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Paul Philips Cooke

An inventory of the Paul Philips Cooke Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Paul Phillips Cooke, 1917-
Title: The Paul Philips Cooke Papers
Dates: 1884 (1950-1995) 2000
Extent: 3 linear feet; 6 boxes
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, reports, meeting minutes, photos, pamphlets, and publications.
Collection Number: ACUA 180
Language: English

Biographical Note

Dr. Paul Philips Cooke (b. 1917) has lived in the District of Columbia since 1921, when his family moved from Harlem, New York. He was confirmed at St. Augustine's Catholic Church and graduated from Dunbar High School. He earned an English degree from Miner's Teachers College (later District of Columbia Teachers College and then the University of the District of Columbia) in 1937, a MA in higher education from New York University in 1941, a MA from The Catholic University of America in English literature in 1942, and a doctorate in education from Columbia University in 1947. Dr. Cooke taught high school in the District of Columbia prior to teaching at the District of Columbia Teachers College (DCTC). He served as president of the DCTC from 1966 to 1974. He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish for over 60 years.

Dr. Cooke has been an active member of the Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia (CIC DC) for over 50 years. Founded in 1944, the CIC DC was modeled after the Catholic Interracial Council of New York. The CIC DC sought to foster the integration of the Catholic Church and public spaces in DC. The CIC DC focused on education and the study of racial problems in DC and in the church. The CIC DC initiated the Faith of Millions radio program on WOOK in 1952. In the 1960s the CIC DC conducted studies of the working conditions and employment practices in diocesan churches and of the textbooks used in Catholic schools in DC. In 1976 CIC DC founder Justine Ward created a CIC DC scholarship fund when she donated $10,000 to the CIC DC. Since 1976 the CIC DC scholarship fund has provided tuition assistance to needy students at Sacred Heart and St. Augustine's. The CIC DC maintained the scholarship fund into the late 1990s. In 1994 Dr. Cooke helped organize the CIC DC's 50th anniversary celebration.

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Scope and Contents

The Paul Cooke Papers include six linear feet of records focused primarily on the Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia. There is also a small amount of material related to his activities in Sacred Heart Parish. The collection is composed of correspondence, clippings, reports, meeting minutes, photos, pamphlets, and publications. The Cooke Papers are divided into three Series: Series #1, Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia; Series #2, Sacred Heart; and Series #3, Photos. The Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia Series includes material documenting CIC DC activities, like the Ward scholarship fund and the Faith of Millions radio program, as well as clippings and publications on African-American Catholics in DC. The Sacred Heart Series is comprised of material related to Dr. Cooke's activities in the Parish, primarily as a member of the Gavin Center Committee and the Administration Committee. The Photo Series includes a few photos used to promote CIC DC events and photos of residents of the Blessed Martin House of Hospitality in DC.

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Arrangement

The Papers of Paul Philips Cooke consists of three series:




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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Paul Phillips Cooke in 2000, 2002, and 2005.

Processing Information

Processing completed in November 2003 by Joseph Turrini. Data entry: Clint Tibbs. EAD markup completed in March 2005 by Washington Research Library Consortium. Additional EAD markup completed in October 2005 by Jordan Patty.

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Related Material

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

Records of the Catholic Interracial Council of New York

Haynes Lofton Papers

Norman C. McKenna Papers. (Prince George's CIC)

Records of the National Catholic Welfare Conference/U.S. Catholic Conference, Social Action Department

Records of the National Catholic Welfare Conference/U.S. Catholic Conference, Executive Department/Office of the General Secretary

Joseph Nichols Papers.

Celestine Joseph Nuesse Papers (Washington DC CIC)

Other Institutions:

Monsignor Daniel Cantwell Papers.Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois. (Chicago CIC)

Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh CIC)

Chicago Interracial Council Papers. Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois. (Chicago CIC)

The Harriet Franklin Papers, Center for African American History and Culture, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia CIC)

Rev. John LaFarge Papers (both accessions). Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Rev. Donald W. McIlvane papers, University of Notre Dame Archives. (Pittsburgh CIC)

Milwaukee Catholic Interracial Council, Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University. (Milwaukee CIC)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Papers. Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, DC

National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University

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Significant Subject Topics

 

Persons:
Cooke, Paul P.
Nuesse, C. J.

