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Record Unit 7255
Cook, O. F. (Orator Fuller), 1867-1949
Orator Fuller Cook Papers, 1894-1895, 1897-1900, 1903-1905, 1933, 1948
Orator Fuller Cook (1867-1949) was born in Clyde, New York. He was educated at Syracuse University, receiving the Ph.B. degree in 1890. After graduation, Cook remained at Syracuse as an Instructor in the Biology Department. From 1891 to 1897, Cook made several trips to Liberia as an agent for the New York Colonization Society and at various times served as Professor of Natural Sciences at Liberia College. In 1895, Cook joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM), in an honorary capacity, as Custodian of the Section of Myripoda of the Department of Insects. In 1898, Cook was appointed to a salaried position, as Assistant Curator in the Division of Plants, USNM. He resigned the following year to join the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry, where he remained until his death. He continued his association with the USNM as Custodian of the Section of Myripoda and was made Honorary Assistant Curator of the Section of Cryptogamic Collections of the Division of Plants in 1899.
This collection contains a small amount of Cook's correspondence, concerning the identification of Myripoda. Correspondents include Otis Warren Barrett, Theodore D. A. Cockerell, Carl H. Eigenmann, Karl Kraepelin, and Karl August Mobius. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically. This collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and manuscripts concerning his work on botanical nomenclature.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Cook, O. F. (Orator Fuller), 1867-1949
- Barrett, O. W. (Otis Warren), b. 1872
- Cockerell, Theodore D. A. (Theodore Dru Alison), 1866-1948
- Eigenmann, Carl H., 1863-1927
- Kraepelin, Karl, 1848-1915
- Möbius, Karl August, 1825-1908
- Syracuse University
- New-York Colonization Society
- Liberia College
- United States National Museum. Division of Insects
- United States National Museum. Division of Plants
- United States. Bureau of Plant Industry
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7255, Orator Fuller Cook Papers