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ROBERT CECIL COOK

1903 - 1979

A GUIDE TO HIS PAPERS
1912 - 1979

INTRODUCTION

Robert Cecil Cook (1903-1979) pursued several careers during his lifetime, among them were teacher, administrator, publisher, author, and businessman. However, he is probably best remembered as president of Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi) from 1945-1954.

The materials in the R. C. Cook Manuscript Collection were acquired by the McCain Library and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi in three increments, beginning in 1969, when Dr. Cook donated two bound volumes of personal correspondence and five volumes of records pertaining to the Southeastern Life Insurance Company, which was founded by Cook. The second part of the collection was donated in 1980 by Dr. Cook's daughter, Rhetta Cook Dodder, and consists of the personal files in Cook's McCain Library office at the time of his death. The final item, a bound copy of Cook's autobiography, McGowah Place and Other Memoirs, was added by University Archivist, Terry Latour, in 1990.

While the bulk of the collection pertains primarily to Cook's activities after 1954, a moderate quantity of materials relate to his years at Southern, and also interspersed in the collection are a small number of items dating from about 1912-1944.

A study of Cook's papers reveals him as a man of boundless energy, with excellent organizational skills, both of which served him well in his many activities. While much of his energy was directed toward fiscal success, a substantial amount was committed to community service through various civic organizations. He never seemed to shrink from the myriad committee appointments that came his way, and he was also actively involved with the political process on local, state, and national levels.

Collection Number: M96

Inclusive Dates: 1912 - 1979

Bulk Dates: 1955 - 1977

Cubic Feet: 13

Containers: 27, plus 2 oversize boxes

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Robert Cecil Cook, fourth president of Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi), was born on July 6, 1903, in Fayette, Alabama. He was the third of four sons born to James Alfred Cook and Athea McKelvey Cook. His siblings were Alfred (the eldest), Marvin (who died of lockjaw in ca. 1906), and Edward (the youngest).

Cook's ancestors migrated from Union County, South Carolina to Pickens County, Alabama between 1830 and 1840. They left in search of better farming lands, which was the purpose of many early settlers of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Cook's father owned and operated a small mercantile business in Fayette. In the early 1900's, some of Mrs. Cook's relatives (the McKelveys) moved to Oklahoma, where a citizen could claim 160 acres of land, free of charge, by homesteading it for seven years. In letters back home, they proclaimed Oklahoma the "land of opportunity", and urged family and friends to join them there. Yielding to their persuasiveness, James Cook sold his business in 1907, and moved his family to Rocky, Oklahoma - population 300.

James Cook quickly built a house for his family, and opened another mercantile store. But only 18 months after moving to Oklahoma, a typhoid epidemic struck the area, claiming the life of Athea Cook.

Left with three small boys to rear, James Cook returned to Fayette and reestablished his mercantile business there. Shortly thereafter, he married a longtime friend, "Miss Lucy", who was also a school teacher, in hopes of restoring some sense of normalcy in his life and the lives of his children.

Sadly, just three years later, James Cook died of pneumonia, leaving his children to the mercies of Miss Lucy, who apparently was not cut out for parenting. Within a week, she had sold the mercantile, the family home, and most of the furnishings, for cash. After having a tombstone erected at James Cook's burial site; depositing $3000 with a local probate judge to be held in trust for the boys' education; and leaving the boys with a neighbor; Miss Lucy departed for California, never to be heard from again.

Alfred Cook, who was about fifteen at that time, decided to remain in Fayette with a relative, and work at Brown Lumber Company, the local sawmill. Cecil and Edward were sent to live with their father's brother, Joe Cook, in Birmingham. Joe Cook and his wife, Mary, had five children of their own, and two additional ones did not fit well with Mary's plans. So after a brief sojourn with Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary, the two boys were taken to the Methodist Orphans Home in Selma, Alabama.

After a year in the orphans home, their father's sister, Jessie Cook Love, and her husband, Major William A. Love, decided to take Cecil and rear him in their home in Mississippi. Edward returned to Birmingham to live with Joe and Mary Cook.

The Loves' home was a 2000 acre cotton farm, about twelve miles from Columbus, called McGowah Place. The Loves had two children of their own - a son, William, who was in college when Cecil came to live with the family, and a daughter, Elizabeth, who was one year older than Cecil, who by this time, was about eleven years of age.

The Loves also owned a home in Columbus, where they lived during the school year, so that Cecil and Elizabeth could attend Franklin Academy (Summers were spent at the farm). The Stephen D. Lee High School in Columbus was completed during Cecil's senior year, and his was the first class to graduate from there.

Following high school graduation, Cecil enrolled at Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Mississippi State University) to study agriculture, with a view toward running McGowah Farm at some point, since his cousin, William, had no interest in farming. However, after one year, he realized agriculture was not for him, so he changed to the School of Science, receiving his bachelors degree in 1924. By that time, the name of the school had been changed to Mississippi State College, and that is the name that appears on his diploma.

In the fall of 1924, at the age of twenty-one, he was hired as a science teacher at McComb (Mississippi) High School. At a faculty meeting at the beginning of his second year at McComb High, he met a "beautiful red-haired girl" named Bonnibel Wood (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Wood of McComb), who was also a faculty member. The two became inseparable, and after a nine month courtship, they were married on June 30, 1926, at which time Bonnibel gave up her teaching career in favor of becoming a full time wife. ( Cook counted himself most fortunate in his choice of a mate. He described her as "a thoroughbred who has really helped me in the race of life.") Two children were born of the union - Robert Cecil (Bobby) Cook, Jr., on March 10, 1928, and Rhetta Louise (Rhetta Lou) Cook, on January 27, 1932.

Shortly after his marriage, Cook became Superintendent of Schools in Summit, Mississippi, a position he held for three years. During that time, it became apparent that more than a teacher's salary would be needed to provide the lifestyle to which he and Bonnibel aspired. Therefore, with $1000 as capital, he began a biographical publication called Who's Who in American Education. Two additional publications, Leaders in American Science, and Presidents and Deans of American Colleges and Universities were added later. Cook continued this avocation until 1968, when the publishing company was sold to Crowell-Collier Publishing Company of New York. By that time, the company had published twenty-three volumes of Who's Who in American Education, eight volumes of Leaders in American Science, and eight volumes of Presidents and Deans of American Colleges and Universities. Copies of each repose in most college, university, and public libraries in the United States and Europe.

In 1929, Cook was named principal and science teacher at the practice teaching school at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), and the family moved to Oxford.

Cook attended classes at the Teachers College of Columbia University during the summers of 1929-1931, receiving his Masters Degree in 1931. He then secured a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship and worked on his doctorate from the fall of 1931 through the summer of 1932, also at Columbia University.

When he returned to Mississippi in the fall of 1932, the Great Depression was in full swing. He found that his salary at Ole Miss had been cut by forty percent, which made his annual pay $2400.

In 1933, Cook was promoted to associate professor of education and Director of Student Teaching at Ole Miss. However, by the fall of 1934, he was being paid in scrip, rather than cash, and when he was offered the position of principal of Clarksdale (Mississippi) High School, at a salary of $3600 per year in cash, he readily accepted, and remained there for three years.

In 1937, Cook returned to Ole Miss in a full time position in the School of Education. He continued his studies at Columbia University during the summer months, and was awarded his doctorate in 1940. Shortly thereafter, he was named Dean of the School of Education at Ole Miss.

Cook had been commissioned a Second Lieutenant when he graduated from Mississippi State College, and had been promoted to First Lieutenant in the reserves. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, he wrote to the War Department offering his services in whatever capacity deemed most useful. And in November, 1942, he received a telegram from the War Department asking him to report to Camp Wallace, Texas for anti-aircraft artillery duty, as a First Lieutenant.

After two months of rigorous training, he was assigned to the 39th Anti-Aircraft Brigade in Seattle, Washington. There, he was dispatched to a battalion opposite the Bremerton Navy Yard on Puget Sound, whose principal objective was guarding the navy yard against Japanese aircraft.

In the summer of 1943, Cook was transferred to the Information and Education Branch of the Army, and received training at Stanford and Washington & Lee Universities in organizing G. I. Universities in Europe and elsewhere for the purpose of educating G. I.'s after the war. Toward that end, he was sent overseas in 1944, and assisted in organizing G. I. Universities in London and in Paris.

In early 1945, Mrs. Cook wrote to her husband informing him that the Mississippi State Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning was seeking a new president for Mississippi Southern College, in Hattiesburg, to succeed J. B. George, whom the Board had declined to rehire. A friend on the board, Oliver Emmerich, had placed Cook's name in nomination. Mrs. Cook later wrote telling him that he had been elected, but he was in the process of being discharged from the army, and received no mail for about a month. Therefore, he knew nothing of his selection until he arrived in New York City on about July 3rd, and was told by his friend, Russell Downing, Director of Radio City Music Hall, that he (Cook) had been elected president of "some college in Mississippi." At that point, he telephoned Dr. E. R. Jobe, a member of the Board of Trustees, to verify the news. Jobe informed him that he had been elected president of Mississippi Southern College, and had been on the payroll since July 1.

Cook arrived in Hattiesburg, on July 5, and was discharged from the army, with the rank of captain, on July 6, 1945, at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. On July 7, he made his initial visit to the Mississippi Southern College campus. He found the president's home occupied by two faculty members who were raising chickens, for profit, in the back yard. The boarders were reluctant to leave, so the problem was turned over to Mrs. Cook, who was able to persuade the errant tenants to leave, so that she could tackle the task of making the premises more habitable.

Cook's beginning salary as president of Southern was $6500 per year, the same as his predecessor had received during his final year. Perquisites included a free home to live in, a house servant, and a yard man.

Before accepting the job, Cook asked for, and received the Board of Trustees' permission to run a non-political school (at that time, a large number of faculty members were political appointees of various governors). Only half a dozen or so of the approximately forty faculty members held Ph.D's at that time, and student enrollment stood at a little over 300.

Cook's first appointment as president was Carl McQuagge, as principal of the Demonstration School. Dr. McQuagge went on to become Dean of the School of Education and Psychology. Other early appointments of which Cook was justifiably proud were Dr. Richard Aubrey McLemore as Dean of the college, C. O. "Chuck" Smalling as Financial Secretary, Ivah O. Wilber as Dean of Women, and Dr. Porter L. Fortune as Dean of the Basic College.

With the end of World War II and implementation of the G. I. Bill of Rights, a major influx of veterans was expected to enter the nation's colleges, and Cook wanted Southern to be prepared to host its share. A major obstacle was that during its history, Southern's student body had been composed mainly of women training to become teachers. Male students who attended were also primarily in the teacher training program. Cook realized that in order to attract more male students, the curriculum would have to be adjusted. Coupled with that was his vision to elevate Southern's image from "Hardy Street High" to a higher plane of respectability. Priorities in achieving these goals were:

  1. creating a broader, more varied curriculum than the current slate of primarily teacher education courses

  2. enlarging and improving the faculty

  3. developing an outstanding Music Department

  4. constructing an effective athletic program

  5. establishing a viable town-gown relationship with the citizenry of Hattiesburg.

All of these, he felt, would be beneficial in achieving statewide recognition for Southern, and attracting students who would formerly have chosen Mississippi State or Ole Miss.

Under Cook's guidance, the academic departments were restructured. The Department of Business which, at that time was small and insignificant, was expanded. Health and Physical Education were combined to create the Division of Health and Physical Education; Education and Psychology were combined; and History and Social Sciences became the Division of Social Studies. An entirely new division, Graduate Studies, was created, as well.

