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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection: Wendell B. Cook Papers

    John B. Carney

    Published Date : 1987

    Mss 64 3 linear feet

    The Wendell B. Cook Papers contain genealogies, notes, and correspondence generated between 1966 and 1982.  Most of the material deals with descendants of Josiah Cook, d. 1732, of Eastham, Massachusetts, including allied families.  Prominent among these are Badlam, Gale, Pratt, Tolman, and Waymire families. In addition, there is material from Cook’s commissioned work.

    A portion of the collection contains papers relating to Cook’s participation in genealogical organizations, including the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, and the Hampshire County Genealogical Society.  This section (Box 6, items II/B/2-4) is closed to all but limited scholarly research, such as studies of the era’s growth in genealogical interest.

    Sub-group I contains genealogical papers concerning the ancestry of Wendell B. Cook.  Series A contains Cook family pedigrees, genealogies, and research to 11 generations.  Series B contains an index of allied families and heads of families.  Series C contains research notes and genealogies for Badlam, Gale, Lovis, Pratt, Smith, Starkweather, Tolman, and Waymire families.  Series D contains research material for generations 9-15 for 156 allied families.

    Sub-group II contains Mr. Cook’s professional papers as a librarian and genealogist, 1974-1982.  Series A concerns his work at the University of Massachusetts as librarian and teacher, 1976-1980, and includes material on library affairs and classes on genealogical methods.  Series B contains papers concerning genealogical organizations with which Cook was associated, 1974-1982.  Sub-series 2-4 in this series are closed as noted above. Series C contains general research correspondence.

    Sub-group III contains graphics of the Winget family, ca. 1888.

    Wendell B. Cook, 1932-1983, was a librarian at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  His position enabled him to apply the library’s resources to his genealogical interests and to use them while teaching courses on genealogical research for the University. He was active in several genealogical organizations, undertook genealogical research on commission, and pursued his own family lines.  Soon after his death, his brother and executor, Dr. John B. Cook, gave the papers to the Society on 4 May 1983.


    Mss 102 49 Items

    The Albert C. Aldrich Papers contain charts, genealogies, records, notes, and correspondence pertaining to the Aldrich and allied families, from 1485 to 1955.  The chief progenitor is George Aldrich, 1605-1682, of Mendon, Massachusetts.  Allied families include Boyden, Hatch, and Phelps.

    Albert C. Aldrich, 1871-1963, was a Boston salesman who lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  His genealogical papers came to a daughter who died in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1984.  Marjorie P. Meoder of Descanto, California, gave the papers to the Society.

    Sub-group I contains genealogical research consisting of charts, genealogies, records, notes, and correspondence pertaining to the Aldrich, Boyden, Hatch, and Phelps families, 1485-1955.  Sub-group II contains family photographs, ca. 1913, and of Aldrich graves in Vermont, 1937.

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