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Cook Labs  Search this
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002  Search this
Cook Labs  Search this
6.3 Cubic feet (Phonograph albums)
63.5 Cubic feet (Open-reel tapes)
8.75 Cubic feet (Business records)
78.55 Cubic feet
Afro-Caribbean cults  Search this
10th Naval District Steel Band  Search this
Almerico, Tony, 1905-  Search this
American Indians  Search this
Audio Engineering Society  Search this
Ast, Anita  Search this
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750  Search this
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827  Search this
Big Shell Band  Search this
Boston Chorale  Search this
Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897  Search this
Brokenshire, Norman, 1898-1965  Search this
Brundage, Al (Alfred)  Search this
Brute Force Band  Search this
Camp, Red  Search this
Carroll, Jimmy  Search this
Crowley, Daniel J., 1921-  Search this
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Business records
Phonograph records
Christmas music
West Indies -- Lesser Antilles
Caribbean Area
Amazon River Region
Benítez (Venezuela)
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
1908-2002, bulk 1948-1965
The Cook Labs records, which date from 1939-2002, document the activities of audio engineer Emory Cook and his label Cook Labs. The contents include business records, materials relating to recording artists, photographs, and production materials, as well as phonograph records, master recordings and unpublished recordings produced by or associated with the Cook Labs label. The collection also contains two interviews conducted with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.
Scope and Contents note:
There are two primary components of the Cook Labs records: the records, master tapes and other audio recordings, and the related paper files. The Cook Labs records contains about 150 of the 200 released Cook recordings, and 739 master tapes. In addition, there are 330 unpublished tapes. The the paper files include acquisition materials; business correspondence; recording reports; various production notes on records produced; news articles both about and by Emory Cook and Cook Labs; copyright, licensing, and trademark materials; photographs, correspondence, contracts, and other materials relating to recording artists; production materials for each Cook Labs release; and other miscellany. Many contracts are signed by both Cook Labs and the artist. Correspondence is primarily between business associates. Two interviews were done with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer; both interviews are included in the Cook Labs records. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.
Arrangement note:
Many of the items in this list have been assigned an accession number, and like materials have been grouped together to create seven series: Series 1: Business Papers, 1939-1990 Series 2: Recording Artists, 1949-1981, bulk 1950-1959 Series 3: Photographs, undated, 1957 Series 4: Production files, 1948-1995, bulk 1952-1963 Series 5: Objects, undated, 1908-1964 Series 6: Audio Interviews, 1990 Series 7: Audio Recordings
Biographical/Historical note:
Emory Cook (1913-2002) is widely regarded as a highly influencial audio engineer. Born and raised in Albany, New York, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1932. After his discharge in 1934 he obtained his degree from Cornell University and began working for Western Electric in the Audio Engineering Force. During World War II, while still at Western Electric, Cook supervised the creation of a fire-controlled radar "Trainer," for which he received a Commendation from the Service. In the late 1940's, convinced he could do better than what was on the market, Cook began experimenting with making his own audio equipment. Cook Laboratories was started in 1945 when he developed a new cutting head to be used in record production. Future development of equipment brought about the discovery that he could record frequencies as high as 20,000 hertz, more than any other recording company at the time. He cut a record of piano and organ music to demonstrate this discovery, and took it to the 1949 Audio Fair in New York. When he demonstrated the record with the hopes to sell the recording equipment, he found that people were much more interested in buying the record itself. Shortly after, Sounds of Our Times, later called Cook Records, was born. Cook Records collected many different sounds and was mostly aimed at the devoted high-fidelity listener. Cook believed that hearing was a sense often overlooked by people, and he wanted listeners of his albums to be able to hear things they might otherwise miss. In a New Yorker profile by Daniel Lang in 1956, Cook claimed that hearing was "always being kicked aside in favor of sight… There's a time and a place for everything, and that includes sound." In order to encourage listening, he put out many albums full of everyday sounds, such as Voice of the Sea, an album of noises of the ocean and Eye of the Storm, recorded during a thunderstorm. One of the most successful albums was Rail Dynamics, an album of steam trains pulling in and out of a station. Cook Records also produced traditional music albums from its plant in Stamford, Connecticut. The label produced everything from organ music to folk, flamenco guitar, calypso and steel band. Cook had little interest in name musicians and instead searched high and low for anything he thought might be an interesting contribution to his label. He even invited listeners to send in their favorite sounds, some of which he eventually recorded. Cook had such a large interest in Calypso music that he set up a second pressing plant in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. There he pressed calypso and steel band music for both a Trinidadian and American audience, and most albums sold well in both countries. In addition to the wide range of music Cook recorded, he was also an inventor. It was Cook who first came up with the idea of pressing records with powdered, rather than solid, vinyl, a technique he dubbed "microfusion." This technique not only saved money, but cut out many of the traditional crackles and pops associated with records. He also developed the binaural system of recording and playing records, which he thought was superior to the more commonly used stereo method. Binaural was more precise than stereo, and it required placing two microphones six inches apart, approximately the space between two ears, during the recording. It was then played back with a special two-needle playing arm. Binaural recordings were thought by Cook to best duplicate the original sound. Emory Cook died at the age of 89 in 2002 after a long hospitalization.