Cook was instrumental in the formation and establishment of:

  1. the Reading Clinic - established in 1946 as part of the Department of Education and Psychology. Its primary function was to instruct teachers, reading clinicians, and research workers in the reading field. It also provided the services of diagnosing reading problems in both children and adults, and offered remedial work.

  2. the Latin American Institute - established in 1946 under the direction of Melvin Nydegger. Its purpose was to provide short, intensive courses in the English language and North American culture for Latin American students (now known as the English Language Institute).

  3. the Speech and Hearing Clinic - established in 1949, its purpose was twofold -- treating patients with speech disorders and hearing impairments, and training clinicians.

Cook's concern for all aspects of the college is reflected in the attention given to athletics. With the advent of World War II, the athletic program had virtually been placed on hold, as both students and faculty members (including head football coach/athletic director, Reed Green and Assistant Coach, Thad "Pie" Vann) volunteered, or were drafted for military service. After the war, both Green and Vann returned to Southern and resumed their respective duties, using leftover uniforms and equipment, plus $25,000 set aside by Dr. J. B. George for the resumption of athletics.

In 1949, Cook promoted Green to full-time Athletic Director and Vann to Head Football Coach. Over the next two decades, these two men helped to bring national recognition to Southern's football team, defeating the likes of the University of Alabama in both 1953 and 1954.

Also on Cook's agenda were plans to increase Greek activity on campus. He felt that a well-rounded social life was essential to college students, and encouraged the few existing local fraternities and sororities to affiliate themselves with national groups. He also advocated organization of new chapters of national groups. By 1952, Southern boasted six chapters of social fraternities and seven chapters of social sororities - all nationally affiliated. A number of academic and honorary organizations were also added, as well as, several leadership organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

In an effort to strengthen the band program, Cook recruited Raymond Mannoni (in 1952) from the University of Topeka as band director. His instructions to Mannoni were to build a good band, with lots of drum majorettes. As a result, the band grew to one hundred members and became known as "The Pride of Mississippi." Also, the precision dance/twirl team, "The Dixie Darlings" (originally called "Southern Belles") was formed. Both gained national exposure at the 1953 Senior Bowl game in Mobile, Alabama.

In 1954, Cook began to lobby for a new fine arts building. He was told by Governor Hugh White that the rural-oriented Mississippi Legislature would not "put up the money for a group of fiddlers." Undaunted, he invited the entire legislature to a banquet in the Heidelberg Hotel in Jackson, at which they were entertained by the orchestra and chorus, some of Southern's most famous athletes, and others from the school. Before the night was over, the Legislature had pledged to appropriate money to build a fine arts building costing in excess of $450,000.

One of the most interesting fund-raising projects spearheaded by Cook was that of securing $450,000 for a social-religious Student Center. The state would not agree to appropriate the money, so the administration devised its own means. They visited surrounding towns, such as Jackson, Laurel, Gulfport, Columbia, and Picayune for the purpose of soliciting funds. In return, the names of donors would be inscribed on plaques, which would be displayed in rooms named for the donors' cities. Next, they attempted to secure funds from various groups. Interestingly, the only religious groups to donate funds were the Episcopal Church ($7500) and the Catholic Cardinal of Chicago ($5000). Unfortunately, when the money was counted, the building fund was $250,000 short. At that point, Cook persuaded the state building commission to allot $50,000 for heating, lighting, and air conditioning, and then asked the Forrest County Board of Supervisors to provide the final $200,000. A special bond election was called, and representatives from Southern made speeches in almost every precinct in the county, seeking support. As a result, the measure passed, carrying all but one precinct, and the R. C. Cook College Union Building was completed in 1954. Cook's successes with projects such as this earned him a reputation as a "Promoter."

Other facilities attributed to the Cook administration are:

  1. McCleskey Hall (1946) - originally an apartment type building for married faulty members

  2. McMillin Hall (1946) - originally an apartment type building for married students

  3. Panhellenic Building (1946)

  4. Weathersby Hall (1947) - originally a women's dormitory

  5. Addition to Home Economics Building (1947)

  6. Sports Arena (1949)

  7. Women's Physical Education Building (1949)

  8. Hickman Hall (1951) - women's dormitory

  9. Bolton Hall (1954) - women's dormitory.

On Friday March 28, 1947, nearly two years after assuming the presidency, Dr. Cook was given a formal inauguration, the first such ceremony in the school's history. The ceremony was followed by a luncheon in the college dining hall, an inaugural tea at the president's home, and an inaugural ball in the college gym.

As testimony to a more innocent era, the only serious disciplinary problem that occurred during the Cook administration was a "panty raid" (a popular diversion on college campuses at that time) in 1953, the perpetrators of which confessed, and were duly reprimanded.

Cook established a harmonious town-gown relationship that had not existed with previous administrations. He was active in civic organizations and participated in civic projects, thereby forming lifelong friendships, as well as, garnering support for the college. His rapport with the town is evidenced by the fact that he was named Hattiesburg's "Outstanding Citizen" in 1948.

The list of Cook's accomplishments could go on and on, but it is sufficient to say that his efforts at developing, reorganizing, and diversifying the curriculum set the institution on a path toward university status.

In the fall of 1954, a new daily newspaper , the Jackson State Times was in its formative stage. Based on his reputation as a "Promoter" and his experience as a publisher, Cook was recommended to Chairman of the Board, Dumas Milner, as a candidate for Vice President and General Manager. He was offered a three-year contract at $25,000 per year, plus an attractive benefit package. When compared to his current salary of $12,000 per year, the offer proved irresistible, and he resigned as president of Mississippi Southern College, effective December 31, 1954, becoming the first president to leave that position voluntarily. Dr. Richard Aubrey McLemore was named acting president, pending selection of a permanent replacement. almost 3000, and the faculty numbered approximately 190, more than one-fourth of whom held Ph.D's.

Cook's newspaper career proved to be short-lived. After about six months on the job, the rapid pace and long hours that are part and parcel of the newspaper business undermined his health to the point that his physician advised him to seek a less stressful line of work. So on June 15, 1955, he resigned his contract with the State Times, informing the board of directors that he wished to return to the field of education. At that time, the paper had been in publication for several months, the first edition having been published on February 28, 1955. Unfortunately, competition from established newspapers proved too keen, and the Times folded shortly after Cook left.

Encouraged by a friend on the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, Cook sought to return to the, as yet, unfilled position of president of Mississippi Southern College. Local interest in the possibility of Cook's return was such that on Thursday, April 14, 1955, the Hattiesburg American stated in a headline story that Cook would be re-elected when the board met on April 21. However, the vote on Cook's bid to return was postponed until on, or about, the third Thursday of July, 1955, at which time, the tally was five for, and six against. The board then entertained a motion to elect acting president, Dr. R. A. McLemore, and again, the vote was five for, and six against. Finally, Dr. William D. McCain, Director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, was nominated and subsequently elected. An interesting footnote to the proceedings is that Governor Hugh White, a friend of the Cook family, chose to go fishing on the day of the balloting.

Contemporaries of Cook have suggested that he was rejected because his previous successes at Southern had jeopardized the dominance of the state's top two institutions of higher learning - Mississippi State and Ole Miss - and supporters of those venerable schools feared that if Cook returned, they would most assuredly continue to lose ground. If that were the case, the selection of Dr. McCain was a mistake of equal, or surpassing proportion, for within seven short years, McCain would lead Southern to university status.

His career at Southern over, Cook turned to other colleges and universities for possible employment. To his dismay, he discovered that his age (52) worked against him in every situation to which he was attracted. Unwilling to concede defeat, he returned to Hattiesburg and began an entirely new career in the insurance business. He had no background in insurance, but he joined forces with Ralph Hicks, an experienced insurance man, and within a month, he had raised $500,000 and secured a license to begin the Southeastern Life Insurance Company, with offices in the Magnolia State Building (now Magnolia Federal Building). Licensed in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, the business grew and prospered, and in 1962, the company merged with American Federal Life Insurance Company of Mobile, and thereafter was known as the Southeastern American Life Insurance Company. Cook served as president until the company was merged with Republic National Life Insurance Company of Dallas in 1969.

In 1968, Governor John Bell Williams appointed Cook to a twelve year term on the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, and he served as president of that body during the 1976-77 fiscal year.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, Cook discovered that Mississippi was one of only two states with no university press. To remedy the situation, he secured support from the board and the state's major colleges and universities, and in 1970, he organized the University and College Press of Mississippi, which operated on the second floor of the Student Union Building (now McLemore Hall) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Cook served as president (at no salary) until 1973, when operations were moved to the University of Mississippi. The Press's first publication was Mississippi Black Folklore, a bibliography by William R. Ferris, a faculty member at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University).

Cook was also a published author. His autobiography, McGowah Place and Other Memoirs, was published in 1973. The book was originally written as a somewhat autobiographical novel, entitled McKelvey Place, which was never published. In about 1976, drawing material from both McGowah Place and McKelvey Place, Cook wrote a new novel called Mist Over the Delta which was published in 1977.

Dr. Cook maintained an office in the William D. McCain Library on the University of Southern Mississippi campus from 1975 - 1979. In 1976, Cook suffered a stroke, which was somewhat debilitating, physically, in that he was compelled to walk with a cane, but he continued to work in his McCain Library office almost daily. The desk he used in that office was the one he used in the president's office of that institution. At this writing, the desk remains in McCain Library, and is being used by Dr. Claude Fike, former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Director of McCain Library, and University Archivist at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Cook's contributions in the field of community service are too numerous to list in a limited space. However, a brief reference to some of the organizations with which he was associated seems appropriate:

- American Legion
- Beauvoir Development Foundation - Boy Scouts of America
- Forrest County Industrial Development Board
- Hattiesburg Chamber of Commerce
- Hattiesburg Public Library Board
- Hattiesburg Rotary Club (president 1949-50; District Governor 1952-53)
- Mississippi Authority for Educational Television
- Mississippi Library Commission
- Mystic Krewe of Zeus (reigned as Zeus XVII)
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Veterans of Foreign Wars

Cook was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega and Phi Delta Kappa fraternities; the Alumni Associations of the University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and the University of Mississippi; the Newcomen Society; the Ciceronian Circle; and was a Colonel and Aide-De-Camp on the staff of Governor John Bell Williams.

Cook fraternized with scores of interesting and prominent people during his lifetime. Among them were Mississippi author, William Faulkner; Sam Woods of the U. S. Diplomatic Service; Mississippi Governors Tom Bailey, Fielding Wright, Hugh White, Paul Johnson, Jr., John Bell Williams, and Bill Waller; U. S. Senators John C. Stennis and James O. Eastland; as well as, numerous other state and local dignitaries.

For many years, Cook was a member, and elder, of the First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. However, dissonance concerning liberal trends in the Presbyterian Church of the United States led to talk of separation from the national organization, and on September 10, 1973, Cook, being opposed to separation, resigned his position as elder, and subsequently joined Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg, where his membership remained until his death.

Among Cook's hobbies were golf, fishing, and gardening. Other interests included Broadway shows, when he and Mrs. Cook visited New York, and an occasional horse race.

Robert Cecil Cook died of a stroke on March 6, 1979, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is interred at Highland Cemetery, also in Hattiesburg. At this writing, his widow, Mrs. Bonnibel Cook, continues to reside in the couple's Hattiesburg home.

