E. Newbold Cooper / Margaret Hawkins collection
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Dorothy Nyhart Cooper (1898-1990) graduated from Wilson College and served as Executive Secretary of Moorestown Family Welfare Association and Dean of Students of Moore Institute of Art. She also served on the boards of several institutions, including Family Service (West Chester) and Foulkeways (Retirement Home)(from internal evidence)
E. Newbold Cooper (1898-1957), a graduate of Haverford College (1921) and member of Moorestown, New Jersey, Monthly Meeting, was Supervising Principal of Elementary Schools, Girard College, Vice-President then President of Girard College, chairman of the Friends Council on Education, a member of the Corporation of Haverford College and Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, and member of the Westtown School Committee. Cooper attended Woodbrooke, a Quaker adult study center, in Birmingham, England, in 1925 where he met August Lorey, Sr.
Represents, in large measure, the Cooper and Wills families of E. Newbold Cooper and the Green, Hawkins, and Sharpless families of Margaret Hawkins.
In the E. Newbold Cooper part of the collection, there are two principal authors: Dorothy Nyhart Cooper (1898-1990) and E. Newbold Cooper (1898-1957). Dorothy Nyhart Cooper's papers include correspondence, a manuscript, and other papers. Her correspondents include: Hugh Borton, Harold Ickes, and Nelson Rockefeller. These papers develop topics relating to Cooper's family, career, and activities. E. Newbold Cooper's (1898-1957) papers include correspondence, a diary of a trip in 1925, including to Woodbrooke, a Quaker study center in Birmingham, England, papers relating to his tenure at Girard College, poems, speeches, and biographical information. His correspondents include: Werner Eichholz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, August Lorey Sr. & Jr., and Paul Schulz. Of interest are the letters of August Lorey, Jr. written from Germany offering his views of Nazi Germany, including discussions of eugenics, and post-World War II Germany.
There are two journals of Rebecca K. Cooper, several commonplace books which belonged to Susan Richardson, Hannah Wills, and Ann Wills. There are photographs of the Cooper and Nyhart families.
In the Margaret Hawkins part of the collection are papers of U.S. "Indian Agent" Albert L. Green (1846?-1947), who lived in Beatrice, Nebraska. These include a copy of his manuscript on languages of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Iowa Tribe (Baxoje). Here too are Green-Hawkins family letters and genealogical information.
The E. Newbold Cooper/Margaret Hawkins collection was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1996 by E. Newbold Cooper and Deborah Cooper.
Original processing information unknown. Reboxed and finding aid updated in April 2022 by Katherine Hong.
- Cooper, E. Newbold, 1898-1957
- Cooper, Dorothy Nyhart, 1898-1990
- Cooper family
- Green, Albert Lamborn, 1845-1947
- Borton, Hugh
- Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952
- Wills family
- Sharpless family
- Manuscripts, American
- Quakers -- Family relationships
- Quakers -- Diaries
- Quakers -- England -- Diaries
- Quakers -- Travel -- 20th century
- poetry and poems
- Quakers -- Biography
- Quakers -- United States -- Biography
- Quakers -- Germany
- Quakers -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany
- Quakers -- Nebraska
- Iowa Indians
- Indians of North America
- Indians of North America -- Nebraska
- Quakers -- Genealogy
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Written in the capacity of family member, Dean of Students at Moore Institute of Art, graduate of Wilson College and Executive Secretary of Moorestown Family Welfare Association. (ca. 15 items). In chronological order.
