Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Collection, Acc. 1992.0023, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
The African American quest for institutions of higher education before the Civil War : the forgotten histories of the Ashmun Institute, Liberia College, and Avery College / Russell W. Irvine ; with a foreword by Vanessa Siddle Walker