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Call No.: A-15
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Helen Temple Cooke, 1865-1955
Title: Papers of Helen Temple Cooke, 1858-1951
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Wellesley College records, English themes, notebook, etc., of Helen Temple Cooke, educator and principal of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass.
Helen Temple Cooke was born in Rutland, Vt., April 13, 1865. She was the daughter of Edmond Foster Cooke and Mary Ann Bardwell, born January 6, 1826. Cooke's grandfather Otis Bardwell was first married to Abigail Foster (1799-1835), who was the mother of all of his children, including Mary Ann Bardwell (Cooke's mother). Otis Bardwell's second wife was Mary Foster (Abigail Foster's sister). She was born in 1800 and died in 1875.From 1882-1894, Helen Temple Cooke conducted a private school in Rutland. From 1894-1899, Helen Temple Cooke was a special student at Wellesley College. In 1899 Helen Temple Cooke became principal of Dana Hall, Wellesley College. She died April 12, 1955.
The papers consist of three diaries (1858-1866) of Mary Foster Bardwell (born September 2, 1800). The diaries give a day by day account of the daily life of the family, personal items, and events of interest in Walpole, New Hampshire. There are comments on the Civil War, the work of the Soldiers Aid Society. Also interesting accounts of trips to Decorah, Iowa in 1862 and 1866 to visit a daughter, Sarah.)Also included are Cooke's college records, several articles and papers, a notebook (1882-1892), material giving the history of Dana Hall, and 23 letters from Laura Spencer Porter Pope.