Robert Cecil "Bobby" Cook, Jr. (a 1950 graduate of Mississippi Southern College) is married to the former Lenore Selden, from Belzoni, Mississippi. They live in Lucedale, Mississippi, where Bobby is in the oil and gas business. They have a son, Robert Cecil "Rob" Cook, III. Rob lives in Mobile, Alabama, and sells stocks and bonds.

Dr. and Mrs. Cook's daughter, Rhetta Louise, was married to Richard Taylor "Dick" Dodder in 1951, in what was probably the first wedding ever held in the president's home at Mississippi Southern College. Mr. and Mrs. Dodder live in Hattiesburg. Mr. Dodder is retired, and Mrs. Dodder is employed in the Office of Educational Leadership and Research at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Dodders have three sons - Richard Taylor "Ricky" Dodder, II, who is a mechanical engineer for Lockheed in San Francisco; Kimbrell Cook Dodder, who lives in Madison, Mississippi, and is a self-employed businessman; and James Wood Dodder, who is in the insurance business in Jackson, Mississippi.

While he was alive, Dr. Cook said that if anything were inscribed on his tombstone, it should be "Educator," and truly, a large portion of his life was dedicated to that cause. But a closer look at his overall commitment to community service from his youth to the conclusion of his life suggest that his own philosophy, as it appears in the 1976-77 edition of Who's Who in America, might be a more suitable epitaph:

"Each person has a destiny, mostly small, but sometimes large, to perform, as he walks from the sunrise to the sunset of life."

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Robert Cecil Cook papers are comprised of a variety of materials dating from ca. 1912-1979. The bulk of the collection focuses on Cook's career between 1955 and 1977, and emphasizes his activities as a businessman, publisher, author, and member of the Mississippi State Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning.

General correspondence and materials concerning the Board of Trustees are particularly reflective of the 1970s, but there are also glimpses of Cook's presidency of the University of Southern Mississippi and the social climate of Hattiesburg during the 1940s and 1950s.

The collection has been divided into fifteen series, fourteen of which deal with specific subjects. Series XV is composed of miscellaneous materials that did not fit well with any of the other series. The first fourteen series are arranged alphabetically, and the fifteenth has been placed at the end of the collection. Series titles are as follows:

Series I: Articles
Series II: Board of Trustees
Series III: Correspondence
Series IV: Income Tax Returns
Series V: McGowah Place and Other Memoirs
Series VI: McKelvey Place
Series VII: Mist Over the Delta
Series VIII: Publications
Series IX: Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Series X: Southeastern Building Corporation
Series XI: Southeastern Development Corporation
Series XII: Southeastern Life Insurance Company
Series XIII: Speeches
Series XIV: Who's Who in American Education
Series XV: Miscellaneous Materials

Items within each series are arranged either alphabetically, or chronologically, depending on which was most feasible, given the nature of the material. Several series contain subseries, which are also arranged either alphabetically, or chronologically.

BOX AND FOLDER LIST


SERIES I: ARTICLES

This series contains articles collected by Dr. Cook, which focus on such subjects as education, Communism, race relations, and the South. Cook often used information from articles such as these in preparing speeches. Some were written by Cook -- some by others. Titles are arranged alphabetically, and inclusive dates are ca. 1947-1975.

Box 1 Articles
Folder 1 "An Appreciation From the Board of Trustees", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1975
Folder 2 "A Bad Press in Mississippi", By Lew Powell, Oct. 8, 1973
Folder 3 "Capitalism", By Thomas J. Watson, Dec. 1950
Folder 4 "Communism and How to Teach About It", By Lewis Paul Todd, Jan. 28, 1952
Folder 5 "A Decade of Population and Economic Growth Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast", By Dr. Charles E. Elkema, 1961
Folder 6 "Dr. William David McCain, A Man For All Seasons", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1975
Folder 7 "Early Humor of the Old South", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 8 "Education As A Crime Deterrent", By Lewis E. Lawes, No Date
Folder 9

Federal Aid To Education (3 articles):

1) "The Government's Reach for Education", By Donald Cowling & Carter Davidson, 1949
2) "The Southern States are Able to Finance Their Education", 1949
3) "Relationships of the Federal Government Higher Education", By Raymond Walters, 1950

Folder 10 "The First Week of Retirement", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1971
Folder 11 "HEW Asks: How Can We Handle Bias Cases?", By Cheryl M. Fields, May 10, 1976
Folder 12 "Industrialization in the South and Its Relation to Agriculture", By H. P. Todd, Feb. 5, 1951
Folder 13 "Is Bigness Bad in Business?", By Raymond Moley, Dec. 9, 1949
Folder 14 "The New Three R's", By Grayson Kirk, Nov. 13, 1954
Folder 15 "Our Moral Needs", By Rev. William H. Alexander, Dec. 6, 1950
Folder 16 "Parson Clapp and the Strangers Church of New Orleans", No Date
Folder 17 "Producing for Freedom", By Ira Mosher, Dec. 6, 1950
Folder 18

Proposed Amendment to Mississippi Constitution, 3 articles, ca. 1950's:

1) "Seven Reasons Why the Proposed School Amendment Should Not Be Adopted"
2) "Excerpts From a Talk By George Evans"
3) "Why Should the Amendment to Abolish Schools to Prevent Integration Be Passed?"

Folder 19 "Public Relations Opportunities for College Secretarial & Service Staffs", ca. 1950s
Folder 20 Racial Integration (subject of article), By J. T. Bellanfant, No Date
Folder 21 Racial Segregation (2 articles in support of), No Date
Folder 22 "Science in Our Lives", By J. S. Long, No Date
Folder 23 "The Segregation Decision", By Merwin K. Hart, June 15, 1954
Folder 24 "Social Forces at Work - A Challenge to Schools", By Arthur C. Croft, c. 1952
Folder 25 "The South, The Enlightened Revolution", Dec. 10, 1951
Folder 26 The South - "The New Southern Market", By Harry A. DeButts, 1954
Folder 27 The South - "The South's Place in the Nation", By Rupert B. Vance, 1947
Folder 28 The South - "A Survey of the South", By Dr. A. P. Black, 1954
Folder 29 The South - "Yesterday-Today-What of Tomorrow?", By John U. Barr, 1952
Folder 30 "Unknown South Africa", By Douglas Reed, c. 1953
Folder 31 Untitled Article on Mississippi Southern College's Impact on Hattiesburg & Forrest County, By Dr. R. C. Cook, May 1949
Folder 32 "What the President Expects From the Dean", Mar. 4, 1949
Folder 33 "What to Do About An Employee With a Drinking Problem", By Kenneth A. Rouse, Dec. 1964

[Series Index]


SERIES II: BOARD OF TRUSTEES

This series contains materials pertinent to Dr. Cook's tenure on the Mississippi Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, and includes three subseries -- correspondence, minutes, and state universities. Also included are a variety of miscellaneous board-related documents. Examples of interest among the correspondence are a letter to Dr. Cook from Dr. Aubrey Lucas expessing his honor at being chosen to succeed Dr. William D. McCain as president of USM (Oct. 21, 1974); letters between Dr. Cook, Dr. Aubrey Lucas, Bobby Chain, and the Board of Trustees concerning controversy over purchasing a new president's home for the University of Southern Mississippi (Mar. & Apr. 1975); and a particularly venomous letter expounding the inadequacies of head coach, Bob Tyler, of Mississippi State University (June 9, 1976). Other items of interest are two documents related to the Ayers desegregation case (1976) and a document concerning a lawsuit filed against the Board of Trustees by the Mississippi Council on Human Relations, alleging discriminatory employment practices (July 1976). Materials are arranged alphabetically, and cover the period 1970-1977.

Box 1 Board Of Trustees
Folder 34 Accreditation Status of Doctoral Programs, No Date
Folder 35 Allocation of Funds Appropriated From SB 3030, 1975-76
Folder 36 Analysis of Characteristics & Activity of Graduate Faculty in Selected Doctoral Programs of Universities, 1975-76
Folder 37 Annual Amendment to the State Plan for the state of Mississippi, 1977
Folder 38 Appropriations, 1976-77
Folder 39 Athletic Budgets for Mississippi IHL's, FY 1976
Folder 40 Ayers & U. S. vs Cliff Finch, et. al. - Motion of U. S. for Extension of Time, 1976
Folder 41 Ayers Case: Board's Answer to Section F ..., July 13, 1976
Folder 42 Bibliography & Appendices Concerning Higher Ed. in Mississippi, ca. 1975
Folder 43 Biographical Data of Members, No Date
Folder 44 Budget & Review Information on Mississippi's 8 Universities, FY 1976-77
Folder 45 By-Laws and Policies, 1970
Folder 46 Calculation of State Appropriation for 1976-77, Aug. 20, 1975
Folder 47 Capital Improvement Requests for 1976-77
Folder 48 Civil Rights: HEW's Response to Mississippi Plan of Compliance..., 1974
   
Box 2  
Folder 1 Civil Rights: Mississippi's Modifications to Plan of Compliance..., 1974
Folder 2 Committee Assignments From May 8, 1975 - May 7, 1976
Folder 3 Correspondence, Jan. 6 - Dec. 30, 1970
Folder 4 Correspondence, Jan. 4 - Dec. 22, 1971
Folder 5 Correspondence, Jan. 10 - June 29, 1972
Folder 6 Correspondence, July 8 - Oct. 17, 1973
Folder 7 Correspondence, Jan. 30 - Dec. 12, 1974
Folder 8 Correspondence, Jan. 22 - Dec. 19, 1975
Folder 9 Correspondence, Jan. 9 - Apr. 15, 1976
Folder 10 Correspondence, May 1 - 24, 1976
Folder 11 Correspondence, June 2 - 28, 1976
Folder 12 Correspondence, July 1 - 28, 1976
Folder 13 Correspondence, Aug. 2 - 11, 1976
Folder 14 Correspondence, Aug. 13 - 31, 1976
Folder 15 Correspondence, Sept. 1 - 8, 1976
Folder 16 Correspondence, Sept. 9, 1976 - Mar. 3, 1977
Folder 17 Dismissal of Dr. A. B. Cullen, Jr. from Ole Miss Faculty, 1976
Folder 18 Doctoral Programs at Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, ca. 1971-1975
Folder 19 Earnings, 1969 - 1974
Folder 20 Factors Involved in the Admission to Freshman Class Standing at State IHLs in MS, 1976
Folder 21 LAC Staff Analysis of FY 1977 Budget Requests of IHLs
Folder 22 "Long Range Plan, Mississippi IHL's", Aug. 1975
   
Box 3  
Folder 1 "Long Range Plans Through 1985 for Doctoral Programs as Proposed By the Institutions
Folder 2 Members, No Date
Folder 3 Minutes, Sept. 20 & Oct. 18, 1973
Folder 4 Minutes, Nov. 15 & Dec. 20, 1973
Folder 5 Minutes, Jan. - Mar. 1974
Folder 6 Minutes, Apr. - June 1974
Folder 7 Minutes, July; Aug.; Oct. 1974
Folder 8 Minutes, Nov. - Dec. 1974
Folder 9 Minutes, Jan. - Mar. 1975
Folder 10 Minutes, Apr. - June 1975
Folder 11 Minutes, July - Sept. 1975
Folder 12 Minutes, Oct. - Dec. 1975
Folder 13 Minutes, Jan. - Mar. 1976
Folder 14 Minutes, Apr. - June 1976
Folder 15 Minutes, July - Aug. 1976
Folder 16 Mississippi Council on Human Relations vs Board of Trustees, July 14, 1976
Folder 17 Mississippi Research & Development Center, May; Aug. 1976
Folder 18 News Release Concerning Tuition Increase at State IHLs, May 13, 1975
Folder 19 "Off-Campus Alternatives for Consideration", 1975-76
Folder 20 Off-Campus Study, April 1976
Folder 21 On-Campus Headcount, Sept. 18, 1975
Folder 22 Out-Of-State Scholarship Program Disbursements, 1976
Folder 23 Presidents Council Minutes, May 17, 1972
Folder 24 Proposed Allocation Formula for State IHL's in Mississippi, 1972-73
Folder 25 Proposed Plan for Consolidation and Review of Doctoral Programs, 1976
   
Box 4  
Folder 1 Regular Meeting: Tentative Agenda, May 20, 1976
Folder 2 Regular Meeting: Tentative Agenda, Aug. 13, 1976
Folder 3 Report of Banks & Balances, By Institution, 1974-75
Folder 4 "A Report Based Upon a Review of the Operating Policies & Procedures, By the LAC", 1974
Folder 5 Report of NTE Scores, ca. 1972
Folder 6 Request for Approval of Board Office Expenditures, May - June 1976
Folder 7 Resolution Honoring Milton Brister, Apr. 15, 1976
Folder 8 Schedule of Meetings, May 18-19, 1976
Folder 9 Schedule of Meetings, June 16-17, 1976
Folder 10 Schedule of Meetings, Sept. 15 - 16, 1976
Folder 11 Special Committee to Select a Successor to Dr. W. L. Giles, President of MSU, 1975
Folder 12 Special Report on Changing Names of Colleges to Universities, ca. 1974
Folder 13 State Appropriations Request, 1974-75
Folder 14 State Appropriation Request Analysis Summary, ca. 1976-77
Folder 15 State Medical & Dental Education Loan Program: Rules & Regulations, No Date
Folder 16 State Medical Education Loan Program: Contract With Student, No Date
Folder 17 State Universities: Delta State University Recommendations, June - Sept. 1976
Folder 18 State Universities: Delta State University Review of Building Projects Under Construction, Apr. - May 1976
Folder 19 State Universities: Delta State University Review of Building Projects Under Construction, June - Aug. 1976
Folder 20 State Universities: Delta State University Summary of Revenue, 1976
Folder 21 State Universities: Jackson State University One Hundredth Anniversary, 1977
Folder 22 State Universities: Jackson State University Proposal for Ph.D. in Computer Science, Apr. 1976
Folder 23 State Universities: Jackson State University Proposal for Ph. D. in Early Childhood Education, Apr. 1976
Folder 24 State Universities: Jackson State University Proposal for Ph.D. in Urban Development, Apr. 1976
Folder 25 State Universities: Jackson State University Recommendations & Reports, May 20, 1976
Folder 26 State Universities: Jackson State University Recommendations & Reports, July 15, 1976
Folder 27 State Universities: Jackson State University Recommendations & Reports, Sept. 16, 1976
Folder 28 State Universities: Jackson State University Summary of Grants Received for 1976-77
Folder 29 State Universities: Mississippi state University Comments on Relocation of Doctoral Programs, No Date
   
Box 5  
Folder 1 State Universities: Mississippi State University Construction Project Reports, May-June 1976
Folder 2 State Universities: Mississippi State University Construction Project Reports, July 1976
Folder 3 State Universities: Mississippi State University Construction Project Reports, August - September, 1976
Folder 4 State Universities: Mississippi State University, Jackson Branch, Proposed Course Offerings, Spring 1976
Folder 5 State Universities: Mississippi State University President's Recommendations to Board, June 17, 1976
Folder 6 State Universities: Mississippi State University President's Recommendations to Board, July 15, 1976
Folder 7 State Universities: Mississippi State University President's Recommendations to Board, September 16, 1976
Folder 8 State Universities: Mississippi State University Summer School Budget, First Term, 1976
Folder 9 State Universities: Mississippi State University Summer School Budget, Second Term, 1976
Folder 10 State Universities: Mississippi State University Veterinary School, Letter & Support Materials, June 25, 1976
Folder 11 State Universities: Mississippi University for Women (article), No Date
Folder 12 State Universities: Mississippi University for Women, Candidates for Degrees, May 16, 1976
Folder 13 State Universities: Mississippi University for Women Construction Progress Reports, Apr. - May 1976
Folder 14 State Universities: Mississippi University for Women Construction Progress Reports, June - Aug. 1976
Folder 15 State Universities: Mississippi University for Women, Financial Report, March 31, 1976
Folder 16 State Universities: Mississippi University for Women, Reports to Board, June - Sept. 1976
Folder 17 State Universities: Mississippi Valley State University, Report to Board, May 11, 1976
Folder 18 State Universities: Mississippi Valley State University, Report to Board, June 8, 1976
Folder 19 State Universities: Mississippi Valley State University Review of Building Projects Under Construction, Apr. - May 1976
Folder 20 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Addenda to Chancellor's Report, Dec. 16, 1971
Folder 21 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Addendum to Chancellor's Report, Jan. 17, 1974
Folder 22 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Addendum to Chancellor's Report, Jan. 16, 1975
Folder 23 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Chancellor's Report to Board, June 17, 1976
Folder 24 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Construction Project Report, May-June 1976
Folder 25 State Universities: University of Mississippi Construction Project Report, July - Sept. 1976
Folder 26 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Report of the Chancellor, May, Aug., & Sept. 1976
Folder 27 State Universities: University of Mississippi, Request to Award Baccalaureate Degree in Paralegal Studies, 1976
Folder 28 State Universities: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Addenda to Chancellor's Report for May 20, 1976
Folder 29 State Universities: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Chancellor's Report to Board, June 17, 1976
Folder 30 State Universities: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Review of Building Projects..., May - June, 1976
   
Box 6  
Folder 1 State Universities: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Review of Building Projects, July & Sept. 1976
Folder 2 State Universities: University of Southern Mississippi, Reaction to Staff's Proposal to Consolidate Doctoral Programs, Jan. 28, 1976
Folder 3 State Universities: University of Southern Mississippi, Recommendations, May - June, 1976
Folder 4 State Universities: University of Southern Mississippi, Recommendations, July - Aug. 1976
Folder 5 State Universities: University of Southern Mississippi, Recommendations, Sept. 1976
Folder 6 State Universities: University of Southern Mississippi, Review of Building Projects Under Construction, Apr. - May, 1976
Folder 7 State Universities: University of Southern Mississippi, Review of Building Projects Under Construction, June - Aug. 1976
Folder 8 Statement Regarding Budget Requests of Eight Universities, ca. 1970s
Folder 9 Stationery & Envelopes, ca. 1970s
Folder 10 Statistical Report of Information Regarding Enrollment, Budgets, Course Work, ..., Mar. 1975
Folder 11 Status Report of Major Construction Projects, May 19, 1976

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SERIES III: CORRESPONDENCE

The correspondence series is separated into three subseries -- general correspondence (1946-1977), Mississippi Southern College (MSC) interoffice correspondence (1950-1954), and personal correspondence (1945-1969), and items within each subseries are arranged chronologically. General correspondence consists of professional, personal, and community-oriented missives on a variety of subjects. Notable among these are a letter to Hattiesburg American editor, Leonard Lowrey, expressing disappointment at the city's failure to appoint a member of the black community to the Hattiesburg School Board (Feb. 5, 1971); a confidential memorandum concerning a blackmail attempt in connection with Southeastern Life Insurance Company (June 22, 1965); and letters between Cook and R. E. Bryan in which Cook reveals a sensitive nature by declining an invitation to speak at his grandson's graduation from George County (Mississippi) High School (Jan. 5 & 7, 1971). MSC Interoffice Correspondence consists of memoranda between Cook and faculty members of Mississippi Southern College -- many of which originated with Dean of Women, Lena Gough. These materials are confined to the period 1950-54, and reveal a great deal about college campus culture of that era. They speak of "listening parties" for football games; "snake dances" on campus; restrictions on the movements of women students; and refer to blue jeans as "dungarees", which, along with shorts, were worn only in dorms or in special situations. Most of Cook's personal correspondence between 1945 and 1969 has been bound in two volumes. These letters offer sympathy, congratulations, commendations, and appreciation to a multitude of friends and acquaintances. For example, in volume one, there is a letter from Cook to Senator John C. Stennis, congratulating him on his first election to the United States Senate (Nov. 7, 1947). Cook and Stennis were classmates at Mississippi State College in the 1920s.

Box 6 Correspondence
Folder 12 General Correspondence, May 3, 1946 - Mar. 24, 1955
Folder 13 General Correspondence, Feb. 12, 1960 - ca. Dec. 1968
Folder 14 General Correspondence, Mar. 12, - Dec. 1, 1969
Folder 15 General Correspondence, Feb. 9 - Sept. 14, 1970
Folder 16 General Correspondence, Sept. 21 - Dec. 30, 1970
Folder 17 General Correspondence, Jan. 3 - Mar. 31, 1971
Folder 18 General Correspondence, Apr. 2 - May 28, 1971
Folder 19 General Correspondence, June 1 - 28, 1971
Folder 20 General Correspondence, July 2 - Aug. 30, 1971
Folder 21 General Correspondence, Sept. 1 - 30, 1971
Folder 22 General Correspondence, Oct. 1 - Dec. 29, 1971
Folder 23 General Correspondence, Jan. 3 - 31, 1972
   
Box 7  
Folder 1 General Correspondence, Feb. 1 - 29, 1972
Folder 2 General Correspondence, Mar. 1 - 30, 1972
Folder 3 General Correspondence, Apr. 2 - 28, 1972
Folder 4 General Correspondence, May 1 - 31, 1972
Folder 5 General Correspondence, June 1 - 30, 1972
Folder 6 General Correspondence, July 3 -28, 1972
Folder 7 General Correspondence, Aug. 1 - 30, 1972
Folder 8 General Correspondence, Sept. 1 - 27, 1972
Folder 9 General Correspondence, Oct. 3 - 31, 1972
Folder 10 General Correspondence, Nov. 1 - Dec. 21, 1972
Folder 11 General Correspondence, Jan. 4 - Feb. 28, 1973
Folder 12 General Correspondence, Mar. 1 - 30, 1973
Folder 13 General Correspondence, Apr. 2 - 24, 1973
Folder 14 General Correspondence, May 3 - 30, 1973
Folder 15 General Correspondence, June 5 - Aug. 5, 1973
Folder 16 General Correspondence, Sept. 11 - Oct. 5, 1973
Folder 17 General Correspondence, Oct. 6 - Dec. 11, 1973
Folder 18 General Correspondence, Jan. 9 - Aug. 28, 1974
Folder 19 General Correspondence, Sept. 15 - Dec. 19, 1974
Folder 20 General Correspondence, Jan. 11 - May 27, 1975
Folder 21 General Correspondence, June 8 - Aug. 29, 1975
   
Box 8  
Folder 1 General Correspondence, Sept. 2 - Dec. 1, 1975
Folder 2 General Correspondence, Jan. 6 - May 20, 1976
Folder 3 General Correspondence, June 4, 1976 - June 20, 1977
Folder 4 General Correspondence, Undated
Folder 5 MSC Interoffice Correspondence, June 19 - Nov. 27, 1950
Folder 6 MSC Interoffice Correspondence, Jan. 8 - Dec. 18, 1951
Folder 7 MSC Interoffice Correspondence, Jan. 3 - Nov. 22, 1952
Folder 8 MSC Interoffice Correspondence, Jan. 6 - Dec. 18, 1953
Folder 9 MSC Interoffice Correspondence, Jan. 5 - Dec. 7, 1954
Folder 10 MSC Interoffice Correspondence, Undated
Folder 11 Personal Correspondence: Letters of Sympathy, Congratulations, Commendation, Vol. I, 1945 - 1958
Folder 12 Personal Correspondence: Letters of Sympathy, Congratulations, Commendation, Vol. II, 1959 - 1969

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SERIES IV: INCOME TAX RETURNS

This series is composed of corporation income tax returns for Who's Who in American Education (1958 & 1968-69) and individual returns for R. C. and Bonnibel Cook (1968-1974).

