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Alice Rice Cook papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 287

Scope and Contents

The Alice Rice Cook Papers contain clippings regarding Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, correspondence with Lillian Gilbreth, and correspondence and materials regarding the death of Lillian Gilbreth collected by Alice Cook.


  • 1943-1972
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950s-1960s
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1971


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Biographical Information

Alice Rice Cook was a colleague and personal friend of Lillian M. Gilbreth. They co-authored the book, The Foreman in Manpower Management in 1947. Cook worked as an employee relations consultant and was the supervisor of the Employee Relations Training Program of the City College of New York. The Alice Rice Cook Papers contain clippings regarding the Gilbreths, correspondence with Lillian Gilbreth, and correspondence and materials regarding the death of Lillian Gilbreth." (Inventory to the Alice Rice Cook papers) Cook was born circa 1900 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1921, an M.A. from Radcliffe in 1924, and was a graduate fellow at Columbia in 1934-35. She directed the Human Relations Centers at the New School for Social Research and at City College. Prior to these positions, Cook was a Dean at Briarcliff Junior College and an instructor at New York University. She also worked in industry, in as president of the E.L. Cook Brick Company, head of Employee Relations at Arma Corporation, and in consulting work. Cook was a strong advocate of women's education and grew the program at the New School Center from a single workshop for 19 students in 1951, to an offering of 75 courses for 3000 students in 1973. Her primary goal was not to teach knowledge but to change the perspective of women who had been previously secluded at home. She hoped to enable them to take part in their communities or prepare for emplorment if desired. Cook died in 1973.


1.00 mss._boxes

1.00 mss._boxes

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Physical Access Requirements

Collection is located on site

Source of Acquisition

Alice Rice Cook

Processing Information

Materials are housed in acid-free box. Materials are in acid-free folders. Photographs have been sleeved for preservation purposes. Newspaper clippings were photocopied and discarded.
Alice Rice Cook papers
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Joanne Mendes
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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