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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 34

Scrapbook of Alice Sterling Cook, 1892-1905


Scrapbook of Alice Sterling Cook, Radcliffe College Class of 1896.


  • Creation: 1892-1905

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the scrapbook created by Alice Sterling Cook as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

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


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

The scrapbook includes class schedules, songs and verse, and memorabilia from Radcliffe events including Class Day and the Senior Lunch. It also includes theater programs, menus, calling cards, and invitations to club events from her years at Radcliffe. Page 32 contains a description of Radcliffe which Cook wrote for a newspaper in 1895. There are also clippings and programs documenting her graduation from Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1892; Cook was valedictorian and class president. In addition, the scrapbook contains memorabilia from several years following her graduation from Radcliffe. Included are wedding announcements from her wedding to Frank Gaylord Cook, theater and symphony programs, as well as material from a 1902 Radcliffe reunion and other events at Radcliffe and Harvard University. The scrapbook also contains several programs from church services at the First Baptist Church and Old South Church in Boston.


Alice Sterling Cook, born in 1875 in Bridgport Connecticut, was valedictorian of her high school class, and graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe in 1896. While at Radcliffe, she had great interest in music and theatre both within the college and in Boston cultural life generally. Immediately following graduation, she married Frank Gaylord Cook of Cambridge (Harvard '88), a lawyer. She was devoted to the Congregational Church, and served on many of its Women's Boards. She was Treasurer of the Federation of Women's Boards of Foreign Missions of North America. She traveled extensively particularly to Europe but also made two trips around the world, during which she visited every woman's college in Japan, China and India.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: R75-37

This scrapbook was received by the Librarian Georgiana Hinckley, November 1945 from Frank Gaylord Cook.

Partial index to scrapbook

  1. Cercle Francais, 122
  2. Class Day, 1895: 3, 121, 142; 1896, 4
  3. Class deed, a memorial exposition of the class of 1896, 11
  4. Classical Club, 61, 121, 122
  5. Commencement: 1899, 109; 1905, 101; 1896, 59, 60, 61, 62, 119, 124; 1900, 65
  6. English Club, 127
  7. Emmanuel Club, 148
  8. Glee Club, 171
  9. Graduate Club, 120-26
  10. Gymnasium, 135
  11. Harvard theatricals: Delta Upsilon, Hasty Pudding, PiEta, 26, 57, 69, 107, 139
  12. Idler Club, 120-128
  13. Philosophy Club, 122
  14. Phonaskia Club, 135
  15. Radcliffe, description of, clipping by Alice Sterling Cook, 32

Processing Information

Processed: March, 1980

By: Helen Feild, Jane S. Knowles

Genre / Form

Cook, Alice Sterling, 1875-1933. Scrapbook of Alice Sterling Cook, 1892-1905: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description

Repository Details

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