Fonds - Cooke family fonds

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Cooke family fonds

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  • 1860-1987, predominant 1917-1987 (Creation)
    Cooke (family)

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13 cm of textual records
5 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 9 cm

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Beatrice Cooke was born in Nanaimo in 1901. She taught school for several years before marrying. She raised six children before returning to teaching in the 1950's. Cooke received her B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1959 and a B.S.W. in 1960. She worked as a social worker until 1965. Cooke was widowed in 1960 and married Albert C. Cooke in 1963. In addition to her careers as social worker and mother, Cooke wrote short stories and poetry. She died in 1997.
Albert C. Cooke was born in 1895 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He received his B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1917, a B.A. (1923) and an M.A. (1926) from Oxford. Cooke served in the army during World War I. After his discharge from the army, Cooke embarked on a lengthy teaching career at several institutions including Wesley College, Winnipeg (1919-1921, 1924-1929), Brandon Collegiate Institute (1923-1924), and the University of Manitoba (1928-1929). Cooke taught in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia between 1929 and 1963. Albert Cooke died in 1986.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings and publications created or collected by Beatrice Cooke and her husband Albert. The fonds also consists of correspondence written and received by Albert's father, Rev. Walter A. Cooke, including correspondence with Emily Carr. In addition, the fonds includes correspondence, photographs, clippings and biographical material created by or relating to the Brender a Brandis family, a family of artists and writers with which Albert and Beatrice Cooke were acquainted. Fonds consists of two series: Brender a Brandis family (1963-1987) and Cooke family (1860-1981).

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File 1-7a donated separately by Beatrice Cooke in 1992.


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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-862

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