Access and Use
INFORMATION FOR USERS
Collection is open.
Available Copies:Many of the documents in the Ezra Cornell Papers have been digitized
and are available on-line. Links are provided within this guide.
Processing Note:Processing in the spring of 1995 has included the construction of
the finding aid and index, the digitization of the correspondence by the
Library's Department of Conservation and Preservation, and additional
refoldering and archival processing. Subject headings were discerned, and from
these terms the index was derived, though a few additional headings were
supplied. The subject headings listed for each folder are intended to
characterize the folder, and do not list every topic or incidence in that
folder. Personal names may be additionally considered as access points (as
"Alonzo B. Cornell" will lead a researcher to the establishment of telegraph
lines in Montreal and Ohio). "Agriculture" implies several aspects of the
science, including floriculture on Forest Park farm, cattle breeding, grain
experimentation, etc. "Family correspondence" denotes special issues pertaining
to the Cornell family, but by no means indicates all examples. Family letters
occur in series other than the Correspondence series. It should also be noted
that series subjects can be found throughout the papers, (as financial material
can be found in the Documents and Legal Papers and in the Estate Records, where
they have been kept for the sake of provenance, or as they illustrate other
materials in those series). In most cases, cities cited in the finding aid
serve to suggest the location of Ezra Cornell's business activity or family
concerns, and do not usually serve as references to the cities themselves.
Further, all the letters were hand-written by persons of imperfect grammatical
abilities and irregular senses of linguistic convention. Ezra Cornell
especially, was a poor speller, which may result in confusion of
attribution.Collection processed by Phil McCray and Maggie Hale, assisted by
Lisa Sasaki (June 1995). HTML encoding by Angela Moll (January 1996). EAD/XML
encoding by David Ruddy (May 1999).
Cite As:Ezra Cornell Papers, #1-1-1. Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, Cornell University Library.
PROVENANCEThe Cornell papers have for the most part been presented to the
University by the Cornell family. Some material has been held by the Cornell
University Library since the beginning of the University. Upon the
establishment of the Collection of Regional History in 1942 and the University
Archives in 1951, material has been held there and in its successor
organizations, Cornell University Library's Department of Manuscripts and
University Archives, and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Additional material was transferred to the University Archives from the DeWitt
Historical Society of Ithaca, New York.