MC 643; T-374
Cooke, Anne Kirk. Papers of Anne Kirk Cooke, 1860-2004 (inclusive), 1970-1997 (bulk):
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
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Elizabeth Rogers and
the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.
Call No.: MC 643; T-374
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Anne Kirk Cooke
Title: Papers of Anne Kirk Cooke, 1860-2004 (inclusive), 1970-1997 (bulk)
Quantity: 4.6 linear feet (11 file boxes) plus 5 folio folders, 1 folio+ folder, 1 oversize folder, 16 photograph
folders, 7 folio photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 5 audiotapes, 1 object)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, writings, family histories, photographs, etc., of Anne Kirk
Cooke (1901-2000) and her daughter, Elizabeth Rogers.
Accession numbers: 2001-M39, 2001-M56, 2006-M206
The papers of Anne Kirk Cooke were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter,
Elizabeth Rogers between 2001 and 2006.
Processed: August 2010
By: Jessica Tanny
Access. Researchers must sign a special permission form to use the collection. An
appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anne Kirk Cooke is held by Elizabeth
Rogers. Upon her death, the copyright will be transferred to Meyric Kirk Rogers and
upon the death or incompetency of Elizabeth Rogers or Meyric Kirk Rogers, the copyright
will transfer to Nancy Bult Rogers. 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 with
the following exceptions: #1.2, 1.12-2.9, 2.13, 5.4-7.2, and 10.10-10.15 may not be
copied until January 1, 2031. In addition, documents and images may not be reproduced
on the internet without written permission of the donor or her heirs.
Anne Kirk Cooke Papers, 1860-2004; item description, dates. MC 643, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Buckner Hollingsworth,
Born August 29, 1901, in Baltimore, Maryland, Anne Strother Kirk was the youngest
of three daughters of Henry Child Jr. (1868-1932) and Edith Huntemuller Kirk. Her
father ran their family business, Samuel Kirk & Son, a prominent silver manufacturing
company. Anne spent her formative years attending exclusive all-girls schools (Bryn
Mawr School and Oldsfield School), graduating from Oldsfield in 1920. She also attended
the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she earned a teacher's certificate in piano
in 1924. Her eldest sister, Edith Buckner "Buckie" (1892-1979), married artist Will
Hollingsworth and wrote three books on gardening. Her second sister, Mary (1896-1941),
was a childhood confidante of Wallis Warfield. In 1936, six months after Wallis divorced
her second husband, Ernest A. Simpson, to marry King Edward VIII (who abdicated the
throne and became the Duke of Windsor), Mary became Simpson's third wife. In 1977
Anne co-authored The Other Mrs. Simpson: Postscript to the Love Story of the Century, an account of Mary's life with Simpson based on Mary's letters to her family.
In 1928 Anne married Meyric Reynold Rogers, a well-known art museum curator. They
had two children, Edith Elizabeth "Beth" and Meyric Kirk "Myke." The family lived
in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1930 to 1940 while Rogers was director of the St. Louis
Art Museum. Later they moved to Chicago when he accepted the position of decorative
arts curator at the Chicago Art Institute. Anne's problems with alcohol manifested
early in their marriage and eventually led to their divorce in 1947. She later joined
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), becoming completely sober on June 9, 1950. Over the next
thirty years she was married and widowed three times, all to recovering alcoholics.
Her final marriage, in 1956, was to pianist, author, and journalist Charles Cooke
(1904-1977). Cooke was well-known for numerous "Talk of the Town" articles in The New Yorker and for his piano primer, Playing the Piano for Pleasure. The couple moved to Cooperstown, New York, in 1970.
Anne was an active member with A.A. her entire life. She regularly attended group
sessions and often strove to mentor recovering alcoholics. In 1989 she founded the
Cooperstown A.A. Group for Women, serving as treasurer until the group disbanded in
Anne's daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" Rogers, was born in 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland.
