Thomas Yost Cooper was the city editor of the Hanover Evening Sun until his retirement in 1949. In 1965, he presented his extensive private library of more than 1,600 items to the Gettysburg College Library as a memorial to his parents, Moses and Kate Miller. His collection included many rare first editions of the classics. In 1966, he donated an extensive collection of theatre programs dating from the 1890s.
Cooper established this endowment in the 1960s. There is a large file on the Cooper gift in Special Collections which includes correspondence, news clippings and information on Cooper's birth (April 22, 1884) and death (July 24, 1967).
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