Papers of Paul P. Cooke, 1947-1992

Papers of Paul P. Cooke, 1947-1992

Finding Aid

Collection No. 100 (1.25 Linear feet)
D.C. Community Archives                                                                            


Mr. Cooke was born in New York City in 1917, but moved at an early age to Washington, D.C., where he received his early schooling and graduated from Miner Teachers College. After earning a master’s in English language and literature from Catholic University (1942) and a doctorate in education at Columbia University in 1947, he returned to teach English at Miner Teachers College.

Miner was the predecessor of D.C. Teachers College (1955-1974), which later became the University of the District of Columbia. He moved up the ranks to become Dean of D.C. Teachers College (1962-64) and its third President and first African-American to hold the job from 1966 until his retirement in 1974. 

As a noted educator and lecturer, a lecture series and scholarship were established to honor his life's work.   

Scope and Content

The papers contain a series of bibliographical notes prepared by Mr. Cooke of his lectures, addresses, remarks, and speeches as well as his copies of dramatic scripts, articles and other writings. The papers also include reports, clippings, and programs regarding the Miner Teachers College, Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Washington Chapter of the Union for Democratic Action, and desegregation in the District of Columbia in the 1950s.

Box Inventory

Box 1

  • Central-Cardoza File, 1948-1950
  • Central-Cardoza Controversy, 1949-1950
  • Interracial Workshop, 1947-1954
  • Scrapbook, Benjamin H. Alexander, Ph.D. and President, UDC
  • Documents relating to Post-Secondary Education in D.C. and at UDC
  • Debutante Cotillion Fashionetta, Xi Omega Chapter, 1992

Box 2

  • Address, Lectures and Other Talks, 1958
  • Talks of a College Program and President, August 1990
  • Talks, 1938-1985
  • Annual report of president of Miner Teachers College, 1954
  • Addresses, Lectures, and other Talks, revised 1993
  • Miner Teachers College Class of 1937
  • Addresses, Lectures, and Other Talks, 1933-1993
  • Talks of a College Professor and President, 1933-1988
  • Education: The Disadvantaged
  • Publications, Papers and Other Writings: A Descriptive Bibliography

Box 3

  • Articles and Reviews by Paul P. Cooke in the Council of Negro Education, 1949-1982
  • The Normal Schools: District of Columbia
  • Graduate of the D.C. Teachers College, 1972-1977
  • "Improving the Retention of Underprepared College Students"
  • "Perspectives on the Preparation of American Teachers and Educational Leaders"
  • Anecdotal Reports and Records of School Integration in Washington, D.C., The First Year, 1954-1955
  • Mary Church Terrell

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