The Melvin A. Cook papers (1802-1989) contain documents resulting from the career of this noted explosives expert and chemist, best known for his work on shaped charges and slurry explosives. In addition, Cook (born 1911) was a professor of metallurgy at the University of Utah, a businessman, and an author of works on creationism, particularly on the relationship between science and Mormon doctrines. The collection includes an autobiography; professional correspondence concerning scientific, teaching, and business activities; published reports and monographs on explosives and creationism; explosives-related patent information; a collection of publications on explosives, subject and research files, and other documents.
The Melvin A. Cook photograph collection contains images relative to the investigation of potential and/or accidental explosions in a variety of areas and situations and the study and development and disposal of explosive materials. Subject matter includes electron diffraction, action of commercial xanthates, tungsten burners, etc. Also included; specialized photograph equipment, business meetings, and geology "before and after" images of test explosions.