Cook Labs records, 1908-2002, bulk 1948-1965
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Summary
Collection ID:
CFCH.COOK
Creators:
Cook Labs
Cook, Emory, 1913-2002
Dates:
1908-2002, bulk 1948-1965
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
6.3 cubic feet
Phonograph albums
63.5 cubic feet
Open-reel tapes
8.75 cubic feet
Business records
78.55 cubic feet
Repository:
The Cook Labs records, which date from 1939-2002, document the activities of audio engineer Emory Cook and his label Cook Labs. The contents include business records, materials relating to recording artists, photographs, and production materials, as well as phonograph records, master recordings and unpublished recordings produced by or associated with the Cook Labs label. The collection also contains two interviews conducted with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer. There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
There are two primary components of the Cook Labs records: the records, master tapes and other audio recordings, and the related paper files.
The Cook Labs records contains about 150 of the 200 released Cook recordings, and 739 master tapes. In addition, there are 330 unpublished tapes.
The the paper files include acquisition materials; business correspondence; recording reports; various production notes on records produced; news articles both about and by Emory Cook and Cook Labs; copyright, licensing, and trademark materials; photographs, correspondence, contracts, and other materials relating to recording artists; production materials for each Cook Labs release; and other miscellany. Many contracts are signed by both Cook Labs and the artist. Correspondence is primarily between business associates.
Two interviews were done with Emory Cook in 1990: one by Jeff Place and one by Anthony Seeger and Nicholas Spitzer; both interviews are included in the Cook Labs records.
There are several physical objects relating to Cook Labs including a bag of powdered vinyl, a binaural playing arm, and a condenser microphone.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
Many of the items in this list have been assigned an accession number, and like materials have been grouped together to create seven series:
  • Series 1: Business Papers, 1939-1990
  • Series 2: Recording Artists, 1949-1981, bulk 1950-1959
  • Series 3: Photographs, undated, 1957
  • Series 4: Production files, 1948-1995, bulk 1952-1963
  • Series 5: Objects, undated, 1908-1964
  • Series 6: Audio Interviews, 1990
  • Series 7: Audio Recordings

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Emory Cook (1913-2002) is widely regarded as a highly influencial audio engineer. Born and raised in Albany, New York, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1932. After his discharge in 1934 he obtained his degree from Cornell University and began working for Western Electric in the Audio Engineering Force. During World War II, while still at Western Electric, Cook supervised the creation of a fire-controlled radar "Trainer," for which he received a Commendation from the Service.
In the late 1940's, convinced he could do better than what was on the market, Cook began experimenting with making his own audio equipment. Cook Laboratories was started in 1945 when he developed a new cutting head to be used in record production. Future development of equipment brought about the discovery that he could record frequencies as high as 20,000 hertz, more than any other recording company at the time. He cut a record of piano and organ music to demonstrate this discovery, and took it to the 1949 Audio Fair in New York. When he demonstrated the record with the hopes to sell the recording equipment, he found that people were much more interested in buying the record itself. Shortly after, Sounds of Our Times, later called Cook Records, was born.
Cook Records collected many different sounds and was mostly aimed at the devoted high-fidelity listener. Cook believed that hearing was a sense often overlooked by people, and he wanted listeners of his albums to be able to hear things they might otherwise miss. In a New Yorker profile by Daniel Lang in 1956, Cook claimed that hearing was "always being kicked aside in favor of sight… There's a time and a place for everything, and that includes sound." In order to encourage listening, he put out many albums full of everyday sounds, such as Voice of the Sea, an album of noises of the ocean and Eye of the Storm, recorded during a thunderstorm. One of the most successful albums was Rail Dynamics, an album of steam trains pulling in and out of a station.
Cook Records also produced traditional music albums from its plant in Stamford, Connecticut. The label produced everything from organ music to folk, flamenco guitar, calypso and steel band. Cook had little interest in name musicians and instead searched high and low for anything he thought might be an interesting contribution to his label. He even invited listeners to send in their favorite sounds, some of which he eventually recorded.
