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Cook, E.B. (Eugene Beauharnais), 1830-1915
Chess Papers of Eugene B. Cook
Manuscripts Division
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21 boxes, 2 items, and 5.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-21


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

Scope and Contents

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.


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


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


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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-21

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