Box 9 Income Tax Returns
Folder 1 1958 Corporation Return: Who's Who in American Education, Inc.
Folder 2 1968-69 Corporation Returns: Who's Who in American Education, Inc.
Folder 3 1968 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook
Folder 4 1969 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook
Folder 5 1970 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook
Folder 6 1971 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook
Folder 7 1972 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook
Folder 8 1973 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook
Folder 9
1974 Individual Returns of R. C. & Bonnibel Cook

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SERIES V: McGOWAH PLACE

McGowah Place and Other Memoirs is the title of R. C. Cook's autobiography, which was published in 1973. This series consists primarily of the various manuscripts of that work, which have been arranged in chronological order. An interesting sidelight to this series is disagreement over the spelling of the name -- McGowah or Magowah. Dr. Cook contended that the William A. Love family home, where Cook grew up, had previously been owned by a family named McGowah, thus its name was McGowah Place. Others believed the name came from the Indian word, magowah, meaning impassable, and alluded to the fact that swamps in the area were impassable at certain times of the year (this information was found in a letter from Cook's cousin, Elizabeth Love Champion, Oct. 9, 1975).

Box 9 McGowah Place
Folder 10 Autograph Party, 1973
Folder 11 Advertising Circular, ca. 1973
Folder 12 Certificate of Registration of a Claim to Copyright, August 15, 1973
Folder 13 Correspondence, Feb. 5, 1973 - Jan. 28, 1974
Folder 14 Description of Chapters 1 - 28, No Date
Folder 15 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number, June 21, 1973
Folder 16 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 1. ca. 1973
Folder 17 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 2. ca. 1973
Folder 18 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 3. ca. 1973
Folder 19 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 4. ca. 1973
Folder 20 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 5. ca. 1973
Folder 21 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 6. ca. 1973
Folder 22 Manuscript: First Edition (Bound Copy), 1973
Folder 23 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. I - III. ca. 1974
Folder 24 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. IV - VII. ca. 1974
Folder 25 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. VIII - XI. ca. 1974
   
Box 10  
Folder 1 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch, XII - XV. ca. 1974
Folder 2 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XVI - XVII. ca. 1974
Folder 3 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XVIII - XIX. ca. 1974
Folder 4 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XX - XXII. ca. 1974
Folder 5 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XXIII. ca. 1974
Folder 6 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XXIV - XXV. ca. 1974
Folder 7 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XXVI - XXVII. ca. 1974
Folder 8 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XXVIII - XXIX. ca. 1974
Folder 9 Manuscript: Revised & Enlarged Edition, 2nd Printing, Ch. XXX; Index. ca. 1974
Folder 10 Manuscript: Miscellaneous Pages Reflecting the Metamorphosis from McKelvey Place to McGowah Place. ca. 1973
Folder 11 Purchase List, 1973
Folder 12 Request for Library of Congress Catalog Card Number, ca. 1973
Folder 13 Review that Appeared in Journal of Mississippi History, May 1975

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SERIES VI: McKELVEY PLACE

"McKelvey Place" is an unpublished novel by Robert Cecil Cook, which is largely autobiographical. Written in the early 1970s, it was later revised, and became Cook's true autobiography, McGowah Place. In this series are several versions of the manuscript which, as nearly as possible, have been arranged chronologically.

Box 11 "McKelvey Place"
Folder 1 Correspondence, Apr. 20 - Mar. 23, 1973
Folder 2 Manuscript: Version 1 (partial early version), ca. 1971
Folder 3 Manuscript: Version 2, Part 1, ca. 1971
Folder 4 Manuscript: Version 2, Part 2, ca. 1971
Folder 5 Manuscript: Version 2, Part 3, ca. 1971
Folder 6 Manuscript: Version 2, Part 4, ca. 1971
Folder 7 Manuscript: Version 3, Part 1, ca. 1971
Folder 8 Manuscript: Version 3, Part 2, ca. 1971
Folder 9 Manuscript: Version 3, Part 3, ca. 1971
Folder 10 Manuscript: Version 4, Part 1, ca. 1971
Folder 11 Manuscript: Version 4, Part 2, ca. 1971
Folder 12 Manuscript: Version 4, Part 3, ca. 1971
Folder 13 Manuscript: Version 4, Part 4, ca. 1971
Folder 14 Manuscript: Version 5, pp. 1 - 46, ca. 1972
Folder 15 Manuscript: Version 5, pp. 47 - 80, ca. 1972
Folder 16 Manuscript: Version 5, pp. 81 - 138, ca. 1972
Folder 17 Manuscript: Version 5, pp. 139 - 171, ca. 1972
Folder 18 Manuscript: Version 5, pp. 172 - 240 (pp. 198 - 232 are missing), ca. 1972
Folder 19 Manuscript: Miscellaneous loose pages, ca. 1971-72

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SERIES VII: MIST OVER THE DELTA

Mist Over the Delta is a novel by Robert Cecil Cook, published in 1977. The series contains three versions of the manuscript -- the rough draft, the corrected version, and the final manuscript. It is the story of a Yale-educated lawyer from the Mississippi delta, and his relationship with two lifelong friends -- one Jewish and one African American. The book evolved from material in both McGowah Place and McKelvey Place.

Box 12 Mist Over the Delta
Folder 1 Autograph Party, Sept. 20, 1977
Folder 2 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 1, ca. 1975
Folder 3 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 2, ca. 1975
Folder 4 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 3, ca. 1975
Folder 5 Manuscript: Rough Draft, Part 4, ca. 1975
Folder 6 Manuscript with Notations & Corrections, Chapters I - V
Folder 7 Manuscript with Notations & Corrections, Chapters VI - XII, ca. 1975
Folder 8 Manuscript with Notations & Corrections, Chapters XIII - XVI, ca. 1975
Folder 9 Manuscript with Notations & Corrections, Chapters XVII - XXII, ca 1975
Folder 10 Finished Manuscript: Chapters I - V, ca. 1976
Folder 11 Finished Manuscript: Chapters VI - XII, ca. 1976
Folder 12 Finished Manuscript: Chapters XIII - XVI, ca. 1976
Folder 13 Finished Manuscript: Chapters XVII - XXII, ca. 1976
Folder 14 USM News Release, October 4, 1977

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SERIES VIII: PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Cook's collection of publications dates from 1912 - 1965, and represents topics of particular concern to him. Cook often used publications such as these, as research tools for speeches. Titles in the series are arranged in alphabetical order, and three noteworthy examples are "Public Schools for White and Negro Children", "Relation of Education and Income", and "Do You Want Your Wife to Work After the War?"

Box 13 Publications
Folder 1 "Bradley University Bulletin" Sept., 1947
Folder 2 "Central Banking's Role in Our Free Enterprise Society", 1951
Folder 3 "Changing Demands on Education and Their Fiscal Implications", 1963
Folder 4 "College and Church", 1950-51
Folder 5 "Do You Want Your Wife to Work After the War?", 1944
Folder 6 "Economic Council Letter", May 1, 1951
Folder 7 "Education - An Investment in People", ca. 1950s
Folder 8 "Education and Poverty", May 1964
Folder 9 "Education and the Fate of Democracy", 1948
Folder 10 "Eliminating Racial Segregation in the Baltimore Public Schools", 1954
Folder 11 "Facts About Our State's School Crisis", ca. 1950s
Folder 12 "First Biennial Report of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Normal College", 1912
Folder 13

Forestry:

1) "Forest Statistics for Mississippi" May 1949
2) "Your Forest and Your Challenge" ca. 1950s

Folder 14 "The Great Society and the Great Charter", 1965
Folder 15 "Guideposts", October, 1954; January, 1955
Folder 16 "Helping Build Mississippi Through 30 Years of Progress", ca. 1954
Folder 17 "The Intercollegian", Sept. 1947; Sept. 1949; Sept. 1952
Folder 18 "Know Your Retirement System, Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi", Jan. 1953
Folder 19 "Leadership for Education", Dec. 1966
Folder 20 "The Liberal Arts College, One of the Bulwarks of America", ca. 1950s
Folder 21 "Looking Ahead With Mississippi Manufacturers", Oct. 29, 1954
Folder 22 "Make Your Town Safe!", ca. 1947
Folder 23 "Mental Health is a Family Affair", 1951
Folder 24 "Mississippi Life Tables", 1950-51
Folder 25 "The Mississippi State Alumnus", Mar. 1955
Folder 26

"Moral Responsibility and Liberty", 1951 27 National Education Association (5 publications):

1) "Our Teachers", 1947
2) "NEA News", Oct. 27, 1950
3) "Citizens and Educational Policies", June 1951
4) "They're Attacking You Too", 1951
5) "News From the National Education Association", ca. 1952

Folder 28 "The Obligation is Ours", April 10, 1952
Folder 29 "Our Foreign Policy", 1952
Folder 30 "Our Inexhaustible Resources", 1952
Folder 31 "Our Russian Ally", 1945
Folder 32 "The Pasadena Story" (analysis of forces that injured a superior school system), June 1951
Folder 33 "The Plymouth Experiment", ca. 1954
Folder 34 "The Public School & the Life of the Community", 1965
   
Box 14  
Folder 1

Public Schools (assorted publications):

1) "The Platform" (NEA), 1951
2) "Platform", 1952
3) "New Millions for Schools?", ca. 1952
4) The Biddle Survey, "For Tomorrow's Pupils", March 9, 1954
5) "NEA News", Sept. 17, 1954
6) "Between the Lines", the Wells Newsletter, Oct. 15, 1953
7) "Public Schools for White Children", Session 1953-54, State of Mississippi
8) "Educational Policies Commission", June 29, 1954

Folder 2 "Public Schools for Negro Children of Mississippi", Session 1953-54
Folder 3 "Quote", the Weekly Digest, 1953 - 1956
Folder 4 "The Relation of Education & Income", ca. 1928
Folder 5 "The Right to Work", 1954
Folder 6 "Ringing the Bell", ca. 1954
Folder 7 "Science & Religion, A Necessary Partnership", ca. 1950
Folder 8 "Shall I Build a House After the War?", Oct. 1944
Folder 9 "Southwestern Bulletin, the College at Worship", July 1951
Folder 10 "Together We Are Strong", 1952
Folder 11 "Tomorrow's Community", Aug. 1954
Folder 12 "What Education Our Money Buys", Oct. 1943
Folder 13 "What the Iron Curtain Hides", 1951
Folder 14 "What is Propaganda?" (2 copies), 1944
Folder 15 "Wings", a sermon by Henry H. Crane, No Date

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SERIES IX: ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI

Dr. Cook was an active member of the Rotary Club for more than two decades, serving as president of the local organization in 1949-50, and District Governor in 1952-53. The materials in this series, however, are limited to 1969-1974, and are organized alphabetically. One rather unique item in the series is an undated speech honoring the "Rotariannes" (wives of Rotarians), in which Cook extolls the virtues of womanhood.

