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The Catherine Cooke collection

MaiakovskiiDetail from 'Skol'ko millionov golodnykh? Desiat'!' by Vladimir Maiakovskii in 'Russkii revoliutsionnyi plakat' (Polonskii, 1925). CCA.54.27

Dr Catherine Cooke was an expert on Russian and Soviet architecture and design and a fellow of Clare Hall. Following her tragic death in a car accident in 2004, her outstanding collection of Russian books, journals, posters and ephemera came to the University Library. All items from the collection are within the classmark range CCA.54 (for large books) to CCE.54 (for small books), plus CCF.54 (for folios).


Exhibition

The collection is celebrated in the University Library's 2012-13 exhibition A Soviet Design for Life : the Catherine Cooke Collection of 20th-Century Russian Architecture and Design. Click here to find out more

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Cooke visual archive

A separate visual archive of photographs, slides, and postcards was housed after Catherine's death by the Slavonic Studies Department. Several of the exhibits in the exhibition detailed above come from this extraordinary archive. A detailed catalogue of the material in the archive was created through the expertise and very hard work of Slavonic Studies postgraduates and can be found here. The archive is now housed in the University Library, with a view to partial or full incorporation of the material into the Library's collections. Please address any queries relating to Catherine's visual archive to Mel Bach, whose contact details are available here.

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Searching within the collection

The advice here refers to the University Library's Catherine Cooke collection and not to the related visual archive.

The electronic catalogue does not allow the reader to browse the whole collection. It is possible, however, to browse within each size specification. To do so, one must search by eg "CCD.54" as the classmark. Please note that class mark searches are case-sensitive.

Browsing can also be done through the physical class catalogues for the collection. The class catalogue contains classmarks next to basic bibliographical data: author, title, place and date of publication. It does not contain subject headings. Please enquire in the Rare Books Reading Room if you would like to look at the class catalogues.

Specific searches, rather than browsing, can be done through the electronic catalogue. All items in the Cooke collection contain in their records a provenance note which names Dr Cooke. This means that more targeted searches can be run on the electronic catalogue by combining a search term (eg Tatlin) with the search term "Catherine Cooke".

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