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Joe Cook collection

Joe Cook collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joe Cook collection
Creator: Cook, Monica, 1967-
Creator: Cook, Joe, 1966-
Inclusive Dates: 1978-2000
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.1 Linear Feet 5 document boxes, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms3246
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Joe Cook, an award-winning nature photographer and author, and his former wife, Monica, explored the entire length of the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers by foot and canoe during the spring and summer of 1995. The 540 mile journey, from a spring near Chattahoochee Gap in Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, took 100 days. The purpose of the trip was to not only photograph the rivers, but to also bring attention to how these waterways are being threatened by pollution, overdevelopment, dams, and dredging. The story of this adventure, River Song: A Journey Down the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers, was published in 2000.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of printed material that may have been used in research concerning the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers and other land and water issues. The original manuscript of River Song is also included. In addition there is correspondence received from schoolchildren, as the couple would often stop at towns and speak at schools, as well as audio cassettes which contain music and interviews with people they met on the journey.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joe Cook collection, ms3246, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 Septemer 11.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Apalachicola River (Fla.)
Chattahoochee River -- Description and travel.
Chattahoochee River -- Environmental conditions.
Cook, Joe, 1966- -- River song
Cook, Joe, 1966- -- Travel--Apalachicola River
Cook, Joe, 1966- -- Travel--Chattahoochee River
Cook, Monica, 1967- -- Travel--Apalachicola River
Cook, Monica, 1967- -- Travel--Apalachicola River
Cook, Monica, 1967- -- Travel--Chattahoochee River
Manuscripts for publication.
Photographers -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Letters and empty envelopes
12-6Letters from schoolchildren
17Letters received during river trip
18Letters regarding River Song manuscript

2. Notes

19Notes, drafts
110Notes, miscellaneous

3. Photographs

111Photographs (end of Chattahoochee-Apalachicola river trip)

4. River Song Manuscript

112River Song ms. Table of contents & Ch. 1
113River Song ms. Ch. 2
114River Song ms. Ch. 3
115River Song ms. Ch. 4
116River Song ms. Ch. 5
117River Song ms. Ch. 6
118River Song ms. Ch. 7
119River Song ms. Chapters 8 & 9 (pages 131-147 missing)
120River Song ms. Ch. 10
121River Song ms. Ch. 11
122River Song ms. Ch. 12
123River Song ms. Ch. 13
124River Song ms. Ch. 14
125River Song ms. Ch. 15

5. Printed Material

22Apalachicola Bay area
23Chattahoochee River-miscellany
24Cultural history
24The Bluff at Ft. Gaines, Ga. by J.E. Coleman
25Cultural history. Booklet: City of Duluth
26Cultural history
26Visit to the Old Home Place: The Poetry of William L. Davenport - booklet
27Cultural history-legal issues
28Cultural history-miscellany
29Cultural history-river trips
210Cultural history
210 Chronicles of the Chattahoochee Valley
211-13Cultural history, tourism, brochures
214Endangered species
31Georgia Conservancy Newsletters ( Panorama), 1994-1996
32Georgia Conservancy Newsletters ( Panorama), 1997-1998
33Georgia Conservancy Newsletters ( Panorama), 1999-2000
34Georgia Conservancy miscellaneous publications
35Georgia forests
36Georgia Geological Survey publications
37Historic Chattahoochee Commission publications
310Land development issues
311Map: Trail Guide to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
312Maps: Sections of Chattahoochee & Apalachicola Rivers
313Environmental issues
41-2River navigation issues
43Trust for Public Land newsletters, etc.
44U.S. waterway system
45Waste water
46-9Water quality
51Water use
52Water wars
54Writings about Joe and Monica Cook
55Writings by Joe and Monica Cook
56Writings by Joe and Monica Cook-newspaper articles

6. Sound Recordings

61Steve Johnson / Morris Jackson
62John Taylor / Chris Scalley
63Billy Winn / Louie Edwards
64"Song of the Chattahoochee" (Lee Johnson)
65T. Drew Branch, July 6, 1995
66Pat Stevens / Bethea
67Dr. Greear
68Phillip Greear, February 10, 1996
69Holly Elmendorf / Gandy Glover / Junior Arrington
610James Coleman / Lovie Edwards / Janet Standley
611Janet Standley / Jack Wingate
612Arrington / Scalley / Fowler / Trammel
613Erwin Topper-U.S. Army COE
614Comer Vandiver

7. Maps

1CAtlanta and Vicinity (road map), 1990
1CThe Centennial Olympic Games (Official Map), 1996
1CChattahoochee River Corridor (Atlanta Regional Commission), 1992
1CChattahoochee Valley Area (Lafayette-Lanett-Valley-West Point, AL-GA) (road map), 1993 (2 copies)
5Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (Nat. Park Service map), 1987
1CDothan AL-GA-FL (USGS topographic map), 1981
1CEast Ridge. TN.-GN. (USGS topographic map), 1982
1CGeorgia (road map), 1991
1CGeorgia (road map), 1997
1CLa Grange, GA-AL (USGS topographic map), 1978
1CLafayette, GA. (USGS topographic map), 1983
1COpelika AL-GA (USGS topographic map), 1981
1CTrout Streams of Georgia (Ga. Dpt. of Natural Resources), 1996
1C Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands , 1993-94
1CWalker County, Ga. (Aerial map), 1981
1CWestern North Carolina (road map), 1995
1CLarge ziploc bag with "Maps" written on it