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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 277

Papers of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, 1909-1967


Correspondence, published articles, drafts of unpublished text books, lecture notes, etc., of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, mathematician and educator.


  • Creation: 1909-1967

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Elizabeth Morgan Cooper is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

This collection concerns Elizabeth Morgan Cooper's career as a mathematician and educator, particularly her efforts to improve the teaching of secondary school mathematics. It contains Cooper's published articles, drafts of unpublished text books, lecture notes, course outlines and examinations, student responses to questionnaires, and correspondence. It also includes letters and diaries describing her academic and social life in England and her travels in France, 1924-1925, and material about Newark House, Co-operative Residence Club, a facility for elderly refugees founded in 1942 in New York City by the Society of Friends and Self Help of Emigres from Central Europe, in which Cooper was active from 1942 to 1960. Biographical material, correspondence and photographs of Cooper are also included.


Elizabeth Morgan Cooper was born in Syracuse, New York, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1913. She read mathematics at Newnham College, Cambridge University, in 1924-1925, and received a Masters' degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Illinois. She taught mathematics at two girls' secondary schools and was principal of the Buckingham School in Cambridge, Massachusetts before becoming supervisor of mathematics and teacher training at Hunter College (in New York City), and chairman of the mathematics department at Hunter College High School, in 1937. After retiring to Syracuse in 1957, she taught undergraduate mathematics at Syracuse University and participated in teacher training seminars. A lifelong Quaker, Cooper was active in the American Friends Service Committee. She died in Syracuse in 1967.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 78-M164

The papers of Elizabeth M. Cooper were given to the Schlesinger Library in October 1978 by Caroline D. Bain.

Processing Information

Processed: December 1978

By: Caroline D. Bain

Cooper, Elizabeth Morgan, 1891-1967. Papers of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, 1909-1967: A Finding Aid
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