Cook, Sir Albert Ruskin (1870-1951) and Cook, Lady (Katharine)
Name of creator(s): Cook, Sir Albert Ruskin, KCMG, OBE (1870-1951) and Lady (Katharine) CMG, OBE (1863-1938), Medical missionaries in Uganda and founders of the Mengo Hospital and Lady Coryndon Maternity Training School
Administrative/Biographical history: Outline of Life and Career of R A Cook:
Immediate source of acquisition: This collection of Sir A R Cook's papers was given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (now the Wellcome Library, Archives and Manuscripts department) by Sir Albert's grandson Richard Bax in 1984. In 1994, the Wellcome Trust funded a project to microfilm the Mengo Hospital records at Makerere Medical School Library and 25 reels of microfilm were produced before the project was suspended due to political difficulties. Copies of the films have been added to this collection and are listed as Section M.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, 1812-1951, giving many details of the Cooks' life and work in Uganda. There is also a large collection of diaries, 1855-1951, a number of photographs of Uganda and holidays abroad, c.1896-1930s, family and personal papers, 1882-1951, a small amount of printed material, c.1896-c.1947, and microfilms of records held at the Albert R Cook Library of Medicine at the Makerere University Medical School, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, covering 1897-1959 and including patient case notes and registers 1897-1920.
System of arrangement: As far as possible the collection has been kept in a similar order to that in which it was found, although much of the correspondence had been re-arranged by W D Foster whilst researching his book 'Sir Albert Cook A Missionary Doctor in Uganda' (Newhaven Press 1978).
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access:
Conditions governing reproduction: Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.
Related material: There is correspondence between Cook and Henry Wellcome in the Wellcome Archives, including a file on Wellcome's support for Mengo Hospital, with a history and progress report, 1931-1936 (WA/HMM/CO/Alp/153).
Note: Material of A R Cook is also held by the Henry Martyn Centre, Cambridge, amongst the papers of a) Bertha and Ralph Leech who worked in Church Missionary Society Hospitals in Mego, Uganda, and in Kenya between 1938 and 1964, and b) Dr Roy Billington, medical missionary in Uganda 1937-1972.
Date(s) of descriptions: 30/09/1998