American Red Cross. 1921. B., Anna. 1979. Barber, Antoinette. 1955? Borton, Hugh. Haverford College, 1963 11/21. Brown, Francis. Philadelphia, 1970 12/22. [appreciation for her work as a member of the Committee on Aging, PYM] Cadbury, Rachel. 1969. Cooper, Alfred. 1924. Cooper, Anne. Durham, N.H., 1941 7/17. Cooper, Sally. 1967-1973. ca. 10 letters to her grandmother, from Westtown School and elsewhere. Crane, Esther. 1921 and 1959. 2 items. [in the former, congratulates on Cooper's entry into social work field and on the nature of teaching in the latter] Eastman, Augusta. 1976. Family Counseling and Family Service. 1959-79. 3 items. including: 1979 2/13 [Cooper resigning from Board of Directors of Family Service, West Chester, Pa.] Foulkeways (Retirement Home). 1973-79. 3 items including: 1973 5/6. [Cooper resigning from Foulkeways Board] Harper, George, Buchanan and Driver. 1971 9/21. [Cooper's inheritance under a will from Elizabeth Dunn] Ickes, Harold. 1946 2/22. [apparently in response to appreciative letter from Cooper] Jacobson, Barbara. 1973. Jones, Margaret. 1979. Kendal at Longwood. 1974 12/20. [appreciation of Cooper's work on their board] Laurence, Andrew (the father of children whom she helped to place as a social worker, Laurence was an inmate at Fairmount Prison). 1926. Lee, Elliott. 1973 1/11. [toward a history of several retirement homes] Lorey, August. 1960-67. 3 items, including: 1967 1/7 [some information on conditions in East Germany] Lorey, August Sr. 1958 1/3. [condolences on the death of Dorothy Cooper's husband]
Morrison, Bob. Nyhart, ? (mother). 1926. [congratulations on birth of Newbold Jr.] Nyhart, ? (grandmother). 1925. Nyhart, ? (father). 1937-38. 4 items. Nyhart, George (nephew). 1975 Pell, Kay. 1962. 2 items. Redding, Percy. Correspondence with Dorothy and Newbold Cooper. 1954- 1968. Redding was apparently a general caretaker or house-repair person who reported on the Coopers' summer house in Sumner Me.
Rockefeller, Nelson A. 1968 3/19. [states he would accept nomination for the presidency if it were Republican Party really wanted him] Shaplin, Judson. 1968 10/30. [discusses presidency of Girard College] Sharpless, Louise. 1976 3/6. [on aging] Sokoloff, Vladimir. 1974 1/3. Solenberger, Anne. 1970 12/10. Stauffer, John. (Senator from Penna.) 1972 11/27. [has voted in favor of choice in the matter of abortion] Teeter, Mae Nyhart (sister). 1921 7/18. Thompson, Michael. 1976 6/18. [on receiving the E. Newbold Cooper Prize] Wilson College (M. Disert, Dean). 1958 6/21. [re Cooper's becoming a member of the Penna. Assoc. of Women Deans and Counselors] 8 letters signed only with first names.
"Small Town Relief Problems. ERA (Emergency Relief Association)" by DNC, ex-secretary of Family Services of Riverton, NJ, 1935.
Papers include: war ration book and cards, 1940s; envelope containing papers relating to Barclay Hall, Friends Hall, Hickman and Friends Home, 1970s; transcripts from Wilson College, Temple and U. of PA.; resumé, dance cards from 1915-16; clippings and announcements about her wedding; work-related papers and letters, including at Moore Institute of Art, 1958-1960, Moorestown Welfare Association, 1930s-40s.
Letters were written to his parents as a student at Westtown describing school events (three letters from Anne Cooper at Westtown dated 1943, 1945 and 1947 here as well); in 1945, while serving in the U.S. Navy, and in ca. 1946 from Dartmouth College.
Papers include: reports cards from Riverton Elementary School, Dartmouth commencement program for 1947, food ration books and certificates and two typescripts: "What Democracy Means to Me" and "How I Became What I Am"
Letters are to his mother, Rebecca K. Cooper, and wife, Ella S. (Wills) Cooper, respectively.
Correspondents include: Emma Cooper (sister); Howard Cooper (brother) (3/13/16): [on the belting business]; Harry [Cooper?] (cousin); D.N. Cope; Sweet, Wallach and Co.; Joseph Wenner. A typescript, 3/1/1912, on a wage dividend plan offered by Eastman Kodak Co. has been laid in.
Letters are written to her husband, son and cousins on family topics. Included are letters written in 1908 to her cousin, Sue Lippincott, who was in Japan, possibly at the home of Inazo Nitobe. Letters from people replying to invitation from Cooper in 1916. Letters from various people signed mostly with first names.
