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Barbara Cook papers



Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal and Professional Documents

Research Files and Essays


Professional Organizations

Education Courses

Speech Files


Student Unrest Binders

Artifacts, Bound Manuscripts, Diplomas, and Scrapbooks

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Barbara Cook papers, 1932-2012 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Cook, Barbara I. (1929-2013)

Extent: 9.0 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Barbara Cook papers are organized into nine series: 1) Personal and Professional Documents, 1932 - 2012. 2) Research Files and Essays, 1959 - 1989. 3) Correspondence, 1956 - 1996. 4) Professional Organizations, 1963 - 2004. 5) Education Courses, 1967 - 1989. 6) Speech Files, 1960 - 2006. 7) Books, 1967 - 1993. 8) Student Unrest Binders, 1968 - 1969. 9) Artifacts, Bound Manuscripts, Diplomas, and Scrapbooks, circa 1950 - 2007.

Date Acquired: 04/23/2008. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Cook, Barbara I., 1929-2013, Deans (Education)--Indiana, Deans of women--United States, Mortar Board (Society). Barbara Cook Chapter (Purdue University), National Association for Women Deans, Administrators & Counselors, Purdue University. Dean of Women, Stone, Beverley, 1916-2003, Student movements, Women's Archives at Purdue University, Women college teachers--Social conditions, Women deans (Education)--Indiana

Forms of Material: Certificates, Clippings (Information artifacts), Correspondence, Speeches

Languages: English


The Barbara Cook papers predominantly document Barbara Cook's career in the Dean of Women and Dean of Students office and as professor of education at Purdue University (1956 - 1989), including her leadership roles in Mortar Board and NAWDAC -- National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. Types of material include correspondence, speeches, teaching material, articles and essays, and biographical information.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Barbara Cook papers (1932 – 2012; 9 cubic feet) documents the life and work of Barbara Cook, predominately concerning her work as a student personnel administrator and instructor at Purdue University. Cooks collection of research files and essays on women’s issues, especially in regards to education, could be useful for any researcher interested in feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. The two “student unrest” binders of Series 8 provide thorough documentation of the various clashes between students and administration during the turbulent years of 1968 – 1969. Researchers interested in the profession of student administration will find much of value in the Barbara Cook papers, including documentation on the Syracuse University Student Dean program she attended in 1952, the Education courses she taught in the 1980s on student administration, and speeches she gave to various student groups in her role as an administrator. Types of materials include: correspondence, speech notes, dissertations, photographs, research files, scrapbooks, artifacts, and ephemera.

Biographical Note

Born in 1929, Barbara Cook came to Purdue in 1956 as a counselor in the Office of the Dean of Women. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Arkansas in 1951, a M.A. in Student Personnel Administration from Syracuse University in 1954, a Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services from Purdue University in 1967 as well as an honorary doctorate from Purdue University in 1996. One of her early responsibilities as councilor in the Dean’s office involved serving as an advisor to Mortar Board, a senior-student honor society over which she presided for nearly thirty years. Cook also served as director of the Placement Service for Women, assistant and associate Dean of Women, associate Dean of Students, and, from 1980-1987, Dean of Students. She was a lecturer in the School of Education starting in 1970, and a professor of education from 1987-1989. Nationally recognized for her efforts in promoting career opportunities for women, Cook served in several positions within the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Councilors (NAWDAC) including serving as President from 1975 – 1976. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion for Distinguished Contributions to Purdue University, the Dean Beverley Stone Award for Personal Counseling Contributions, and the Distinguished Lifetime Mortar Board Member Award. Since her retirement in 1989, Barbara Cook has been an active member of the Lafayette community and involved with many organizations, including the Salvation Army, Greater Lafayette YWCA, West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission, and the Indiana Governor's Commission for Women. In 2004, a sculpture entitled "When Dreams Dance" was dedicated to Cook and her late colleague and friend, Beverley Stone. It is located in between Schleman and Hovde Halls. Today, the current chapter of the Purdue Mortar Board is named in Cook's honor, who advised the group from 1956-1986.

Subject/Index Terms

Cook, Barbara I., 1929-2013
Deans (Education)--Indiana
Deans of women--United States
Mortar Board (Society). Barbara Cook Chapter (Purdue University)
National Association for Women Deans, Administrators & Counselors
Purdue University. Dean of Women
Stone, Beverley, 1916-2003
Student movements
Women's Archives at Purdue University
Women college teachers--Social conditions
Women deans (Education)--Indiana

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections


20121203.4, transfer from Office of the VIce President for Ethics and Compiance via Alysa Rollock

20121003, Donation by Jane Hamblin of the Mortar Board Alumni Association

Alternate Extent Statement: 15 mss. boxes, 1 cubic foot box, 4 large flat artifact boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University per deed of gift. The copyright ofsome items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. Consult an archivist for details.

Acquisition Source: Betty Nelson donation

Related Materials:

Barbara Cook had close ties to three other Deans of Women: Dorothy Stratton, Helen Schleman, and Beverley Stone. More personal photos, correspondence, and other materials relating to Cook can be found in those collections.  In addition, the Dean of Women/Dean of Students collection contains official correspondence and annual reports produced by Cook while serving as Dean of Students.

Please also see the oral history interview with Barbara Cook.

For more information please see http://earchives.lib.purdue.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/oralhist&CISOPTR=15.

Preferred Citation: MSF 467, Barbara Cook papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Finding Aid Revision History: Archon record revised by Virginia Pleasant on May 24, 2016

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msf467_Cook.pdf

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Professional Documents, 1932 - 2004],
[Series 2: Research Files and Essays, 1959 - 1989],
[Series 3: Correspondence, 1956 - 1996],
[Series 4: Professional Organizations, 1963 - 2004],
[Series 5: Education Courses, 1967 - 1989],
[Series 6: Speech Files, 1960 - 2006],
[Series 7: Books, 1967 - 1993],
[Series 8: Student Unrest Binders, 1968 - 1969],
[Series 9: Artifacts, Bound Manuscripts, Diplomas, and Scrapbooks, circa 1950 - 2007],