Fonds UBCA-ARC-1575 - Helen Cook fonds

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Helen Cook fonds

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UBCA-ARC-1575

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  • 1924-1928 (Creation)
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    Cook, Helen

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1 volume

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(1908-1986)

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Helen Cook (Law) was born in 1908 in Phoenix, British Columbia, a now-historic gold mining ghost town between Midway and Grand Forks, and later moved to North Vancouver. She worked at St. George’s School and North Vancouver High School before attending UBC for one year (1926-27), where she was a member of the women’s grass hockey team. She then transferred to the Provincial Normal School in Victoria to earn her teaching certificate. She married James Law, and they moved to a farm on Quadra Island, B.C., to Port Alberni. Their son James earned an agricultural science degree from UBC and became a science teacher. Their daughter Barbara attended Normal School like her mother and became a teacher. Helen Law died in Burnaby in 1986.

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Fonds consists of a hard-cover autograph book, inscribed on the frontispiece “Helen A. Cook – June 1924 – Anyox, B.C.”. It is filled with inscriptions by Cook’s friends from her times at St. George’s School (1925), North Vancouver High School (1926), U.B.C.(1927), and the Provincial Normal School or “PP.N.S. (1928). In addition to signatures, there are poems, literary quotes, small watercolours, and sketches.

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Donated by Greg Kulla, the grandson of Helen Law (née Cook), in June 2022.

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Stored with UBC Archives’ Vertical File Collection, VF-122.

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