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Identifier: MC 1406

Carol E. and Robert B. Dokes Papers


  • Majority of material found in 1922-2000


10 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Carol Esther (Crews) Dokes: teacher and church worker; born in 1905; graduated from high school in Montclair, New Jersey; attended New England Conservatory of Music in Boston before transferring to Gordon College of Theology and Missions, also in Boston, from which she graduated (in 1931 ?); married Robert B. Dokes in 1931; taught music in Montclair; worked as a field worker for the Home Missions Council of North America (in Utica, New York, and elsewhere) and in the War Department's (Newark) Office of Dependency Benefits during World War II ( while her husband was overseas in the U.S. Army); taught school for many years (primarily as an elementary school teacher), including in Paterson and Newark, New Jersey; included the establishment of numerous vacation Bible schools and service as president of the Women' s Auxiliary to the North Jersey District Baptist Association among her varied religious activities; died in 2002.

Robert Boston Dokes: Baptist minister; born in 1904; graduated from high school in Noblesville, Indiana; graduated from Gordon College of Theology and Missions in Boston with a Th.B. degree (in 1931 ?); worked in adult education for the Works Progress Administration while living in Montclair, New Jersey, during the late 1930s; served as the (founding) pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Paterson, New Jersey, for over twenty-five years beginning in 1940; attended Upsala College (in East Orange, New Jersey); served from 1941 to 1946 as a chaplain in the U.S. Army (initially as a 1st Lieutenant and later as a Captain), including in the 92nd Engineer Battalion (until March 1942), the 243rd Quartermaster Battalion (until May 1943), the 369th Coast Artillery Regiment and the 503rd Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion; served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1946 to 1956; resided in Paterson from the late 1940s into the 1950s; graduated from Upsala College with an A.B. degree in 1948 and from Biblical Seminary in New York City with an M.R.E. degree in 1952; resided in Nutley, New Jersey, from the l 950s until at least the early 1970s; compiled undated pamphlets entitled "What Every Baptist Should Know" and "The English Bible"; died in 1986.

Papers of an African-American couple, but especially of Carol E. Dokes, among which are college papers, photographs (some pre-date 1922?) and letters received. Also a few papers of Carol Dokes' parents, Thomas E. Crews (1881-1962) and Irene Crews (1881-1973).

Some of the papers document the Rev. Dokes' experiences during World War II. Included in this material are black-and-white photographs that he took and acquired plus over 350 letters (some present only as photocopies), November 1942-September 1945, that he sent to his spouse. These letters, which primarily date from November 1942 to December 1943, were written while Dokes' was overseas, especially in Hawaii (November 1942-April 1944).

Inventory of the Carol E. and Robert B. Dokes Papers
Edited Full Draft
Special Collections and University Archives
July 1997
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.