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Dr. Edward Augustus Cook collection

Identifier: MSS-0354

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating mainly to Dr. Edward Augustus Cook’s medical practice in Kirk’s Grove, Cherokee County, Alabama.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of six financial account ledgers, a daybook, two partial ledgers and a register of births and deaths for Dr. E. A. Cook’s practice. The financial ledgers document Dr. Cook’s patients, their treatments as well as what Dr. Cook charged for those treatments and what they paid. There is also a Register of Births and Deaths covering 1883–1920.

The correspondence includes letters to his patients and from other health officials in Cherokee County, Alabama. There is also correspondence from Crow Brothers of Jacksonville, Calhoun County, Alabama concerning Cook’s nephew, T.C. Davenport’s debt to them.

There is a photograph of Dr. Cook taken around the turn of the century (circa 1900) and a photocopy of an undated photograph of him. There are also a few miscellaneous items including envelopes, a list of medicines, and a prescription.


  • 1882 - 1920


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Augustus Cook was born on 23 October 1853, in Kirk’s Grove, Cherokee County, Alabama, the youngest child of Amariantha Caroline Rayburn and William C. Cook. He received his medical degree from the University of Nashville and Vanderbilt University in 1884. He practiced medicine and surgery in Kirk’s Grove, Alabama, and surrounding areas. Although his home and office were a scant three miles from the Alabama/Georgia state line, he did not register to practice in Georgia until 25 July 1892. According to census and family information, it appears he never married, but lived with his brothers in the family home in Kirk’s Grove until he died on 18 December 1920.


2.8 Linear Feet (7 Ledgers (1 Oversized), letters, photograph, list of medicines and a prescription)


Collection contains materials relating mainly to Dr. Edward Augustus Cook’s medical practice in Kirk’s Grove, Cherokee County, Alabama including account ledgers, daybooks, register of births and deaths, correspondence, and a photograph.


Gift of Mrs. Laurabell Davenport Hedbavny, 1987.


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Barbara Barnhill-West, 1988; Martha Bace, 2008, 2013
Guide to the Dr. Edward Augustus Cook Papers
November 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266