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The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acknowledges and respects the right of artists, performers, Folklife Festival participants, community-based scholars, and knowledge-keepers to collaboratively steward representations of themselves and their intangible cultural heritage in media produced, curated, and distributed by the Center. Making this collection accessible to the public is an ongoing process grounded in the Center's commitment to connecting living people and cultures to the materials this collection represents. To view the Center's full shared stewardship policy, which defines our protocols for addressing collections-related inquiries and concerns, please visit
001 20,000 Cycle Demo (1949) COOK00001 002 Night Rain and Surf COOK00002 003 Specimen Heart Beats COOK00003 004 Katydids, Frogs and Forrest Birds E101 Grenada Stories and Songs (1957-58) COOK00101 E102 Amazon Sound: Yacu River Tribes (Rituals and Rites) (1954) COOK00102 E103 Music of St. Lucia (1953) COOK00103 E104 Rada (1958) COOK00104 E105 JOSE RAMON FORTUNE AND OLGA MAYNARD Nancy Stories (1956) COOK00105 106 Afro-West Indian Cultural Practices (1957-58) COOK00106 107 ESCOLA DE SAMBA DE BRAZIL The Boli, The Cocolute, and Brazil (1957-58) COOK00107 901 Steelband Jump Up Boys Town, Tropical Harmony, Silvertone COOK00901 904 THE ESSO STEEL BAND Esso Steelband of Bermuda (1958) COOK0904 906 LORD MELODY Lord Melody Sings Calypso (1958-59) COOK00906 911 TOM CHARLES AND HIS SYNCOPATER ORCHESTRA Fete for So! (1959) COOK00911 914 LORD MELODY Again! Lord Melody Sings Calypso (1957-58) COOK00914 916 Calypso Cross Section Young Killer, The Mighty Bomber, Small Island Pride, The Mighty Wrangler (1957-58) COOK00916 920 THE MIGHTY SPARROW King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival (1959) COOK00920 927 LORD MELODY Calypso through the Looking Glass (1959) COOK00927 928 CLARENCE CURVAN His Drums, His Orchestra COOK00928 930 Belly to Belly Clarence Curvan, Johnny Gomez, Tom Charles, Fitz Vaughn Bryan (1960-61) COOK00930 931 LORD MELODY Lord Melody, 1962 COOK0931 1000 TITUS MOODY DDDs of Binaural (1952) COOK01000 1011 The Christmas Music Box (1950) COOK01011 1012 Music Boxes of Long Ago (1950) COOK01012 1013 CHARLIE MAGNANTE Accordion Pops Concert (1954-55) COOK01013 1014 CHARLIE MAGNANTE AND LaVERGNE SMITH His and Hers (1954-55) COOK01014 1020 SAM ESKIN Sam Eskin's Songs of All Time COOK01020 1021 GROUPE MI-O Un Ti Bo (1958) COOK01021 1022 LAVINIA WILLIAMS' GROUPE FOLKLORIQUE Haiti Confidential (1958) COOK01022 1023 The Ramayana (Hindu Ceremony) (1961) COOK01023 1024 GUSTAVO ZEPOLI Concert Guitar (1954) COOK01024 1025 SEAN McGONIGAL AND ST. COLUMCILLE'S UNITED GAELIC PIPE BAND Kilts on Parade (1950) COOK01025 1026 ANITA AST AND THE VIENNA KONZERTSCHRAMMEREIN Inside Vienna (1952) COOK01026 1027 CARLOS MONTOYA AND THE JOSE GRECO TROUPE Fiesta Flamenca (1952) COOK01027 1028 CARLOS MONTOYA Montoya (1952) COOK01028 1030 EDWARD VITO The Harp (1951) COOK01030 1031 EDWARD AND JOSEPH VITO Dual Harp (1951) COOK01031 1032 RUTH WELCOME AND DICK MARTA Zither and Cimbalom (1951) COOK01032 1035 Barrelhouse Piano (1950) COOK01035 1036 FRANK GLAZER Liszt's Paganini Variations (1952) COOK01036 1037 GRETA AND JOSEF DICHLER Two Famous European Pianos (1952) COOK01037 