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Series I. Correspondence: October 1, 1868 - July 22, 1869 (Box 32)

October 1, 1868 - October 17, 1868 (Box 32/Folder 1) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: opening of the University, students, student living quarters, inauguration of President and professors, faculty, scholarships; Cascadilla Place; allegedly illicit transfer of specimens from Cooper Institute to Cornell University; Cornell family genealogy and history; photo-lithography business; East India Telegraph; American Photo-Lithographic Company.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Mary Ann; Taber, Susan J.; Earle, Pliny; Rooker, Thomas N.; Joy, Arad; Woodward, W.A.; Cailiff, Cornelia.

October 18, 1868 - October 28, 1868 (Box 32/Folder 2) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: opening of the University, students, faculty; women's education; photo-lithography business; American Photo-Lithographic Company; cattle; Sandwich Islands expedition (Honolulu); Western Reserve Institute.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Cornell, Austin; Newcomb, Wesley; Cailiff, Cornelia; Shepard, S.E.

October 29, 1868 - November 13, 1868 (Box 32/Folder 3) : [65 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: opening of the University, students, faculty, Library; Cascadilla Place; Western Union Telegraph Company: stock; Cornell family genealogy and history.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 30, 1868. Burt Green Wilder to Ezra Cornell:
"There is a general feeling of insecurity among those of us who occupy the upper floors of Cascadilla, and both Pres'd White and myself have ordered Rope Ladders for escape in case of fire: but I have not thought it necessary to ask their formal cooperation in the request I now make of you: That a Fire Extinguisher of medium size be placed in the center of each of the floors -- and that a proper number of persons be instructed in their use."

PEOPLE:

Wilder, Burt Green; Cook, Amos E.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Greeley, Horace.

November 14, 1868 - November 23, 1868 (Box 32/Folder 4) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: opening of the University, students, faculty; synopsis of remarks by Goldwin Smith (Nov. 17, 1868) before the students of the University and citizens of Ithaca; DeRuyter Institute; Cornell family genealogy and history; Newcomb's expedition.

PEOPLE:

Montague, J.; Smith, Goldwin; Rooker, Thomas N.; Newcomb, Wesley; Howe, Lester; Cornell, D.B.

November 24, 1868 - December 14, 1868 (Box 32/Folder 5) : [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: opening of the University, students, faculty, Library; Cascadilla Place; Western Union Telegraph Company: stock; Cornell family genealogy and history; Newcomb's expedition; telegraph business correspondence.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 24, 1868. Ezra Cornell to William F. Allen describing the charter and function of Cascadilla Place and its use by Cornell University.

November 26, 1868. W.A. Woodward to Louis Agassiz regarding student labor.

PEOPLE:

Agassiz, Louis; Palmer, O.H.; Chace, Miller; Chace, Mary; Wood, O.S.; Newcomb, Wesley; Chester, E.W.; Crysler, Cornell.

December 16, 1868 - December 30, 1868 (Box 32/Folder 6) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: opening of the University, students, faculty, Library; Western Union Telegraph Company; Ithaca Fire Department; women's education; Russian Extension Telegraph drawings.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 18, 1868. Ezra Cornell to R.R. Williams, Ithaca Fire Chief:
"I also deeply sympathize with [the firemen] in the hardships and vexation arising from the false alarm of the other evening which called them forth at midnight, and regret exceedingly that the folly of thoughtless youth should thus multiply their labors... . Please accept the enclosed hundred dollars for the firemen of Ithaca as a small token of my regard."

PEOPLE:

Allen, William F.; Wood, Corydon; Cailiff, Cornelia; White, Andrew Dickson; Chace, Thomas; Wood, O.S.; Williams, R.R.

January 1, 1869 - January 16, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 7) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

DeRuyter Institute; Newcomb's expedition; Ithaca Fire Department; cattle; photo-lithography business; Cornell University: students, announcements, curricula, costs.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 1, 1869. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell from New York City describing books bought for the family, affairs in New York and Albany, and family finances.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, E.S.; Newcomb, Wesley; Crysler, Cornell; Rooker, Thomas N.; Rowell, Mary; Cornell, Mary Ann.

January 17, 1869 - February 12, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 8) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: professorships, scholarships; family correspondence; Newcomb's expedition; telegraph industry (trial).

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 17, 1869. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell proposing an education/work system:
"The letters [pre 1845] however have been a source of rare enjoyment for me, and has carried me back a score of years to the period of your heroic trials, when in poverty you struggled so nobly to care for and bring up properly our dear children during the absence which a like struggle imposed on me... . Honors cheaply won are lightly esteemed."

January 30, 1869. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann Cornell:
"Don't mention this as I don't want to get the reputation of being a stock speculator, and if it was known here that it was my stock that was sold it would have the effect to depress the market."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Wood, Daniel; Chace, Miller; Conkling, Roscoe; Newcomb, Wesley; Schuyler, G.W.

