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Reginald L. Cook collection (addition)

Identifier: C-119

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the handwritten journals (1943-1955) of Reginald L. Cook, notes from his early years teaching at Middlebury, unpublished typescript drafts of various novels and other writings, newspaper clippings, typescript draft of 1951 "Frost Book," typescript draft of Henry Thoreau: A Problem in Tactic, Frost research materials, Frost lectures and talks on cassette and reel-to-reel tapes, various literary publications, books belonging to Cook, as well as his collection of information on the west and Billy the Kid.


  • circa 1932-1979


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:

Biographical / Historical

Reginald "Doc" Cook (1903-1984), the namesake of Cook Commons was one of Middlebury's most celebrated professors of English. Born in Mendon, Massachusetts in 1903, Cook graduated from Middlebury in 1929. He studied at Oxford for two years as a Rhodes Scholar, and returned to Middlebury as a professor of American Literature.

Cook served as a member of the Middlebury College faculty for forty years, and he acted as Department Chair for a number of years. In 1946, Cook became the director of The Bread Loaf School of English, a position he filled until 1964. Cook retired from the College in 1969. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Middlebury in 1960 and by St. Michaels College in 1972. Cook wrote two books on his good friend Robert Frost: The Dimensions of Robert Frost (1958), and Robert Frost, a Living Voice (1974). He also wrote extensively on Thoreau.


18 Boxes (18 boxes, shelved in retention)

Physical Location

Shelved in retention.

B3 17 4.2-5.4

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of estate of Reginald L. Cook.

Related Materials

Nita Cook, wife of Reginald L. Cook, also gifted to the Middlebury College library approximately 600 books from the collection of her husband in 1989. See appraisal documents with collection for listing of some of Cook's books.

See also C-4 Reginald L. Cook collection, which contains essays, correspondence, and journals by Cook, as well as additional materials on Frost.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States