Box 14 Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Folder 16 Brochures, 1969 - 1974
Folder 17 Correspondence, Oct. 19, 1969 - Dec. 2, 1971
Folder 18 Correspondence, Jan. 26 - Nov. 29, 1972
Folder 19 Correspondence, Feb. 1, 1973 - Sept. 10, 1974
Folder 20 District 684 Rotary International Directory, 1970-71; 1971-72; 1973-74
Folder 21 Extension Survey Forms, ca. 1969
Folder 22 Golden Anniversary Program, 1968; Golden Anniversary Speeches, 1954
Folder 23 Membership Roster, May 21, 1974
Folder 24 Resolution of Respect, Honoring Dr. Claude S. Williams, Jr., Ca. 1961
Folder 25 Rotary Foundation, ca. 1970 - 1974
Folder 26 Rotary International District 684 Conference, April 25-27, 1974
Folder 27 Rotary International Governor's Newsletter, 1970 - 1974
Folder 28 Speech to "Rotariannes", No Date
Folder 29 "Spokes", Official Organ of Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, Feb. 4, 1964 - July 23, 1974

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SERIES X: SOUTHEASTERN BUILDING CORPORATION

The Southeastern Building Corporation was organized and chartered in 1957, with Dr. R. C. Cook as president. The charter states the purposes of the corporation as acquiring and dealing in real estate and personal property. The company's prospectus lists its purpose as construction of an office building, to be known as the Southeastern Life Building. The Southeastern Life Building was erected at 701 Main Street, in Hattiesburg, in 1960, although it was not quite as grandiose as the description in the prospectus.

Nevertheless, on June 9, 1960, the facility was dedicated, with Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, as special guest. The building has since been demolished, and the William M. Colmer Federal Building now occupies the site. The Southeastern Building Corporation was one of three companies founded by Dr. Cook, which were merged with the Denson Company of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1965. Items in this series are arranged chronologically, and inclusive dates are ca. 1957-1969.

Box 15 Southeastern Building Corporation
Folder 1 Prospectus, July 15, 1957
Folder 2 Southeastern Life Building, ca. 1957
Folder 3 Balance Sheet, Mar. 31, 1959
Folder 4 Resolutions of Board of Directors, Sept. 8, 1960; May 10, 1961
Folder 5 Charter of Incorporation & Amendment Thereto, Jan. 12 & Nov. 28, 1961
Folder 6 Application to Do Business in Louisiana, 1961
Folder 7 Insurance Policies for Southeastern Life Building, ca. 1964 - 1969
Folder 8 Lease Agreement Between Southeastern Building Corporation & Southeastern Life Insurance Company, July 1, 1966
Folder 9 Southeastern Life Building: Audit & Analysis of Utility Costs, July 25, 1966

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SERIES XI: SOUTHEASTERN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The Southeastern Development Corporation was organized in 1959 for the purpose of developing and/or operating industrial, business, and commercial enterprises, and financing mortgages on residential properties. A subsidiary corporation, Gulf South Financial Company, was formed to service mortgages. The corporation was engaged primarily in the shell home business, which Dr. Cook characterized as his "second great mistake" (his first was resigning as president of Mississippi Southern College). The shell home market declined; the company lost money; and in 1965, the corporation and its subsidiaries, Gulf South Financial Company and Southeastern Building Corporation, were merged with the Denson Company, of Jackson, Mississippi. Fortunately, most of the stockholders were able to recoup their investments by claiming capital losses on their income tax. This series tracks the Southeastern Development Corporation from its inception through the merger.

Box 15 Southeastern Development Corporation
Folder 10 Trust Agreement, Apr. 13, 1959
Folder 11 Charter of Incorporation, May 1, 1959; Amendment, July 16, 1959
Folder 12 By-Laws, ca. 1959
Folder 13 Prospectus: Handwritten, Typed, & Finished Copies, 1959 - 1961
Folder 14 Prospectus: Correspondence, Aug. 25, 1959 - Sept. 2, 1960
Folder 15 Resolutions of Board of Directors, May 13, 1959; Nov. 15, 1960
Folder 16 Financial Information, May 31, 1960
Folder 17 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames A - B, 1959 - 1960
Folder 18 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames C - D
Folder 19 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames E - G, 1959 - 1960
Folder 20 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames H - J, 1959 - 1960
Folder 21 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames K - M, 1959 - 1960
Folder 22 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames N - P, 1959 - 1960
Folder 23 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames R - S, 1959 - 1960
Folder 24 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames T - V, 1959 - 1960
Folder 25 Stock Certificates Delivered: Surnames W - Y, 1959 - 1960
Folder 26 Consolidated Statement of Operations, June 30, 1962
Folder 27 Cancellation of Mississippi General Obligation Bonds Posted as Surety, June 6, 1963
Folder 28 Sale of Common Stock Shares, Sept. 6, 1964
Folder 29 Gulf South Financial Company, a Subsidiary of S. E. Dev. Corp., 1960 - 1964
Folder 30 Merger With the Denson Company, Jan. 24 - Nov. 23, 1965
   
Box 16  
Folder 1 Post-Denson Merger Correspondence, Nov. 28 - Dec. 29, 1965
Folder 2 Post-Denson Merger Correspondence, Jan. 4 - April 29, 1966
Folder 3 Post-Denson Merger Correspondence, May 5 - July 27, 1966
Folder 4 Post-Denson Merger Correspondence, Aug. 1 - Dec. 30, 1966
Folder 5 Post-Denson Merger Correspondence, Jan. 10, 1967 - Oct. 23, 1968; Undated

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SERIES XII: SOUTHEASTERN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

After resigning as vice president and general manager of the Jackson State Times in 1955, Dr. Cook returned to Hattiesburg, and along with Ralph Hicks, founded the Southeastern Life Insurance Company, which was chartered in December 1955, for the purpose of engaging in the life, health, and accident insurance business. The company's first offices were in the Magnolia State Building (now the Magnolia Federal Building) in Hattiesburg. In 1960, the Southeastern Life Building, at 701 Main Street, was completed, and operations were moved there. The insurance business, licensed in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, proved a profitable endeavor, and in 1962, the company was merged with American Federal Life Insurance Company of Mobile, Alabama. Thereafter, it was known as the Southeastern American Life Insurance Company. In 1968, the company merged again -- this time with Republic National Life Insurance Company of Dallas. Dr. Cook served as president from 1955 to 1968. This series begins with the company's original charter in 1955, and ends with the Republic National merger in 1968.

Box 16 Southeastern Life Insurance Company
Folder 6 Original Charter, Dec. 13, 1955
Folder 7 Stock Certificates, ca. 1955 - 1962
Folder 8 Stock Sold, 1957
Folder 9 Stockholders: Abernathy - Zachary, ca. 1950s - 1960s
Folder 10 Stockholders: Alexander - York; Miscellaneous names at end of List, ca. 1950s - 1960s
Folder 11 Alabama Stockholders, No Date
Folder 12 Miscellaneous Records (Bound), 1955 - 1956
Folder 13 Miscellaneous Records (Bound), 1957
   
Box 17  
Folder 1 Miscellaneous Records (Bound), 1958
Folder 2 Miscellaneous Records (Bound), 1959 - 1961
   
Box 18  
Folder 1 Miscellaneous Records (Bound), 1960
Folder 2 Destruction Sub Committee Proposal, Jan. 18, 1962
Folder 3 Merger With American Federal Life Insurance Company, Dec. 28, 1962
Folder 4 Southeastern American Life Insurance Company Charter, Dec. 31, 1962
Folder 5 Southeastern American Life Insurance Company: Charter and All Amendments, May 7, 1964
Folder 6 Annual Report, 1961
Folder 7 Annual Report, 1962
Folder 8 Annual report, 1963
Folder 9 Annual Report, 1964
Folder 10 Annual Report, 1965
Folder 11 Annual Report, 1966
Folder 12 Annual Statement, 1968
Folder 13 Miscellaneous Correspondence, June 22, 1965 - Nov. 9, 1967
   
Box 19  
Folder 1 Merger Correspondence, Jan. 25 - Dec. 29, 1967
Folder 2 Merger Correspondence, Jan. 7 - Oct. 9, 1968
Folder 3 Merger Correspondence, Oct. 10 - 31, 1968
Folder 4 Merger Correspondence, Nov. 1 - 27, 1968
Folder 5 Merger Correspondence, Dec. 3 - 30, 1968
Folder 6 Merger Correspondence, Jan. 3 - 31, 1969
Folder 7 Merger Correspondence, Feb. 3 - 28, 1969
Folder 8 Merger Correspondence, Mar. 3 - Apr. 3, 1969
Folder 9 "How to Analyze a Merger Opportunity", No Date
Folder 10 Merger Possibilities: All American Life & Financial Corporation
Folder 11 Merger Possibilities: American Founders Life Insurance Corporation
Folder 12 Merger Possibilities: Century Life Insurance Company of Fort Worth
Folder 13 Merger Possibilities: Globe Insurance Company
Folder 14 Merger Possibilities: Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company
Folder 15 Merger Possibilities: Howard, Weil, Labouisse, Friedrichs & Company
Folder 16 Merger Possibilities: Intercontinental Life Insurance Company
Folder 17 Merger Possibilities: Interstate Securities Company
Folder 18 Merger Possibilities: ISC Industries, Inc.
Folder 19 Merger Possibilities: Lincoln American Life Insurance Company
Folder 20 Merger Possibilities: Loyal American Life Insurance Company
Folder 21 Stockholders Meeting, Apr. 16, 1968
Folder 22 Proposals, Oct. 19, 1968
Folder 23 Merger With Republic National Life Insurance Company, 1968-69; Undated
   
Box 20 Southeastern Life Insurance Co. (Oversize Items):
Folder 1 Annual Statement, 1968
Folder 2 Stockholders: Abernathy - Mayo, ca. late 1950s - 1960s
Folder 3 Stockholders: Mayson - Zachary, ca. late 1950s - 1960s
Folder 4 Stockholders: Alexander - Husbands, ca. late 1950s - 1960s
Folder 5 Stockholders: Hyde - York; miscellaneous names added to end of list, ca. late 1950s - 1960

[Series Index]

SERIES XIII: SPEECHES

The majority of the speeches in this series were written and delivered by Dr. R. C. Cook. The remainder are speeches by other people, that he considered worth preserving. Titles are arranged in alphabetical order, and the time span covered is approximately 1945-1975. Dr. Cook had a favorite introductory line for his speeches that originated with a maid who worked for the Cooks in the president's home at Mississippi Southern College. At that time, there was another Dr. Cook living in Hattiesburg, who was a physician. On one occasion, the Cooks received a telephone call intended for the other Dr. Cook. The party on the phone explained to the somewhat confused maid that she was trying to reach the Dr. Cook who took care of sick people. The maid's response was "Oh no. This is the Dr. Cook what can't do nobody no good." Some of the better speeches in the series are "Hattiesburg in 1980", "Lions Club of Gulfport", "Southern Business Managers Association Talk" (all by Dr. Cook), and "Seven Steps To Success", by J. E. White, president of Mississippi Vocational College.

