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Thomas W. Cook Papers, 1970-2009

Scope and Content Note

The Thomas W. Cook Papers document Cook's teaching, research, consulting, and extension activities at Oregon State University pertaining to turfgrass and turf management. The papers include article reprints, certificates, conference papers, correspondence, course materials, curriculum vita, employment records, notes, photographs, publications and reports, research data, speeches, and his thesis. The course materials include course outlines, syllabi, course packets and guides, examinations, and teacher evaluations. These are for courses in turf and landscape management, turf fertility, irrigation and drainage, and golf course maintenance and management.

Cook's consulting work with country clubs, private companies, colleges, municipal park departments, individual property owners, and school districts is documented in correspondence, studies and reports, and photographs. These projects pertain to the development and maintenance of golf courses, athletic fields, and lawns, including a golf course development project in Japan for which he was honored by having the course named for him. The research data primarily relates to fertilizer and herbicide studies, especially on bentgrass and bluegrass varieties. The publications include article reprints, Extension Service circulars and bulletins written by Cook, and Turfgrass Field Day programs. The photographs are primarily color slides (340) as well as prints (60) documenting Cook's research and consulting projects.

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