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Series I. Correspondence: August 11, 1865 - May 6, 1866 (Box 27)

August 11, 1865 - September 2, 1865 (Box 27/Folder 1) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State canals; American Express Company; Cornell Public Library; Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library, trustees, buildings; DeRuyter Institute; New York State Agricultural College.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, John W.; Speed, J.J.

September 3, 1865 - September 14, 1865 (Box 27/Folder 2) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Pottery; Cornell University: siting; DeRuyter Institute; Nevada gold mining.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Taylor, John J.; Cornell, E.S.; Wood, M.B.; Booth, Mariah.

September 15, 1865 - October 4, 1865 (Box 27/Folder 3) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Yale College: Sheffield Scientific School; Nevada; Unitarianism; Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library, professors, buildings; agriculture; Cornell villa; cattle; New York State canals; Massachusetts Agricultural College; Harvard College.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 5, 1865. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell regarding the planning of Cornell University:
"In a few weeks I hope to present you with a report wh. shall be of service. I mean to visit New York New Haven & Cambridge to have a quiet confidential talk with Mr R[...] & leading scientific men to [...] their having absolutely the best men they know with some sketch of their characteristics. But the Presidency. How about Gov. Andrew? He has declined Antioch College. Why may not we secure him if he is desirable? But above all do not let the Observatory depart far from your thoughts. Take no thought for the building. When may I telegraph the Associated Press that you have contracted for by far the largest telescope in the world for the Cornell University? I ache to do it. I cannot help thinking that it would be easier & simpler to take the Yale or small hall system or a modification of it."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Pinkham, Ruth; Bloodgood, S. DeWitt; Andrew, J.A.; White, Andrew Dickson; Cornell, D.B.

October 6, 1865 - November 20, 1865 (Box 27/Folder 4) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library; Genesee College; family correspondence; Land Grant Act; Wisconsin lands; Michigan Agricultural College; Elmira Female College; Nevada gold mines; Wheelock Farm, Jacksonville, New York; Vassar College; New York State canals.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 9, 1865. Ezra Cornell in response to a request for a loan:
"I declined the loan as I have now to borrow money for my own use."

October 10, 1865. John W. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I send you the Rawligh paper Journal of Freedom whitch gives the procedens of the Niggro Convention..."

October 15, 1865. M.B. Wood to Ezra Cornell:
"I feel that I am fast loosing all ambition to do anything more of service to the world. ...Robinson has been down to the oil regions & has petroleum on the brain. ...That [Deborah] should come here on a visit and in less than two months break friendship with Mary & James family and get into a general Row all round is outrageous & scandalous to say the least. I have taken no part in the bickerings myself, but you ought to hear Phebe blow her out once in a while, she can do it 'as if written in a book.'"

PEOPLE:

Cornell, John W.; Wood, M.B.

November 21, 1865 - December 18, 1865 (Box 27/Folder 5) : [43 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Agricultural College; telegraph industry; New York State canals; potatoes; telescope; Wisconsin lands.

PEOPLE:

Gray, John P.; Kelly, William; Chester, E.W.; Case, Philip; Cornell, John H. (Ulysses); Chace, Elijah C.; Watson, J.C.

December 20, 1865 - December 31, 1865 (Box 27/Folder 6) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: founding; Western Union Telegraph Company; Ithaca Blind Asylum (proposed); Wisconsin lands; Bering Straight telegraph; potatoes; New York State Agricultural College.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 25, 1865. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell discussing "Santa Clause" and Ithaca.

1865. Handwritten draft by Ezra Cornell discussing the Cornell University legislation, the conditions of his $500,000 gift, the nature of the University, the financing of the University, and the selection of its trustees and president.

PLACES:

Albion; Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Wood, O.S.; Boardman, Douglass; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Franklin C.

January 1, 1866 - January 17, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 7) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Ithaca bank; Forest Park farm; cattle; Western Union Telegraph Company; telegraph industry (new lines); Wisconsin lands; Cornell University: founding, buildings, trustees; Family correspondence; planetarium.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 16, 1866. John W. Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing a Hatteras, North Carolina schooner wreck.

PLACES:

Ithaca; DeRuyter.

PEOPLE:

Ingersoll, Henry; Boardman, Douglass; Cornell, Franklin C.; Greeley, Horace; Cornell, E.B.; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Robinson, R.R.; Weitling, William; Barnard, Eunice; Cornell, John W.; Esty, E.S.; Esty, William W.; Chester, E.W.

January 18, 1866 - January 26, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 8) : [34 digital images]

TOPICS:

Land Grant Act; Wisconsin lands; Cornell University: founding, faculty; telescope; Cornell Public Library.

PEOPLE:

Ingersoll, Henry; Finch, F.M.; Miller, Stephen; Wood, O.S.; Chester, E.W.; Wood, M.B.