1038 SAMUEL SORIN Piano: The Romantic Fabric (1953) COOK01038 1039 LEONID HAMBRO A Perspective of Beethoven (1953) COOK01039 1040 Steel Band Clash Brute Force Steel Band, Big Shell Band, and Hell Gate Band (1955) 1041 JIMMY CARROLL PERCUSSION EMSEMBLE WITH RED CAMP Speed the Parting Guest (1953) and The Hot Tempered Clavichord (1957) COOK01041 1042 BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua with Big Shell Band (1955) COOK01042 1043 Three Rituals (1955) COOK01043 1044 The Compleat In Fidelytie: Sounds Natural and Unnatural (1956) COOK01044 1045 Drums of Trinidad (1956) COOK01045 1046 Champion Steel Bands of Trinidad The Highlanders, Southern All Stars, The Katzenjammers, others (1957) COOK01046 1047 THE KATZENJAMMERS The Enchanted Steelband (1957) COOK01047 1048 BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND Music to Awaken the Ballroom Beast (1957) COOK01048 1049 BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND Beauty and the Brute Force (1957) COOK01049 1050 MICHAEL CHESHIRE The Pipe Organ, volume 1 (1952) COOK01050 1051 MICHAEL CHESHIRE The Pipe Organ, volume 2 (1952) COOK01051 1052 REGINALD FOORT Percussion and Pedal, volume 3 (1952) COOK01052 1053 REGINALD FOORT Reginald Foort at the Mosque, volume 4 (1952) COOK01053 1054 REGINALD FOORT Organ in Symphony Hall, volume 1 (1954) COOK01054 1055 REGINALD FOORT Organ in Symphony Hall, volume 2 (1954) COOK01055 1056 ALFONSO VEGA NUÑEZ Morelia Cathedral Organ (1954) COOK01056 1057 REGINALD FOORT Foort Pops (1956) COOK01057 1058 REGINALD FOORT Waltz and Ballet: The Mosque Organ (1956) COOK01058 1059 REGINALD FOORT Intermission at the Mosque (1956) COOK01059 1060 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Brahms First Symphony (1954) COOK01060 1061 FESTIVAL CASALS ORCHESTRA Hector Campos Parsi (1958) COOK01061 1062 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Stravinsky, Villa Lobos, and Bach (1955) COOK01062 1063 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Debussy (1955) COOK01063 1064 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Masterpieces of the Dance (1955) COOK01064 1065 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Mozart Symphony No. 40 (1955) COOK01065 1066 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Masterpieces of the Theater (1955) COOK01066 1067 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (1955) COOK01067 1068 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON New Orchestral Society of Boston (1966) COOK01068 1069 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Haydn Symphony No. 100: Military (1966) COOK01069 1070 Rail Dynamics: Steam Locomotives and Train Sounds (1950-54) COOK01070 1071 Burlesque Uncensored (1954) COOK01071 1072 Jump-up Carnival: Calypso Tent (1956) COOK01072 1073 Holy Week: Malaga (Spain) (1961) COOK01073 1074 Benevolent Society for the Preservation of Ancient Rhymes and Limerix Limerick Party COOK01074 1075 Voices of the Sky: Propellers and Jets (1957) COOK01075 1077 Voice of the Storm (1957-58) COOK01077 1078 A Double Barrel Blast: High Cost of Dying and Computer Conversations (1962) COOK01078 1079 Tour of High Fidelity (1965) COOK01079 1080 TRIO LEONES Trio Leones of Cabrito (1954) COOK01080 1081 LaVERGNE SMITH LaVergne Smith (01014B plus) (1954) COOK01081 1082 Le Jazz Primitif from Trinidad Rupert