Nielsen Library dedicates Cooper Room

(05-19-2008)

The Adams State College Nielsen Library recently dedicated the Jack Kyle Cooper Room on April 18. The room, located on the third floor of the library, holds Cooper's collection of American history books and the furnishing and black-and-white photographs are from Cooper's personal effects.

Dr. Bruce Landis, vice president of institutional advancement, thanked Cooper's widow, Genevieve (Jenny) Cooper, for her generous donation. "The collection in this room is the result of a lifetime of collecting."

Jenny Cooper said she believes the room is a "win/win" for the Cooper family and the college. "I am thrilled and honored to have a room in Jack's name. I believe the college is delighted to receive such a fine collection and a space for small conferences and research."

Cooper came to the SLV in 1959 and practiced dentistry until 1990. He was an adjunct professor for over forty years.

Jenny has served as the Adams State College Foundation Board president for the past three years. "With this room, we will continue to honor both Jack for his contributions to ASC and Jenny for her contributions and exemplary service to ASC," said President David Svaldi.

Jenny said she appreciated the dedication of the Nielsen Library staff for their help in organizing the dedication, and helping with everything from packing up the books to painting the room. "Everyone on the library staff took part in the project. That is why it turned out so well."

Dianne Machado, director of Nielsen Library, said Cooper was a friend of the Nielsen Library staff and visited and utilized the library often. Cooper's monograph collection contains numerous first editions of the history of Pike, Fremont and Kit Carson.

"His (Cooper's) material will be invaluable to the many future generations of historical researchers," Machado said. "It is with great pride that the staff and I accepted this collection and will continue the wonderful friendship we all have with Jenny. It truly has been an honor."

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