Bob Cook papers
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Extent14 linear feet
Source: Bob Cook
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Processing Information note
For most of my directorship, I worked without an administrative assistant. With the advent of the internet and email in the early nineties, a full-time person managing my paperwork, now greatly reduced, seemed superfluous. Much correspondence, and many documents, were becoming electronic and were electronically transmitted without assistance by a second person. The remaining paperwork was handled in three ways: 1) letters snail-mailed were copied and filed (though usually not any inclusions) by a part-time (10% or so) individual with other primary responsibilities; 2) documents were delegated to appropriate staff for their files; 3) select documents deemed of future importance or of continuing working need were saved as piles on my desk or table. All other paper was recycled. This is not a successful recipe for creating organized documentation of the life of a directorship. Much, hopefully, has been preserved in the electronic archive which I will tackle next.
When I assumed the directorship in 1989, I inherited an administrative assistant, Helen Shea, from my predecessor, Peter Ashton. Helen organized all of my paper along traditional lines for about two years; and in this archive, this material constitutes boxes 1-11. Helen retired/left around 1992, and I did not replace her. With my part-time 10% assistant, I filed correspondence and selected other documents in these boxes 1-11 files, apparently up until 2003 as described in 1) above. I do not know why correspondence after 2003 was not treated this way, but it may be in unprocessed Box 13. Box 12 appears to represent a cleaning of accumulated piles from my office on an unknown date before my retirement at the end of 2009. Box 13 contains miscellaneous files which I will explain in a note at its beginning. Box 14 represents material accumulated by Sheila Connor in her office and added to these archives on the day she retired, 4/30/12, the day of this introduction’s typing and electronic move from Box 12 to the beginning of this aid. - Bob Cook, April 30, 2012
- Arnold Arboretm Visiting Committee
- Botany -- China
- Botany -- Indonesia
- Botany -- Malaysia
- Botany -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
- Case Estates
- Corporation reports
- Dumbarton Oaks
- Endowment reports
- Fund raising
- Harvard Forest (Mass. : Forest)
- Harvard Medical School
- Jamaica Plain (Boston, Mass.)
- LEarning About Plants (LEAP) program
- Living Collections department
- Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
- Public Programs department
- Public relations
- Research grants
- Strategic planning
- Tropical plants
- I B REC
- Finding aid prepared by Liz Francis
- EAD ID
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