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The Schurman papers consist of correspondence, addresses, photographs,
testimonials, diplomas, certificates, newspaper clippings, printed material,
and records of the New York Constitutional Convention (1915). The material
listed covers Schurman's career as a teacher, college president, and diplomat;
the majority of the papers involve his role in national and foreign affairs.
His views on American imperialism are reflected in letters to President
McKinley, David Starr Jordan, David J. Hill, and John Hay. Schurman's later
correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt, Charles F. Adams, Carl Schurz, Charles
W. Eliot, and Sergio Osmena show his interest in the Philippine Islands and
their eventual independence. His active interest in politics, the problems of
peace and the League of Nations, and his diplomatic activities are discussed in
correspondence with William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Elihu Root,
Henry Lane Wilson, Henry Cabot Lodge, James Wadsworth, Joseph Foraker, and
Frank Kellogg, including comments on Gustav Stresemann, German politics, and
the German economy. Includes addresses and other material on Germany, the Far
East, and U.S. foreign policy after Schurman's retirement in 1930. Also
personal and family correspondence including letters to Professor William John
Alexander about his thoughts on religion and his stay at Heidelberg University;
letters to his daughters, Helen and Barbara; and transcriptions and photocopies
of other letters.
Items about Jacob Gould Schurman Day (February 8, 1986) at the
University of Heidelberg include an typescript copy of an address by John R.
Silber, President of Boston University. Also, a cassette copy of a recording of
Schurman's speech given when he departed as ambassador from Germany.