Cook had such a large interest in Calypso music that he set up a second pressing plant in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. There he pressed calypso and steel band music for both a Trinidadian and American audience, and most albums sold well in both countries.
In addition to the wide range of music Cook recorded, he was also an inventor. It was Cook who first came up with the idea of pressing records with powdered, rather than solid, vinyl, a technique he dubbed "microfusion." This technique not only saved money, but cut out many of the traditional crackles and pops associated with records.
He also developed the binaural system of recording and playing records, which he thought was superior to the more commonly used stereo method. Binaural was more precise than stereo, and it required placing two microphones six inches apart, approximately the space between two ears, during the recording. It was then played back with a special two-needle playing arm. Binaural recordings were thought by Cook to best duplicate the original sound.
Emory Cook died at the age of 89 in 2002 after a long hospitalization.

Administration
Processing Information note
Original inventory prepared in September 1993 by Lori Elaine Taylor. Revised and enhanced by Leah Gross, December 2005; authority terms compiled by Jeff Place, added in revision of finding aid by Stephanie Smith, February 2006. Revised by Stephanie Smith, December 2011; additional revisions by Cecilia Peterson and Nichole Procopenko, January-May 2014 and August 2015.
Author
Leah Gross
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The Smithsonian Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections acquired the Cook Labs Records in 1990, when Emory and Martha Cook donated their company records to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Anthony Seeger, then Director of Smithsonian Folkways Records, received a call from Mr. Cook in the summer of 1989 offering to donate the Cook label to the Smithsonian. Dr. Seeger visited him in August of that year to view the contents of the collection, and the Smithsonian received custody of the collection in May 1990. In return for the donation from Mr. Cook, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage agreed to keep the record titles available and to store the papers in the archives.

COOK RECORDINGS - NUMERICAL LISTING
COOK RECORDINGS - NUMERICAL LISTING
  • 001 20,000 Cycle Demo (1949) COOK00001
  • 002 Night Rain and Surf COOK00002
  • 003 Specimen Heart Beats COOK00003
  • 004 Katydids, Frogs and Forrest Birds
  • E101 Grenada Stories and Songs (1957-58) COOK00101
  • E102 Amazon Sound: Yacu River Tribes (Rituals and Rites) (1954) COOK00102
  • E103 Music of St. Lucia (1953) COOK00103
  • E104 Rada (1958) COOK00104
  • E105 JOSE RAMON FORTUNE AND OLGA MAYNARD Nancy Stories (1956) COOK00105
  • 106 Afro-West Indian Cultural Practices (1957-58) COOK00106
  • 107 ESCOLA DE SAMBA DE BRAZIL The Boli, The Cocolute, and Brazil (1957-58) COOK00107
  • 901 Steelband Jump Up Boys Town, Tropical Harmony, Silvertone COOK00901
  • 904 THE ESSO STEEL BAND Esso Steelband of Bermuda (1958) COOK0904
  • 906 LORD MELODY Lord Melody Sings Calypso (1958-59) COOK00906
  • 911 TOM CHARLES AND HIS SYNCOPATER ORCHESTRA Fete for So! (1959) COOK00911
