Cooper, Elizabeth Morgan, 1891-1967. Papers of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, 1909-1967:
A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
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Call No.: MC 277
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, 1891-1967
Title: Papers of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, 1909-1967
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, published articles, drafts of unpublished text books, lecture notes,
etc., of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, mathematician and educator.
Accession number: 78-M164
The papers of Elizabeth M. Cooper were given to the Schlesinger Library in October
1978 by Caroline D. Bain.
Processed: December 1978
By: Caroline D. Bain
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Elizabeth Morgan Cooper Papers, 1909-1967; item description, dates. MC 277, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
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.
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It contains Cooper's published articles, drafts of unpublished text books, lecture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.
- 1. Biographical:
- Genealogical questionnaire, obituaries.
- Transcripts: Radcliffe College, 1909-1913, 1927-1928; Hunter College, 1941.
- Membership certificate, Pi Mu Epsilon, University of Illinois.
- 2. Photographs Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, 1923, 1940, 1959.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 3. Publications:
- "America from Within," in Thersites, Newnham College, 1925; also reprinted in American Women's Club Magazine, London, July 1925.
- "Perspective Eliptic Curves," Ph.D. thesis reprinted from The American Journal of Mathematics, 53:3 (1931).
- "Safe and Not Too Sorry," reprinted from Better Times, December 1944.
- "Introducing the Multiplication Table for Signed Numbers," The Mathematics Teacher, December 1950.
- 4. Diaries and letters, England and France, 1924-1925:
- Manuscript diary, January 1-July 26, 1925, almost daily entries, with two poems.
- Manuscript diary by Elizabeth Morgan Cooper and four friends, March 14-28, 1925, written
during "reading party," West Hoathley, Sussex, including two photographs.
- Autograph letter, signed to parents, November 10, 1924 - April 7, 1925, re: student
life in England, bicycle trip in Loire Valley.
- 5. Letters to Anne, unpublished algebra text:
- 2 manuscript drafts, n.d.
- Typescript draft and carbon copy with ms. notations by Elizabeth Morgan Cooper and
Arnold Dresden (Swarthmore College), n.d.
- Typed letter, signed from Arnold Dresden to Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, November 2-December
13, 1937, re: publication.
- 6. Mathematics Made Plain, uncompleted textbook: typescript outline and text (part 1) 55 pages, n.d.
- 7v. "Notes for a book on mathematics - an uncompleted project of Elizabeth M. Cooper 1964-1966";
typescript carbon copy of pages 1-29 of draft in 6, with manuscript annotations by
Elizabeth Morgan Cooper.
- 8. Re: teaching mathematics teachers:
- Mathematics for the Bright Pupil, Elizabeth Morgan Cooper's philosophy with ms. criticisms by Mina Rees, typescript
carbon copy, n.d.
- 2 speeches to teachers by Elizabeth Morgan Cooper, typescript, n.d.
- Manuscript outline, "Principles and Methods of Teaching Mathematics (secondary school),"
- 9. Re: teaching secondary school mathematics:
- Examinations given at Hunter College High School, 1938-1952, 1958.
- Outline: class procedure for understanding square roots, typescript, 1953.
- Summary of responses by students to questionnaire re: algebra, typescript carbon copy,
- Outline: objectives of intermediate algebra, typescript, n.d.
- Draft letter from Elizabeth Morgan Cooper to "Mathematics-Hater," re: language of
mathematics, typescript carbon copy, n.d.
- 10. Syracuse University:
- Student opinion questionnaire, typescript, 1951.
- Comments about Elizabeth Morgan Cooper's teaching, manuscript, n.d.
- Clippings re: Ernie Davis, 1962 Heisman trophy winner (football), pupil of Elizabeth
Morgan Cooper, 1962-1963.
- 11. Academic and professional correspondence, 1909-1962 (scattered):
- 4 typed letters, signed to Elizabeth Morgan Cooper from Mary Coes, dean, Radcliffe
College re: Elizabeth Morgan Cooper's scholarship, 1910-1912.
- Autograph letter, signed from J. P. Strachey, 1925, from Arthur Dilks, 1925 and from
P. W. Wood, 1928 (Cambridge University), re: Elizabeth Morgan Cooper's work there.
- Typed letter, signed from George Shuster (Hunter College), 1957, and from Robert Davis
(Syracuse University and Webster College), 1962, and others, re: her teaching ability.
- Typed letters, signed to Elizabeth Morgan Cooper from Jane Addams, 1912, and from
Herbert Hoover, 1928.
- 12. Newark House, Co-operative Residence Club:
- Annual reports 1947, 1949, 1955.
- Typed letter, signed to Elizabeth Morgan Cooper from Margaret Tietz (resident director),
- Typescript carbon copy draft of Elizabeth Morgan Cooper's report as president, re:
history and activities of Newark House.
Europe--Description and travel
Mathematics--Study and teaching (Secondary)
Society of Friends
World War, 1939-1945--New York (State)--New York--Refugees
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Coes, Mary, 1861-1913
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Newark House. Co-operative Residence Club
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Self Help of Emigres from Central Europe