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Giles B. Cooke Papers

Identifier: UA 5.100

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes Cooke's student scrapbook from the College of William and Mary (black and orange felt cover). a college notebook related to biology, diplomas, yearbooks, correspondence, photographs of various Arbor Day events across southern states, a 1923 William & Mary class photograph, publications written by Cooke, and ephemera (membership cards, voter card).

It also includes Cooke's Chi Beta Phi pin, a felt green pillow cover with gold lettering and the Temple Seal in leather, a black and orange pennant, and certificates.

Cooke's William & Mary scrapbook includes photographs of campus buildings: Wren, Science Hall, Library, Grandstand, Citizenship Building, Dining Hall, "Country Club," Jefferson Hall, Taliaferro Dormitory, Brafferton, President's House, Deanery, original Tyler Hall, the Tyler Annex, and Ewell Dormitory. Also includes are photographs of Lake Matoaka, Lord Botetourt, Founder's Day of 1923, Cooke inside the Sigma Delta Tau House, Yorktown, Jamestown, Bruton Parish Church, and one image of a William & Mary football game.


  • Creation: 1911-1973

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Dr. Giles B. Cooke graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1923 and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in organic chemistry. He was married to Anna Dorsey Cooke and had one daughter, Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison, College of William and Mary class of 1959. His brother Francis West Cooke was College of William and Mary class of 1915. Cooke was a native of Gloucester, Virginia and died at age 77 on October 13, 1974. .


1.70 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2009.177 gift of Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison, class of 1959. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Separated Materials:

Colonial Echo yearbooks, 1916 and 1917, were transferred to the yearbook collection.

Processing Information:

Acc. 2009.177 accessioned by Amy C. Schindler on 5/4/09. Pennant accessioned by Steven Bookman. Acc. 2011.464 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in July 2011. The collection was fully processed by Kim Sims, August 2018.

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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository