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Letterbooks (Outgoing Correspondence), 1889-1921 [subseries]:
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The letterbook copy impressions of letters written by Schurman as President of Cornell University profile both his personal character and formal manner in the execution of his administrative duties. A few letters of Charles Kendall Adams commence the letterbooks, and Acting Presidents are the signatories of several letters, notably T. F. Crane 1912 and 1913 when Schurman was serving as Ambassador to Greece, and Acting President Albert W. Smith in 1920 and 1921. Volumes 1-50 are letters signed by President Schurman; volumes 51-80 are letters signed by President Schurman's Secretary on behalf of the Office of the President.

In addition to the routine administrative subjects in the correspondence that devolved typically from the Office of the President of Cornell, topics include the 1903 typhoid epidemic in Ithaca, the establishment of the Carnegie Fund, the Leo Frank case, the Chi Psi fire, the construction of several new campus buildings, co-education and women students, African-American students on campus, and relations with Ithaca, New York. Other topics and concerns in the letterbooks include the president's relations with faculty, college benefactors, and presidents of other universities; also, fraternities and campus housing, foreign students, religious education, and Sage Chapel preachers. President Schurman made several appearances before alumni groups throughout the nation, and correspondence to this effect is plentiful. Cornell's relations with other universities, other associations of American universities, and educational societies are mentioned frequently. The element of publicity is suggested by Schurman's many letters to newspapers, magazines, and publishers. The university's role in World War I is shown as the president assists in the mobilization of resources and facilitates the university's preparation of its students to become soldiers; letters to the United States War Department are numerous. The development of the New York State College of Agriculture and the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell is referred to in many letters, as well as a proposed School of Forestry. Schurman corresponded frequently with Andrew Carnegie, and with officials of the Carnegie Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. He also wrote many letters to immediate family members of Ezra Cornell.

Principal recipients of letters include Lyman Abbott, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Frank Barton, C. E. Bennett, Charles H. Blood, George Boldt, G. P. Bristol, J. E. Creighton, L. M. Dennis, W. A. Hammond, Frank H. Hiscock, Charles Evans Hughes, C. H. Hull, David Starr Jordan, A. T. Kerr, D. S. Kimball, Albert R. Mann, Veranus A. Moore, Jared T. Newman, Henry S. Pritchett, C. W. Pound, W. M. Polk, Robert F. Plummer, Theodore Roosevelt, H. W. Sackett, M. W. Sampson, A. W. Smith, Goldwin Smith, William Howard Taft, Frank Thilly, Mynderse Van Cleef, Andrew Dickson White, J. DuPratt White, W. F. Willcox, and C. V. P. "Tar" Young. In addition to these principal recipients, many additional names are listed in the index, including such important Cornell personalities as Willard Straight, E. B. Titchener, and Martha Van Rensselaer.