Box 20 Speeches
Folder 1 "The Acadians in Louisiana Today", By Joel L. Fletcher, Oct. 30, 1947
Folder 2 "Adjusting To Change...", 1963
Folder 3 "American Leadership", By Henry Merritt Wriston, President of Brown University, Apr. 26, 1952
Folder 4 "An Address for All Occasions", No Date
Folder 5 Butane Gas Dealers Convention: "Public Relations for Butane Gas Dealers", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Apr. 24, 1960
Folder 6 "The Challenge of Adult Education", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1948
Folder 7 Chapel Programs at Mississippi Southern College, 1948 - 1954
Folder 8 "The Christian Layman in a Modern World", (incomplete), No Date
Folder 9 Church Talks, 1950; Undated
Folder 10 "The Citizen in the Modern World", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 11 Clarksdale City Schools Faculty, a Talk By R. C. Cook, Aug. 30, 1951
Folder 12 College Library Speech (Untitled), No Date
Folder 13 "The College President Looks at the Library", No Date
Folder 14 "The Colleges & American Industry", By Claude A. Putnam, 1950
Folder 15 Columbia (MS) High School: Speech Notes & Commencement Program, May 1955
Folder 16 "Columbia Teachers - Business Education", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Aug. 1, 1959
Folder 17 Commencement Address, Livingston State College, By Dr. R. C. Cook, Aug. 15, 1951
Folder 18 Commencement Talk, Perkinston Junior College, By Dr. R. C. Cook, May 23, 1951
Folder 19 "Communion With God", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 20 Conservation Talks, ca. 1950s
Folder 21 "A Conservative Look at the Future", By Dr. R. C. Cook, (2 versions), 1952
Folder 22

Convocation & Commencement Addresses:

1) "Ring in the True", By Pres. H. L. Duncan, U. of KY, 1946
2) "The Faculty's Responsibility", By Pres. Henry R. Sims, Winthrop College, 1947
3) "The Commencement Address", By W. W. Pearson, U. of N. C., 1947
4) "American Scholar, 1948 Model", By Roger P. McCutcheon, Tulane U., 1947
5) "Your Role in America's Future", By Sen. James William Fulbright, 1948
6) "Strengthen Us for Noble Duty", By Wilson Compton, 1950

Folder 23 Dedication of R. C. Cook Student Union: Dr. Cook's Response, Nov. 3, 1956
Folder 24 "Developing Adequate Leadership for the Continuance of Democracy", No Date
Folder 25 "Dr. W. A. McIntosh - A Tribute", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 26 "Economic Democracy", By Henry M. Wriston, 1947
Folder 27 "The Educated Southerner Looks Forward", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1950s
Folder 28 "The Educated Woman & Her Community", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 29 "Education in the Era of the American Revolution", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 30 Fifth Annual Children's Book Festival at USM: A Talk By Dr. R. C. Cook, Apr. 5, 1972
Folder 31 "Five-Minute Talk on Frank E. Marsh, Jr.", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 32 "Forty Years of Publishing Moonlighting", By Dr. R. C. Cook (2 copies), ca. 1970s
Folder 33 "Founders Day Talk - Louisiana Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Banquet", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Mar. 13, 1952
Folder 34 "Freedom - Our Basic Commodity", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 35 "A Graduation Talk for Laurel (MS) High School", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1945
Folder 36 "General Education: In Personal & Social Adjustment, What Types of Programs are Proving Most Efficient?" By Melvene Draheim Hardee, 1954
Folder 37 "Hattiesburg in 1980", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Mar. 31, 1950
Folder 38 Hattiesburg Lawyers Talk (incomplete), By Dr. R. C. Cook, Feb. 8, 1946
Folder 39 "Heredity vs Intelligence & Modern Psychology", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1970s
Folder 40

Inflation Talks:

1) "How to Stop Inflation", By William H. Ruffin, 1951
2) "The Price Freeze & Inflation", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1951

Folder 41 "I Was There", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 42 "In The Beginning", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 43 "Ivy, (M. M.) Appreciation Day", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1953
Folder 44 Kiwanis Club Talk (outline), By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1946
Folder 45 Laurel (MS) Kiwanis Club, By Dr. R. C. Cook, Jan. 4, 1960
Folder 46 "Leadership", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 47 Lions Club of Gulfport (MS), By Dr. R. C. Cook, Jan. 25, 1949
Folder 48 Lumberton (MS) Chamber of Commerce, By Dr. R. C. Cook, Mar. 24, 1960
Folder 49 McComb (MS) High School Alumni Talk, Honoring the Class of 1926, By Dr. R. C. Cook, May 27, 1966
Folder 50 "The Meaning of the Fourth of July", By Dr. R. C. Cook, July 1949
Folder 51 "The Meaning of Lee (Robert E.) To the New South", ca. 1951
Folder 52 "Meet Our Cousins, the English", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1940s
Folder 53 "Meeting the Teacher Shortage", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1946
Folder 54 Men of the Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, By Dr. R. C. Cook, May 2, 1950
Folder 55 Metro Club Talk, By Dr. R. C. Cook, Nov. 9, 1951
   
Box 21  
Folder 1 Mississippi: An Untitled Speech on the Subject of Mississippi, By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 2 "Mississippi Nurses Association", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 3 Mississippi Poetry Society, By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1955
Folder 4 "Mississippi Southern Faces the Future", (Dr. R. C. Cook's Inaugural Address), Mar. 28, 1947
Folder 5 Mississippi State College Alumni Day (incomplete), By Dr. R. C. Cook, Mar. 17, 1951
Folder 6 Natchez (MS) Lions Club Talk, By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1968
Folder 7 National Association of Manufacturers, An Address By Dr. Arthur Stanton Adams, 1950
Folder 8 "New Look in Women in Business", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Mar. 31, 1951
Folder 9 "Observable Trends in Rotary", By Philip Lovejoy, Secretary, Rotary International, May 1952
Folder 10 "Oliver Cromwell, Part I", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Jan. 22, 1975
Folder 11 "Oliver Emmerich Deserves a Bouquet", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1955
Folder 12 Omicron Delta Kappa, By Dr. R. C. Cook, May 6, 1941
Folder 13 "On Free Enterprise", By Dr. Walter R. Courtenay, 1950
Folder 14 "Our Modern World and the Founding Fathers", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1953
Folder 15 "Passing the Time of Day", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1950s
Folder 16 "The Place of Health & Physical Education in Higher Education", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1950s
Folder 17 "The Private College in a Changing World", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1951
Folder 18 "The Problem of Public Ethics in America", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1940s - 1950s
Folder 19 Problems in Mississippi (untitled speech on Mississippi's problems), ca. 1940s
Folder 20 "Let's Try God", By Hon. Ralph E. Flanders, Aug. 2, 1950
Folder 21 "Realizing an Ideal", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 22 Red Cross Speech, By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 23 "Responsibilities of the College Woman", (incomplete), By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1948
Folder 24 "Responsibilities of Women in Public Affairs", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 25 Roberts Hall Dedication, By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1968
Folder 26 Rotary Club Speech, By Dr. R. C. Cook, (incomplete), No Date
Folder 27 Rotary Club Talk (Ellisville, MS), By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1960s
Folder 28 Rotary Club Talk (Koscuisko, MS), By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 29 Rotary Club Talk (Lucedale, MS), by Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1960
Folder 30 Rotary Club Talk (Meridian, MS), By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. late 1940s
Folder 31 "Russia & the World of Freedom", By Dr. R. C Cook, ca. 1950s
Folder 32 "Seven Steps to Success", By J. H. White, Sept. 22, 1954
Folder 33 "So We are Getting Old", No Date
Folder 34 "Social & Economic Conditions in Mississippi", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 35 Southern Business Managers Association Talk, By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1953
Folder 36 "Southern Welcomes Chi Omega", By Dr. R. C. Cook, 1949
Folder 37 "The State Times" (7 brief talks), 1955
Folder 38 "Summer Session Talk, Mississippi State College", By Dr. R. C. Cook, July 14, 1954
Folder 39 "The Task Ahead", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Aug. 8, 1951
Folder 40 "Teacher Education - Its Challenge & Opportunity", By Samuel Miller Brownell, 1951
Folder 41 "Toward a Distinguished university", By Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas, Sept. 15, 1975
Folder 42 "Trends Affecting the Future of Mississippi" By Darryl R. Francis, Apr. 5, 1966
Folder 43 "Trip to Europe", By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1952
Folder 44 United Welfare Drive Talk, By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1947
Folder 45

Universal Military Training (6 speeches):

1) "Universal Military Training", 1947
2) "UMT - Why it is a Mistake", By Neil Carothers, 1952
3) "Selective Service College Qualification Test", 1951
4) "Youth and the Draft", 1951
5) "Universal Military Training & Service Act", 1951
6) Untitled Speech by Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date

Folder 46 "The University & Society", By Edmond deS. Brunner, 1948
Folder 47 Untitled Speech on Farm Income, ca. 1950s
Folder 48 Untitled Speech on Football, By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1950s
Folder 49 Untitled Speech on Public Relations, By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 50 Untitled Speech About Relationship Between Business & Education, By Dr. R. C. Cook
Folder 51 Untitled Speech to Veterans of Foreign Wars, By Dr. R. C. Cook, ca. 1946
Folder 52 "V.F.W. Looks to the Future", By Dr. R. C. Cook, Feb. 3, 1951
Folder 53 "Welcome to Delta Delta Delta", ca. May 1951
Folder 54 "What are the Responsibilities of the Institution to Its Alumni?", By Ernest T. Stewart, Jr., 1954
Folder 55 "What Men Live By", By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 56 Wilber (Ivah O.) Panhellenic Building Dedication, By Dr. R. C. Cook, Nov. 3, 1967
Folder 57 "World Peace Through World Progress", By Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, Dec. 6, 1950
Folder 58 "World Understanding", By J. S. Long, 1971

[Series Index]

SERIES XIV: WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION

Who's Who in American Education grew out of Dr. Cook's need to supplement his salary as a teacher. He got the idea from a reference book that he picked up by accident in a public library. The book was entitled Who's Who in Education.

The first edition was compiled from college and university catalogs, and a list of school superintendents and education associations furnished by the United States Office of Education. Subsequent volumes were compiled primarily from biographical information submitted by readers and/or subscribers. Two additional publications, Leaders in American Science and Presidents and Deans of American Colleges and Universities, were added later. In 1968, the publishing company was sold to Crowell-Collier Publishing Company of New York. In about 1972, Cook briefly entertained the idea of buying the company back, because Crowell-Collier had ceased publication. He decided against it because his family was opposed to the idea. This series is arranged chronologically, and contains such items as bank statements and cancelled checks, correspondence, and financial records, covering the period 1962-1970. Of particular interest is a folder of materials concerning negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission over use of the words, "Who's Who". The publishers of the book, Who's Who in America, claimed the use of "Who's Who" by another publication was confusing to the general public (box 23, folder 13).

