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Series I. Correspondence: January 28, 1868 - September 30, 1868 (Box 31)

January 28, 1868 - February 6, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 1) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, opening, announcements, trustees; cattle; Wisconsin lands; Cascadilla Institute; photo-lithography.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 29, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"Again I say enlarge the list of Addresses for Circulars in every way possible. Have Finch enlarge his list of lawyers. I tell you that it is the best investment we can make. The main reason why the University of Michigan has 1500 students today, -- more than any other college in the land is that I forced through the policy of letting the people know what we could do for them."

PEOPLE:

Barnard, Eunice; White, Andrew Dickson; Rooker, Thomas N.; Nivison, S.S.

February 7, 1868 - February 22, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 2) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, opening, trustees, establishment of Library; military education; Cascadilla Institute; cattle; Wells College; Wisconsin lands.

PEOPLE:

Brown, Amos; Dean, Amos H.; White, Andrew Dickson; Wells, Henry.

February 23, 1868 - March 9, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 3) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, opening, trustees, establishment of Library, faculty and professorships; cattle; Wisconsin lands; Iowa lands; Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 25, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell discussing the opening of the University, trustee matters, selection of faculty and architects, and construction of buildings.

March 5, 1868. William S. King to Ezra Cornell from Cornell College:
"Since Cornell University has been founded and has been receiving such munificent donations from yourself, I have though[t] how useful a twentieth part of this liberality would be in this new country, and how pleasant it would be if these two sister intitutions could look to a common Father and thereby the name of Ezra Cornell become as well and as thankfully know[n] in the west as in the east."

March 9, 1868. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"What about the funds for Europe which I telgraphed you about last week, but which you did not answer. White says he wants $15,000 for Books and Chemicals abroad, instead of $14,000. Will you send me the other $1000, or must he get along with the $14,000? White says if only 14,000 is sent he will have to use $1000 of his own funds. My impression is that the $15,000 had better be placed at his disposal."

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Wood, O.S.; King, William S.; Cornell, Alonzo B.

March 10, 1868 - March 23, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 4) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Vassar College; women's education; Cornell University: buildings, professorships, announcements; Cornell family genealogy and history; Cornell family English legacy; cattle; photo-lithography; Michigan lands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 10, 1868. Maria Mitchell to Ezra Cornell from Vassar College regarding the admission of women to Cornell and other universities:
"...I will say some things to you which I must request...be considered confidential in relation to the 'woman' subject. I have no fancy for the agitation on the subject..."

March 14, 1868. A.W. Cornell to Narcissa Peters:
"There is a rumour afloat that there has been a legacy left in England to the Cornells of New York and Connecticut supposed to amount to Sixty Millions of dollars."

March 15, 1868. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Washington:
"I have already got the foundation laid for a large amount of business for Photo Lathography, if we can do the work as well and cheaper than by Old processes...I have also launched a move to remove various restrictions from our college Land Scrip Entries, and to get certain importations for the Cornell University free of duty, And to get a waggon road provided for from [Brurette] Falls to Lake Superior to be paid for by a grant of pulic lands along the route... . I judge by what I see with my eyes & ears that "Andy" was thoroughly alarmed as to his situation when he got the reports of the first days proceedings of the Impeachment Court. Previously he regarded himself safe from conviction... . Andrew Johnson is a bad man, and the American people know it."

PEOPLE:

Mitchell, Maria; Rooker, Thomas N.; Cornell, James G. (Mineola, NY); Cornell, A.W.; Cornell, Mina; Cornell, Gideon; Cornell, Mary Ann; White, Andrew Dickson; Holbrook, Frederick; Fagan, Susan P.A.; Chace, Thomas; Peters, Narcissa.

March 24, 1868 - April 10, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 5) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: establishment of Library, announcements; Cornell family genealogy and history; photo-lithography; Michigan lands; Wisconsin lands; Cornell family English legacy; Andrew Dickson White's European tour.

HIGHLIGHTS:

March 24, 1868. Mina Cornell to her cousin:
"You asked me if I thought there was money coming to us. Indeed I think there is for it is not likely that Ezra Cornell would be so anxious to enquire out the relatives and desire all the information possible according to the laws of England."

April 3, 1868. E. Samson to Ezra Cornell regarding the founding of Cornell University:
"Your sentiment as expressed by Prof. White. I say Amen to 'An institution where any person can find instruction in any study.'"

April 8, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Paris:
"Have tried to shake of thoughts of the University -- but -- 'Distance lends enchantment to the view' & I think of little else... . Have decided to go personally & make the purchases of Apparatus & Chemicals at Heidelberg, Darmstadt... & Berlin."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mina; Spelman, Naomi; Rooker, Thomas N.; Tyler, Moses Coit; Samson, E.; White, Andrew Dickson; Cornell, D.B.; Millspaugh, John H.; Fagan, Susan P.A.

April 11, 1868 - April 26, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 6) : [37 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: establishment of Library, finances; North Carolina lands; Andrew Dickson White's European tour; Western Union Telegraph Company: stocks; photo-lithography.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 20, 1868. Mariah Booth to Ezra Cornell describing homesteading and family happenings in Colorado Territory.

PLACES:

Colorado Territory.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, K.; White, Andrew Dickson; Rooker, Thomas N.; Wood, O.S.; Booth, Mariah; Lewis, G.F.

