June 13, 1938 and to this union were born three daughters: Marilyn Eva, Gretel Anne and Louise (Louisa) Minerva. Prior to entering military service, Cobb acquired hand-on experience in newspaper reporting, newswriting, circulation and advertising, photography, photoengraving, printing and layout before becoming Owner, General Manager and Publisher of The Pittsburgh Crusader and the more prominent Pittsburgh Examiner, a historical African American newspaper. He entered the Army in July 1942 at which time the United States Army was segregated. In 1943, Cobb was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of the 596th Transportation Truck Corps. He went overseas in 1943 with the United States Armed Forces in Germany and also served in Austria and Italy as well as the Korean War. After returning to the United States from overseas duty, he became Editor of the Fort Devens Dispatch and the Camp Drum Sentinel newspapers.

"Ivorey Cobb had a distinguished military career receiving numerous decorations, citations, commendations and medals for meritorious service and retired in 1962 with the rank of United States Army Major. He joined the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Coos County Bar Association in 1962, the same year he moved to Colebrook, New Hampshire to practice law. In 1965, Judge Cobb was elected President of the Coos County Bar Association by his professional associates. In 1974, New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson, Jr. nominated Judge Cobb for membership on the New Hampshire Commission on Civil Rights.

"The Honorable Judge Ivorey Cobb passed away December 18, 1992 and was survived by Elsie Margaret Stanton Cobb who passed away August 28, 1993. Judge Cobb and Elsie Stanton Cobb were survived by their three daughters and seven grandchildren."

About the Ivorey Cobb Collection (1930-1992)

This collection contains vital and military records, family correspondence during Cobb's years in the US Army, photographs of his family and military life. Civilian newspapers cover Ivorey Cobb's appointment to the court in 1964 and his remarkable legal career and accomplishments, while two bound volumes of military newspapers are the result of his position as editor. His close relationship with his wife and three daughters is evident throughout.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Ivorey Cobb Collection, 1930-1992, MC 353, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation of the Cobb family, 2019.

Suffolk University Digital Collections: photograph of Judge Ivorey Cobb receiving an honorary degree, 1965. [Note: His diploma reads 1968.]

Separated Material

Some materials were incomplete upon acquisition.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in a single series, with oversized materials in the second box.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Vital and Military Records, 1931-1990
Box 1, Folder 2School and Judicial Certificates, 1931-1975
Box 1, Folder 3Cobb Family Letters, 1950-1952
Box 1, Folder 4Cobb Family Letters, 1954
Box 1, Folder 5Cobb Family Letters, 1955
Box 1, Folder 6Cobb Family Letters, 1962-1963 and undated/fragments
Box 1, Folder 7Non-Family Letters, 1950-1992 and undated
Box 1, Folder 8Family Photographs in Europe, 1940s
Box 1, Folder 9Ivorey Cobb Photographs, Korea, 1950-1954
Box 1, Folder 10Family Photographs in Europe, 1950s
Box 1, Folder 11Family Photographs, 1950s-1980s
Box 1, Folder 12Photographic Negatives, no dates
Box 1, Folder 13Newspaper Clippings, 1930-1981
Box 2 (Oversize)
Oversized Materials & Ephemera, unfoldered, 1930-1970s
  • Copy of the Pittsburg Examiner, dated September 28 1937
  • Copy of the Pittsburg Crusaider, dated June 4 1941
  • Silk scarf with map of Alaska. Souvenir gift from Ivorey to Elsie Cobb, 1950s
  • Maps (4) of Korea and Germany used in the military, 1950-1960
  • Ivorey Cobb's high school diploma, Pittsburgh Public Schools, 1933
  • Certificate affirming Ivorey Cobb's service in World War II, November 1942
  • Honorary JD diploma from Suffolk University, 1968
  • Photograph from daughter Marilyn's wedding, 1970s
  • Camp Drum Sentinel, bound volume, 1959
  • Fort Devens Dispatch, bound volume, 1959-1960


Letters & Postcards
Military Papers
Newspapers & Publications
Photographs, Slides & Negatives