Collection ID: LMC 1207
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Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Cook, David S.
Abstract:
The Cook mss., 1850-1877, consists of letters from David S. Cook in California to his family and friends in Illinois, and letters to James Willson Temple, 1828- , farmer, writer, from his family in Illinois while he was in California.
Extent:
.1 linear feet (1 folder; 28 items.)
Language:
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Cook mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Background

Scope and Content:

The Cook mss., 1850-1877, consist of letters from David S. Cook in California to his family and friends in Illinois, and letters to James Willson Temple, 1828- , farmer, writer, from his family in Illinois while he was in California.

Cook's letters are addressed to his sister, Betsey P. Cook, to his parents, and to friends in Illinois. Several of them are co-signed or have appended notes by his wife Eliza Ann (Temple) Cook. Topics of discussion include overland journeys to California, impressions of life in California, including prospects for making money, climate, health conditions, etc., conditions in the South following the Civil War, Nicaraguan economic conditions, and Cook's views on universal suffrage.

The letters to James Willson Temple are chiefly from his sister, Amanda (Temple) Hunt, their mother, Sarah Temple, and one from a younger sister, Elvira Temple. These letters refer to things that Temple has written to them about his health and activities in California. They also detail family life and topics of current interest in Peoria and Knox County, Illinois during the early 1850's, including spiritualism, hydrotherapy, vegetarianism, and literature. Temple later married David Cook's sister, Betsey P. Cook, and there is one letter from Betsey to her mother, Abial Cook, describing domestic experiences following her marriage.

Collection size: 28 items

Biographical / Historical:

David S. Cook was an Illinois native and California resident.

James Willson Temple, 1828- , farmer and writer, traveled to California.

Acquisition information:
Gift: 1946
Arrangement:

This collection is arranged following original order.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Cook mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu