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Cook Family papers

Identifier: MC-286

Scope and Contents

The Cook Family papers includes correspondence, course notebooks, books, and photograph albums. The bulk of the collection is correspondence between Charles Bennet Cook III (Williams 1946) and his parents, Charles Bennet Cook Jr. (Williams 1912) and Mrs. Charles B. Cook while Cook III was attending Williams. There is also correspondence between Charles Bennet Cook Jr. and his parents during and before Cook Junior's time at Williams. The Photograph albums appear to have belonged to Charles B. Cook Jr. and include photos of the Cook family and friends as well as Cook Junior at Williams. The class notebooks also belonged to Cook Jr. showing that he had a strong interest in astronomy. The collection dates from 1906-1950.


  • 1906 - 1950

Conditions Governing Access

The Cook Family papers are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Material in this collection may be subject to copyright.


3.66 Linear Feet (1 records storage box, 2 flat storage boxes)

Language of Materials



Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Class Notebooks, III. Photograph Albums.

Physical Location

L2 storage, F6a.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Emily Cook (Williams 2013) and William Cook, 2018.

Separated Materials

Books: "Williams College Class of 1912 in World War II" and "History of Gargoyle 1895-1920" removed from collection and cataloged separately under 63 .W1912 1947 and 521 .G1 G1921 respectively.


Cook Family papers
Drmacich, Jessika and Zepka, Laura.
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Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267