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Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation records, 1973-1989

Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet

Summary: Files on the history of the foundation, sponsors, trustees, and advisory committees; declaration of trust and by-laws; appeal letters, 1974-1989; letters to the advisory committee, 1974-1988; press releases and publicity; financial statements, 1974-1987; application forms; correspondence with applicants; records of applications, 1976-1988; letters of regret to applicants; letters confirming awards; files on 46 Cooke Fellows, 1975-1988; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arts foundation, Washington, D.C. Supported "visual artists in mid-career." Founded in honor of Hereward Lester Cooke, an artist and Curator of Painting at the National Gallery of Art.


Donated 1990 by W.T.M. Beale, a trustee of the Foundation who maintained the records from its inception.

Related Materials

Ca. 1,000 files on rejected applicants located at National Museum of American Art Library, Vertical Files.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Hereward Lester Cooke Foundation records, 1973-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.