She married Eugene Maier in 1956. They divorced in 1962, severing all ties, including
giving their two children up for adoption. In 1970 Beth became involved with Jay Tonia
Lightfoot, a Native American man from Canada. Although it is not certain whether the
two were legally married, she took the name Elizabeth Lightfoot. The two separated
in 1979 and Beth relocated to Cooperstown to be closer to her mother. A prolific writer,
Beth often worked with her mother on several projects, including co-authoring The Other Mrs. Simpson and editing her mother's fictionalized memoir, "A Special Kind of Horror."
Anne Kirk Cooke died in Oneonta, New York, on October 25, 2000, and soon after, Beth
moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to be closer to her brother.
The collection is arranged in five series:
- Series I. Biographical and personal, ca.1880-2000 (#1.1-3.7, F+D.1, PD.1-PD. 2, T-374.1
- Series II. Correspondence, 1919, 1931-2001 (#3.8-7.2, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4)
- ___Subseries A. Family, 1919, 1931-2001 (#3.8-5.3, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4)
- ___Subseries B. General, 1960-2000 (#5.4-7.2)
- Series III. Publications and writings, ca.1955-1997 (#7.3-8.12)
- ___Subseries A. The Other Mrs. Simpson: Postscript to the Love Story of the Century,
- ___Subseries B. Other writings, ca.1955-1982 (#7.13-8.12)
- Series IV. Elizabeth Rogers, 1943-2004 (#8.13-11.3, PD.5-PD.6)
- Series V. Photographs, 1860-1994 (#PD.7-PD.24f)
The papers of Anne Kirk Cooke and her daughter, Elizabeth Rogers, contain correspondence,
diaries, writings, drawings and artwork, photographs, and scrapbooks. Throughout the
collection Elizabeth Rogers has made detailed annotations about the materials on file
folders and on backs of documents. These notes were retained wherever possible.
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, ca.1880-2000 (#1.1-3.7, F+D.1, PD.1-PD. 2, T-374.1
- T-374.5), includes address books, materials relating to Cooke's involvement with
Alcoholics Anonymous, education, family histories, diary (1966-1971), and materials
relating to piano teaching. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1919, 1931-2001 (#3.8-7.2, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4), contains correspondence
with family, friends, students, and general correspondence.
Subseries A, Family, 1919, 1931-2001 (#3.8-5.3, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4), contains family
correspondence with Cooke's mother, sisters, children, and grandchildren. Correspondence
with Anne's mother is followed by that with her sisters and their families, and with
Anne's children and grandchildren.
Subseries B, General, 1960-2000 (#5.4-7.2), includes correspondence with childhood
friends, Cooperstown neighbors, Alcoholics Anonymous associates, and piano students.
Folders are arranged alphabetically by author's last name followed by general correspondence.
Series III, PUBLICATIONS AND WRITINGS, ca.1955-1997 (#7.3-8.12), contains Anne Kirk
Cooke's writings and related papers.
Subseries A, The Other Mrs. Simpson: Postscript to the Love Story of the Century, 1969-1997 (#7.3-7.12), contains correspondence, draft fragments, images, dealings
with Vantage Press, and other related materials. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, Other writings, ca.1955-1982 (#7.13-8.12), includes short stories, book
proposals, rejection letters, and personal essays, including "A Special Kind of Horror,"
an unpublished typewritten memoir in which the names have been changed. Folders are
Series IV, ELIZABETH ROGERS, 1943-2004 (#8.13-11.13, FD.1-FD.5, PD.5-PD.6), contains
artwork, biographical and personal materials, correspondence, and writings of Anne
Kirk Cooke's daughter Beth. For correspondence between Rogers and Cooke, see Series
II, Subseries A (#4.1-4.7). Folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.
Series V, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1860-1994 (#PD.7-PD.24f), includes family photographs, photograph
albums from both of Elizabeth Roger's relationships, and paper house scrapbooks.
Many of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard
University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged"
photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are
simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back
with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, ca.1880-2000 (scattered) (#1.1-3.7, F+D.1, PD.1-PD.
2, T-374.1 - T-374.5)
- 1.1. Address books, ca.1960, n.d.
