Joe Cook collection

Joe Cook collection

Descriptive Summary

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

Biographical/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 Note

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.

Index 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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Letters and empty envelopes
2-6Letters from schoolchildren
7Letters received during river trip
8Letters regarding River Song manuscript

2. Notes

19Notes, drafts
10Notes, miscellaneous

3. Photographs

111Photographs (end of Chattahoochee-Apalachicola river trip)

4. River Song Manuscript

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

5. Printed Material

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

6. Sound Recordings

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

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)
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