Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections established this digital collection in 2009 with materials selected from the Faith Beamer Cooke papers. These selections consist of Cooke’s poetry, correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, and her personal research, illustrating her life, work, and efforts as a poet, intellectual, and advocate of the liberal arts in Richland, Washington. The collection includes Cooke’s published and unpublished poetry spanning over seven decades, 1934-1998, and other evidence of her contribution to poetry, culture, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest. The collection is intended to illuminate a little known aspect of women’s history and identity in Cold War America.
The Washington Women's History Consortium generously provided funding for this digital collection, to make these items widely accessible.
Using the Database
To browse or search the Faith Beamer Cooke Digital Collection please use the tools above. Results appear as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed both forward and backward. To view the larger image and its corresponding data, click on the thumbnail or its title.
Library of Congress Subject Headings used in this digital collection:
Anti-war poetry, American--Women authors
Christian poetry, American--Women authors
Cold War poetry, American--Women authors
Cooke, Faith Beamer--Archives
Family poetry--Women authors
Historical poetry--American--Women authors
Industrialization poetry, American--Women authors
Life poetry, American--Women authors
Love poetry, American--Women authors
Marriage poetry, American--Women authors
Mid-Columbia Writers Association--History
Mid-Columbia Writers Association--Publications
Nature poetry--Lake Wallula--Pacific Northwest--United States
Patriotic poetry, American--Women authors
Poets, American--20th century--Archives
Society poetry, American--Women authors
Time poetry, American--Women authors
Women poets, American--20th century--Archives
Washington poets Association--History
Washington poets Association--Poetry workshop
Youth poetry, American--Women authors
Creating the Database
Nathan James Roberts, a Ph.D. candidate in the Washington State University Department of History, processed the Faith Beamer Cooke papers in 2008, and selected, scanned, and described the images for this project in 2008-2009. Trevor Bond, Interim Head of MASC, and Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian, supervised the project, while Alex Merill, Systems/Operations Manager and Digital Initiatives Librarian, provided training and technical support for the project.