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Box 1
  • Organized into two sections: 1. Correspondence with colleagues, family and friends and arranged in alphabetical order. Replies by Kent and Sally Cooper are filed with the person with whom they were corresponding. There is a list of correspondents at the end of this finding aid. 2. Condolence letters written to Sally upon Kent's death. These are also arranged alphabetically and are mostly photocopies.


Box 2
  • Arranged alphabetically by title of composition and includes correspondence and copyright information related to that title. There is also correspondence with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), 1948-1985, and BMI (Broadc ast Music, Inc.), 1965-1982, concerning Cooper's compositions. One folder of unidentified music and several compositions by other composers completes this section.
  • Compositions:
  • About the Girl
    All Hail Smith College
    America Needs You
    Anna Zenger
    Deacon Boody Howdy Do
    Dixie Girl
    Don't You Want My Heart
    I'll Not Forget
    Indiana Forever
    Love Is
    Magic of the Violin
    March of the Forty-Eight States
    My Village Girl
    Overture Lola Montez
    Song of the Alaska Highway
    There Came the Day
    They'll be Returning
    They'll Make Love Our Way
    Victory and Mary
    Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. (WAC song)
    We Want Peace see They'll Make Love Our Way
    What is Time
    When Love is the Guide
    Yankee Doodle Dixie Dandy
    unidentified music
  • ASCAP, 1948-1985 (2 folders)
  • B.M.I., 1965-1982 (1 folder)
  • Music by others (printed) - 1. 'Round My Indiana Home, words by J. Will Callahan, music by Joe Dunn, autographed by Callahan. 2. Put Me Off at Buffalo, words by Harry Dillon, music by John Dillon


Box 2
  • Arranged alphabetically by title of work:
  • Addresses before the Associated Press. 1. Letter to M. Stone, Sept. 1, 1919. "Have just re-read this. It was the first gun I fired in written form against the antiquated agency relationship and is historic solely for that reason KC"; 2. Memorandum on A gency Contracts, May 17, 1920. "Reread - the second gun in the agency fight, read to Board, Jan. 1922"; 3. Feb. 15, 1922; 4. Oct. 1925; 5. Apr. 21, 1930; 6. Oct. 1935; 7. Jan. 8, 1941; 8. Oct. 17, 1941; 9. Oct. 1944; 10. Oct. 10, 1962.
  • Anna Zenger. Contract, list of reviews pasted in [scrapbook]
  • Barriers Down. Research materials
  • Kent Cooper and the Associated Press. Contract, research materials
  • [McCormick, Robert R.]. Articles written by Cooper for Chicago Tribune
  • Piracy of News. Article, Oct. 2, 1961
  • Port of Destiny. Article condensed from the book Dynamo Jim Stiles: pioneer of progress; the story of a newspaper publisher who built a country and a legend, by Edward Uhlan (New York: Exposition Press, 1959). Foreword only, written by Kent Cooper.
  • The Right to Know. Contract only
  • Untitled fragments


Boxes 2-3 and Oversize
  • 1925-1979. Arranged by year, the photographs are primarily of board meetings and functions of the Associated Press. There are also some early family photographs, travel pictures, and a group documenting the dedication of the Kent Cooper Room in the Main Library of Indiana University in 1971.


Box 3
  • Various materials on the following topics: Associated Press; Kent's death, including obituaries and a resolution by the AP upon his death; the sale of the Washington Times-Herald; Kent Cooper Room dedication. Also included are miscellaneous printed pieces and ephemera, including a metal life member card to the Sigma Chi Fraternity and lapel pins for AP, ASCAP, and Sigma Delta Chi


Box 3
  • Eight reel-to-reel tapes. Includes: four tapes of music mostly composed by Kent, one tape of "Reuter speech" given in London, one tape of Wes Gallagher's speech at Kent Cooper Room dedication (May 16, 1971), two tapes of conversation between Kent, Sally, family and friends


  • Bound
  • Fifteen volumes, 1925-1983. Primarily clippings about Cooper and the AP, and some articles written by Cooper

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.