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Pat Colonna Collection, 1953-2016 | Manuscripts

By Rachel Motes, Catherine Keenan, Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Pat Colonna Collection, 1953-2016Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1980-1995
ID: 01/AR073
Extent: 18.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged into three series reflecting stages of Pat Colonna's life.  Each series is further arranged by subject.
Date Acquired: 04/07/2008. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English, Mongolian

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Patricia Lou Colonna (November 8, 1939 -    ) is a University of North Texas (then North Texas State University) alumna.  Her collection concerns her employment as an information writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services (now known as University Relations, Communications and Marketing) at UNT as well as for her time spent in the Peace Corps teaching English in Mongolia and as the business owner of Yoga Denton in Denton, Texas.

This collection contains artifacts, papers, photographs, and publications focusing on the time Pat spent in North Texas at UNT, in Mongolia with the Peace Corps, and as a business owner in Denton, Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Pat Colonna was an Information writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at University of North Texas and taught English in Mongolia when serving in the Peace Corps.  She was also the owner of Yoga Denton, a business that was located in Denton, Texas.  This collection contains artifacts and photographs from her UNT employment and Mongolian travels as wells as papers and publications related to her career as an information writer, Peace Corps volunteer, and business owner.

Collection Historical Note

Patricia “Pat” Lou Colonna was born on November 8, 1939 to Henry Peter Colonna and Lenora Mildred Colonna nee Gillespie in Denison, Texas.  Several years later, on March 27, 1942, her brother, Henry “Hank” Melvin Colonna, was born.  He was killed on October 27, 1954, during the year in which Pat turned fifteen.

Most of Pat’s early education was spent within the Bells school system in Texas.   On May 28, 1953, Pat received a certificate of completion from the Bells Elementary School that granted her admission into the Bells High School.  During her time spent in high school, Pat was active in several school organizations.  In her junior year, she was elected president of her class, associate-editor of the school paper, and was given a part in her class play.  Then in her senior year, Pat was elected editor of the school yearbook [a school publication], head of the program committee, and to the student council.  On May 24, 1957, Pat Colonna graduated from Bells High School.

Pat’s post-secondary education was spent at multiple institutions; Rutherford-Metropolitan School of Business in Dallas, Texas (June 10, 1057 to January 6, 1958), Austin College in Sherman, Texas (September 7, 1960 to Summer 1961), Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey (January 29, 1962 to Spring 1968), and North Texas State University (August 24, 1977 to 1981)

While enrolled in night classes at Rider College in Trenton, Patricia “Pat” Colonna became engaged to Kenneth “Ken” L. Fake.  They were married on November 1, 1963 by the Reverend Thomas E. Carney in the Rectory of the Holy Angels Church in New Jersey.  During their time spent married, Pat and Ken had two sons; Gregory Leverne Fake (born July 21, 1964) and Mark Colonna Fake (born May 27, 1967).  The exact date is unknown but it is assumed that by some point prior to 1971, Pat became divorced from Ken and moved back to Texas.

When Pat moved back to north Texas, she was employed at first with the Denton Record Chronicle and then at the North Texas State University (1972-1974) as an Information Writer within the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services.  After a several year break in which Pat did freelance work, she was re-employed by the University of North Texas (1977-1987) once more as an information writer within the same office.  During this time, Pat did publicity for the School of Music, drama, art, Fine Arts Series, and Union programs as well as serving as an associate editor of the NTSU Today magazine.  She also wrote articles for the NTSU Today magazine, The North Texan (an alumni publication), and other UNT publications.

Approximately six years after Pat left UNT, she became a member of the Peace Corps.  From June 1993 to June 1995, Pat worked in Ulan Bataar, Mongolia as an English teacher sponsored by Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions.  During her time spent as an English teacher in Mongolia, Pat organized the English Department and trained teachers at a then new college-level institute.

Upon her return to the United States, Pat Colonna became a Denton, Texas business owner.  Her business was called Yoga Denton and she served as one of its instructors.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2011-011, 2016-032, 2018-049
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Pat Colonna
Separated Materials: In addition to archival material, books were donated and are available through the UNT Library Catalog.
Related Materials: The Portal to Texas History, a free online gateway to Texas history materials, has scans of articles written by Pat Colonna. For more information please see
Preferred Citation: Pat Colonna Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Finding Aid Revision History: An accretion was processed by Catherine Keenan on 4/24/17, with additions to Series 3, Box 11 and Series 4, Box 17. An accretion was processed by Perri Hamilton on 2018-09-11, with additions placed in Series 2 Box 3 and Series 4 Box 18.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

Series 1: Pat ColonnaAdd to your cart.
Box 1: PapersAdd to your cart.
Barcode: 600749
Folder 1: Births, Marriages, and DeathsAdd to your cart.
Contains information regarding the dates of family births, marriages, and deaths.
Note: The only information recorded are (1) the births of Patricia Lou Colonna and her younger brother Henry Melvin Colonna, (2) the marriage of their parents, Henry Peter Colonna to Lenora Mildred Gillespie, and (3) the death of Henry Melvin Colonna.
Folder 2: Primary Education at Bells Elementary School, May 28, 1953Add to your cart.
Contains Pat's Bells Elementary School commencement information and certificate of completion.
Folder 3: Secondary Education at Bells High School, AutobiographyAdd to your cart.
Contains an autobiography assignment done by Pat that supplies information about her family and early life.
Folder 4: Secondary Education at Bells High School, May 24, 1957Add to your cart.
Contains Pat’s high school diploma.
Folder 5: Post-Secondary Education at Rutherford-Metropolitan School of Business, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Contains Pat’s diploma for the Business Administrations course as well as a special scholarship certificate.
Folder 6: Engagement and Wedding, November 1, 1963Add to your cart.
Contains information about Pat’s engagement and wedding to Kenneth “Ken” L. Fake.
Folder 7: Resumes, 1958-1998Add to your cart.
Contains resumes created by Pat throughout her life.
Folder 8: Concerning Employment, 1958-1991Add to your cart.
Contains information about recommendations, employment, and resignations.
Folder 9: Correspondence of Interest, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence from Kitte Turmell to Pat.
Note: Kitte Turmell was a journalist known for her famous quote, “Happiness walks on busy feet,” and for her syndicated column called Teen-agers.
Folder 10: Pictures of InterestAdd to your cart.
Contains photographs of and a picture by well-known individuals.  All items are either signed or have writing on them.
Item 1: Sam SavittAdd to your cart.
A printed illustration by Sam Savitt with a written message to Pat from Sam; “Best Wishes Pat – Sam Savitt.”
Item 2: Terry NationAdd to your cart.
A photograph of actor Paul Darrow, as Kerr Avon from the British science fiction television series Blake’s 7, signed by Terry Nation to Pat; “To Pat/Love/ Terry Nation/ For Avon.”
Note: Terry Nation is known for the creation of the Daleks, extraterrestrial villains seen in the Doctor Who series.
Item 3: Ray CharlesAdd to your cart.
A post card of Ray Charles that is signed on both sides under a “Musically Yours” stamp; “RAY CHARLES.”
Item 4: B. F. MaizAdd to your cart.
Note: B. F. Maiz was a former North Texas State University Poet-in-Residence.
Item 5: Gene KrupaAdd to your cart.
A photograph of Gene Krupa behind his drum set with a written by Gene Krupa to Pat: “To Pat/ Most Sincerely/ Gene Krupa.”
Folder 11: Family PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Contains Pat’s family tree told through photographs.
Note: Photographs are of her grandparents, parents, step-father, ex-husband, and her two sons.  Additional photographs of Pat that were taken throughout her life are included as well.

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