Subjects:
African Americans Catholics
Blessed Martin House of Hospitality (Washington, D.C.)
Catholic Inter-racial Council of Washington, D.C.
Gavin Center Committee
Sacred Heart Parish (Washington, D.C.)
St. Augustine's Parish (Washington, D.C.)
Ward Scholarship Fund

Titles:
Faith of Millions (Radio program)

Places:
Washington (D.C.)


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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia, 1884 (1950-1995) 2000 (5 boxes)
The materials in this series relate to Dr. Cooke's involvement in the Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia. The series includes correspondence, reports, publications, meeting minutes, and clippings that document the work of the CIC DC, as well as the role of African Americans in the Catholic church. The records are organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 1 African-American education kits, correspondence, 1993
  2 American Jewish Congress, book flyer, [ca. 1970]
  3 Apostolic Delegate, correspondence, Nov-59
  4 Archbishop Carroll High School, correspondence, May-93
  5 Archdiocese of Washington, pamphlets, directories, newsletter, 1952-1962
  6 Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 'African Heritage in the Catholic Church', pamphlet, 1979
  7 Aukward, Bernadett, correspondence, 1966
  8 Baum, Cardinal William, correspondence, clipping, 1976, 1979
  9 Benefit ticket sales, lists, correspondence, 1950s
  10 Blessed Martin House of Hospitality, photos (copies), [c. 1950]
  11 Blessed Martin House of Hospitality, unpublished autobiographical manuscript written by Llewellyn Scott, [c. 1950]
  12 Brown, Calvert, correspondence, Oct-66
  13 Buckner, Mary, correspondence, notes, 1966-1978
  14 Butler, George, correspondence, Feb-67
  15 Catholic Church, clippings, 1952-1959
  16 Catholic Church, clippings, 1960-1963
  17 Catholic Church, clippings, 1964-1965
  18 Catholic Church, clippings, 1966-1969
  19 Catholic Church, clippings, 1974-1995
  20 Catholic Church, clippings, undated [c. 1960s]
  21 Catholic Church, clippings, undated [c. 1970s]
  22 Catholic Church, pamphlet, flyers, [c. 1950-1970]
  23 Catholic history series, 'Our Catholic Heritage,' Catholic Standard, clippings, October 1981-June 1982
Box Folder
2 1 Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago, flyer, [c. 1965]
  2 Catholic Interracial Council of Delaware, correspondence, Nov-53
  3 Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia (CIC DC) 50th Anniversary celebration, correspondence, program, flyers, 1993-1994
  4 Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia (CIC DC), form letters to members, 1950-1961
  5 Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia (CIC DC), mailing and member lists, [c. 1960-1988]
  6 Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia (CIC DC), meeting minutes, agenda, 1949, 1959, 1962-1964, 1976, 1985
  7 Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia, (CIC DC) newsletter, 1961-1965
  8 Catholic Standard, correspondence, biographical article of Paul Cooke, 1995
  9 The Catholic University of America (CUA), 1958, 2000
  10 Child Savior Study Group, statements, 1965
  11 Church Committee Report, Aug-66
  12 Church visit surveys, correspondence, Jul-61
  13 Cooke, biographical, speech, 1993, 1995
  14 Damien Ministries, correspondence, Aug-88
  15 Dawson, Edgar, correspondence, Jan-53
  16 Desegregation, higher education in the District of Columbia, articles, [c. 1950s]
  17 Edmundite Mission, correspondence, Jan-71
  18 Faith of Millions radio show, scripts, 1953-1954
  19 Faith of Millions radio show, correspondence, schedule, clipping, 1956-1959
  20 Faith of Millions radio show, correspondence, schedules, clipping, 1960-1961
  21 Faith of Millions radio show, clipping, schedules, 1962-1963
  22 First Church of Christ, bulletin, Jul-72
  23 First Friday Club, speech schedule, [c. 1980]
  24 Foley, Albert Sidney, Ph.D diss., 'The Catholic Church and the Washington Negro,' pp. 1-69, 1950
  25 Foley, Albert Sidney, Ph.D diss., 'The Catholic Church and the Washington Negro,' pp. 70-170, 1950
Box Folder
3 1 Foley, Albert Sidney, Ph.D diss., 'The Catholic Church and the Washington Negro,' pp. 171-264, 1950
  2 Foley, Albert Sidney, Ph.D diss., 'The Catholic Church and the Washington Negro,' pp. 265-357, 1950
  3 Furth, Hans, correspondence, Dec-61
  4 Furth, Madeline, correspondence, statement, 1966-1994
  5 Gatti, Lawrence, correspondence, 1960
  6 Georgetown University Medical Center, correspondence, Jul-54
  7 German, Father Charles, correspondence, 1983, 1985