Clemendore and John Buddy Williams (1961) COOK01082 1083 Jawbone of an Ass: Musica de Cuba (1955) COOK01083 1084 SID DAVILLA AND FREDDIE KOHLMAN'S BAND WITH RED CAMP Blowout at Mardi Gras (1955) COOK01084 1085 TONY ALMERICO'S PARISIAN ROOM BAND Clambake on Bourbon Street (1954-55) COOK01085 1086 WILLIE RODRIGUEZ The Drums of Rodriguez (1953) COOK01086 1087 RED CAMP Camp Inventions: Jazz Piano and Zither Music (1955) COOK01087 1088 RED CAMP Red Camp Horizontal (1954) COOK01088 1089 RED CAMP Red Camp Upright (1954) COOK01089 1090 ARTHUR BILLINGS HUNT Arthur Billings Hunt Sings Hymns (1950) COOK01090 1091 ARTHUR BILLINGS HUNT Hunt Sings Old Favorites (1950) COOK01091 1092 HUFSTADER SINGERS Hufstader Singers (1953) COOK01092 1094 REGINALD FOORT AND THE BOSTON CHORALE The Seven Last Words of Christ (1954) COOK01094 1095 ST. JOHN'S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR Russian Christmas (Spring Valley, New York) (1961) COOK01095 1096 ST. JOHN'S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR Russian Easter Midnight Service (Spring Valley, New York) (1961) COOK01096 1097 ST. JOHN'S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR St. John's Russian Orthodox Choir (1961) COOK01097 1101 THE INVADERS FROM ST. CROIX Steel Band in San Juan (1964) COOK01101 1102 10TH NAVAL DISTRICT STEEL BAND New Paths for Steel Band (1965) COOK01102 1120 BENITEZ-VALENCIA TRIO Ecuador (1958) COOK01120 1121 Island in the Moonlight Trio Los Rubies, Grupo Paquito Lopez Cruz, Las Hermanas Colón, Martita Cuadrado (1958) COOK01121 1122 Hellish Calypso King Fighter, The Mighty Bomber, others (1962) COOK01122 1123 Calypso Atrocities King Fighter, The Mighty Bomber, others COOK01123 1124 HAYWIRE MAC McCook LabsINTOCK Haywire Mac (1951) COOK01124 1125 LORD MYRTLE, CECIL MITCHEL, AND JAMES CONVERY Calypso Jamaica (1960) COOK01125 1126 THE MIGHTY SPARROW Sparrow in Hi-Fi (1963) COOK01126 1127 STEVE CAMACHO Folk and Other Songs (1962) COOK01127 1131 BRUCE PRINCE-JOSEPH The Pedal Harpsichord (1953) COOK01131 1132 SHINCHI YUIZE The Japanese Koto (1955) COOK01132 1133 RED CAMP The New Clavichord (1957) COOK01133 1134 LUIS BONFA Guitar in Brazil (1959) COOK01134 1140 Steelband Promenade Brute Force Steel Band, The Merrymakers, Southern All Stars (1958) COOK01140 1150 BILL FLOYD The King of Organs (1957) COOK01150 1151 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 2 COOK01151 1152 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 3 COOK01152 1154 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 5 COOK01154 1155 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 6 COOK01155 1156 REGINALD FOORT The Baroque Organ, volume 1 COOK01156 1157 REGINALD FOORT The Baroque Organ, volume 2 COOK01157 1169 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Serenade for Strings (1962) COOK01169 1180 Dance Calypso Johnny Gomez Band, Small Island Pride, Dictator, others (1956) COOK01180 1181 LIZZIE MILES Lizzie Miles Buglin' Sam DeKemel and the Parisian All Stars (1954-55) COOK01181 1182 LIZZIE MILES Moans and Blues Red Camp and Tony Almerico's All Stars (1956) COOK01182 1183 LIZZIE MILES Hot Songs My Mother Taught Me Red Camp, Tony Almerico's All Stars, Albert French (1956) COOK01183 1184 LIZZIE MILES Torchy Lullabies My Mother Sang Me Red Camp and Tony Almerico's All Stars (1956) COOK01184 1185 