An agreement of sale for a house in 1930 and a book of financial accounts, 1903-1908.
Letters to his wife, son, family members and others. On family topics, that he is a pacifist (8/12/1924), that Japanese could bomb U.S. (6/15/1942).
Awoki, S. 1926-1928 and n.d. 3 items, including: Cambridge, Eng., 1926 4/13. [at Oxford College, later to Woodbrooke, Europe and return to Japan]; Kokura, Japan, 1928 2/12. [had typhoid fever; working for Noritake, a china manufacturing company] Babbitt, James A. Haverford College, n.d. Bohn, P.N. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill., 1944 9/3. [tells about life in the navy and especially training of navy fliers] Bryant, Myrton A. 1930 7/30. Chinn, Walter L. fragment. 1926. [on reforms in education; reference to the Poor Law] Cooper, E. Newbold (1926- ). n.d. [child's letter to his father] Cooper, Mary. 1939-40. 3 items. [family news and wars she has lived through; genealogy] Cooper, Sarah W. Philadelphia, 1916 8/1. [attended The Home for Colored People on "Friends' day"; went by boat to Wilmington] Cooper, W. Ross. Hickman Mills, Mo., 1940. 3 items. [genealogy] Dobie, J. Frank. 1945. Eichholz, Werner. 1925-27. 5 items. [a university professor, Eichholz tells of "radical change" in the curricula of their secondary schools after the war] (Perhaps 2 of the letters, in German, about cars and travel may be from a son, also Werner Eichholz] Eisenhower, Dwight D. Washington, D.C., 1953 6/24. [glad ENC appreciated his speech at Dartmouth] Elkinton, Abby. 1916. Girard College (Cheesman Herrick, pres. and Joseph Jameson, vice-president). Philadelphia, 1932. [congratulate on appointment of Cooper as Supervising Principal of the Elementary Schools] Girard Elementary School teachers. 1949 and n.d. 4 notes. Haviland, Walter W. Randolph, N.C., 1916 8/29. [re scholarship for Cooper for engineering course] Herrick, Cheesman. 1938 1/21. Jones, R.G. 1926-27. 2 items. [potential jobs for Cooper] Kennett Square Public Schools (Frank W. Graff, Pres. Bd. of Ed.). 1926 12/14. [grateful for work Cooper has done] Littleboy, William. Bourneville, Eng., 1925-26. 2 items. [reports on new term at Woodbrooke; sends TS. copy of H.W. Nevinson's "Farewell to America"; have adopted twins]
The letters from 1925-28 are from August Lorey, Sr.; the rest from August Lorey, Jr. In German and English, from Frankfurt, Germany, unless otherwise noted. The letters from August Lorey, Jr., detailed below, discuss Lorey's views of Nazi Germany, the Jewish people, and racial ideology.
1932 1/1. [differences between Germans and Americans and their universities] 1932 12/4. [more on differences between universities; political situation in Germany with a discussion of the political parties] 1935 2/24. [letters out of Germany are opened, not for censorship, but to be sure that not too much money leaves the country -- except for letters of Communists which are censored. The letter refers to a typescript on the political situation in Germany; an unattached typescript which the donor dated as from 1935 or 1936 may be the one to which Lorey refers. In it, Lorey discusses the perception of some in the U.S. and Germany that Hitlerism represents the upper classes, but that Hitler's backing is for what he promises -- improved working conditions in a classless society and a takeover by the government of larger trusts and a general election each year -- and that fears of a military dictatorship are unfounded (S.A. is not military, but political). Lorey discusses the preservation of racially good stock or eugenics, and that war would decimate this stock, therefore Hitler opposes war. The Weimar constitution is still in place; German States have disappeared to be replaced by Reichsgaue to accomplish unity. Lorey discusses whether the church should or should not be abolished and the big race issue, including cause of racial deterioration; Hitler's irrational hatred against Jewish people. (While Lorey has never much cared for Jewish people, decent Jewish people should be treated decently.) Comparison of Marxist socialism and national socialism; the latter includes patriotism to the Fatherland and the creation of political soldiers. Finally, that national socialism is not as bad as it