  8 Hickey, Cardinal James, correspondence, pamphlets, 1980-1987
  9 Hogan, Peter, review of Catholicism and the Black Community, May-88
  10 Housing Coalition Statement, District of Columbia, [c. 1976]
  11 Huck, Gabriel, correspondence, Nov-66
  12 Integration of Catholic Church, survey review, [c. 1958]
  13 Interracial Review, CIC journal, 1947-1965
  15 Johnson, Bernard, correspondence, 1960
  16 Joyce, George, correspondence, Oct-59
  17 Jubilarian, 50-year marriage celebration mass, correspondence, 1990
  18 Keets, Louise, correspondence, 1995
  19 Lee, Lawrence, correspondence, [c. 1950]
  20 Mackinnon, Elizabeth, correpondence, Oct-85
  21 Malone, Robert K., correspondence, Jan-88
  22 Marino, Bishop Eugene, correspondence, 1976, 1984
  23 McCarthy, Louise, correspondence, [c. 1950-1970]
  24 McGerr, Pat, correspondence, pamphlet, 1959, 1962, 1983
  25 McGuire, Matthew, correspondence, Dec-59
  26 McIntire, William, correspondence, 1959-1976
  27 Montgomery Ward, correspondence, Jul-96
  28 Morin, Father Paul, correspondence, January 1976, 1973
  29 National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice (NCCIJ) correspondence, conference manterials, 1958-1961
  30 National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice (NCCIJ), history notes, December 1994
  31 National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice (NCCIJ), newsletter, meeting minutes, conference materials, 1962-1969
  32 National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice (NCCIJ), conference materials, newsletter, questionaire, 1984-1992
  33 National Catholic Educational Association, Momentum, journal, October 1975
  34 Newman Center, correspondence, Feb-61
  35 Nichols, Joseph, correspondence, 1979, 1985
Box Folder
4 1 Nuesse, C. J., articles, lectures, 1985, 1987
  2 Nuesse, C. J., correspondence, 1964-1994
  3 O'Boyle, Cardinal Patrick, correspondence, speech, 1950-1970
  4 O'Connell, Francis, correspondence, 1944
  5 O'Connor, John J., correspondence, clippings, 1947-1953, 1971
  6 O'Donnel, William, correspondence, Dec-84
  7 Office of Black Catholics, correspondence, 1983-1985
  8 Office of Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., awards dinner, programs, 1982-1983, 1985
  9 Pastor Visitation forms, [c. 1955]
  10 Pilgrim A.M.E. Church, flyers, 1987
  11 Pope John Paul II, Mass on the Mall, flyers, Oct-79
  12 Pope John Paul II, correspondence, 1984
  13 Power, Mary Elizabeth, correspondence, Nov-53
  14 Prince George's County Catholic Interracial Council (CIC), flyer, 1963
  15 Purnell, Sister Elsie, correpondence, [c. 1955]
  16 St. Augustine's, clippings, 1884-1915
  17 St. Augustine's, clippings, 1941-1967
  18 St. Augustine's, clippings, 1968-1974
  19 St. Augustine's, pamphlets, history notes, flyers, 1882, 1949-1985
  20 Santangelo, Alfred, correspondence, Jan-60
  21 Seibel, Dorothy, correspondence, 1954
  22 Shundor, Margaret, correspondence, [c. 1970]
  23 Silvestrini, Achille, lecture announcement, Nov-88
  24 Spence, Msgr. John, correspondence, November 1951, 1966
  25 Student retreat, schedules, 1950-1951
  26 Sullivan, Leon Howard, clippings, Jan-80
  27 Tenley Achievment Program (TAP), flyer, [c. 1990]
  28 Survey of Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. on racial matters and employment in church, correspondence, 1966
  29 Survey on race relations in the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., guidelines, questions, [c. 1957]
  30 Survey on race relations in the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., interview notes, correspondence, notes, 1958
Box Folder
5 1 Survey on race relations in the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., interview notes, correspondence, notes, 1959
  2 Sylvester, Rita, correspondence, Sep-61
  3 Uganda martyrs, clippings, 1964
  4 United States Catholic Church, Urban Problems Task Force, Report on Urban Ethnic Affairs, report, Nov-70
  5 Vaught, General Wilma, American Veterans Committee Award announcement, September 1994
  6 Ward, J. B., correspondence, Nov-44
  7 Ward Scholarship Fund, correspondence, will, meeting minutes, 1976
  8 Ward Scholarship Fund, correspondence, proposal, clipping, 1977-1979
  9 Ward Scholarship Fund, correspondence, 1980-1987
  11 Washington Star, clipping, Mar-41
  12 Welch, Francis, correspondence, May-54
  13 Whitby, Charles, correspondence, Feb-60
  14 Wigent, John, correspondence, [c. 1970]
  15 Wintermyer, John S., correspondence, Feb-85
  16 YMCA segregation protest, District of Columbia, announcement, [c. 1947]
                       
