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Samuel Inman Cooper Papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS361

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1936-1972


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


7 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

General Physical Description note

Extent: 7 linear feet ( 2 document boxes and 5 oversize boxes)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.
Samuel Inman Cooper Papers ahc.MSS 361
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305