Joe Cook collection

Joe Cook collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Cook, Joe, 1966-
Creator: Cook, Monica, 1967-
Title: Joe Cook collection
Dates: circa 1978-2000
Quantity: 2.1 Linear feet (5 document boxes, 1 oversized folder C)
Coll. Number: ms3246

Biographical/Historical Note

Joe Cook is an award-winning nature photographer and author, Joe's slide presentations about the Etowah River, Chattahoochee River and Appalachian Trail have been enjoyed by more than 10,000 children and adults. Over the past fifteen years, Joe has logged more than 3,500 wilderness miles on foot and canoe. In 1999, Joe became a board member of the Coosa River Basin Initiative. He began full time work as Executive Director and Riverkeeper in 2005. That same year, Joe helped create the annual Paddle Georgia, a seven-day, 120 mile river trip enjoyed by hundreds of participants that explores a different river in Georgia each year, as well as CRBI's annual Environment Fair and Quiz Bowl. Joe's dedication and enthusiasm has led to tremendous growth for CRBI, and vastly increased watershed protection efforts in Georgia. River Network website http://www.rivernetwork.org/content/joe-cook (Retrieved September 24, 2009)

The Georgia photographer Joe Cook 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 Note

The collection consists of mostly material relating to the river trip and subsequent book. The bulk of it is printed matter that may have been used in research and concerns not only the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers and surrounding areas, but also other land and water issues. The original manuscript of River Song is also included. In addition there are several folders of letters received from schoolchildren, as they would often stop at towns and speak at schools. There is also a box of audio cassettes which contain music and interviews with people they met on the journey. Other materials included in the collection are a few other letters, notes, drafts, and photographs taken at the trip's end.

This collection includes mostly material relating to the river trip and subsequent book. The bulk of it is printed matter that may have been used in research and concerns not only the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers and surrounding areas, but also other land and water issues. The original manuscript of River Song is also included. In addition there are several folders of letters received from schoolchildren, as they would often stop at towns and speak at schools. There is also a box of audio cassettes which contain music and interviews with people they met on the journey. Other materials included in the collection are a few other letters, notes, drafts, and photographs taken at the trip's end.


Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.


Index Terms

Apalachicola River (Fla.)--Description and travel.
Apalachicola River (Fla.)--Environmental conditions.
Audiocassettes.
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
Correspondence.
Manuscripts for publication.
Photographers--Georgia.
Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joe Cook collection, circa 1978-2000. MS 3246. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence

BoxFolder
11Letters and empty envelopes
2-6Letters from schoolchildren. Fldrs. 1-5
7Letters received during river trip
8Letters re. River Song manuscript
 

Series 2: Notes

BoxFolder
19Notes, drafts, etc.
10Notes, miscellaneous
 

Series 3: Photographs

BoxFolder
111Photographs (end of Chattahoochee-Apalachicola river trip)
 

Series 4: River Song Manuscript

BoxFolder
112 River Song ms. Table of contents & Ch. 1
13 River Song ms. Ch. 2
14 River Song ms. Ch. 3
15 River Song ms. Ch. 4
16 River Song ms. Ch. 5
17 River Song ms. Ch. 6
18 River Song ms. Ch. 7
19 River Song ms. Chapters 8 & 9 (pages 131-147 missing)
20 River Song ms. Ch. 10
21 River Song ms. Ch. 11
22 River Song ms. Ch. 12
23 River Song ms. Ch. 13
24 River Song ms. Ch. 14
25 River Song ms. Ch. 15
 

Series 5: Printed Material

BoxFolder
21Re. Alligators
2Re. Apalachicola Bay area
3Re. Chattahoochee River-miscellany
4Re. Cultural history
4Booklet: The Bluff at Ft. Gaines, Ga. by J.E. Coleman
5Re. Cultural history. Booklet: City of Duluth
6Re. Cultural history
6Booklet: Visit to the Old Home Place: The Poetry of William L. Davenport
7Re. Cultural history-legal issues
8Re. Cultural history-miscellany
9Re. Cultural history-river trips
10Re. Cultural history
10Serial: Chronicles of the Chattahoochee Valley
11-13Re. Cultural history. Tourist info., brochures, etc. Fldrs. 1-3
14Re. Endangered species
BoxFolder
31Georgia Conservancy Newsletters ( Panorama), 1994-1996
2Georgia Conservancy Newsletters ( Panorama), 1997-1998
3Georgia Conservancy Newsletters ( Panorama), 1999-2000
4Georgia Conservancy miscellaneous publications
5Re. Georgia forests
6Re. Georgia Geological Survey publications
7Re. Historic Chattahoochee Commission publications
8-9Re. Lakes. Fldrs 1 & 2
10Re. Land development issues
11Map: Trail Guide to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
12Maps: Sections of Chattahoochee & Apalachicola Rivers
13Re. Miscellaneous environmental issues
BoxFolder
41-2Re. River navigation issues. Fldrs. 1 & 2
3Trust for Public Land newsletters, etc.
4Re. U.S. waterway system
5Re. Waste water
6-9Re. Water quality. Fldrs. 1-4
BoxFolder
51Re. Water use
2Re. Water wars
3Re. Wildflowers
4Writings about Joe and Monica Cook
5Writings by Joe and Monica Cook
6Writings by Joe and Monica Cook-newspaper articles
 

Series 6: Sound Recordings

BoxFolder
61Steve Johnson / Morris Jackson
2John Taylor / Chris Scalley
3Billy Winn / Louie Edwards
4"Song of the Chattahoochee" (Lee Johnson)
5T. Drew Branch, July 6, 1995
6Pat Stevens / Bethea
7Dr. Greear
8Phillip Greear, February 10, 1996
9Holly Elmendorf / Gandy Glover / Junior Arrington
10James Coleman / Lovie Edwards / Janet Standley
11Janet Standley / Jack Wingate
12Arrington / Scalley / Fowler / Trammel
13Erwin Topper-U.S. Army COE
14Comer Vandiver
 

Series 7: Maps

OS Folder
1C Atlanta and Vicinity (road map), 1990
The Centennial Olympic Games (Official Map), 1996
Chattahoochee River Corridor (Atlanta Regional Commission), 1992
Chattahoochee Valley Area (Lafayette-Lanett-Valley-West Point, AL-GA) (road map), 1993 (2 copies)
Folder
5 Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (Nat. Park Service map), 1987
OS Folder
1C Dothan AL-GA-FL (USGS topographic map), 1981
East Ridge. TN.-GN. (USGS topographic map), 1982
Georgia (road map), 1991
Georgia (road map), 1997
La Grange, GA-AL (USGS topographic map), 1978
Lafayette, GA. (USGS topographic map), 1983
Opelika AL-GA (USGS topographic map), 1981
Trout Streams of Georgia (Ga. Dpt. of Natural Resources), 1996
Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands, 1993-94
Walker County, Ga. (Aerial map), 1981
Western North Carolina (road map), 1995
Large ziploc bag with "Maps" written on it