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Access and Use



Restrictions on use:Researchers should use microfilm.

Digital Guides:

There are two additional digital guides for this collection containing information not seen on this page. They are available by following the links below.

1. Information contained in the guide below and a name index is available here. 2 MB PDF file.

2. An additional extensive index to the letterbooks is available here. 9 MB PDF file.

Preferred Citation:

Cite As:Jacob Gould Schurman papers, #3-4-6. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

Aquisition Information:

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.

Processing Information:

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 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania