INFORMATION FOR USERS
Restrictions on use:Researchers should use microfilm.
There are two additional digital guides for this collection containing
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Information contained in the guide below and a name index is available here. 2
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additional extensive index to the letterbooks is available here. 9 MB PDF
Cite As:Jacob Gould Schurman papers, #3-4-6. Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, Cornell University Library.
PROVENANCEThe letterbooks and correspondence of the Jacob Gould Schurman
papers derive from the Office of the President of Cornell University, and for
many years were in the care of Cornell University Library. Other
correspondence, photographs, testimonials and social correspondence, and
personal and family letters were transferred to the Department of Manuscripts
and University Archives at various times from Schurman family members, notably
including Judge Jacob G. Schurman, Lydia Schurman Godfrey, and G. Michael
McHugh. Some Schurman letters have on several occasions over the years been
transferred from the Department of Rare Books of Cornell University Library.
Other contributors have included John R. Silber, and the Dewitt Historical
Society of Ithaca, New York.
CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATIONA grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities made possible
the microfilming of a large measure of the collection, excluding only some of
the testimonials and ephemera. The letterpress copybooks (commonly referred to
as letterbooks) were highly acidic and were in an advanced state of
deterioration prior to the microfilming. Some pages were already illegible, or
had faded altogether; in some cases the ink of Schurman's signature had caused
perforation of the paper. For the letterbooks and clippings, the microfilm is
the only extant form. Conventional preservation has included acid-free
foldering and boxing, encapsulation, and the enveloping of photographs. The
microfilm project was carried out by the Micrographic Preservation Service of