is usually made out to be outside of Germany, and unlikely to be overthrown in Germany where large majority agree with it] 1938 9/4. [has passed oral exams for doctorate; western democracies have historically prevented union of Germany and Austria, but German military strength has allowed union -- incorrectly called "annex" by French and English hypocrites; a plebiscite should allow Czechoslovakia to decide if it wants to belong to Germany; the zeppelin is nearly finished, and, as helium cannot be obtained from U.S., will use hydrogen] 1938 12/15. [illness of his nephew; Lorey addresses a point Cooper made in a previous letter that Quakers "share the opinion that the virile German nation should be allowed to expand for economic reasons"; Lorey is surprised, if Cooper's idea is territorial. Hitler, Lorey contends, is not interested in any territory, but that which was Germany's or where Germans live, nor in economic gain, citing areas which Hitler would not take. He refutes Cooper's point on the low social status of Sudeten Germans, explaining the "reasons" for their neglect; astonished at U.S. response to German monetary, social and political discrimination against Jews given American attitudes toward African Americans, the Japanese, and own anti-Semitism; burning of synagogues in Germany; deaths of Wilhelm Gustloff, national socialist leader in Switzerland and a German diplomat; ships being built] 1939 11/5. [hopes war will soon be over; doesn't know which side is right, as he hasn't privilege of facts, but all should be done to avoid a second Versailles; is in the army and leaving soon for western front; Britain's censorship of German mail] 1946 5/12. [difficulties after the war; marriage in 1942] ink spill makes some parts of the letter illegible. 1946 6/. [has read in papers that U.S. Army in Germany has put 3 million rations at the disposal of German civilian population; people are undernourished, and asks for Cooper's help; about the past, Lorey writes "...I was too optimistic and refused to believe that sheer madness might reign supreme in the councils of a civilized nation."] ink spill makes some parts of the letter illegible. 1946 9/19. [requests of material assistance; sense of hopelessness except for his daughter] 1946 11/2. [great concern regarding relations between U.S. and Russia, for fate of Germany hinges on them, hoping, too, that Russia will assent to compromise; striving to make U.N. effective instrument of peace; working as technical translator; scarcity of certain goods] 1947 3/8. [reports his earnings and remainder after expenses; black market; thanks for parcels; because of food and fuel shortages, Germans are critical of the Americans; ex-President Hoover stated that German civilian needs have "sunk to the lowest level in 100 years of history" and advocated relief program; without relief, it is said, Germany may turn to Communists] 1947 4/17. [calorie content of German diet; American assistance to Greece and Turkey without U.N. involvement; U.N.'s slow progress on solution of atomic energy issue; Russians and the Balkans; question of European economic union; extent to which views of newspapers of individual journalists represent influential political groups in America] 1947 9/23. [question of whether war over the Greek question will begin, thus enabling Russia to occupy Germany, France, the Lowlands and Spain, Scandinavian countries and possibly Italy, creating a dictatorship more ruthless than that from which they have been freed] 1947 11/30. [during the war, Helga Lorey had sent some fabrics out of Berlin to preserve them from destruction, but Russians plundered everything when they came through that area] 1947 12/16. [London Conference of Foreign Ministers has broken down; while a divided Germany is serious, armed conflict is worse] 1948 7/25. [Allied forces countries seem on brink of war amongst themselves, with Soviet Union a more formidable opponent than Nazi Germany; Russian labor camps; hope Berlin crisis will be resolved peaceably; economic state in Germany] 1948 8/8. [house of Goethe, destroyed during war, being rebuilt] 194812/31. [Americans should not impose educational reforms on German schools -- even though they can as victors in the war; layout of German school requirements] 1949 5/1. [further information on German school system and struggle with American Military Government] Toronto, Canada, 1957 12/1. [has recently visited Germany, seeing his wife and children for the first time since 1951]
