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Includes two Cornell plaques, one ca.1907, depicting Ezra Cornell; a red cap bearing
a "C" with the initials "UFBT"; an original Uris Library Reading Room chair; a
rubber mold for the Cornell Seal; and a bronze medallion bearing a likeness of Ezra
Cornell. A set of twelve rose-colored Wedgwood plates depicting Cornell University
buildings; scenes depicted are McGraw Tower (Library Tower), Willard Straight Hall,
the War Memorial, Baker Laboratory of Chemistry, Sage Chapel, McGraw Hall, the
Schoellkopf Crescent, Ezra Cornell Statue, Balch Hall, Myron Taylor Hall, Goldwin
Smith Hall and Sibley Dome. A Class of 1958 cloth badge; a Class of 1921 scarf; five
caps, two from the Class of 1929, one from the Class of 1921, one from the Class of
1923, one undated; straw hat from the Class of 1934; nine reunion jackets, three
from the Class of 1929, two from the Class of 1921, and one each from the Classes of
1916, 1923, 1925 (red, white and blue), and 1927; one polo shirt from 1923; a
Cornell spoon; four Cornell service pins, ca. 1955-1970; two mugs from 1912; a 14"
Cornell pencil; a 3"x4" "Cornell Library Club" printing plate; a cigarette case
belonging to Ralph Gordon; a trowel wielded by President Edmund Ezra Day June 22
1946 on the Day Hall cornerstone.
Cornell plaque with wood shield and brass mounted seal, ca. 1927, belonging to
Clarence Ames Dayton; 3 posters for Farmers Week, 1910; mail slot and restroom sign
from Roberts Hall; graffiti sample from Roberts Hall; and a Cornell banner from a
member of the Class of 1925.
Also, library seal, n.d.; brass plaque that marked the site of early faculty
residences; a set of portraits of Cornell University presidents from Andrew Dickson
White to Dale Corson; a printing block for a map of Cornell University during World
War II, "drawn by Ralph G. Warner with acknowledgments to Ellen Edmonsen's map made
in 1928"; a Cornell banner; a wood water pipe, c. 1875, 6'x6", removed from East
Avenue, near Sage College; illuminated poem "The Hill" by Albert W. Smith; a "C"
megaphone; 3" pewter owl with Cornell crest; two baseball bats, on one is recorded
"Cornell 8 Harvard 5 Ithaca, May 7, 1898" (Kelton White, '01); cane of Thomas A.
Hamilton, '69; King of Hearts Cornell postcard; Cornell souvenir plate made by
Rowland and Marcellus Company; carte de visite holder, Junior Promenade, 1902; c.
1930s chart: Rate of Forgetting; 1918 watch fob; gold pin with Cornell emblem;
Cornell bottle cap remover; red felt pillow with white lettering and leather Cornell
shield; a Cornell University lock, 1890; a Cornell cadet helmet, 1890. Two pots
crafted by Elijah Cornell, an 1891 Senior Ball medal, invitation, and bow tie, Class
of 1923 cow, Book and Bowl key owned by Lord Keith Murray; Cornell Campus Store bag,
straw hat, pillow, and bird cigar snuffer.
Collection includes an historical set of three photographs recollecting the baseball
accomplishment of Franklin W. Olin, and describes his home run of circa 175 yards
from near Morrill Hall to near Sage Chapel; Cornell University floor runner; a
pennant; a Cornell corncob pipe; a miscellany of Cornell buttons. Slides of Sage
College; University of Philippines honorary plate for Dr. Emil Q. Javier. Also,
Class of 1921 tie and shirt, Class of 1930 button, decals, coasters, pennants, a
wooden wall plaque, a Reis Tennis Center flyer, and a t-shirt (C.U. in
Philadelphia); large Cornell Seal press; three College of Architecture medals; a
Balch Hall dining room plate; Sage Hall dining room plate; Class of 1932 reunion
vest; Class of 1921 scarf and tie. Includes a Cornell stein, and a framed drawing of
a Cornell "C" perched between the gorges, by David Seccombe.
Also, items relating to Franklin W. Olin, University benefactor, include his
appointment as a Corporal in the Cornell Corps of Cadets (May 5, 1882) signed by
Andrew Dickson White; a framed display of various ribbons won by Olin for athletic
accomplishment and Field Day feats and victories. Two brass plaques, for Clara
Dickson White and Horace White, parents of Andrew Dickson White.
Also, glassware with Cornell insignia: 6 brandy snifters, 12 large water glasses, 19
smaller water glasses, 9 high ball glasses, 1 Cornell mug, 1934; Wedgewood China
with Cornell insignia-4 green tea cups, 5 green saucers, 6 blue tea cups and
saucers, 5 red tea cups and saucers.
Also, plaque of Ezra Cornell presented by the Chinese Cornell Alumni of North China
in commemoration of Cornell's semi-centennial in June 1919 and a medallion of McGraw
Kroch Library construction t-shirt, 1992.
Demitasse spoons from Hotel Ezra Cornell and two with the Clock Tower on them.
Piece of Willard Straight Hall stump mounted in wooden box.
"Hats Off to Hunter!" hat, signed by President Hunter R. Rawlings, April 28,
"Flapper" dress worn by Mrs. Lyman P. Wilson to the inaugural dinner for President
Livingston Farrand, held in Risley Hall dining room and attended by the Cornell
faculty, 1921. Also, top hat from Brooks Brothers in hat box.
A man's stick pin with an enameled pennant at the top. The pennant is waving in the
breeze and has carnellian color on the top half and white on the bottom half and the
word CORNELL overprinted on the center.
Junior Smoker committee poster, 1906 (framed).
Also one mug "College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/We grow the ivy."
Two silver bracelets: one 1.5" cuff with Cornell seal, one .5" with seal and images
of winter sports (hockey, skiing, snowshoes, toboggan) belonging to Professor Loren
Also, one lantern slide projector.
Cornell mugs presented to Commencement volunteers, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001,
Framed first day covers of Liberty Hyde Bailey and Justin Smith Morrill presented to
1909 ceramic Cornell mug and miniature silver-plate Cornell mug owned by William Leo O'Hara (Class of 1909). Also 1901 ceramic Cornell mug.
Cornell red leather sewing kit.
Framed poem, "The Hill," by Albert W. Smith.
Pennsylvania Railroad brakeman's flag, retrieved by Cornellian John Kent '48 after the Cornell Football victory of Penn in November 1948. Has score carved on it and comes with Kent's account of the event and some notes on Cornell football teams of that era.
Souvenir plate of Libe Tower, American Decorators, Inc., n.d.
Cornell Laundry bag issued to freshmen in 1952
McGraw Tower pewter bookends, custom designed by 15 Steps in Ithaca, and originally given to Library staff and later to donors and friends.
Class of 1941 wool blazer belonging to Ray S. Watson '41.
Bronze Ezra Cornell seal door knocker.