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Oral History Interview with Louis Cook, 1977 July 6

Identifier: B098.01.0001.00011


Louis Cook discusses his father's emigration from Russia and describes Jewish life on West Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado in the early 1900s. He also discusses Cook's Russian Bath House that his parents Harry and Ida operated and the Cook's Bath baseball team, the early Hebrew Education Alliance, and his early career as a newsboy. Louis Cook was born May 8, 1895 in Denver, Colorado, where he lived all of his life. He married Susie Finer in 1918. Cook was one of the founders of the Hebrew Educational Alliance and was a member of its board for a number of years. He was also the founder of the Louis Cook Plumbing Co. and continued to work there until 1980. He died on April 9, 1981.


  • 1977 July 6


Language of Materials

The interview is conducted in English with some Yiddish phrases.

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1 Items (sound tape cassette)

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

Series 1 consists of the recorded oral histories of individuals and, occasionally, groups of individuals representing Jewish organizations. Many of the interviewees are descendants of early Colorado Jewish pioneers or were Jewish newcomers to the state in the beginning of the 20th century. The interviews document Jewish history in Colorado in the 20th century.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair 1 audiotape cassette 1 hour


Interview conducted by Belle Marcus, Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society.

Related Materials

Digital reproduction. Denver, Colo. : University of Denver, Penrose Library, 2009. 1 sound file in 2 formats : digital, MP3 (25,579,848 bytes) and WAV (645,636,596 bytes) files. Streaming audio interview. Mode of access: World Wide Web. User system requirements: Windows or Macintosh workstation with graphical browser and audio player software. MP3 file encoded at 24 kHz sample rate, 56 Kbits/sec. data rate for streaming. Derived from a WAV audio master digitized at 96kHz, later resampled to 44.1 kHz, stereo from an analog audiocassette tape. Equipment: Dell Dimension, 2.8 GHz dual Quad-Core Xeon, Windows XP Professional 64-bit; Sony MDR-7502 headphones; Marantz PMD-221 cassette recorder; M-Audio Delta 1010LT PCI card. Software: GoldWave 5.52 (recording and editing); LAME 3.97 (MP3 Encoder). Sound recording file names: B098.01.0001.0001 OCLC#: 436886722;


Digitized other analog

Title supplied by cataloger. ||Interview conducted at 3700 W. 17th Avenue on May 18, 1982. ||Participants: Louis Cook; Belle Marcus.


Repository Details

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