- 1.2. Alcoholics Anonymous, ca.1953, 1976-1993; includes typewritten essay, correspondence,
Cooperstown A.A. Group for Women
- PD.1. Photograph removed from #1.2.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.3m. Alcoholics Anonymous: medallion, n.d.
- 1.4-1.6. Birthday celebration, August 1991; includes invitation, congratulatory letters, uncataloged
- PD.2. Photographs removed from #1.6. (4 photographs)
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 1.7-1.8. Biographical and family histories, 1931-1942, 1978-1984, 1993-1997; includes clippings,
certificates, family trees, confirmation and baptismal documentation, uncataloged
- T-374.1. Biographical and family histories: oral history (audiotape), March 18, 1983; contains
"Anne Kirk Cooke -- Reminiscences," with talk on childhood memories, grandparents
Huntemuller, sisters, marriage to Meyric R. Reynolds, dealings with alcohol, and personal
relationship to Alcoholics Anonymous.
REQUEST AS T-374, reel 1.
- T-374.2. Biographical and family histories: oral history (audiotape), November 13, 1993; contains
side A: "Anne Cooke and Beth Rogers -- Dialog," with talk on childhood memories of
Baltimore, the Peabody Institute, and friends; side B: "Anne Cooke -- Piano."
REQUEST AS T-374, reel 2.
- T-374.3. Biographical and family histories: oral history (audiotape), ca.1995; includes talk
on childhood memories (side A only; side B is blank).
REQUEST AS T-374, reel 3.
- 1.9-1.10. Calendars, 1959-1984
- 1.11. Community groups: Pioneer Performing Arts group and the Leatherstocking Journal, 1980-1984
- 1.12-2.9. Diary (typewritten), 1966-1971 (12 folders)
- 2.10. Education: Bryn Mawr and Oldsfield Schools, 1964-1985; includes typewritten essay,
"Memories of the Bryn Mawr School"
- F+D.1. Education: Peabody Institute Conservatory of Music teacher's certificate, 1924
- 2.11-2.12. Funeral, November 15, 2000; includes program, condolence letters
- 2.13. Guest book, 1977-1991
- 2.14. Health issues, 1969, 1995-2000; includes get well cards (1969), application to Oneonta
Nursing Home (1995), autopsy report (2000)
- 3.1-3.2. Husbands, 1947-1977; includes divorce papers from Meyric Rogers, death certificate
for Lewis Fraser, marriage invitation for Charles Cooke
- 3.3. Memberships, 1971-1983
- 3.4. Piano: students, 1974
- 3.5. Piano: recitals, 1974-1984, 1996; includes programs
- T-374.4-5. Piano: recitals (home-recorded audiotapes), 1992.
REQUEST AS T-374, reels 4-5.
- 3.6v. Scrapbook of interior rooms created with pasted clipart and hand illustrations possibly
created by her sister Mary and given to Anne, ca.1905 (graphic material)
- 3.7. Scrapbook: "Paper Doll Book," book of interior rooms created with pasted clipart (paper
house scrapbook) by Anne Kirk, ca.1908 with drawings and valentines added by Elizabeth
Rogers, ca.1938 (graphic material)
- Series II. CORRESPONDENCE, 1919, 1931-2001 (#3.8-7.2, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4)
- Subseries A. Family, 1919, 1931-2001 (#3.8-5.3, OD.1, PD.3-PD.4)
- 3.8. Edith Huntemuller Kirk, ca.1930s
- 3.9-3.10. Edith Buckner "Buckie" (Kirk) Hollingsworth and family, 1941-1968, 1986-2001; includes
Kirk Hollingsworth, Will Hollingsworth's illustrated cards (graphic material, #3.9),
- PD.3. Photographs removed from #3.10. (4 photographs)
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 3.11-3.15. Mary (Kirk) Simpson and family, 1919, 1931-1963, 1986; includes Ernest Simpson and
correspondence with Kirk Hollingsworth regarding whereabouts of Henry Simpson (also
known as Aaron Solomons)
- 4.1-4.7. Edith Elizabeth "Beth" Rogers, 1956-1977, 1994; includes uncataloged photographs
- 4.8-5.3. Meyric Kirk Rogers and family, 1946, 1964-1999; includes letters and uncataloged photographs
from wife, Nancy (Bult) Rogers and children, Margot, Libby, and Colin (9 folders)
- PD.4. Photographs removed from #5.3. (8 photographs)
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- OD.1. Meyric Kirk Rogers and family: hand-drawn Mothers Day poster, n.d.
