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James F. Cook papers

Identifier: POL-0012

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, newspaper articles, press releases, and notes pertaining to Cook's research on Georgia's political history. The majority of the materials are photocopies. Photocopies from other archival repositories have the source indicated on verso.


  • 1942-1993

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by United States copyright law

Biographical/Historical note

James F. Cook was born in the Panama Canal Zone on December 3, 1940, and grew up in Washington, D.C. He earned his BA from Emory University in 1962, his MA from Georgia State University in 1964, and his PhD from the University of Georgia in 1972. He began teaching history at Floyd College (now Georgia Highlands College) in Rome, Georgia in 1972 and spent his career there.

Cook’s career, beginning with his dissertation, Politics and Education in the Talmadge Era: the Controversy over the University System of Georgia, 1941-42, focused on Georgia politics. He was especially interested in Georgia’s governors, and in 1979 published, The Governors of Georgia. He also authored, Carl Sanders: Spokesman of the New South (1993) and Carl Vinson: Patriarch of the Armed Forces (2004). In addition to his books, Cook has been published in Phylon, The Alabama Review, and The Atlanta Historical Bulletin. He has become a leading authority on Georgia’s governors, and in 2005 released a third edition of The Governors of Georgia, 1754-2004. Cook has also been an advocate of student travel, leading tours to Europe for many years. In 2005 he established a scholarship to encourage study abroad by students. Cook is currently professor emeritus, and he and his wife, Ida Barnett Cook, live in Cedartown, Georgia. They have two children, Sean and Jamie.


2.1 Linear feet (5 boxes)




Papers of Floyd College (now Georgia Highlands College) history professor James F. Cook. Materials reflect Cook’s research areas, particularly Georgia gubernatorial history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by James F. Cook on July 15, 2000

Appraisal note

Primarily photocopies. Review for retention in the future.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States