Calypso Kings and Pink Gin: Trinidad Carnival Tent Lord Melody, The Might Sparrow, others (1957) COOK01185 1186 ENSEMBLE AUX CALEBASSES Meringue (1958) COOK01186 1187 A Night at the Tropicoro Juan Luis, Oswaldo Seda, and Lito Peña Band (1959) COOK01187 1188 Dirty Jazz from Down South: Trinidadian Instrumentals (1958) COOK01188 1189 Calypso Exposed Lord Melody, Brute Force Steel Band, King Sparrow, The Mighty Cypher, and Skipper (1961) COOK01189 1280 Caribbean Limbo Music Rupert Clemendore Orchestra, Cyril Diaz Orchestra, others COOK01280 1281 Songs from the Garden of Love Jefferson-Jones' Orchestra COOK01281 1282 Italian Moom Jefferson-Jones' Orchestra COOK01282 2004 Tour of Stereo (1958) COOK02004 2066 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Masterpieces of the Dance, volume 3 COOK02066 2070 Aboard a Fast Express / Jet Dynamics COOK02070 4057 REGINALD FOORT The Theater Organ COOK04057 4069 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Hayden Military Symphony COOK04069 5001 American Storytellers, Volume 1 Harry Wass, Master Marriner's Association (1952) COOK05001 5002 K.C. DOUGLAS K.C. Douglas (1952) COOK05002 5003 Caribeana: Hidden Music from the Caribbean (1949) COOK05003 5004 TIRORO Tiroro: Haitian Drummer (1948) COOK05004 5005 RED CAMP Camp Has a Ball (1954) COOK05005 5006 AL BRUNDAGE Square Dance (1951) COOK05006 5007 Mexican Marimba Band (1954) COOK05007 5008 American Storytellers, Volume 2 John Hawley Cook (1954) COOK05008 5009 American Storytellers, Volume 3 Captain Charles A. Chace, Matthew Richards (1954) COOK05009 5010 Calliope, Carousel, and Hand Organ (1953) COOK05010 5011 Voice of the Sea (1954) COOK05011 5012 Earthquake (1953) COOK05012 5013 Ionosphere (1955) COOK05013 5014 Mariachi Music of Mexico (1954) COOK05014 5015 Mexican Firecrackers (1951) COOK05015 5016 Calypso Lore and Legend (1956) COOK05016 5017 Bamboo-tamboo, Bongo, and Belair (1956) COOK05017 5018 East Indian Drums of Tunapuna, Trinidad (1956) COOK05018 5019 ALONZO CRUZ Blind Troubadour of Oaxaca (1956) COOK05019 5020 Epilogue to the String Band Tradition (1956) COOK05020 5022 ABCs of Hi Fi COOK05022 5025 BUCKMINSTER FULLER Buckminster Fuller Speaks His Mind COOK05025 5050 NORMAN BROKENSHIRE Radio Moscow and the Western Hemisphere COOK05050 5051 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT The Four Inaugural Addresses COOK05051 6061 BUCKMINSTER FULLER The Clock Is Stopping COOK06061 8374 BUCKMINSTER FULLER Dymaxion Ditties: Buckminster Fuller Sings COOK08374 10001 Sound Effects, volume 1 COOK10001 10002 Sound Effects, volume 2 COOK10002 10003 Sound Effects, volume 3 COOK10003 10120 Music Boxes, Carousels, and Hand Organs (01012 and 05010) (1950-53) COOK10120 10248 The Voice of Mexico Gustavo Zepoli, Trio Leones (01024 and 01080) (1954) COOK10248 10251 SEAN McGONIGAL AND ST. COLUMCILLE'S UNITED GAELIC PIPE BAND Kilts on Parade (01025 plus solos) (1950-53) COOK10251 10271 CARLOS MONTOYA AND THE JOSE GRECO TROUPE Fiesta Flamenca (selections from 01027 and 01028) (1952) COOK10271 10289 CARLOS MONTOYA Montoya (selections from 01028 plus) (1952) COOK10289 10301 EDWARD AND JOSEPH VITO The Harp (selections from 01030 and 01031 plus) (1951-54) COOK10301 10326 Cafe Continental Ruth Welcome, Dick Marta, and Anita Ast (selections from 01026 and 01032) (1951-52) COOK10326 10350 Nickelodion