Martig, Audi. 1925-26. 2 items. [A Swiss man whom the Coopers met at Woodbrooke who visited the Lorey home in Frankfurt and is looking for a teaching position] Morris, Lydia Ellicott. Palmer, Helen. Partridge, Mildred. Birmingham, Eng., 1925. [requests ENC lecture on education and use of alcohol] Peck, --. 1916 9/4. [hopes to room with ENC at Haverford College] Penn Club (E. Kent Lay). Philadelphia, 1957. 4 items. [re address ENC made at Penn Club] Peterman, Howard R. Philadelphia, 1957. Podewils, Clemens. Munich, Germany, 1938. Price, Eli. Philadelphia, Pa., 1956. Riverton (N.J.) Board of Education (Fred Hemphill). 1930. [ENC elected Principal of Riverton Public School] Rutgers University (Rex Cunliffe). New Brunswick, N.J. [ENC admitted to candidacy for Doctor of Ed. degree] Satterthwait, "Chubby" and Ess. Burmont, Pa., 1916-18. 4 items. [various activities described, such as driving a car; mentions various friends; Chubby accepted in Reconstruction Unit] Scattergood, Hannah C. West Chester, Pa., 1934 2/15. Schulz, Paul. Germany, 1926-27. 4 items. [coming to America and would like to visit schools; interest in education] Stelma, J.H. Holland, 1926 1/1. [met Coopers at Woodbrooke; taking Church exam] Sturge, F.L. P. Woodbrooke Settlement, Selly Oak, Eng., 1925. Tostenson, Fred. 1916-18. 2 items. Tucher, Hans. Munich, 1926-27. 2 items. Wise, Clayton R. Cleveland, Ohio, 1927 8/23. [is ENC interested in position of assistant principal at Thomas A. Edison School for Boys] Woolman, Edward. Haverford, Pa., 1952 2/20. (Group of letters, first name only) Include: Nellie. Philadelphia, Pa., 1918. [doesn't think he'll get into reconstruction, so choices are c.o., medical service or go to college or join merchant marine and implications of latter]
Poems written by ENC, manuscript, typescript and published; skit after George Burns, Gracie Allen show and other original writing. Diary of trip in 1925, including to Woodbrooke, taken by ENC and DNC
Papers include biographical chronology, biographical information, grades from Westtown and Haverford, abstract of thesis "Effect of Stepfather relationship on behavior and adjustment to school life at Girard College", 1947, certificates of educational status and citations, resolutions on the death of ENC. Papers relating to Girard College, including appointments and salary. War-related papers, including ration books and coupons, army registration, citations and certificates etc. Rental contracts for Cooper residences
In chronological order; no date at end. Dedication of the Kennett Square New Music Wing, Mar. 10, 1942 "William Penn". Girard College Chapel, Oct. 22, 1944 "Some Glimpses of Early Quaker Life in Burlington County, New Jersey". For the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, Feb. 19, 1951 Universalist Church, West Sumner, Aug. 22, 1954 Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. Founder's Day Address, Feb. 5, 1955 Merchantville P.T.A. Meeting, Mar. 15. 1955 "New England, an Appreciation". New England Society, May 24, 1955 Remarks at Commencement, Kennett Square High School, June 2, 1955 Girard College Commencement, June 16, 1955
"What Price Athletics?". Theta Ki, Apr. 28, 1956 Remarks, Elementary School Club, May 10, 1956 Commencement Address, Avon-Grove High School, May 29, 1956 Remarks, Elementary School Club Dinner, June 6, 1956 Commencement Address, Schwenksville High School, June 7, 1956 Rumford Rotary Club, Aug. 20, 1956 Dedicatory Address, Lackawanna Trail High School, Nov. 9, 1956 Retirees' Tea, Girard College, Feb. 7, 1957 Tea for Miss Rita McAlaarnen, Feb. 21, 1957 "What Shall We Do?". Chapel, May 1, 1957 Commencement Exercises, The Charles E. Ellis School for Girls, June 7, 1957 Class of 1927, Perkasie High School, June 14, 1957 On worship. n.d. On social work. n.d.
Brown, Mary S. Atlantic City, N.J., 1904 7/14.
Letters from Rebecca K. Cooper, 1894-1906 and n.d. Letters are primarily to her son, Edwin K. Cooper. ca. 20 items.