Box 22 Who's Who in American Education
Folder 1 Accounts Receivable, Jan. 1962 - June 1967
Folder 2 Advertisements, No Date
Folder 3 Analysis of 100 Orders for Who's Who..., No Date
Folder 4 Bank Statements (First National Bank, Hattiesburg, MS, Sept. 1968 - Apr. 1969
Folder 5 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), July 1968
Folder 6 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Aug. 1968
Folder 7 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Sept. 1968
Folder 8 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Oct. 1968
Folder 9 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Nov. 1968
Folder 10 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Dec. 1968
Folder 11 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Jan. 1969
Folder 12 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Feb. 1969
Folder 13 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Mar. 1969
Folder 14 Bank Statement & Cancelled Checks (First American National Bank - Nashville, TN), Apr. 1969
Folder 15 Blank Checks (Examples), 1968
Folder 16 Certificate of Registration of a Claim to Copyright..., Aug. 16, 1946
Folder 17 Check Stubs, Oct. 20 - Dec. 15, 1967
Folder 18 Check Stubs, Dec. 21, 1967 - Mar. 29, 1968
Folder 19 Check Stubs, Apr. 1 - May 31, 1968
Folder 20 Check Stubs, May 31 - Aug. 3, 1968
Folder 21 Check Stubs, Apr. 30 - Sept. 21, 1969
Folder 22 Correspondence, Apr. 28, 1966 - Aug. 30, 1968
Folder 23 Correspondence, Sept. 4 - Dec. 31, 1968
Folder 24 Correspondence, Jan. 9 - Sept. 26, 1969
Folder 25 Correspondence, Jan. 19, 1970 - Dec. 21, 1971
   
Box 23  
Folder 1 Correspondence, Jan. 12 - May 31, 1972
Folder 2 Correspondence, June 1 - July 18, 1972
Folder 3 Correspondence, July 19 - Dec. 29, 1972
Folder 4 Correspondence, Jan. 3 - Mar. 20, 1973
Folder 5 Correspondence, Apr. 4 - 30, 1973
Folder 6 Correspondence, May 1 - 18, 1973
Folder 7 Correspondence, May 21 - 31, 1973
Folder 8 Correspondence, June 4, 1973 - Mar. 27, 1974; Undated
Folder 9 Consulting Agreement with Crowell-Collier Educational Corporation, Sept. 1968
Folder 10 Deposit Recaps & Payments on Account, Apr. 4 - 30, 1969
Folder 11 Dividend Notice, Dec. 30, 1968
Folder 12 Employee Time/Outgoing Mail, May 1962 - Dec. 1965
Folder 13 Federal Trade Commission, Aug. 31, 1946 - Aug. 5, 1949
Folder 14 Financial Records, Oct. 30, 1955 - June 30, 1966
Folder 15 Financial Records, July 1, 1966 - June 30, 1967
Folder 16 Financial Records, July 1, 1967 - June 30, 1968
Folder 17 Financial Statements, 1961 - 1964
Folder 18 Financial Statements, 1965 - 1968
   
Box 24  
Folder 1 Handwritten Note Concerning Savings Certificates, Oct. 10, 1968
Folder 2 Internal Revenue Forms: 1040-ES; 1096; 1099L, 1967 - 1968
Folder 3 Minutes, June 10, 1968; Sept. 21, 1968
Folder 4 Monthly Financial Reports, Jan. - June, 1964
Folder 5 Monthly Financial Reports, July - Dec. 1964
Folder 6 Monthly Financial Reports, Jan. - June, 1965
Folder 7 Monthly Financial Reports, July - Dec. 1965
Folder 8 Monthly Financial Reports, Jan. - June 1966
Folder 9 Monthly Financial Reports, July - Dec. 1966
Folder 10 Monthly Financial Reports, Jan. - June 1967
Folder 11 Purchase Agreement with Crowell-Collier Education Corporation, Sept. 23, 1968
Folder 12 Suggestions on Who's Who Publications (by Dr. R. C. Cook), ca. 1970
   
Box 28 Who's Who in American Education (Oversize Items):
Folder 1 Financial Records, Oct. 30, 1955 - June 30, 1956
Folder 2 Financial Records, July 1, 1956 - June 30, 1957
Folder 3 Financial Records, July 1, 1957 - June 30, 1958
Folder 4 Financial Records, July 1, 1958 - June 30, 1959
Folder 5 Financial records, July 1, 1959 - June 30, 1960
Folder 6 Financial Records, July 1, 1960 - June 30, 1961
Folder 7 Financial Records, July 1, 1961 - June 30, 1962
Folder 8 Financial Records, July 1, 1962 - June 30, 1963
Folder 9 Financial Records, July 1, 1963 - June 30, 1964
Folder 10 Financial Records, July 1, 1964 - June 30, 1965
Folder 11 Financial Records, July 1, 1965 - June 30, 1966

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SERIES XV: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

This series was assembled from materials that did not fit well elsewhere. Items of interest among its contents are certificates earned by Dr. Cook; character education materials (1926-1934); a fire at the R. C. Cook home in 1965; newsclippings (ca. 1943- 1976); a copy of Dr. Cook's obituary (Mar. 6, 1979); and a visit to the University of Southern Mississippi by the Right Honorable John Enoch Powell, a member of the British Parliament (ca. 1971). Items in the series are arranged alphabetically, and span the period 1926-1979.

Box 24 Miscellaneous Materials
Folder 13 Aging, materials on, 1964
Folder 14 Alumni News, Oct. 1947; Oct. 1953
Folder 15 Alumni News, April 1976
Folder 16 Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges: Conference on Trusteeship, 1973
Folder 17 Beauvoir Development Foundation, 1966-1973
Folder 18 Biographical Directories, ca. 1971-1973
Folder 19 Biographical Directory of American Education: Biographical Data Blanks, 1973-74
Folder 20 Biographical Directory of American Education: Organizational Materials, ca. 1970-1974
   
Box 25  
Folder 1 Booklet: "The Dynamics of Success" By Vivian Lee, c. 1971
Folder 2 Boy Scouts of America: Certificate; Correspondence; Miscellaneous Items, 1967 - 1975
Folder 3 Cataract Surgery, 1975-76
Folder 4 The Century Club of the University of Southern Mississippi, 1970
Folder 5 Certificates, 1962 - 1975
Folder 6 Character Education Materials, ca. 1926 - 1934
Folder 7 Ciceronian Circle, 1970 - 1972
Folder 8 Citizen's Councils, 1954
Folder 9 Convocation Program, Sept. 11, 1952
Folder 10 "A Credo for College Presidents" By R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 11 Educational Television, 1951
Folder 12 Faculty Meeting Materials, Fall 1952
Folder 13 Fire at R. C. Cook Home, 1965-66
Folder 14 Forestry, 1952 - 1954
Folder 15 Forrest County Industrial Development Board: Committee Assignments, 1972
Folder 16 Freedom Materials, 1947 - 1951
Folder 17 Freedom Materials, 1952 - 1954
Folder 18 Fundamental Course in Educational Administration: Course Outline, Summer 1939
Folder 19 Guide to the Use of Community Resources for Education, No Date
Folder 20 Gulf Universities Press, Inc.: Basic Plan for Public Offering, ca. 1960s
Folder 21 Hattiesburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 1970 - 1973
Folder 22 Hattiesburg Country Club, 1972
Folder 23 Hattiesburg Public Library, December, 1969
Folder 24 Leaders in American Science: Correspondence; Stationery; Advertisement, May 19 - Nov. 30, 1970
Folder 25 London and Paris Trip, 1972
Folder 26 Long, James Scott: Articles & Correspondence, 1970-71
Folder 27 Medicare, May 2, 1972 - Apr. 23, 1976
Folder 28 Membership Cards, 1970 - 1976
   
Box 26  
Folder 1 Mississippi Artists, by William Poirier: Manuscript , 1976
Folder 2 Mississippi Educational Television, Sept. 23, 1970 - Mar. 16, 1973
Folder 3 Mississippi Folklore Register, Spring, 1975
Folder 4 Mississippi Historical Society, Feb. - Dec. 1972
Folder 5 "Mississippi History Newsletter", Feb., 1972; May, 1973
Folder 6 Mississippi Library Commission, 1972 - 1973; one undated item
Folder 7 Mississippi Oral History Program, 1972 - 1975
Folder 8 Mississippi Seniors Golf Association, 1972 - 1974
Folder 9 Mississippi Southern College Faculty Bulletin, Apr. 17, 1952
Folder 10 Mississippi State College: Editorial - "Higher Education Promotes Prosperity", ca. 1954
Folder 11 Mississippi State Employees Retirement Information, 1952
Folder 12 Mississippi State University: Fiftieth Anniversary of Class of 1924, Mar. 1974
Folder 13 Motor Vehicle Tax Receipts & Statement of Origin, 1968-69
Folder 14 Mystic Krewe of Zeus, Jan. 5, 1971 - Mar. 2, 1973
Folder 15 Newcomen Society, 1972 - 1975
Folder 16 Newsclippings, ca. 1943 - 1971
Folder 17 Newsclippings, 1972 - 1976
Folder 18 Obituary: Dr. R. C. Cook, Mar. 6, 1979
Folder 19 Payroll Records for Dr. R. C. Cook, & Two Employees, 1968-69
Folder 20 Photographs: M96-1 Through M96-13, ca. 1939 - 1975
Folder 21 Poetry: An Anthology of Valencian Poetry, 1970
Folder 22 Poetry: Short Poems Collected By Dr. R. C. Cook, No Date
Folder 23 Powell, Right Honorable John Enoch: Guest at USM Luncheon & Faculty Meeting, ca. 1971
Folder 24 Presbyterian Church, 1955 - 1973
   
Box 27  
Folder 1 Quail Ridge Press, Inc.: Articles of Incorporation, No Date
Folder 2 Song: "Far Above Cayuga's Waters", (Alma Mater of Cornell University, and Prototype for Many High School Alma Maters), c. 1941
Folder 3 Sons of Confederate Veterans, 1971 - 1972
Folder 4 Special Activities Committee: Committee Assignments for Community Leaders, ca. 1972
Folder 5 Stamps: Examples of American & Foreign Stamps
Folder 6 Standard & Poor's Investment Counsel: Appraisal of Stock Portfolio, Sept. 29, 1967
Folder 7 "Standards of the College Delegate Assembly", the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, Dec. 13, 1972
Folder 8 Trinity Episcopal Church (Hattiesburg, MS): Organizational Chart; Card Acknowledging Gift, 1974; 1975
Folder 9 University Club of Jackson, Mississippi, 1974-75
Folder 10 University High School, Oxford, Mississippi: 1975 Class Reunion
Folder 11 University & College Press of Mississippi: Board Meetings, June 1973 - May 1975
Folder 12 University & College Press of Mississippi: Correspondence, July 17, 1972 - June 11, 1976; Undated
Folder 13 University & College Press of Mississippi: Financial Information, 1973 - 1975
Folder 14 University & College Press of Mississippi: Miscellaneous Records, 1973 - 1976; Undated
Folder 15 University of Southern Mississippi Faculty-Staff Bulletin, June 14, 1974

[Series Index]

PHOTOGRAPH LOG

Available

Related Collections: Due to his status as a former president of the University of Southern Mississippi, materials relating to Robert Cecil Cook may conceivably be found in a number of record groups in the University Archives. Specific collections that contain items directly related to Dr. Cook are:

Robert Cecil Cook Oral History Interview, F341.5 .M57x, Vol. 4

USM Photographic Collection, University Archives, RG 2

Board of Trustees, University Archives, RG 3

Office of the President, University Archives, RG 6

Student Publications, University Archives, RG 32


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