and Calliope (selections from 01035 and 05010) (1950-53) COOK10350 10500 REGINALD FOORT The Theater Organ COOK10500 10501 MICHAEL CHESHIRE Pipe Organ in the Mosque (selections from 01050 and 01051) (1952) COOK10501 10523 REGINALD FOORT Percussion and Pedal (selections from 01052 and 01053) (1952) COOK10523 10545 REGINALD FOORT The Organ at Symphony Hall (01054 plus) (1954) COOK10545 10579 REGINALD FOORT Foort Pops (selections from 01057 and 01058) (1956) COOK10579 10646 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Tempo Vivace: Symphonic Masterpieces of Dance & Theater (selections from 01064 and 01066) (1955-56) COOK010646 10657 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Two Classical Symphonies: Mozart Symphony No. 40, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (01065 and 01067) (1955) COOK10657 10659 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Two Classical Symphonies: Mozart Symphony No. 40, Haydn Symphony No. 100 (01065 and 01069) (1955-56) COOK10659 10683 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Modern Orchestral Textures (01068 and 01063) (1955) COOK10683 10850 RUPERT Cook LabsEMENDORE BAND Le Jazz Trinidad COOK10850 10867 Before and After Willie Rodriguez (selections from 01086 and 05007) (1953-54) COOK010867 10889 RED CAMP Horizontal & Upright & Downright & Dunright (01088 and 01089) (1954) COOK10889 10890 The Castiliane Johnny Gomez Band, John Buddy Williams Band, Girl Pat Steel Band, And Grand Curacaye String Orchestra (1956) COOK10890 11312 BRUCE PRINCE-JOSEPH AND HUFSTADER SINGERS The Forgotten Pedal Harpsichord and Hufstader Singers (01131 and 01092) (1953) COOK11312 11815 TONY ALMERICO'S PARISIAN ROOM BAND AND LIZZIE MILES Clambake on Bourbon Street (1954-55) COOK11815 50130 Tour of Cook Labs COOK50130 70889 RED CAMP Popular Piano and Combo COOK70889 80134 LUIZ BONFA Waterfall: Guitar COOK80134 80417 MARIMBA ORCHESTRA Waterfall: Children's Music COOK80417 80680 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Waterfall: Symphonic COOK80680 XX1 Audio Follies Sampler COOK00XX1 XX2 Calypso Jazz Sampler COOK00XX2 Series 10 Cook Series 10 COOK_Series10 Series 30 Cook Series 30 COOK_Series30 Series 60 Cook Series 60 COOK_Series60 Series 70 Cook Series 70 COOK_Series70 Series 80 Cook Series 80 COOK_Series80 Series 90 Cook Series 90 COOK_Series90 Series 100 Cook Series 100 COOK_Series100 Series 300 Cook Series 300 COOK_Series300 Series 301 Cook Series 301 COOK_Series301 Series 302 Cook Series 302 COOK_Series302 Series 303 Cook Series 303 COOK_Series303
The Smithsonian Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections acquired the Cook Labs Records in 1990, when Emory and Martha Cook donated their company records to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Anthony Seeger, then Director of Smithsonian Folkways Records, received a call from Mr. Cook in the summer of 1989 offering to donate the Cook label to the Smithsonian. Dr. Seeger visited him in August of that year to view the contents of the collection, and the Smithsonian received custody of the collection in May 1990. In return for the donation from Mr. Cook, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage agreed to keep the record titles available and to store the papers in the archives.
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