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Robert H. Cowley Papers



Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Correspondence

Annual Reports

Biographical Sketches


Anna Cowley and Little Anna Cowley


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Robert H. Cowley Papers, 1894-1948 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Robert H. Cowley Papers, 1894-1948Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1904-1948

ID: RG 09/9.12

Primary Creator: Cowley, Robert H.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes (General)


Arrangement by series:

Series 1: Personal Correspondence; Series 2: Annual Reports, Series 3: Biographical Sketches; Series 4: Photographs; Series 5: Anna Cowley and Little Anna Cowley; Series 6: Artifacts

Date Acquired: 05/01/1996

Subjects: Appalachian Region -- Social life and customs., Berea College, Berea College -- Faculty, Berea College -- Health Services, Berea College -- Hospital, Berea College -- Student Health Services, Medical care -- Kentucky.

Languages: English


Robert H. Cowley was born in Lorain, Ohio, on October 25, 1871.  After graduating from Lorain High School, Cowley attended Oberlin College, and studied at Western Reserve Medical School in the late 1890s.     

In 1904, after three years of practicing medicine, Cowley accepted an invitation from Berea College President, William Goddell Frost, to form a college health service.  During his thirty-five year tenure, Cowley served the Berea students, faculty and peoples of the areas surrounding Berea.  Throughout Cowley’s years of service at Berea, he periodically traveled abroad to study medicine.  Cowley became known by many as an expert in the field of medicine.  He received top honors from Berea College, Oberlin, and many national medical organizations.

Robert H. Cowley was a master of his trade and a man dedicated to public service.  It is for these reasons that he became one of the most highly respected men of his day.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of the records and papers of Dr. Robert H. Cowley including correspondence, reports, photographs, artifacts, and other materials.

Important subject covered in the collection are:  the practice of medicine in America between 1904 and 1935; the history of the Berea College Health Service; and the history of Berea College Hospital.  Correspondents include:  Anna Perry Cowley, President William Goddell Frost, President William J. Hutchins, various patients which were treated by Dr. Cowley, and various Berea College faculty members.

Biographical Note

Dr. Robert H. Cowley

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachian Region -- Social life and customs.
Berea College
Berea College -- Faculty
Berea College -- Health Services
Berea College -- Hospital
Berea College -- Student Health Services
Medical care -- Kentucky.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Federal copyright regulations apply.  Cite all information.  Some items may be restricted if they contain personal information.

Acquisition Source: The papers of the Dr. Robert H. Cowley were placed in the Berea College Archives in May of 1996 by Ms. Margaret Wright.

Preferred Citation: [Item], RG 09/9.12: Dr. Robert H. Cowley Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Opened for research in October of 1998. Finding aid updated 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Sub-Series:

[Sub-Series 1: Personal Correspondence],
[Sub-Series 2: Annual Reports],
[Sub-Series 3: Biographical Sketches],
[Sub-Series 4: Photographs],
[Sub-Series 5: Anna Cowley and Little Anna Cowley],
[Sub-Series 6: Artifacts],

Sub-Series 1: Personal CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
The bulk of correspondence consists of personal letters written by Dr. Robert Cowley to his beloved wife, Mrs. Anna Perry Cowley. The letters show Cowley's love for his wife, but they also give us information about the time period in which Dr. Cowley lived including information on his work in the medical field, such as technicalities regarding recent surgeries he had performed. Also to be found in Cowley’s personal correspondence are letters to and from the college administration regarding the College Health Service and serving the “mountain youth.”
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence to Anna Cowley, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence to Anna Cowley, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence to Anna Cowley, 1894; 1899; 1900-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence to Anna Cowley, 1905; 1906; 1908; 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence to Anna Cowley, 1910; 1925-1927; 1933; 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence to and from Cowley while in Austria, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence from othersAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence to othersAdd to your cart.

Browse by Sub-Series:

[Sub-Series 1: Personal Correspondence],
[Sub-Series 2: Annual Reports],
[Sub-Series 3: Biographical Sketches],
[Sub-Series 4: Photographs],
[Sub-Series 5: Anna Cowley and Little Anna Cowley],
[Sub-Series 6: Artifacts],

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