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Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison collection

 Collection 0096-UA

The Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison collection consists of photographs and memorabilia documenting University of Maryland campus life and the studies of Maryland students Anna Helen Emily Dorsey, Elise Dorsey, and Giles Buckner Cooke, Allison's mother, aunt, and father. Also included is a photograph of Maryland Agricultural College cadet Hammond Dorsey, Mrs. Allison's grandfather. Anna H.E. Dorsey was a member of the Class of 1925 and was active in student government and the Y.W.C.A. Giles B. Cooke became a leading expert on the cork oak tree and the growing of cork. The collection contains several large black and white group photographs, two documenting Junior Proms, and one of a Y.W.C.A. student conference. Memorabilia includes many items with the University of Maryland seal, dance cards, programs, diplomas, pins, and a UMD whiskey decanter. Preliminary inventories are available for this collection in the "Inventories/Additional Description" section of this finding aid.


  • 1890-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1925-1930

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. Preliminary inventories are available in the "Inventories/Additional Description" section.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the special collections reading room staff.


2.25 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison on January 27, 1995. Accurals to the collection were received on July 23, 2013, October 28, 2016, June 30, 2017, and September 29, 2021.

Related Material

Other material related to the Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison collection is available in the Elise Dorsey collection (Collection Number 0115-UA).

Guide to the Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison collection
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Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-02-15: EAD markup checked and verified by Jennie Levine Knies.
  • 2017-11-15: Revised post-ArchivesSpace import by Kendall Aughenbaugh.
  • 2018-01-18: Finding aid reviewed and minor updates made by Caitlin Rizzo.
  • 2022-03-02: Liz Caringola incorporated accessions 2022-0003-UA, 2018-177-UA-2954, and 2017-031-UA into the finding aid.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742