  • 914 LORD MELODY Again! Lord Melody Sings Calypso (1957-58) COOK00914
  • 916 Calypso Cross Section Young Killer, The Mighty Bomber, Small Island Pride, The Mighty Wrangler (1957-58) COOK00916
  • 920 THE MIGHTY SPARROW King Sparrow's Calypso Carnival (1959) COOK00920
  • 927 LORD MELODY Calypso through the Looking Glass (1959) COOK00927
  • 928 CLARENCE CURVAN His Drums, His Orchestra COOK00928
  • 930 Belly to Belly Clarence Curvan, Johnny Gomez, Tom Charles, Fitz Vaughn Bryan (1960-61) COOK00930
  • 931 LORD MELODY Lord Melody, 1962 COOK0931
  • 1000 TITUS MOODY DDDs of Binaural (1952) COOK01000
  • 1011 The Christmas Music Box (1950) COOK01011
  • 1012 Music Boxes of Long Ago (1950) COOK01012
  • 1013 CHARLIE MAGNANTE Accordion Pops Concert (1954-55) COOK01013
  • 1014 CHARLIE MAGNANTE AND LaVERGNE SMITH His and Hers (1954-55) COOK01014
  • 1020 SAM ESKIN Sam Eskin's Songs of All Time COOK01020
  • 1021 GROUPE MI-O Un Ti Bo (1958) COOK01021
  • 1022 LAVINIA WILLIAMS' GROUPE FOLKLORIQUE Haiti Confidential (1958) COOK01022
  • 1023 The Ramayana (Hindu Ceremony) (1961) COOK01023
  • 1024 GUSTAVO ZEPOLI Concert Guitar (1954) COOK01024
  • 1025 SEAN McGONIGAL AND ST. COLUMCILLE'S UNITED GAELIC PIPE BAND Kilts on Parade (1950) COOK01025
  • 1026 ANITA AST AND THE VIENNA KONZERTSCHRAMMEREIN Inside Vienna (1952) COOK01026
  • 1027 CARLOS MONTOYA AND THE JOSE GRECO TROUPE Fiesta Flamenca (1952) COOK01027
  • 1028 CARLOS MONTOYA Montoya (1952) COOK01028
  • 1030 EDWARD VITO The Harp (1951) COOK01030
  • 1031 EDWARD AND JOSEPH VITO Dual Harp (1951) COOK01031
  • 1032 RUTH WELCOME AND DICK MARTA Zither and Cimbalom (1951) COOK01032
  • 1035 Barrelhouse Piano (1950) COOK01035
  • 1036 FRANK GLAZER Liszt's Paganini Variations (1952) COOK01036
  • 1037 GRETA AND JOSEF DICHLER Two Famous European Pianos (1952) COOK01037
  • 1038 SAMUEL SORIN Piano: The Romantic Fabric (1953) COOK01038
  • 1039 LEONID HAMBRO A Perspective of Beethoven (1953) COOK01039
  • 1040 Steel Band Clash Brute Force Steel Band, Big Shell Band, and Hell Gate Band (1955)
  • 1041 JIMMY CARROLL PERCUSSION EMSEMBLE WITH RED CAMP Speed the Parting Guest (1953) and The Hot Tempered Clavichord (1957) COOK01041
  • 1042 BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua with Big Shell Band (1955) COOK01042
  • 1043 Three Rituals (1955) COOK01043
  • 1044 The Compleat In Fidelytie: Sounds Natural and Unnatural (1956) COOK01044
  • 1045 Drums of Trinidad (1956) COOK01045
  • 1046 Champion Steel Bands of Trinidad The Highlanders, Southern All Stars, The Katzenjammers, others (1957) COOK01046
  • 1047 THE KATZENJAMMERS The Enchanted Steelband (1957) COOK01047
  • 1048 BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND Music to Awaken the Ballroom Beast (1957) COOK01048
  • 1049 BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND Beauty and the Brute Force (1957) COOK01049
  • 1050 MICHAEL CHESHIRE The Pipe Organ, volume 1 (1952) COOK01050
  • 1051 MICHAEL CHESHIRE The Pipe Organ, volume 2 (1952) COOK01051
  • 1052 REGINALD FOORT Percussion and Pedal, volume 3 (1952) COOK01052
  • 1053 REGINALD FOORT Reginald Foort at the Mosque, volume 4 (1952) COOK01053
  • 1054 REGINALD FOORT Organ in Symphony Hall, volume 1 (1954) COOK01054
  • 1055 REGINALD FOORT Organ in Symphony Hall, volume 2 (1954) COOK01055
  • 1056 ALFONSO VEGA NUÑEZ Morelia Cathedral Organ (1954) COOK01056
