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John Cobb Cooper Collection

Identifier: DC060

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the John Cobb Cooper Collection consists of the published writings of John Cobb Cooper. Documents included reprints from law journals, magazines, and transcriptions of talks from professional conventions. Cooper's curriculum vitae is also included.


  • 1952 - 1967

Language of Materials

The bulk of these materials are in English, however some articles are in French and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies and digital photographs may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Archivist. Researchers are responsible for determining any other copyright questions.

Biographical / Historical

John Cobb Cooper, Jr. was born on September 18, 1887 in Jacksonville, Florida. Cooper attended high school at The Lawrenceville School and was a member of the class of 1905. While at Lawrenceville, Cooper served as editor of "The Lit." He went on to study at Princeton University and received an A.B. in 1909. After graduating, he returned to Florida to work at the firm of Cooper and Cooper. In 1911 was admitted to the Florida Bar. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1916 and 1924. In 1917 he joined the U.S. Navy, and would reach the rank of lieutenant by the end of World War I. He was married to Martha Helen Marvel in 1918 and the couple had three children: two girls and a boy. A year later he was relieved from active service and became a member of the Naval Reserve. In 1921 his rank became Lieutenant-Commander.

From 1927–34 he was Editor-in-Chief of the Florida State Bar Association Law Journal. He was appointed to the International Technical Committee of Legal Aerial Experts, 1932–34. He became Vice President of Pan American Airways 1934–45, serving on the board of directors 1944–46. In 1947 he served as a consultant to the U.S. President's Air Policy Commission. He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, 1945–50. In 1951, Cooper founded the Institute of Air & Space Law at McGill University in Montreal, which had become the home of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the U.N. body charged with safety in air navigation. In 1952 he was awarded his LL.D. from McGill University. From 1951–57 he was professor of International Air Law at McGill University, becoming the first director of the Institute of International Air Law, after which he was named Professor Emeritus.

John Cobb Cooper, Jr. died on July 22, 1967.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)


The John Cobb Cooper Collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Cobb Cooper gifted the collection to The Lawrenceville School in 1967.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives guidelines.


Information in the biographical note was gathered from material within the collection, particularly the curriculum vitae.

Processing Information

The John Cobb Cooper Collection was processed by Casey Babcock in June of 2012.

John Cobb Cooper Collection: Finding Aid
Casey Babcock
June 4, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives Repository

Box 6128
2500 Main St.
Lawrenceville 08648 U.S.A. US