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Edmund Vance Cooke papers

 Collection — Folder: S293
Identifier: S0293

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two mimeographed, hand corrected copies of a poem from Edmund Vance Cooke in Cleveland, Ohio mentioning bolsheviks.


  • circa 1920s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Edmund Vance Cooke was born in Ontario, Canada, June 5, 1866 to Edmund (native of England) and Matilda (Vance) (native of Canada) Cooke. He grew up in Minnesota, then Cleveland, Ohio where he worked in the White Sewing Machine Company factory, beginning at age 14 and leaving public school then. He worked at the factory for fourteen years and studied at a commercial college and the YMCA. He began writing poetry at the age of 12 and was first published at the age of 14. He became a naturalized citizen in Cleveland, Ohio in 1887. After he published his first book of poetry in 1893, he became a full time poet and platform lecturer and published many poems and collections of poems. He was a member of many organizations, including the Authors' League of America, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, International Lyceum Association, American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Council for the Prevention of War. He married Lilith Castleberry on October 17, 1897 in Chicago, IL, and they had 5 children. He died on December 18, 1932 and is buried in Cleveland, Ohio. He was nicknamed "Cleveland's Hatless Poet."

"Cooke, Edmund Vance". 1920 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/09/22.

"Cooke, Edmund Vance". (1933). In National cyclopedia of American biography. (v.23, pp. 101-102). New York, NY: James T. White & Company ISL E 176 N28

"Cooke, Edmund Vance". Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977. Retrieved 2014/09/22.

"Cooke, Edmund Vance". Ohio, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Obituary Index, 1810s-2013. Retrieved 2014/09/22.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ida Mae Miller on 1972/11/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/09/22 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/09/22 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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