  • 1057 REGINALD FOORT Foort Pops (1956) COOK01057
  • 1058 REGINALD FOORT Waltz and Ballet: The Mosque Organ (1956) COOK01058
  • 1059 REGINALD FOORT Intermission at the Mosque (1956) COOK01059
  • 1060 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Brahms First Symphony (1954) COOK01060
  • 1061 FESTIVAL CASALS ORCHESTRA Hector Campos Parsi (1958) COOK01061
  • 1062 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Stravinsky, Villa Lobos, and Bach (1955) COOK01062
  • 1063 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Debussy (1955) COOK01063
  • 1064 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Masterpieces of the Dance (1955) COOK01064
  • 1065 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Mozart Symphony No. 40 (1955) COOK01065
  • 1066 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Masterpieces of the Theater (1955) COOK01066
  • 1067 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (1955) COOK01067
  • 1068 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON New Orchestral Society of Boston (1966) COOK01068
  • 1069 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Haydn Symphony No. 100: Military (1966) COOK01069
  • 1070 Rail Dynamics: Steam Locomotives and Train Sounds (1950-54) COOK01070
  • 1071 Burlesque Uncensored (1954) COOK01071
  • 1072 Jump-up Carnival: Calypso Tent (1956) COOK01072
  • 1073 Holy Week: Malaga (Spain) (1961) COOK01073
  • 1074 Benevolent Society for the Preservation of Ancient Rhymes and Limerix Limerick Party COOK01074
  • 1075 Voices of the Sky: Propellers and Jets (1957) COOK01075
  • 1077 Voice of the Storm (1957-58) COOK01077
  • 1078 A Double Barrel Blast: High Cost of Dying and Computer Conversations (1962) COOK01078
  • 1079 Tour of High Fidelity (1965) COOK01079
  • 1080 TRIO LEONES Trio Leones of Cabrito (1954) COOK01080
  • 1081 LaVERGNE SMITH LaVergne Smith (01014B plus) (1954) COOK01081
  • 1082 Le Jazz Primitif from Trinidad Rupert Clemendore and John Buddy Williams (1961) COOK01082
  • 1083 Jawbone of an Ass: Musica de Cuba (1955) COOK01083
  • 1084 SID DAVILLA AND FREDDIE KOHLMAN'S BAND WITH RED CAMP Blowout at Mardi Gras (1955) COOK01084
  • 1085 TONY ALMERICO'S PARISIAN ROOM BAND Clambake on Bourbon Street (1954-55) COOK01085
  • 1086 WILLIE RODRIGUEZ The Drums of Rodriguez (1953) COOK01086
  • 1087 RED CAMP Camp Inventions: Jazz Piano and Zither Music (1955) COOK01087
  • 1088 RED CAMP Red Camp Horizontal (1954) COOK01088
  • 1089 RED CAMP Red Camp Upright (1954) COOK01089
  • 1090 ARTHUR BILLINGS HUNT Arthur Billings Hunt Sings Hymns (1950) COOK01090
  • 1091 ARTHUR BILLINGS HUNT Hunt Sings Old Favorites (1950) COOK01091
  • 1092 HUFSTADER SINGERS Hufstader Singers (1953) COOK01092
  • 1094 REGINALD FOORT AND THE BOSTON CHORALE The Seven Last Words of Christ (1954) COOK01094
  • 1095 ST. JOHN'S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR Russian Christmas (Spring Valley, New York) (1961) COOK01095
  • 1096 ST. JOHN'S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR Russian Easter Midnight Service (Spring Valley, New York) (1961) COOK01096
  • 1097 ST. JOHN'S RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHOIR St. John's Russian Orthodox Choir (1961) COOK01097
  • 1101 THE INVADERS FROM ST. CROIX Steel Band in San Juan (1964) COOK01101
