Guide to the Edith Nelson Cooper Address Book 1917-1918
Collection number: MS 16
About Edith Nelson Cooper
Edith Nelson was born in Malden, Mass. in the late 19th century. An experienced
secretary, Nelson became a field clerk in the U.S. Army Intelligence Section during
World War I. She was charged with investigating German nationals and subversives in
the Boston area. She married Major Edwin Hyland Cooper, U.S Army, at the close of
the war. When Edith Nelson Cooper died in 1972, she was buried with full military
honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
About the Edith Nelson Cooper address book
This loose-leaf address book, maintained by Edith Nelson Cooper during World War I,
contains the names, addresses, and phone numbers of suspected German spies and
sympathizers. Some entries include annotations about why that person was a suspect.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
Edith Nelson Cooper Address Book, 1917-1918, MS 16, Milne Special Collections and Archives,
University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Gift of Joan C. Burkholder, Durham, N.H., Nov. 6, 1990 (Accession number: 919)