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Guide to the Frederick Augustus Grant Cowper Papers, 1900-1975

Abstract

Frederick Cowper was an educator, born in Island Pond, Vermont, March 3, 1883. He received his B.A.,1906, and M.A., 1911, at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, 1920. Cowper also received an L.H.D, from Trinity College in 1956. He was the author of, The Sources, Date and Style of Ille et Galeron, by Gautier d'Arras, (1922), and other works. Cowper was a professor of Romance Languages, Trinity College, Durham, NC, 1918-1924, Duke University, 1924-1952. He married Mary O. Thompson, (1881-1968) in 1909. Dr. Cowper died in Durham on January 24, 1978. There were no children.

This collection contains correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, printed material, photographs and film, with bulk dates 1920-1970, produced or acquired by Professor Cowper.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Cowper, Frederick Augustus Grant, 1883-1978
Title
Frederick Augustus Grant Cowper papers, 1900-1975
Language of Material
English, French
Extent
13.5 Linear Feet, 8000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

This collection contains correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, printed material, photographs and film, with bulk dates 1920-1970, produced or acquired by Professor Cowper. The major subject of the collection, and of Cowper's scholarly career, is the Ille et Galeron. Other subjects in the papers concern support for liquor laws in Durham and in North Carolina generally, the genealogy of the Cowper and related families, 19th century British consuls in Latin America, civil defense volunteers, and research and teaching romance languages and literature.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Container List, 1900-1975

13.5 Linear Feet(9 boxes)

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Personal Materials
Box 3
Research and Writings
Box 3
Family Papers and Genealogy
Box 4
Family Papers and Genealogy
Box 5
Consular Notebook
Box 5
Photographs and memorabilia, microfilm
Box 6
Exams, circa 1930s-1940s
Box 7
Correspondence
Box 7
Receipts
Box 7
Correspondence
Box 8
Receipts
Box 8
Reel 1: Paris-Bird & Exposition, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1937
Box 9
Reel 2: Flea and Stamp Market, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1937
Box 9
Reel 3: Flower Market & Exposition, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1937
Box 9
Reel 4: Aux Ponces, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1938-1939
Box 9
Reel 5: Arras-Grande Plan, Petite Place - Belfry, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, 1938 June 15
Box 9
Reel 6: Paris End, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, 1936 June 14
Box 9
Reel 7: Cripy, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1950
Box 9
Reel 8: View from Pont de Carousel, Scene in Tulieres, Waiting for Gates, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1936
Box 9
Reel 9: Antevin, Jardin du Plants, Les ____, Chapele du _____, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, Circa 1949-1950
Box 9
Reel 10: Untitled, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1949-1950
Box 9
Reel 11: St. Anne d'Auray, Pardon, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1 1936 July 25-26
Box 9
Reel 12: Paris Number ? Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1936-1937
Box 9
Reel 13: Mont Saint Michel, S. Malo, Dinan, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, 1936 July 16-17
Box 9
Reel 14: Havre Port, Rouen, Amien Gore, Reversal Original, 16mm, reel 1 of 1, circa 1939
Box 9
Reel 15: Flea and Stamp Market, Paris-Bird & Exposition, Flower Market & Exposition, Optical Duplicate Negative, 16mm, b&w, reels 1 through 3
Box 9
Reel 16: Flea and Stamp Market, Paris-Bird & Exposition, Flower Market & Exposition, Screening Print from Duplicate Negative, 16mm, b&w, reels 1 through 3
Box 9
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam: Flea and Stamp Market
Box 9
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam: Paris Bird Market and Exposition
Box 9
Preservation tape master, Digital Betacam: Flower Market and Exposition
Box 9
DVD Duplicating Masters
Box 9

Historical Note

Frederick Cowper was an educator, born in Island Pond, Vermont, March 3, 1883. He received his B.A.,1906, and M.A., 1911, at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, 1920. Cowper also received an L.H.D, from Trinity College in 1956. He was the author of, "The Sources, Date and Style of Ille et Galeron, by Gautier d'Arras," (1922), and other works. Cowper was a professor of Romance Languages, Trinity College, Durham, NC, 1918-1924, Duke University, 1924-1952. He married Mary O. Thompson, (1881-1968) in 1909. Dr. Cowper died in Durham on January 24, 1978. There were no children.

The son of Rev. Frederick Charles and Emma Agnes Kidd Cowper, Professor Cowper received his secondary education at Holderness Preparatory School, Plymouth, New Hampshire, 1899-1902. In the fall of 1902, he enrolled at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut where he was awarded a Russell Scholarship, and in his senior year was editor of The Trinity Tablet, a literary and news paper. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was Valedictorian at Trinity. After graduating, he was appointed a Russell Fellow, and spent two years studying at the universities of Strasbourg and Geneva. In 1911, he received his A.M. from Trinity, partly on the basis of research he had done while in Europe. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1920, with a dissertation on the sources, date, and style of the Ille et Galeron. This twelfth century romance by Gautier d'Arras was to engage him for the remainder of his career as a scholar. In 1956, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Trinity College, Hartford.

Cowper held positions as a Professor of Romance Languages in Drury College, Springfield, Mo., 1908-1911; at the University of Kansas, 1911-1917; at University of Wisconsin, 1917-1918; and finally at Trinity College/Duke University from 1918-1952. He specialized in medieval French literature and history, Italian folklore, and to a lesser extent, in 18th and 19th century French literature. He was a member of the Modern Language Association, the American Association of University Professors; the Societe des Anciens Textes Fr.; the International Arthurian Society; the American Association of Teachers of Italian; and Phi Beta Kappa. He served on Library Council at Duke University. He and his wife were active in a number of community affairs, most notably in the movement to regulate the sale of liquor in North Carolina. Mrs. Cowper was a suffragette, and the founder and director of a successful day-care nursery in Durham. Prof. Cowper also worked in civil defense in the 1950s. After his 1952 retirement, he became interested in family history and spent time in Europe researching his genealogy.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Mary Octavine (Thompson) Cowper Papers (Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick Augustus Grant Cowper Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Frederick Augustus Grant Cowper Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer starting in 1963.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, June 1989

Encoded by Molly Bragg, May 2011

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.