Biography and History

Eugene B. Cook was an expert chess player, as well as a skater, musician, author, and mountain climbing enthusiast. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1830, he was president of the Hoboken Chess Club and collected books and memorabilia on the subject. Cook also authored The American Chess Nut and The Poetry of Motion in Skating. He died in 1915.

Source: From the finding aid for C0411


  • Chess players..
  • Chess Papers of Eugene B. Cook. 1857-1906 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0411

    The Chess Papers of Eugene B. Cook consists of correspondence, copies of classic chess manuscripts and diagrams, and memorabilia of Cook (Class of 1850), as well as notes and printed matter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.