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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Dr. Edward Augustus Cook Papers MSS.0354

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

November 2008

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-02-07T10:56-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

February 2013
Collection Title:

Dr. Edward Augustus Cook Collection

Unit ID:

MSS.0354

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.8 Linear feet (7 Ledgers (1 Oversized), letters, photograph, list of medicines and a prescription)

Dates:

1882-1920

Language of Materials note

Materials are in English.

Abstract:

Collection contains materials relating mainly to Dr. Edward Augustus Cook’s medical practice in Kirk’s Grove, Cherokee County, Alabama including account ledgers, daybooks, register of births and deaths, correspondence, and a photograph.

creator

Cook, Edward Augustus, Dr., 1853-1920

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials relating mainly to Dr. Edward Augustus Cook’s medical practice in Kirk’s Grove, Cherokee County, Alabama.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of six financial account ledgers, a daybook, two partial ledgers and a register of births and deaths for Dr. E. A. Cook’s practice. The financial ledgers document Dr. Cook’s patients, their treatments as well as what Dr. Cook charged for those treatments and what they paid. There is also a Register of Births and Deaths covering 1883–1920.

The correspondence includes letters to his patients and from other health officials in Cherokee County, Alabama. There is also correspondence from Crow Brothers of Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Alabama concerning Cook’s nephew, T.C. Davenport’s debt to them.

There is a photograph of Dr. Cook taken around the turn of the century (circa 1900) and a photocopy of an undated photograph of him. There are also a few miscellaneous items including envelopes, a list of medicines, and a prescription.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Barbara Barnhill-West, 1988; Martha Bace, 2008, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Dr. Edward Augustus Cook Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. Laurabell Davenport Hedbavny, 1987.

Biographical/Historical note

Edward Augustus Cook was born on 23 October 1853, in Kirk’s Grove, Cherokee County, Alabama, the youngest child of Amariantha Caroline Rayburn and William C. Cook. He received his medical degree from the University of Nashville and Vanderbilt University in 1884. He practiced medicine and surgery in Kirk’s Grove, Alabama, and surrounding areas. Although his home and office were a scant three miles from the Alabama/Georgia state line, he did not register to practice in Georgia until 25 July 1892. According to census and family information, it appears he never married, but lived with his brothers in the family home in Kirk’s Grove until he died on 18 December 1920.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Source(s)

Alabama (localbroad)

Birth records (aat)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Death records (aat)

Health, Medicine and Welfare (localbroad)

Ledgers (account books) (aat)

Medical fees--Alabama (lcsh)

Photographs (aat)

Ledgers

Scope and Contents note

The ledgers document Dr. Cook’s patients, their treatments as well as what Dr. Cook charge for those treatments and what they paid. There is also a Register of Births and Deaths covering 1883–1920.

Components in Detail

Register of Births and Deaths (1883-1920) Box 354.001 Folder 1

Ledger- 4D (1885-1907) Box 354.002 Folder 1

Ledger (1896-1899) Box 354.002 Folder 2

Ledger- Dr. E.A. Cook (1887-1895) Box 354.002 Folder 3

Ledger- Partial (1884-1885) Box 354.002 Folder 4

Ledger- Daybook (1897-1898) Box 354.003 Folder 1

Ledger- Taylor's Physician's Account Book (1909-1920) Box 354.003 Folder 2

Correspondence

Scope and Contents note

Outgoing correspondence covers 1886–1887 and is arranged chronologically. The letters include a very stern remind to a patient who was very delinquent in paying what he owed Dr. Cook.

Incoming correspondence, from 1891–1902, is from the Crow Brothers of Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Alabama and pertains to T.C. Davenport’s debt to them.

Components in Detail

Correspondence- Outgoing (1886-1887) Box 354.003 Folder 3

Correspondence- Incoming- Crow Brothers (1891-1902) Box 354.003 Folder 4

Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous documents include partial pages from account books, account notes written on envelopes, and a request for medicine. The miscellaneous medical documents include a list of acids and a prescription.

Components in Detail

Misc. Documents (1885-1902) Box 354.003 Folder 5

Misc. Medical Documents Box 354.003 Folder 6

Photographs Box 354.003 Folder 7