Journal, 1880-1895, with marriages, births and deaths recorded at end and journal, 1905-1906, also with some genealogical notes; "A Testimony concerning Rebecca Ann Cooper by "One who loved her."
Letters from Edith, 1854; Emma, 1924; M.M. Partridge, n.d. and item copied from Ladies Home Journal, 1906.
Miscellaneous genealogical information re: Cooper, Hilyard, Newbold, Pennell, Scattergood, Sharpless and Wills families
To sister. Cobton, 1885 4/10.
1 album. A commonplace book, 1820s, with text copied into the album for Susan Richardson by various people, including S[arah] M[oore] Grimke. Also some illustrations of note.
A scrapbook of clippings which may have belonged to Scattergood.
Autobiography of Sharpless (typescript copy), born in 1880 in Founders Hall, son of Isaac Sharpless and Lydia Trimble (Cope) Sharpless, Haverford class of 1900.
1 album. A commonplace book, 1850s-1860s, includings entries by Wills and Sharpless family members, and several engravings.
Wills, Ann. Commonplace book. [18--?] Wills, C.N. Estate, 1879. (copy) Wills (Cooper), Rachel P. Two letters to her sister. Book of newspaper clippings of verse, obituariess, etc., mid-19th century. collector unknown. Plan of Wills's Rancocas Lot from New Historical Atlas of Burlington Co., 1876 and 1951. (copy)
Published birthday book with ms. additions citing family/friends' birdays, mid-19th century.
1 album. The name "Ray" is gold-tooled on cover.
1 album. From the studios of Gilbert Bacon, Broadbent & Philips and Gutekunst.
Letters from Albert L. Green. Beatrice, Nebraska, 1913-1930. 3 items. Includes: to sister. 1913 3/26. [a description of the Providence farm of their childhood] to sister, Lydia G. Hawkins. 1916 11/21. [settlement of the Green estate] to sister. 1930 1/16. [comments on sister's article about their early family life, including their meeting and its attenders, genealogy] Manuscript by Albert L. Green. 1 notebook. ""The Language and Customs of a Nearly Extinct Nation of Ancient Quivera whose Component Bands still Survive and are Known as the Otoes, Iowas and Missouris by A.L. Green, late U.S. Indian Agent."" n.d. 71 p. Photocopy of holograph manuscript. A letter from Albert Green's granddaughter which is attached to the cover states that the original is at the Historical Society at Lincoln, Nebraska Articles by Albert L. Green 2 items. Newspaper articles, 1923 and n.d. Articles about Albert L. Green. ca. 5 items. Include biographical information.
Manuscript copy of George Dillwyn Green's essay "The Wreck of the Metropolis" with a 1923 letter from The North American about the wreck; G. D. Green's 1878 M.D. certificate from University of Pennsylvania; G.D. Green's passport, 1877; photo of G.D. Green, perhaps at the time of receiving M.D.
Letters from Lydia Sharpless Green Hawkins, 1885-1923, fragments and n.d. ca. 25 items. Letters, sent from Media, [Pa.], Tarpon Springs, Fl. (Hawkins family hotel) or Waynesville, N.C., are to her sister, Sarah Sharpless "Sadie" Green (Sadie), her husband, Alfred Hawkins, her mother, or other family and friends telling of daily activities, health. Includes: to Sadie. Media, Pa. 1885 9/19. [teaching in a school which will be a branch of Race Street] Letter from William Lamborn Green to son, Albert [Green], 1892. Letters from Sarah Sharpless Green, 1869-1897. ca. 10 items Letters sent from Media, [Pa.] to her children or other family concerning daily events, and the move of Albert Green to Nebraska. Letters from Alfred Hawkins, 1882-1904 and n.d. ca. 10 items. Letters from Media, [Pa.], Waynesville, N.C. and while traveling to his wife Lydia Sharpless Green Hawkins and other family members about hunting, travel and daily events; also a notebook cover with sketches.
Letters from Media, [Pa.] and Pleasantville, N.Y. to his sister-in-law, telling about teaching school, attending operas and concerts, and especially, grieving on the death of his wife, Sadie (Sarah Sharpless Green).