- Subseries B. General, 1960-2000 (#5.4-7.2)
- 5.4. Ainslie -- Armstrong, 1969-1996
- 5.5. Baker -- Bellows, 1976-1989
- 5.6. Bogert, Elizabeth, 1976-1985; includes clipping regarding silver from Samuel Kirk
- 5.7. Bowen -- Bresel, 1980-1986; includes uncataloged photographs
- 5.8-5.9. Brown, Carole, 1983-1992; includes uncataloged photographs
- 5.10. Bryan -- Buckley, 1977-1984; includes Charles J.V. Murphy, William F. Buckley
- 5.11. Butler -- Cavanagh, 1979-2000
- 5.12. Cleveland, Jenny, 1977-1993; includes uncataloged photographs
- 5.13-5.14. Clock, Cora, 1971-1987
- 6.1. Coleman -- DeVona, 1960-1985
- 6.2. Deyoe -- Force, 1964-1994; includes Renée Donaldson regarding whereabouts of Henry
Simpson, uncataloged photographs
- 6.3. Forsee, Fannie, 1978-1980; includes uncataloged photographs
- 6.4. Franz -- Goodyear, 1977-1992; includes John Gernand
- 6.5. Grant, Natalie, 1992-1994; includes uncataloged photographs
- 6.6. Greene -- Hoopes, 1978-1992; includes Charles Hingham
- 6.7. Hull, Jacky, 1981-1982; includes clipping regarding Wallis Warfield Windsor
- 6.8. Keck -- McShane, 1964-1993; includes Phillip Luce, Hugh MacDougall, uncataloged photographs
- 6.9. Noyes -- Raphael, 1973-1984
- 6.10. Rogerson, Lyn, 1977-1997; includes uncataloged photographs
- 6.11. Rowe -- Thompson, 1977-1982; includes Eugene Thompson regarding Cooke family genealogy
- 6.12. Tribble -- Young, 1974-1995; includes Edwin Tribble, unidentified correspondents
- 7.1-7.2. General, 1974-1992; includes charities
- Series III. PUBLICATIONS AND WRITINGS, ca.1955-1997 (#7.3-8.12)
- Subseries A. The Other Mrs. Simpson: Postscript to the Love Story of the Century, 1969-1997 (#7.3-7.12)
- 7.3-7.4. Correspondence, 1969-1997; includes publishers, letters from readers, Julie Eisenhower,
- 7.5-7.6. Draft fragments, 1975
- 7.7. Images, 1976; includes copy prints, clippings, samples from other books
- 7.8-7.11. Publisher: Vantage Press, 1976-1996; includes contract, royalty statements, correspondence,
lawsuit (Stellema v. Vantage Press, et al.), To the Authors in Search of a Publisher
- 7.12. Related materials, 1977-1978; includes book jacket, flyer, book party, clippings
- Subseries B. Other writings, ca.1955-1982 (#7.13-8.12)
- 7.13. "The Archangel" (typewritten short story), ca.1955
- 7.14. Essays and reviews, 1963-1982
- 7.15-7.16. Fragments of short stories and autobiographical writings, 1968, n.d.