  • 1102 10TH NAVAL DISTRICT STEEL BAND New Paths for Steel Band (1965) COOK01102
  • 1120 BENITEZ-VALENCIA TRIO Ecuador (1958) COOK01120
  • 1121 Island in the Moonlight Trio Los Rubies, Grupo Paquito Lopez Cruz, Las Hermanas Colón, Martita Cuadrado (1958) COOK01121
  • 1122 Hellish Calypso King Fighter, The Mighty Bomber, others (1962) COOK01122
  • 1123 Calypso Atrocities King Fighter, The Mighty Bomber, others COOK01123
  • 1124 HAYWIRE MAC McCook LabsINTOCK Haywire Mac (1951) COOK01124
  • 1125 LORD MYRTLE, CECIL MITCHEL, AND JAMES CONVERY Calypso Jamaica (1960) COOK01125
  • 1126 THE MIGHTY SPARROW Sparrow in Hi-Fi (1963) COOK01126
  • 1127 STEVE CAMACHO Folk and Other Songs (1962) COOK01127
  • 1131 BRUCE PRINCE-JOSEPH The Pedal Harpsichord (1953) COOK01131
  • 1132 SHINCHI YUIZE The Japanese Koto (1955) COOK01132
  • 1133 RED CAMP The New Clavichord (1957) COOK01133
  • 1134 LUIS BONFA Guitar in Brazil (1959) COOK01134
  • 1140 Steelband Promenade Brute Force Steel Band, The Merrymakers, Southern All Stars (1958) COOK01140
  • 1150 BILL FLOYD The King of Organs (1957) COOK01150
  • 1151 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 2 COOK01151
  • 1152 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 3 COOK01152
  • 1154 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 5 COOK01154
  • 1155 REGINALD FOORT The Theatre Organ, volume 6 COOK01155
  • 1156 REGINALD FOORT The Baroque Organ, volume 1 COOK01156
  • 1157 REGINALD FOORT The Baroque Organ, volume 2 COOK01157
  • 1169 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Serenade for Strings (1962) COOK01169
  • 1180 Dance Calypso Johnny Gomez Band, Small Island Pride, Dictator, others (1956) COOK01180
  • 1181 LIZZIE MILES Lizzie Miles Buglin' Sam DeKemel and the Parisian All Stars (1954-55) COOK01181
  • 1182 LIZZIE MILES Moans and Blues Red Camp and Tony Almerico's All Stars (1956) COOK01182
  • 1183 LIZZIE MILES Hot Songs My Mother Taught Me Red Camp, Tony Almerico's All Stars, Albert French (1956) COOK01183
  • 1184 LIZZIE MILES Torchy Lullabies My Mother Sang Me Red Camp and Tony Almerico's All Stars (1956) COOK01184
  • 1185 Calypso Kings and Pink Gin: Trinidad Carnival Tent Lord Melody, The Might Sparrow, others (1957) COOK01185
  • 1186 ENSEMBLE AUX CALEBASSES Meringue (1958) COOK01186
  • 1187 A Night at the Tropicoro Juan Luis, Oswaldo Seda, and Lito Peña Band (1959) COOK01187
  • 1188 Dirty Jazz from Down South: Trinidadian Instrumentals (1958) COOK01188
  • 1189 Calypso Exposed Lord Melody, Brute Force Steel Band, King Sparrow, The Mighty Cypher, and Skipper (1961) COOK01189
  • 1280 Caribbean Limbo Music Rupert Clemendore Orchestra, Cyril Diaz Orchestra, others COOK01280
  • 1281 Songs from the Garden of Love Jefferson-Jones' Orchestra COOK01281
  • 1282 Italian Moom Jefferson-Jones' Orchestra COOK01282
  • 2004 Tour of Stereo (1958) COOK02004
  • 2066 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Masterpieces of the Dance, volume 3 COOK02066
  • 2070 Aboard a Fast Express / Jet Dynamics COOK02070
  • 4057 REGINALD FOORT The Theater Organ COOK04057
  • 4069 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Hayden Military Symphony COOK04069
  • 5001 American Storytellers, Volume 1 Harry Wass, Master Marriner's Association (1952) COOK05001
  • 5002 K.C. DOUGLAS K.C. Douglas (1952) COOK05002
