Samuel Inman Cooper Papers
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Samuel Inman Cooper Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Cooper, Samuel Inman, 1894-1974
Title: Samuel Inman Cooper Papers
Dates: 1936-1972
Quantity: 7.0 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 7 linear feet ( 2 document boxes and 5 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS361

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Inman Cooper (14 February 1894 – 7 June 1974) was born in Atlanta, Georgia and spent his youth in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He obtained degrees from Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania (architecture, 1921). He served in World War I as a Lieutenant in the 22nd Infantry and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Corps of Engineers during World War II. His professional career began in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked as a draftsman at the firm of A. Ten Eyck Brown (1922-1925). He served as president of the firm Cooper and Cooper, Inc., architects and engineers, which he founded with his brother, Joseph W. Cooper Jr. (1925-1942); president of Cooper, Bond, and Cooper, Inc. (1952-1965); and chairman of Cooper, Barrett, Skinner, Woodbury, and Cooper, Inc., architects (1965-1972). Samuel Inman Cooper retired from professional life in 1972 but remained an active participant in the architecture and design disciplines. He served as a delegate to eight meetings of the Pan American Congress of Architects (1947-1965) and chairman of the Atlanta Civic Design Commission (1967- 1970). Samuel Inman Cooper died 7 June 1974 and was buried in Pennsylvania. His wife, Augusta Skeen Cooper (?-10 February 1984) survived him.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is primarily comprised of three sets of scrapbooks, exhibiting architectural and design elements, and a corresponding index composed by Samuel Inman Cooper. One set is titled “English Domestic Architecture”, which are portfolios of architectural illustrations published by Academy Architecture. The second is a set of six binders that contain clippings of architectural design features, diagrams, furnishing examples. The final set, titled “American Domestic Architecture”, is two portfolios that contain building floor plans and images also compiled from Academy Architecture. Also included in the collection is a series of certificates and awards from various architectural and civic organizations. Some of the organizations include The Confederate Air Corps, Architects and Engineers Institute, Inc., Atlanta Masonic Temple, Atlanta Civic Design Commission, Universidad de Chile, The American Institute of Architects, The Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and La Ciudad de Arquitectos Mexicanos.


Folders are arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Architect-designed houses
Architecture, domestic--English influences
Cooper, Samuel Inman, 1894-1974

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel Inman Cooper Papers, MSS 361, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Samuel Inman Cooper, 1974 (1974.041; 1974.057) and Mrs. Samuel Inman (Augusta Skeen) Cooper, 1976 (1976.326)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




MSS OS 5.451Award, The American Architectural Foundation, Inc., 8 November, 1955 November 8
2Award, The American Institute of Architects, 1951 March 8
3Awards, The American Institute of Architects, The North Georgia Chapter, 1955 April 21 - 1965 December 16
4Award, Architects and Engineers Institute, Inc., 1956 August 1
5Award, Atlanta Civic Design Commission Award, 1972 April
6Awards, Atlanta Masonic Temple, 1951 November 14, 1955 August 31
7Award, The Confederate Air Corps, 1955 November 16
8Award, Congreso Panamericano de Arquitectos, 1950 April 10
9Award, Federacion Panamericana de Asociaciones de Arquitectos, 1968 October 11
10Award, Institvto de Arquvitetos do Brasil, 1963 August 9
11Award, Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos, 1965 June
12Award, La Sociedad de Panamena de Ingenieros y Arquitectos, 1965 September 30
13Award, La Sociedad Venezolana de Arquitectos, 1965 June 10
14Awards, La Universidad de Chile, 1956 August 3, 1965 June 7
15Certificate, The National Society of Professional Engineers, 1946 June 18
16Certificates, The State of Georgia, The State Board of Engineers, Professional Engineers and Surveyors, 1942 April 20, undated



MSS OS 5.481Award, La Sociedad de Arquitectos Mexicanos, 1970 December 15
2Certificate, The State of Georgia, State Board of Examiners of Architects, 1936 October 23
3Memorial, Samuel Martin Inman, undated


MSS OS 4.334Scrapbook, Houses, plans, undated
Scrapbook, Houses, furnishings, undated


MSS OS 4.335Scrapbook, Houses, interiors, undated
Scrapbook, Rendering, colored, undated


MSS OS 4.336Scrapbook, Rendering, for drawing only, undated
Scrapbook, Rendering, residential, undated



11-3Scrapbook, English Domestic Architecture, 3 volumes, undated



21Scrapbook, English Domestic Architecture, 1 volume, undated
2-3Scrapbook, American Domestic Architecture, 2 volumes, undated
4Scrapbook index, 1953 September 18