- 8.1. Rejection letters, 1970-1980; includes letters regarding untitled book on Charles
Cooke, and "A Special Kind of Horror"
- 8.2-8.7. "A Special Kind of Horror": draft manuscript, 1975
- 8.8. "A Special Kind of Horror": correspondence, 1975, 1977; includes letter from Elizabeth
Rogers with a rewritten draft of first two chapters
- 8.9-8.10. "A Special Kind of Horror": notes, 1975
- 8.11-8.12. Untitled proposed books based on writings of Charles Cooke, 1978-1980; includes preface,
correspondence with publishers, permission correspondence including E.B. White
- Series IV. ELIZABETH ROGERS, 1943-2004 (#8.13-11.13, FD.1-FD.5, PD.5-PD.6)
- 8.13. Artwork (graphic material): cartoons and sketches, ca.1950s, 1966, n.d.; includes
hand-drawn cartoons based on hospital work experience; "Tail Ride Through the Garden
of the Gods" watercolor; rough animal sketches
- 8.14-9.2. Artwork: craft, 1973-1993; includes typewritten compilation booklet, "The Pack Rat
Speaks: Of the Stuff I Save and What I Do With It" (4 folders)
- 9.3. Artwork: craft ("unused ideas"), n.d.
- 9.4-9.5. Artwork: exhibits, 1981, 1997-2004; includes correspondence, clippings, list of works
- 9.6. Biographical and personal: acting, 1961-1964
- PD.5. Photographs removed from #9.6. (2 photographs)
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 9.7-9.8. Biographical and personal: address books, ca.1980
- 9.9v. Biographical and personal: diary, 1945
- 9.10-9.12. Biographical and personal: education, 1943-1982; includes diplomas and certificates;
academic records; "A Student's Proposal for Teaching English in High School," typewritten
essay and notes; Center for American Archeology, Kampville, Illinois, adult archeology
- 10.1. Biographical and personal: religious groups, 1993-1998; includes Cursillo, Christ
Church of Cooperstown, New York
- 10.2-10.3. Biographical and personal: work experience, 1976-1986; includes resumes, retirement
from Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, uncataloged photographs
- 10.4. Correspondence: family, 1960-1985; includes Jay Lightfoot (husband), Helen Rogers
- PD.6. Photograph of Frederick William Maier (son) set into hand-decorated lucite dish removed
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 10.5-10.9. Correspondence: "letters of complaint and edification," 1979-1996; includes letters
to publications, corporations, United States Presidents, authors
- 10.10-10.11. Correspondence: personal, 1979-1989
- 10.12-10.13. Correspondence: personal, Ellie (Scribner) Bowman, 1979-1996
- 10.14-10.15. Correspondence: personal, Paul and Phyllis Prickett, 1980-1997
- FD.1-FD.2. Scrapbook (loose pages), 1942, n.d., hand-drawn sketches, clipped cartoons, and printed
images of horses (graphic material)
- 11.14v. Scrapbook, "Poems and Stories by Bethy Rogers," 1940; includes hand-drawn illustrations
- FD.3-FD.5. Scrapbook: "Sketches for Mommy: drawn and compiled by her devoted daughter, Edith
Elizabeth Rogers, in honor of said Mommy's 21st (times two) birthday, August 29, 1944";
includes sketches of horses, equestrians, rodeos, couples, Dumbo, women department
store shoppers, couples dancing, women sunbathing, caricatures, etc.
- 11.1. Writings: essays (published), 1963-1970
- 11.2-11.5. Writings: essays (unpublished), 1979-1998; includes personal and opinion pieces
- 11.6. Writings: journal, "Wild Life Stories, New Mexico Journal," 1970; includes typewritten
short stories, and sketches of mountain lion, horses, cowboys (graphic material)
- 11.7-11.8. Writings: plays, 1967-1979
- 11.9-11.10. Writings: poetry, 1966-1997
- 11.11-11.12. Writings: reviews, 1964-1976
- 11.13. Writings: short stories, 1979
Cooperstown (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Mothers and daughters--United States
Mothers and sons--United States
Piano teachers--United States
Cooke, Charles, 1904-1977
Gernand, John, 1913-1990
Kirk, Henry Child, Jr.
Lightfoot, Elizabeth, 1929-
Rogers, Meyric Kirk
Rogers, Meyric R. (Meyric Reynolds), 1893-1972
Samuel Kirk & Son (Baltimore, Md.)
Simpson, Ernest Aldrich
Simpson, Mary Kirk
Windsor, Wallis Warfield, Duchess of, 1896-1986