  1  
Feb. 11, 1889 to Nov. 4, 1893
  2  
Nov. 6, 1893 to Nov. 19, 1984
  3  
Nov. 20, 1894 to Oct. 17, 1895
  4  
Oct. 16, 1895 to Oct. 29, 1896
  5  
Nov. 21, 1896 to Jan. 10, 1898
  6  
Jan. 10, 1898 to Jan. 6 1899
  7  
Jan. 6, 1899 to Feb. 14, 1900
  8  
Feb. 19, 1900 to Nov. 28, 1900
  9  
Dec. 3, 1900 to June 19, 1901
  10  
June 21, 1901 to May 26, 1902
  11  
June 2, 1902 to Feb. 3, 1903
  12  
Feb. 5, 1903 to May 28, 1903
  13  
May 28, 1903 to Jan. 23, 1904
  14  
Jan. 25, 1904 to Aug. 9, 1904
  15  
Aug. 11, 1904 to Feb. 23, 1905
  16  
Feb. 26, 1905 to Oct. 26, 1905
  17  
Oct. 27, 1905 to Apr. 5, 1906
  18  
Apr. 5, 1906 to Dec. 17, 1906
  19  
Dec. 18, 1906 to May 14, 1907
  20  
May 15, 1907 to Dec. 19, 1907
  21  
Dec. 19, 1907 to Apr. 15, 1908
  22  
Apr. 16, 1908 to Nov. 30, 1908
  23  
Nov. 30, 1908 to Apr. 20, 1909
  24  
Apr. 21, 1909 to Dec. 13, 1909
  25  
Dec. 13, 1909 to Apr. 12, 1910
  26  
Apr. 14, 1910 to Nov. 21, 1910
  27  
Nov. 22, 1910 to Apr. 10, 1911
  28  
Apr. 11, 1911 to Oct. 23, 1911
  29  
Oct. 23, 1911 to Mar. 13, 1912
  30  
Mar. 14, 1912 to Nov. 11, 1912
  31  
Nov. 11, 1912 to Apr. 28, 1913
  32  
Apr. 29, 1913 to Dec. 6, 1913
  33  
Dec. 8, 1913 to Apr. 22, 1914
  34  
Apr. 22, 1914 to Oct. 21, 1914
  35  
Oct. 21, 1914 to Feb. 22, 1915
  36  
Feb. 23, 1915 to Oct. 4, 1915
  37  
Oct. 4, 1915 to Jan. 20, 1916
  38  
Jan. 20, 1916 to May 18, 1916
  39  
May 18, 1916 to Dec. 14, 1916
  40  
Dec. 5, 1916 to Apr. 7, 1917
  41  
Apr. 6, 1917 to Sept. 13, 1917
  42  
Sept. 13, 1917 to Jan. 30, 1918
  43  
Jan. 31, 1918 to June 14, 1918
  44  
June 14, 1918 to Jan. 21, 1919
  45  
Jan. 21, 1919 to Sept. 12, 1919
  46  
Sept. 13, 1919 to Mar. 19, 1920
  47  
Mar. 19, 1920 to Oct. 27, 1920
  48  
Oct. 28, 1920 to Apr. 5, 1921
  49  
Apr. 6, 1921 to July 9, 1921
  50  
July 11, 1921 to Oct. 19, 1921
  51  
June 23, 1894 to Feb. 20, 1897
  52  
Feb. 23, 1897 to Sept. 13, 1898
  53  
Sept. 15, 1898 to Nov. 19, 1899
  54  
Nov. 18, 1899 to Oct. 13, 1900
  55  
Oct. 15, 1900 to Aug. 31, 1901
  56  
Sept. 2, 1901 to Aug. 13, 1902
  57  
Aug. 13, 1902 to Apr. 28, 1903
  58  
Apr. 28, 1903 to Apr. 16, 1904
  59  
Apr. 20, 1904 to May 23, 1905
  60  
May 24, 1905 to June 5, 1906
  61  
June 6, 1906 to July 25, 1907
  62  
July 26, 1907 to July 20, 1908
  63  
July 21, 1908 to Apr. xx 1909
  64  
Aug. 20, 1908 to Dec. 18, 1908
  65  
Dec. 18, 1908 to Apr. 24, 1909
  66  
Apr. 26, 1909 to Sept. 27, 1909
  67  
Sept. 28, 1909 to Feb. 1, 1910
  68  
Feb. 1, 1910 to June 11, 1910
  69  
June 11, 1910 to Oct. 15, 1910
  70  
Oct. 15, 1910 to Feb. 9, 1911
  71  
Feb. 11, 1911 to May 19, 1911
  72  
May 19, 1911 to Sept. 14, 1911
  73  
Sept. 15, 1911 to Dec. 26, 1911
  74  
Dec. 26, 1911 to Apr. 15, 1912
  75  
Apr. 16, 1912 to Dec. 23, 1912
  76  
Dec. 24, 1912 to June 23, 1914
  77  
June 25, 1914 to Aug. 15, 1915
  78  
Aug. 14, 1915 to Dec. 5, 1917
  79  
Dec. 6, 1917 to Sept. 10, 1919
  80  
Sept. 11, 1919 to Oct. 21, 1921