February 13, 1869 - February 26, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 9) : [45 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: Library, buildings, women students; Cornell family genealogy and history; telegraph industry (trial); Western Union Telegraph Company; mineralogical collections; women's education; Newcomb's expedition.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 13, 1869. Hiram Sibley to Ezra Cornell from Rome:
"Every body I see in Europe seems to regard with favor the plan & Policy Inaugurated by yourself & Prest. White and all predict a glorious future for the Cornell University. It has been a source of especial Pride & pleasure to me to witness the interest manifest by the men of learning everywhere I go in the "New University" (as they call it) to distinguish it from any one of the Old Established and to convey the idea of progress an improvement a new and better institution and better calculated to meet the wants of our growing county.
"You are aware no doubt of the immediate cause of my visit abroad. My Physicians insisted that the only way to give my little overworked Brain rest was to put the Atlantic Ocean between me and my office."

February 26, 1869. Ezra Cornell to Lucy M. Washburn on the education of women at Cornell University:
"If the question of w[h]ere girls should board was the only one we could master that, but when and to whom shall they... attend to other educational duties is the question. We have now 400 boys here, and our room so crowded that we are forced to all sorts of expedients to make room for them. We also have several hundred young men pressing for admission who we cannot yet receive for want of room. If your case is one that only involves educational facilities, you can secure what you wish at Vassar College, and leave us to experiment on the boys... . I hope to live to see a thousand young women being educated in this University, with as many or more of their brothers, and all working smoothly and in harmony for their best good, but I don't want the young women forced upon us before we are prepared to make a success of it."

PEOPLE:

Sibley, Hiram; Cornell, Samuel; Barnard, Eunice; Washburn, Lucy M.; Newcomb, Wesley; Chace, George A.

March 1, 1869 - April 6, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 10) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell family genealogy and history; Ithaca churches; Cornell University: Library.

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Washburn, Lucy M.; Chace, Miller; Barnard, Eunice; Fiske, Willard; Smith, Goldwin; Rooker, Thomas N.

April 7, 1869 - May 5, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 11) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: Library, buildings, campus use, faculty, equipment and supplies; Cascadilla Place; photo-lithography business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 14, 1869. John McGraw to Ezra Cornell:
"My thoughts & purposes were these, no more no less. I started out by will to leave $30,000 to the university my second thought was to bestow it during my life and my third conclusion was that the center building would give a more ship shape look to the Hill side & allow an earlier finishing up and for the difference between say $30,000 & $50,000 I would not allow the opportunity to pass."

April 28, 1869. Phebe Wood to Ezra Cornell:
"Brother D.B. reports his health improving a little. He says he talks of going to Louisiana. I advised him to stay where he was join the Presbyterian Church and become a deacon. If he only would not have so many visions. I think he would be much better off. Poor Dan."

PEOPLE:

Sibley, Hiram; Porter, Sara Lee; Rooker, Thomas N.; Bostwick, William L.; McGraw, John; Smith, Goldwin; Wood, Corydon; Cornell, D.B.

May 7, 1869 - June 7, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 12) : [56 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings; portraits; telescopes; English workmen.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 14, 1869. Alonzo B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from New York regarding the hiring of Scotch English or German immigrants to work as less expensive laborers at the University:
"My instructions are to select only such men as will be likely to vote right when they become voters."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Wood, Ella F.; Caldwell, G.C.; Cropsey, J.F.; White, Andrew Dickson; Wood, M.B.; Wood, O.S.; Lee, Lavinia Shaw; Rooker, Thomas N.; Wells, Henry.

June 8, 1869 - June 19, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 13) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: commencement, buildings, campus, Library.

PEOPLE:

White, Andrew Dickson; Smith, Goldwin; Fiske, Willard; Colfax, Schuyler; Joy, Arad.

June 20, 1869 - June 24, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 14) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: commencement, buildings.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Faxton, Theodore; Chace, Miller; Rowell, Mary; Rooker, Thomas N.; Robertson, H.D.

June 25, 1869 - June 30, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 15) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: commencement, buildings, trustees.

PEOPLE:

Wood, O.S.

July 1, 1869 - July 22, 1869 (Box 32/Folder 16) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: students; English workmen; Agriculture; telegraph industry; Western Union Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 22, 1869. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell describing the nature of Cornell University (especially in relation to Harvard) and his goals, plans, and expectations.

PEOPLE:

Chace, Alonzo; Rooker, Thomas N.; Cleveland, William C.; Wood, O.S.; White, Andrew Dickson; Morse, Samuel F.B.; Wood, M.B.; Cornell, John W.; Cornell, Alonzo B.