Books and articles with information about William W. Cook
Administration, University of Michigan. "The law library and legal research," Research News, University of Michigan, 1966, 1-12. PDF
Alumnus, Michigan. "An artisan is inspired by his task : a letter reveals the story behind the beautiful decorative seals in the windows of William W. Cook Research Building," The Michigan Alumnus, Oct. 1931, 5-6. PDF
———. "University to have new legal research library: William W. Cook, ’80, 82L, donor of Martha Cook dormitory, makes gift," The Michigan Alumnus, Jan. 1929, pgs. 313-314. PDF
———. "William W. Cook, university benefactor: noted New York alumni dies at his Port Chester home; his will makes huge additions to already most generous gifts," The Michigan Alumnus, June. 1930, 643-646. PDF
———. "World's finest educational building: William W. Cook legal research library nears completion as unit of law quadrangle," The Michigan Alumnus, April. 1931, 465-473. PDF
Brown, Elizabeth Gaspar. Legal education at Michigan 1859-1959. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Law School, 1959. xvii, 940 pgs.
A descriptive history of the law school in 360 pages, accompanied by tables, charts and documents for each of the twelve chapters. Chapter x, p. 305-326, is about the Law School and Mr. Cook, and includes a brief history of the law school buildings from 1859 forward. The information about Cook is drawn from books published by the Law School and the University, and Proceedings of the Board of Regents.
Coffey, Hobart. “The Law Quadrangle of the University of Michigan,” Law Library Journal, Oct. 1932, 266-277. PDF
Conard, Alfred Fletcher. "Cook and the corporate shareholder: a belated review of William W. Cook's publications on corporations," Michigan Law Review 94 (1995): 1724-1738.
A comprehensive review of Cook's publications on corporation, railroad and telegraph law, by an eminent scholar of corporate law, an Emeritus Professor of Law at Michigan.
———. Cook's books: the published writings of William W. Cook. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Law School, 1994. 54 p. Bibliography: p. 50-53.
A review of all the books Cook wrote, including those on law and American institutions and their preservation. Not widely distributed, but available in the University of Michigan Law Library.
Forsyth, Ilene H. The Uses of art: medieval metaphor in the Michigan law quadrangle . Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993. ix, 105 p.
Chapter 2, Cook: the patron as mythic figure, p. 5-20, provides biographical information about Cook drawn from secondary sources and archival material at the Bentley Historical Library. Many of the gems about Cook lie in the footnotes. The photos, clustered at the end, are black and white. There are very useful appendices: all of the exterior inscriptions, subjects in stained glass windows, a thorough list of sources, and an index. The author is Professor Emerita of History of Art at Michigan, and this book, published prior to Horste's below, sets the standard for depth of research and historical analysis.
Horste, Kathryn. The Michigan law quadrangle: architecture and origins. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997. 152 pgs.
Filled with handsome color photos, most by Gary Quesada, and intended to combine the elements of a history and a guidebook, meant to answer questions about the quad's historical styles and the significance of its rich decorations. It focuses on the dynamics among Cook, the Law School, and architects York & Sawyer. Chapter 2, p. 31-67. describes the history of the building project and Cook's role, drawing heavily on correspondence in Michigan's Bentley Historical Collection.
Law School, University of Michigan "The Quadrangle isn't square," Law Quadrangle Notes, 1983, 6-10. PDF
Leary, Margaret A. William W. Cook: Articles from "Law Quad Notes" about William W. Cook. Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Law School, 2006. PDF
———."Discovering Mr. Cook." Law Quad. Notes 47, no. 2 (2004): 38-43. PDF
———. "Building a Home for the Laws of the World: Part I: Bates, Cook, and Coffey." Law Quad. Notes 46, no. 2 (2003): 46-53. (This is an edited version of "Building a Foreign Law Collection at the University of Michigan Law Library, 1910-1960."Law Library J. 94, no. 3 (2002): 395-425.) PDF
———. "Building a Home for the Laws of the World: Part II: Hoping, Hunting, and Honing." Law Quad. Notes 46, no. 3/47, no. 1 (2004): 51-61. (Excerpted and adapted from an article originally published under the title "Building a Foreign Law Collection at the University of Michigan Law Library, 1910-1960."Law Library J. 94, no. 3 (2002): 395-425.) PDF
———. Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook & His Michigan Law Quadrangle Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011. 281 pgs.
———."Giving It All Away: William W. Cook and the University of Michigan Law School." Remarks at the Sesquicentennial Lunch, Sept. 11, 2009. PDF
———. "'A Time to Build' - William W. Cook and His Architects: Edward York and Philip Sawyer." Law Quad. Notes 45, no. 3 (2003): 8-9. (Excerpted and adapted from an article originally published under the title "Building a Foreign Law Collection at the University of Michigan Law Library, 1910-1960." Law Library J. 94, no. 3 (2002): 395-425.) PDF
———."William W. Cook and Detroit Street Railways, 1891-1894." Chron. Hist. Soc'y Mich. 29, no. 4 (2007): 21-3. PDF
Rogers, Henry Wade. "Law School of the University of Michigan," The Green Bag, Jan. 1889, 189-208. PDF
University of Michigan. Addresses delivered at the dedication of the Lawyers Club of the University of Michigan, June 13, 1925. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, 1925: 49 pgs. PDF
———. A book of the Lawyers Quadrangle at the University of Michigan / published by authority of the regents of the University of Michigan, the Board of Governors and the Council of the Lawyers Club. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, 1926: 50 pgs. PDF
University of Michigan Lawyers Club. The brief of the Lawyers Club : 1925 yearbook of the Lawyers' Club of the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI: The Lawyers Club, 1925: 42 pgs. PDF
———. Dedicatory exercises of the Law Quadrangle, the gift of William Wilson Cook, comprising the Lawyers Club, 1924, the John P. Cook Building, 1931, the Legal Research Library, 1931, Hutchins Hall, 1933, June 15, 1934, the University of Michigan Law School. Ann Arbor, MI: The Lawyers Club, 1925: 75 pgs. PDF
———. Chart of subjects of the stained glass: legal research building, University of Michigan. N.p.: n.d. PDF
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