  • 5003 Caribeana: Hidden Music from the Caribbean (1949) COOK05003
  • 5004 TIRORO Tiroro: Haitian Drummer (1948) COOK05004
  • 5005 RED CAMP Camp Has a Ball (1954) COOK05005
  • 5006 AL BRUNDAGE Square Dance (1951) COOK05006
  • 5007 Mexican Marimba Band (1954) COOK05007
  • 5008 American Storytellers, Volume 2 John Hawley Cook (1954) COOK05008
  • 5009 American Storytellers, Volume 3 Captain Charles A. Chace, Matthew Richards (1954) COOK05009
  • 5010 Calliope, Carousel, and Hand Organ (1953) COOK05010
  • 5011 Voice of the Sea (1954) COOK05011
  • 5012 Earthquake (1953) COOK05012
  • 5013 Ionosphere (1955) COOK05013
  • 5014 Mariachi Music of Mexico (1954) COOK05014
  • 5015 Mexican Firecrackers (1951) COOK05015
  • 5016 Calypso Lore and Legend (1956) COOK05016
  • 5017 Bamboo-tamboo, Bongo, and Belair (1956) COOK05017
  • 5018 East Indian Drums of Tunapuna, Trinidad (1956) COOK05018
  • 5019 ALONZO CRUZ Blind Troubadour of Oaxaca (1956) COOK05019
  • 5020 Epilogue to the String Band Tradition (1956) COOK05020
  • 5022 ABCs of Hi Fi COOK05022
  • 5025 BUCKMINSTER FULLER Buckminster Fuller Speaks His Mind COOK05025
  • 5050 NORMAN BROKENSHIRE Radio Moscow and the Western Hemisphere COOK05050
  • 5051 FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT The Four Inaugural Addresses COOK05051
  • 6061 BUCKMINSTER FULLER The Clock Is Stopping COOK06061
  • 8374 BUCKMINSTER FULLER Dymaxion Ditties: Buckminster Fuller Sings COOK08374
  • 10001 Sound Effects, volume 1 COOK10001
  • 10002 Sound Effects, volume 2 COOK10002
  • 10003 Sound Effects, volume 3 COOK10003
  • 10120 Music Boxes, Carousels, and Hand Organs (01012 and 05010) (1950-53) COOK10120
  • 10248 The Voice of Mexico Gustavo Zepoli, Trio Leones (01024 and 01080) (1954) COOK10248
  • 10251 SEAN McGONIGAL AND ST. COLUMCILLE'S UNITED GAELIC PIPE BAND Kilts on Parade (01025 plus solos) (1950-53) COOK10251
  • 10271 CARLOS MONTOYA AND THE JOSE GRECO TROUPE Fiesta Flamenca (selections from 01027 and 01028) (1952) COOK10271
  • 10289 CARLOS MONTOYA Montoya (selections from 01028 plus) (1952) COOK10289
  • 10301 EDWARD AND JOSEPH VITO The Harp (selections from 01030 and 01031 plus) (1951-54) COOK10301
  • 10326 Cafe Continental Ruth Welcome, Dick Marta, and Anita Ast (selections from 01026 and 01032) (1951-52) COOK10326
  • 10350 Nickelodion and Calliope (selections from 01035 and 05010) (1950-53) COOK10350
  • 10500 REGINALD FOORT The Theater Organ COOK10500
  • 10501 MICHAEL CHESHIRE Pipe Organ in the Mosque (selections from 01050 and 01051) (1952) COOK10501
  • 10523 REGINALD FOORT Percussion and Pedal (selections from 01052 and 01053) (1952) COOK10523
  • 10545 REGINALD FOORT The Organ at Symphony Hall (01054 plus) (1954) COOK10545
  • 10579 REGINALD FOORT Foort Pops (selections from 01057 and 01058) (1956) COOK10579
  • 10646 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Tempo Vivace: Symphonic Masterpieces of Dance & Theater (selections from 01064 and 01066) (1955-56) COOK010646
  • 10657 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Two Classical Symphonies: Mozart Symphony No. 40, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (01065 and 01067) (1955) COOK10657
  • 10659 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Two Classical Symphonies: Mozart Symphony No. 40, Haydn Symphony No. 100 (01065 and 01069) (1955-56) COOK10659
