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Collection Overview

Creator:
Cook, E.B. (Eugene Beauharnais), 1830-1915
Title:
Chess Papers of Eugene B. Cook
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qb98mf478
Dates:
1857-1906
Size:
21 boxes, 2 items, and 5.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-21
Language:
English

Abstract

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.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

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. The collection contains personal correspondence--with individual chess enthusiasts such as Charles Gilberg, chess clubs, including the Hoboken Chess Club of which Cook was president for many years, importers and publishers of chess books, and newspapers regarding chess columns--and miscellaneous financial correspondence dealing with subscriptions to chess magazines and equipment. There are copies of manuscripts and diagrams of famous chess problems, including the Bonus Socius, Wolfenbuttel Extravaganza, Al Hakim, Alphonsine, Boncompagni, Codex Vaticanus, De Ludo Scaccorum, and Picardese. In addition, the collection contains notes and printed matter relating to meetings, social functions, trips, and miscellaneous financial material of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Arrangement

Arranged in this order: correspondence (alphabetical), copies of chess manuscripts and sketches (alphabetical), printed matter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Collection Creator Biography:

Cook, E.B. (Eugene Beauharnais), 1830-1915

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.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Addition of timeline is a gift of Benjamin F. Levene Jr.

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Chess Papers of Eugene B. Cook; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qb98mf478
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-21

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