January 27, 1866 - February 10, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 9) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Forest Park farm; Wisconsin lands; Cascadilla Place; Western Union Telegraph Company; Cornell University: founding; People's College; the industrial university.

PEOPLE:

Robinson, R.R.; Millard, Ira; Griscom, John H.; Wheeler, George F.; Barnard, Eunice; Turner, J.B.

February 12, 1866 - February 14, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 10) : [32 digital images]

TOPICS:

Wisconsin lands; Cornell University: founding, financing; Cornell Public Library; tax exemptions.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 12, 1866. Ezra Cornell to G.W. Hotchkiss describing the legislation and funding of Cornell University:
"I enclose the copy of a bill, exempting from taxation certain lands, held by states, colleges &c for Educational purposes."

February 12, 1866. Draft of "Ezra Cornell's Address to the Board of Trustees of Cornell University At Albany February 1866" describing financing, founding, and arrangements for the University.

PEOPLE:

Finch, F.M.

February 15, 1866 - February 26, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 11) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Ithaca Canal Line; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; Ithaca and Towanda Rail Road Company; Forest Park farm; Cornell University: founding, planning; New York State Agricultural College; Cornell Public Library; New York State canals; Cascadilla Place; Erie Railway Company; Western Union Telegraph Company; photo-lithography.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 22, 1866. F.M. Finch to Ezra Cornell proposing disposition of Cascadilla Place, and suggesting plans for Cornell University and the Cornell Public Library:
"But even if your judgment will not carry you as far as this at least I do think that Cascadilla Place should begin the University even if ultimately all the other buildings should be on the North side of the creek."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, John H.; Cornell, E.B.; Finch, F.M.; Esty, William W.; Cornell, D.B.; Selkreg, J.H.; Rooker, Thomas N.

February 27, 1866 - March 12, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 12) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Western Union Telegraph Company; Ezra Cornell portrait; Wisconsin lands; prospectus for Illinois College; New York State canals; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others.

PEOPLE:

Chester, E.W.; Wright, George B.; Millard, Ira; Chace, Elijah C.; Turner, J.B.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, O.S.

March 13, 1866 - March 14, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 13) : [24 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings; Ithaca and Towanda Rail Road Company; Cornell Public Library.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 14, 1866. Draft report of the Committee on Buildings.

March 15, 1866 - March 29, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 14) : [74 digital images]

TOPICS:

Ithaca and Towanda Rail Road Company; New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; phrenology; Phrenological Journal; telegraph industry; Wisconsin lands; agriculture; Cornell University: founding, establishment of Library; Western Union Telegraph Company; Telegraph Association.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 17, 1866. John Stanton Gould to Ezra Cornell:
"When I learn whether your views correspond with mine in relation to the religious teaching at the University, I will write to you my ideas with regard to a few other fundamental matters connected with the plan of the University."

May 25, 1866. Draft of a letter by Ezra Cornell:
"I expect thus to appropriate the balance of my life, and the labors which I have selected, the building up of a first class University, will afford an abundant field. If, however the loyal men of the State should aquiesce in the partiality of my neighbors, and call upon me to discharge the delicate and responsible duties of Governor, I may feel bound to yield to their wishes, and should do my best to discharge the duties honestly and conscienciously."

PLACES:

Bavaria.

PEOPLE:

Rooker, Thomas N.; Gould, John Stanton; Curtiss, George; Dix, Dorothea L.; Whitlock, William; Chace, Albert H.

March 30, 1866 - April 11, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 15) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation, letters from constituents and others; telegraph industry; Land Grant Act; tax exemptions; Wisconsin lands; animal cruelty; agriculture; Western Union Telegraph Company; Ithaca and Towanda Rail Road Company; Ezra Cornell portrait; Cornell University: buildings, plan; Cascadilla Place.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, W.J.; Nivison, S.S.; Pinkham, F.W.

April 13, 1866 - May 6, 1866 (Box 27/Folder 16) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, plan, founding; Wells College; Wisconsin lands; Jewett's Paleontological Cabinet; Western Union Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 13, 1866. Ezra Cornell to Henry Wells:
"Your grounds at Aurora also afford a beautiful and healthy location for such an institution. ...I shall venture a suggestion. It is this, that instead of building a Female Seminary at Aurora, which would be but one of an hundred like institutions scatered over our state, and which though it flourished while you lived, and it was fostered by your care and judgment, might soon dwindle and droop when your fostering hand was withdrawn by death, built at Ithaca, "The Wells female department of the Cornell University" and thus aid us to engraft female education in America."

Also iterates the financial arrangements pertaining to the founding of Cornell University.

PEOPLE:

Wells, Henry; Jewett, E.; White, Andrew Dickson; Horner, John; Wood, M.B.; Kelly, William.