Guide to the Ernest Cook Photographic Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cook, Ernest (Ernest Sylvester)
Title: Ernest Cook Photographic Collection
Dates: circa 1890-1915 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.01 cubic foot, including 62 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: P 221
Summary: The Ernest Cook Photographic Collection consists of photographs published in the OSU Research Forests oral history of Wanda Marcks Cook and includes images of the Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch and the Oregon Agricultural College campus in the 1910s. Ernest Cook attended OAC in 1910-1911 and married Wanda Marcks in 1913.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Ernest Sylvester Cook attended Oregon Agriculture College as a special student in agriculture during the 1910/11 academic year. He married Wanda Marcks in about 1913 and they lived on the Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch until 1922 when they moved to Portland.

Content Description

The collection consists of photographs taken and/or assembled by Ernest Cook and published in the OSU Research Forests oral history, Wanda Marcks Cook: The Story of the Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch. They include images of the Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch, the Cook family, and the OAC campus in the 1910s. Of particular note are images of the library quadrangle that show the Wilson House and Alpha Hall.

The materials are 35 mm b/w copy negatives made from the originals and duplicate prints.

The photographs descriptions are taken directly from the OSU Research Forests oral history, Wanda Marcks Cook: The Story of the Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch, with minor editorial modifications.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Ernest Cook Photographic Collection (P 221), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

These copy negatives and prints were obtained by the Research Forests from Roy Cook, son of Ernest and Wanda Marcks Cook, for use in the Wanda Marcks Cook oral history publication and with Cook's permission were transferred to the OSU Archives.

Related Materials :  

The published oral history, Wanda Marcks Cook: The Story of the Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch, is available in the Oral History Collection (OH6:12).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Published Photographs - Un-numbered [arranged by page number, on left in italics]
1 Title page: Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch with Soap Creek and Writsman's Butte in the background, circa 1914
taken from the western side of Lewisburg Saddle looking east. This photographs was first published in October, 1993 on page 81 of Chapter B to Comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Management of Habitat for Late-Successional and Old-Growth Forest Related Species within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl, which was prepared by the Northwest Forest Resources Council, Portland, Oregon, and the American Forest and Paper Association, Washington, D.C., as the principal forest industry response to the Clinton Plan for Northwest Forests.
1 X: Marcks Family Photo, circa 1912
This picture of Wanda Marcks and her family was probably taken by Ernest Cook and shows Wanda as a teenager, a few years before her wedding to Ernest; to Wanda's left are her brothers, Raymond and Wallace, her sister, Florence, her mother, Helen, and her father, Louis.
1 54: Cook Family Photo, circa 1890
This photograph of the Cook family shows William Hunt Cook, his daughters, Doris, Lucine (Lina), and Mary; sons John W. (left) and Tyrone P. (right), and wife.
1 84: Mrs. Marcks and Mrs. Tiffany, October 1920

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Published Photographs - Numbered

published on pages 56-60 and 70-75

1 01: OAC campus scene, Corvallis, Oregon
This postcard may have been made from a photo by Ernest Cook. It shows Benton Hall from the northeast, sometime between 1905 and 1915.
02-04: Campus views; Roy Cook believes Ernest took them as a student around 1910
1 02: Benton Hall
1 03: Benton Hall and Women's Center Building
1 04: Waldo Hall, Education Hall, and Benton Hall
1 05: Bandstand, circa 1910
1 06: Bandstand and library quadrangle, circa 1910
This view shows the Wilson house on the current site of the library and Alpha Hall on the current site of Social Science Hall.
1 07: McAlexander Fieldhouse and athletic field south of Waldo Hall, circa 1910
1 08: Apperson Hall, circa 1910
1 09: Greenhouse, circa 1910
1 10: Machine shop, circa 1910
1 11-14: Views of the new family home for the Cooks were probably taken by Ernest around 1914; note size and spacing of trees around home at that time
1 15: Growing corn, circa 1914
note the foot of Bakers Mountain in the background.
1 16: Grain, man, and barn, circa 1914
view of a Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch crop; photographer may be either Ernest Cook or Wanda Cook.
1 17: Old barn, circa 1915; Roy Cook believes that this barn was probably located in Soap Creek Valley before the turn of the century
1 P221:18: Unidentified Soap Creek Valley cabin, circa 1914
may be a school building or a teacher's cottage.
19-23: Sulphur Springs Stock Ranch, circa 1914
Cook house visible in all photos.
1 19: Looks southwest, toward Sulphur Springs, with Kings Valley Ridge in the background
1 20: Panorama of the southern portion of Soap Creek Valley with Bakers Mountain to the right
1 21: Easterly view with Writsman's Peak in the left background and Coffin Butte in the center
1 22: Southeasterly view with Coffin butte barely visible to the left and the northern slopes of Lewisburg Saddle on the right
1 23: Close-up of fence

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Unpublished Photographs
1 Cabin or farm building, circa 1910s
1 Partially cleared land with stumps and possible slash burning

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  • Personal Names :
  • Cook, Wanda Marcks
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College-Buildings
  • Geographical Names :
  • Soap Creek Valley (Benton County and Polk County, Or.)
  • Sulphur Springs (Benton County, Or.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Film negatives
  • Photographic prints

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