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
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.