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Margaret Brackenbury Crook Papers, 1911-1972
1.25 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00051

Abstract:
Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature, Minister. Collection contains biographical material, correspondence, photographs, publications, and reviews.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Margaret Brackenbury Crook was born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England on May 5, 1886 to Ellen Brackenbury Crook and Rev. L.G. Harris Crook. She attended St. Anne's School at Oxford, and received her BA with first class honors in 1913 from the University of London, since at that time Oxford did not grant degrees to women. Crook also earned a diploma with distinction in anthropology in 1914 from Oxon. In 1917, she received a certificate from Manchester College, Oxford, and was first in the college on completion of the three year course of study. From 1916-17, she went to France to work for the Society of Friends War Victims Relief Committee in the Marne and the Meuse.

In June of 1917 Crook was formally received into the ministry of the Unitarian and Liberal Christian Churches. In 1918 she became the minister of the Octagon Chapel in Norwich, England for two years. She was the first English woman to have entered in the training for the ministry and to have had sole charge of a large church. In 1920 Crook left England for America and became the executive secretary of the U.S. branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1921 she was appointed Associate Professor at Smith College, a position that she held for 33 years. In 1938, Crook became a U.S. citizen. Her primary field of research was old testament studies, and she published a variety of books, articles, and essays on the subject, including: The Literary History of the Bible (1934), The Cruel God: Job's Search for the Meaning of Suffering (1956), and Women and Religion (1964). She also edited and partially authored The Bible and its Literary Associations (1937).

In addition to her academic work, Crook was heavily involved in a variety of organizations. She was a member of the St. Anne's Society, the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, the National Association of Biblical Instructors, the American Association of University Professors, served as the Smith College representative on the Corporation of the American Schools of Oriental Research, was an honorary lecturer at the Jerusalem school of Oriental research during the summer of 1934, served as president and honorary secretary of the Alumni of the American Schools of Oriental Research in 1943, 1942. She also served as president of the Women's Alliance of the Unitarian Church of Northampton and Florence Massachusetts.

Crook retired from Smith College in 1954. She never abandoned her scholastic pursuits. For 8 consecutive years she was named Sophia Smith Fellow of Smith College, an honor which was bestowed upon emeritus professors who have served the college and who continue to engage in scholarly projects. Crook lived in Northampton with her brother Waldo, who took care of her for the last few years of her life when her health began to fail. She died on May 24, 1972, after a brief illness. At the time of her death she had completed a book-long manuscript on the life and thought of the Apostle Paul.

Scope and Contents

The Margaret Brackenbury Crook Papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, publications and reviews covering Crook's career as a faculty member at Smith College.

This collection is organized into four series:

  1. I. Biographical Materials
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Photographs
  4. IV. Publications

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Margaret Brackenbury Crook Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00051, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Gayla B. Spaulding.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I: Biographical Materials



This section of the collection contains information on Crook's teachings and writings, her work and projects with her brother, Waldo, obituaries and memorial services.

Biographical Materials
1911-1964

Box 733.1: folder 1
Memorial Service
1972

Box 733.1: folder 2
Series II: Correspondence



There is one folder housing assorted correspondence dated from 1923 through 1970.

Correspondence
1923-1970

Box 733.1: folder 3
Series III: Photographs



There is one folder housing photographs of Crook from 1922 through 1959, and one undated photo.

Photographs
1922-1959

Box 733.1: folder 4
Series IV: Publications



This is the largest section of the collection, containing thirty-one folders of publications including two original transcripts and one uncorrected proof.

Publication: "The American Woman Graduate"
1928

Box 733.1: folder 5
Publication: "An American Women's College"
1943

Box 733.1: folder 6
Publication: "The Bible and its Literary Associations"
1937

Box 733.1: folder 7
Publication: "The Book of Ruth"
1948

Box 733.1: folder 8
Publication: The Cruel God, Job's Search for the Meaning of Suffering
1957 1961

Box 733.1: folder 9
Publication: "Did Amos and Micah know Isaiah"
1954

Box 733.1: folder 10
Publication: "The Marriageable Maiden of Proverbs 31: 10-31"
1954

Box 733.1: folder 11
Publication: "Outline for a Course of Study for Secondary Schools Offering a Unit Bible for College Students"
1932

Box 733.1: folder 12
Publication: "An Outline of the Literary History of the Bible"
1932

Box 733.1: folder 13
Publication: "The Promise in Micah 5"
1951

Box 733.1: folder 14
Publication: "Religion-A World Without Women"
1964

Box 733.1: folder 15
Publication: "Cultural Principles in Hebrew Civilizations"
1931

Box 733.1: folder 17
Publication: "Solomon" (song lyrics)
1952

Box 733.1: folder 18
Publication: "Solomon" (song lyrics) Tracing Job's Story"
1962

Box 733.1: folder 19
Publication: Assorted Song Lyrics
1940 undated

Box 733.1: folder 20
Publication: "A Suggested Occasion for Isaiah"
1949

Box 733.1: folder 21
Publication: The Track of the Storm
1917

Box 733.1: folder 22
Publication: "Women and Religious Teaching"
1926

Box 733.1: folder 23
Publication: "Women and Religious Teaching" Women's Colleges in the United States"
1926

Box 733.1: folder 24
Reviews and Editorials
1961 1963

Box 733.1: folder 25
Publication: The Cruel God (original transcript)
1959

Box 734
Review of The Cruel God
1959

Box 734: folder 1
Publication: The Cruel God
1959

Box 734: folder 2
Publication: The Cruel God
1959

Box 734: folder 3
Publication: "Women in Religion" (chapters 2-7)
1963

Box 735: folder 1
Publication: "Women in Religion" (chapters 8-12)
1963

Box 735: folder 2
Publication: "Women in Religion" (chapters 13-15)
1963

Box 735: folder 3
Publication: "Women in Religion" (chapters 16-19)
1963

Box 735: folder 4
Publication: Women's Role in Religion (original transcript)
1963

Box 735
Publication: Paul and Ourselves (chapters 1-5)
1964

Box 735: folder 5
Publication: Paul and Ourselves (chapters 6-10)
1964

Box 735: folder 6
Publication: Paul and Ourselves
1964

Box 735: folder 7
Publication: Paul and Ourselves (outline)
1964

Box 735: folder 8

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Subjects
  • Crook, Margaret Brackenbury.
  • Smith College--Faculty.


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