Alice H. Cook Memorial Celebration Photo Display

Collection Number: /4238 P

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


Alice H. Cook Memorial Celebration Photo Display, 1920-1994
Collection Number:
/4238 P
Cook, Alice H.
1.2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
"Happy Birthday to an Exemplary Teacher" Photographs, February 1984, are also included in this collection
Collection material in English


Alice Hanson Cook (1903 - 1998) devoted her life to helping working people, and especially working women, on four continents. What she herself called her 'patchwork career' included social work, adult education, labor organizing, a tour of foreign service at the end of World War II, twenty years teaching in Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and authoring numerous books and articles. She was a pioneer in bringing attention to issues such as comparable worth, maternity leave, and pay equity, known for both her scholarly writings and her activism on the experiences of working women around the world. Alice attended Northwestern University's School of Speech from 1920-1924, gaining her only formal degree. (She would later receive a number of honorary doctorates, including one from Northwestern.) While enrolled at Northwestern, Alice began her studies of both economics and social work, as well as beginning her lifelong attachment to the ideals of socialism. Early employment with the YWCA's Industrial Department in the 1920s led her to find ways to use the Y for both union support efforts and attempts to organize women workers previously ignored by unions, such as domestic servants. These early efforts with the Y led to Alice's involvement with adult labor education efforts such as the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers, Arkansas' Commonwealth College, the Southern Summer School for Workers in North Carolina, and the Hudson Shore School. They also led to her first direct employment by the union movement, as she worked for the early CIO's Textile Workers' Organizing Committee. The 1930s and 40s also mark the beginning of Alice's interests in similar developments around the world. From 1929 to 1931, she studied in Germany under a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) fellowship, beginning her long association with the German system of adult and labor education. She would return to Germany after World War II, when she became the chief of adult education in Germany's American Zone for the Education Division of the High Commission, Germany. Her travels through Germany at this time combined with her own personal experiences led her to become intrigued with questions of comparative systems of labor education. She would ultimately travel throughout both Western and Eastern Europe as well as Asia in order to carry out her research. Alice's academic career began in 1952, when she was hired by the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She began as a researcher in the School's extension division, but moved into a full academic teaching position in 1955. She served as a well-respected teacher in the School up to her retirement in 1972.


Collection consists of photographs from Alice's 80th and 90th birthday celebrations. Photographs from her trip to China, England, Wales, Austria, Germany and Hawaii. Includes photos from conferences, visits to colleges and photographs of her family and friends.

Cook, Alice Hanson--Photographs

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Cite As:
Alice H. Cook Memorial Celebration Photo Display #/4238 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
/3012 AV: Alice Cook Biographical Reminiscences Audio-Visual Materials
/3012: Alice Cook Papers
/4209 P: Alice H. Cook Memorial Service Photographs
/4282: ILR School Alice Cook 100th Birthday Conference Records
/4118 MB: ILR School Alumni Memorabilia


Box 1 Folder 1 1978-1994
15 photographs
Box 1 Folder 2 1920-1926
19 photographs
Box 1 Folder 3
36 photographs`
Box 1 Folder 4 1928-1931
16 photographs and 1 ID card
Box 1 Folder 5
24 photographs
Box 1 Folder 6
21 photographs
Box 1 Folder 7 1982
22 photographs
Box 1 Folder 8 1939-1946
11 photographs
Box 1 Folder 9
32 photographs
Box 1 Folder 10 1962-1963
19 photographs
Box 1 Folder 11 1987- 1992
16 photographs
Box 1 Folder 12 1950-1959
17 photographs
Box 2 Folder 1 1984
framed collage
Box 3