April 27, 1868 - May 12, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 7) : [44 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: announcements, establishment of Library, law books; telegraph industry; Andrew Dickson White's European tour; geological collections; photo-lithography business; Smithsonian Institution; United States Patent Office.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 27, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Paris describing his efforts to gather books and other materials for the University:
"...the election of Weaver is first rate. He is a true man. Knows what education should be & knows what we are striving to be... . I have been hard at work every day & have saved several thousand francs by prowling around the books shops of the Latin Quarter instead of buying of Agents... . If it is possible ie if it is not absolutely impossible I want the Univ. to put 5000 dollars more at my disposal... . There are elaborate models of every important organ -- an ear for example two feet long -- price 150 fr by wh. a hundred students can learn more in an hour than from text books in a month."

May 3, 1868. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from Washington:

"I met Prof. Henry and Baird of the Smithsonian Institute yesterday, they hail the Cornell University with joy. Their building is nearly restored from the ravages of the fire and will soon be in full beauty and usefulness again. The Patent Office is becoming a miracle of groth and expose of inventive talent. The buildings are six or eight times larger than when I worked there in 1844 and they are more crowded now than then. There was some 17,000 patents issued last year, and will probably be 20,000 issued this year. This shows the great inventive wealth of this country."

May 3, 1868. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"...sorry to hear that you are sorely pressed for funds. I can hardly realize what satisfaction it can be to be wealthy and at the same time hard up, yet there are other & perhaps more simple problems that I have failed to solve."

May 3, 1868. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell listing the twelve rules of wealth.

PLACES:

England; France; Washington, D.C.

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Rooker, Thomas N.; Cornell, D.B.

May 13, 1868 - May 26, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 8) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Andrew Dickson White's European tour; Cornell University: buildings, faculty, establishment of Library; cattle; Andrew Dickson White House; Ezra Cornell's circular inquiring about Cornell family genealogy and history.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 13, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Paris describing his efforts to gather books and other materials for the University, and reflecting on the University:
"I find that they are about as much at sea regarding details of instruction in Agriculture here as we are in America... . This is confidential for it would be a serious injury to me on many accounts were the impression to be spread now that I am about to remove to Ithaca. I want a good comfortable place & absolutely healthy. I will sacrifice my own comfort, health, time, property & political purposes to the Cornell University, but there is one thing I will not sacrifice & that is the health of my wife & children -- so keep my interests in mind. I don't want to buy a place. I hope to put up something to suit me by & by, but I want a decent place for... my family on the hill."

May 21, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Frankfort, Stuttgart, Heidelberg:
"... the Royal Agricultural College at Hohenheim which was the institution I most wished to see. [Professor Rueff] especially dwelt upon the liberty allowed students there. They study just what they please -- making out a course for themselves (You see I have underscored the points where their practice is a working out of my theory.)"

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Pew, W.P.; Lewis, G.F.; Cornell, Edwin; Cornell, John W.

May 27, 1868 - June 11, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 9) : [58 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, faculty, plan, establishment of Library, water supply; Wisconsin lands.

PEOPLE:

Caldwell, G.C.; White, Andrew Dickson; Harris, Joseph; Starr, A.A.; Lewis, G.F.; Mitchell, Maria.

June 12, 1868 - June 23, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 10) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Andrew Dickson White's European tour; Cornell University: buildings, faculty, establishment of Library; Ezra Cornell's honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Rutgers College; Wisconsin lands; American Photo-Lithographic Company; Minnesota lands; geological collections.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 21, 1868. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell:
"I want if possible to avail myself of [the Whiting Farm] cannot you help me to accomplish it?"

PEOPLE:

Harris, Joseph; Russel, William C.; White, Andrew Dickson.

June 24, 1868 - July 4, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 11) : [46 digital images]

TOPICS:

Andrew Dickson White's European tour; Cornell University: buildings, faculty, establishment of Library, campus plan; American Photo-Lithographic Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 24, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from London:
"As to the Prof. of Veterinary Surgery &c. Prof. Pancoast, of Philadelphia told me of a young Englishman studying at the Imperial Veterinary College at Alford. He is a fine fellow, good practically & theoretically and stands fifth in a large class which is good for an Englishman among Frenchmen."

July 3, 1868. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from London:
"My dear Mr. Cornell I have secured Goldwin Smith late Prof. at Oxford University as our Prof. of English & General Constitutional History. I have secured James Law of Belfast as Professor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery... . Am hard at work on the book purchases & am getting together a nobel collection."

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Law, James; Chace, Alonzo; Rooker, Thomas N.; Smith, Goldwin; Rowell, Mary.

July 6, 1868 - July 19, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 12) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Western Union Telegraph Company; Cornell University: buildings, faculty, establishment of Library; zoological specimens; photo-lithography business.

PEOPLE:

Brown, Amos; Henry, Joseph; Poesche, Theodor; Oliver, James Edward; Rooker, Thomas N.

July 20, 1868 - August 11, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 13) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, faculty, establishment of Library, opening of the University; Western Union Telegraph Company; Photo-lithography business; University of California.

PEOPLE:

Monroe, William C.; Dawson, Henry B.; Brown, Amos; Rooker, Thomas N.; Chace, Thomas; Agassiz, Louis; Oliver, James Edward; Cornell, D.B.; White, Andrew Dickson.

August 12, 1868 - August 28, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 14) : [60 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University; Western Union Telegraph Company; Cascadilla Place.

PEOPLE:

Rooker, Thomas N.; Rowell, Mary.

August 29, 1868 - September 17, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 15) : [57 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cascadilla Place; Wisconsin lands; Cornell University: establishment of Library, natural history collection.

September 18, 1868 - September 30, 1868 (Box 31/Folder 16) : [65 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family genealogy and history; Cornell University: students, University farm, natural history collections; Cooper Institute; photo-lithography business; allegedly illicit transfer of specimens from Cooper Institute to Cornell University.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Thomas; Cornell, D.B.; Rooker, Thomas N.