  • 10683 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Modern Orchestral Textures (01068 and 01063) (1955) COOK10683
  • 10850 RUPERT Cook LabsEMENDORE BAND Le Jazz Trinidad COOK10850
  • 10867 Before and After Willie Rodriguez (selections from 01086 and 05007) (1953-54) COOK010867
  • 10889 RED CAMP Horizontal & Upright & Downright & Dunright (01088 and 01089) (1954) COOK10889
  • 10890 The Castiliane Johnny Gomez Band, John Buddy Williams Band, Girl Pat Steel Band, And Grand Curacaye String Orchestra (1956) COOK10890
  • 11312 BRUCE PRINCE-JOSEPH AND HUFSTADER SINGERS The Forgotten Pedal Harpsichord and Hufstader Singers (01131 and 01092) (1953) COOK11312
  • 11815 TONY ALMERICO'S PARISIAN ROOM BAND AND LIZZIE MILES Clambake on Bourbon Street (1954-55) COOK11815
  • 50130 Tour of Cook Labs COOK50130
  • 70889 RED CAMP Popular Piano and Combo COOK70889
  • 80134 LUIZ BONFA Waterfall: Guitar COOK80134
  • 80417 MARIMBA ORCHESTRA Waterfall: Children's Music COOK80417
  • 80680 NEW ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF BOSTON Waterfall: Symphonic COOK80680
  • XX1 Audio Follies Sampler COOK00XX1
  • XX2 Calypso Jazz Sampler COOK00XX2
  • Series 10 Cook Series 10 COOK_Series10
  • Series 30 Cook Series 30 COOK_Series30
  • Series 60 Cook Series 60 COOK_Series60
  • Series 70 Cook Series 70 COOK_Series70
  • Series 80 Cook Series 80 COOK_Series80
  • Series 90 Cook Series 90 COOK_Series90
  • Series 100 Cook Series 100 COOK_Series100
  • Series 300 Cook Series 300 COOK_Series300
  • Series 301 Cook Series 301 COOK_Series301
  • Series 302 Cook Series 302 COOK_Series302
  • Series 303 Cook Series 303 COOK_Series303

Using the Collection
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Additional Subject and Name Authority Terms for the Cook Labs Records Library of Congress authorized terms
Additional Subject and Name Authority Terms for the Cook Labs Records Library of Congress authorized terms
Audio equipment--test recordings
Bagpipe music-Scotland
Chase, Charles A.
Cook Laboratories, inc., Stamford, Conn
Cook, Emory, 1915-
Cruz, Alonso, 1920-
Dance
Dance-Haiti
Davilla, Sid
Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918
DeKemel, Sam
Dichler, Grete
Dichler, Josef
Dictator
Dixieland music
Douglas, K. C.
Earthquakes
Ensemble Nemours Jn. Baptiste
Eskin, Sam
Festival Casals. Orchestra
Firecrackers
Flamenco music
Folk songs-United States
Foort, Reginald, 1893-
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-
Glazer, Frank
Gomez, Johnny
Grand Curucaye String Orchestra of Trinidad
Greco, José
Grenada
Guitar
Guitar music
Haiti
Hambro, Leonid
Harman, Carter
Harp music
Harpsichord music
Havriliak, Lawrence
Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809
Hell Gate Band
Hinduism
Hinduism and culture--Trinidad and Tobago.
Holidays
Honneger, Arthur, 1892-1955
Hufstader Singers
Hunt, Arthur Billings
Indians of South America
Invaders Steel Band
Inventors & inventions
Ionosphere
Italy
Japan
Jazz
Jones, Connie, 1934-
Kohlman, Freddie
Koto music
Limericks
Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886
Lord Cristo
Lord Melody, 1926-
Louisiana
Magnante, Charles
Málaga (Spain)
Mardi Gras
Mariachi
Marta, Dick
Martinique
Maynard, Olga.
McBurnie, Beryl.
McClintock, Harry K. (Harry Kirby), 1882-1957.
