Some of the material is in notebook binders. One notebook relates to the National Geographic Society and Yale Peruvian Expedition of 1914-1915 and includes general orders of the expedition. Another notebook has to do with economic plants, and the others relate to cultivated plants. A group of notes have to do with comparisons of Quichua and Polynesian plant names. The rest of the material are note slips. Much of the data appears to come from published sources.
This collection contains a small amount of Cook's correspondence, concerning the identification of Myripoda. Correspondents include Otis Warren Barrett, Theodore D.
A. Cockerell, Carl H. Eigenmann, Karl Kraepelin, and Karl August Mobius. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically. This collection also includes a small amount of correspondence
and manuscripts concerning his work on botanical nomenclature.
Orator Fuller Cook (1867-1949) was born in Clyde, New York. He was educated at Syracuse University, receiving the Ph.B. degree in 1890. After graduation, Cook remained
at Syracuse as an Instructor in the Biology Department. From 1891 to 1897, Cook made several trips to Liberia as an agent for the New York Colonization Society and at various
times served as Professor of Natural Sciences at Liberia College. In 1895, Cook joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM), in an honorary capacity, as Custodian
of the Section of Myripoda of the Department of Insects. In 1898, Cook was appointed to a salaried position, as Assistant Curator in the Division of Plants, USNM. He resigned
the following year to join the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry, where he remained until his death. He continued his association with the
USNM as Custodian of the Section of Myripoda and was made Honorary Assistant Curator of the Section of Cryptogamic Collections of the Division of Plants in 1899.
Photographs documenting Liberian people and the Liberian natural and built environments, including the Saint Paul River, rock formations, barricades, dwellings, and other structures.
Guy N. Collins (1872-1938) was a botanist, geneticist, and plant explorer. While on hiatus from his undergraduate studies at Syracuse, Collins developed an interest in photography during an expedition in Liberia with Orator Fuller Cook. After the Spanish-American War, he worked for the office of Botanical Investigations and Experiments in the US Department of Agriculture. Collins joined Cook's exploration of Puerto Rican plant life, the results of which were published by the Smithsonian Institution in "Economic Plants of Porto Rico." Collins later became Principal Botanist in the USDA's Division of Cereal Crops and Diseases of the Bureau of Plant Industry and was a founder of the Washington Biologists' Field Club.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 90-27, USNM ACC 374065
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Liberian objects collected by Collins and donated with the photographs can be found in the Department of Anthropology in accession 374065.
Collins's field book from 1915 can be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives in SIA Acc. 12-011.
Includes "Pima Baskets with Labyrinth Designs," with apparently related shorter manuscripts, bibliographic data, and photographs of Casa Grande and baskets, some in use. Also includes W. Andrew Archer's "Bibliography of O.F. Cook," June 15, 1950. In addition, photographs of artifacts, most anthropomorphic; a Hohokam pottery collection from southern Arizona; and photographs of mummies and Mexican antiquities by C.B. Waite.