Samuel Inman Cooper papers, 1950-1970

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cooper, Samuel Inman, 1894-1974.
Title: Samuel Inman Cooper papers, 1950-1970
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 546
Extent: 7.5 linear feet (14 boxes) and 1 oversized paper box (OP)
Abstract:Papers of Atlanta architect Samuel Inman Cooper, including correspondence, photographs, plans, printed material, and memorabilia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Samuel Inman Cooper papers, Atlanta History Center.

Related Materials in This Repository

Augusta Skeen Cooper papers.


Gift, 1976.


[after identification of item(s)], Samuel Inman Cooper papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Samuel Inman Cooper, architect, was born February 14, 1894, in Atlanta, Georgia, and died there June 7, 1974. He obtained degrees from Princeton University (Litt. B., 1917) and the University of Pennsylvania (architecture, 1921); was a draftsman in the Atlanta office of A. Ten Eyck Brown (1922-1925); president of Cooper and Cooper, Inc., architects and engineers (1925-1942); vice president (1945-1952) and president (1952-1965) of Cooper, Bond & Cooper, Inc., architects and engineers; and chairman of Cooper, Barrett, Skinner, Woodbury and Cooper, Inc., architects (1965-1972). A designer of school, office, and apartment buildings, Cooper was also a delegate to eight meetings of the Pan American Congress of Architects (1947-1965), chairman of the Atlanta Civic Design Commission (1967-1970), and active in many Atlanta civic organizations. He married Augusta Skeen Cooper in 1930.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, plans, printed material, and memorabilia of Samuel Inman Cooper from 1950-1970. The correspondence pertains to buildings designed by Cooper; a photograph album contains plans and photos of the Reid House; printed materials are from the American Federation of Architects, and Princeton University; and memorabilia includes Cooper's diplomas. The collection also includes records relating to his participation in the Pan American Congress of Architects.

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Arranged by record type.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 Correspondence, 1952-1972; Mrs. Cooper, 1962-1975; Newspaper clippings, 1954-1975; Atlanta Historical Society, 1963-1967
2 Princeton, yearbooks,, 1910-1916
3 Princeton, 1953-1967, and other reunions
4 Printed materials, professional, 1957-1964
5 Newspaper clippings, 1954-1975; Miscellaneous badges; American Institute of Architects, 1951-1965
6 International Architects Union Fifth Congress; International Architects Union Summer School, 1958
7 American Institute of Architects, printed materials
8 Pan American Union of Architects
9 Pan American Association of Architects
10 Pan American Congress of Architects, 1965
11 Pan American Congress of Architects, meeting packets
12 Pan American Congress of Architects, meeting packets
13 Pan American Congress of Architects, meeting packets
14 Photographs albums and photographs
OP1 1 Photographs album