McGonigal, Sean
Merengue (Dance)
Merry-go-round
Mexico
Microphones
Miles, Lizzie
Minsky, Harold
Minsky, Morton.
Montoya, Carlos
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
Music
Music-- Antigua and Barbuda
Music box
Music box music
Music-Bermuda
Music-Brazil
Music-Cuba
Music-Haiti
Music-Italy
Music-Japan
Music-Martinique
Music-Mexico
Music--Russia
Music-Saint Lucia
Music--Trinidad and Tobago.
New Orchestral Society of Boston
New Orleans (La.)
Nies-Berger, Edouard
Ocean sounds
Ockner, George
Oral history
Organ (Musical instrument)
Paganini, Nicolò, 1782-1840
Page, Willis
Piano music
Piano music (Barrelhouse)
Pipe bands
Place, Jeffrey
Prince-Joseph, Bruce, 1925-
Radio (Moscow)
Railroad sounds
Railroads
Religion
Richards, Matthew
Rites and ceremonies
Roberts, Mack, 1903-
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Russia
Saint Croix (V.I.)
Saint Lucia
Samba (Dance)
Scotland
Seeger, Anthony
Small Island Pride
Smolian, Steven
Sorin, Samuel
Sound effects
Sound engineers
Sounds
Spain
Sparrow (Calypso singer)
Spitzer, Nicholas R.
Square dancing
St. Columcille's United Gaelic Pipe Band
St. John's Russian Orthodox Choir
Steel bands (Music)
Steel bands (Music)--Trinidad and Tobago.
Storms
Storytelling
Storytelling-Grenada
Storytelling-Maine
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
Tarahumara Indians
Test records.
Tiroro
Toscanini, Walter, 1898-1971
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunapuna (Trinidad and Tobago)
United States
Venezuela
Villa-Lobos, Heitor
Virgin Islands of the United States
Vito, Edward
Vito, Joseph
Wass, Harry
Welcome, Ruth
Williams, John Buddy
Yarborough, Lavinia Williams.
Young Killer
Yuize, Shin'ichi
Zepoll, Gustavo
Zither music

Additional Local Subject and Name Authorities (not Library of Congress)
Additional Local Subject and Name Authorities (not Library of Congress)
Antigua Steel Band
Bamboo-Tamboo
Baptiste, Mona
Benevolent Society for the Preservation of Ancient Rhymes & Limericks
Benitez-Valencia Trio
Binaural recordings
Bollard, Bob
Boys Town Steel Band
Brown, George
Brown, Madeline
Bryan, FitzVaughan
Camacho, Steve
Chang Kai-shiek (Musician)
Charles, Tom
Coconut Grove Enlisted Men's Club (Musical group)
Convery, James
Cook, John Hawley
Curvan, Clarence
Diaz, Cyril
Escola de Samba de Brazil
Esso Steel Band of Bermuda
Floyd, Bill
Grissom, Franz E.
Groupe Mi-O (Musical group)
Grupo Paquito
Highlanders Steel Band
Jefferson-Jones Orchestra
Jones, Chinee Patrick
Katzenjammer Steel Band
Lord Myrie
March of Dimes (Musical group)
Master Mariner's Association
Merrymakers (Musical group)
Mighty Bomber (Calypso musician)
Mighty Wrangler (Calypso musician)
Mitchell, Cecil
Moody, Titus
Núñez, Alfonso Vega
Percy Thomas Steel Orchestra
Poposit's Old-time String Band
Ramayana
Ramon-Fortune, José
Rodriguez, Willy
Sánchez, Oscar
Seda, Oswaldo
Sheckler, Joseph
Silvertone Steel Band
Smith, LaVergne
Southern All Stars (Musical group)
Stecyk, Mary
Striker (Musician)
Tom Charles and His Syncopater Orchestra
Trio Leones of Cabrito
Trio Los Rubies
Tropical Harmony Steel Band
Vienna Konzertschrammerein
Viper (Musician)
Welch, Norris

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
An inventory of audio recordings is available.

Keywords
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