Series 2: Sacred Heart Series, 1966-1992 (2 boxes)
The materials in this series relate to Dr. Cooke's position on a number on committees at Sacred Heart Parish. The series includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and programs. The records are organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
5 17 Administration Committee, correspondence, reports, 1978-1979
  18 Administration Committee, correspondence, reports, minutes, 1980
  19 Administration Committee, correspondence, reports, minutes, 1981
  20 Administration Committee, correspondence, constitution revisions, 1982-1985
Box Folder
6 1 Archdiocese of Washington, reports, 1963-1964, 1980-1981
  2 Bulletins, pamphlets, 1988-1992
  3 Clippings, 1992-1993
  4 Correspondence, 1954-1992
  5 Fincance Committe, financial records, minutes, correspondence, 1979-1997
  6 Gavan Center Committee, correspondence minutes, 1980-1983
  7 Gavan Center Committee, correspondence, announcements, 1984-1986
  8 Gavan Center Committee, correspondence, minutes, by-laws, 1987
  9 Gavan Center Committee, correspondence, 1988-1992
  10 Gavan Social Center, Mardi Gras Ball Program, February 1964
  11 One hundred year anniversary celebration, program, October 1999
  12 Parish Council, minutes, 1982-1983
  13 Textbooks, correspondence, samples, 1966
                       
Series 3: Photos, 1940-1994 (1 box)
The photo series includes a small number of photos related to CIC DC events and the Blessed Martin de Porres House.
Box Folder
6 14 Blessed Martin De Porres Hospice, residents, photos, [c. 1940s]
  15 McDonald, William J. (CUA Rector), with Paul Cooke, photo, [c. 1965]
  16 O'Connor, John, with Paul Cooke, photo, 1971
  17 Vaught, General Wilma, portrait, photo, 1994
  18 Accession 05-07, ca. 1960-2000
        File with correspondence, minutes, programs, and clippings relating to the Catholic Interracial Council (CIC) of the District of Columbia

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Significant Subject Topics

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Catholic Interracial Council of the District of Columbia, 1884 (1950-1995) 2000

Series 2: Sacred Heart Series, 1966-1992

Series 3: Photos, 1940-1994

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