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Series I. Correspondence: July 23, 1869 - April 29, 1871 (Box 33)

July 23, 1869 - August 5, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 1) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: buildings, advertisement; Western Union Telegraph Company; women's education; Cornell villa; agricultural machinery.

HIGHLIGHTS:

July 24, 1869. Ezra Cornell to Mattie Curran from Ithaca:
"Miss Mattie Curran There is a great reform required in the education and habits of females. Please study the subject and see what can be done for them. Respectfully yours Ezra Cornell"

July 26, 1869. Thomas N. Rooker to Ezra Cornell:
"Come away from Ithaca to the seashore for a short time. It will do you all good... . My wire window shades and wire doors are in their places and I am glad to tell you that my wife says, now that they are up and do not bother her as she thought they would, "they are the nicest things she ever had in her house." We hoist all of our windows, open our doors, and then sit down and laugh at the flies and bugs as they butt their heads against the wire cloth, trying to get in."

July 31, 1869. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Swampscott discussing University buildings, campus roads, faculty, and advertisement of the Agricultural and Mechanical departments:
"... we must take special pains to strengthen the Agricultural & Mechanical Departments. Other departments will be filled easily enough -- but these which by the Law of Congress are made leading departments must be kept constantly before the people."

August 3, 1869. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Swampscott:
"I want to go with you to see Greely to have a talk with him about the University. It is very evident to me that the sectarian plot against us is coming to a head very fast. Their paper addresses & sermons are venomous. One of them last week contained three distinct attacks on our unchristian character."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, D.B.; Curran, Mattie; Rooker, Thomas N.; Wood, M.B.; Beecher, Catharine E.; White, Andrew Dickson; Cornell, D.B.

August 6, 1869 - August 31, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 2) : [54 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agricultural machinery; Cornell University; Wisconsin lands.

PEOPLE:

LeGrand, A.J.; Lewis, G.F.; Chace, Miller; Fowler, L.N.; Cleveland, W.C.; Cornell, D.B.; Bonesteel family.

September 1, 1869 - September 18, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 3) : [40 digital images]

TOPICS:

Women's education; Cornell University; Cornell family genealogy and history; land scrip sales and taxes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September 15, 1869. Cornell University "Rules for the Halls and Public Rooms."

September 18, 1869. George L. Shepard to Ezra Cornell proposing establishment of a voluntary labor plan for students unable to pay for their education.

PEOPLE:

Cooke, H.J.; Bessac, Mary A.; Bonesteel family; LeGrand, A.J.; Whitlock, William; Shepard, S.E.; Shepard, G.L.; Cornell, D.B.

September 21, 1869 - October 13, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 4) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

Women's education; photo-lithography business; Cornell University: student voluntary labor plan; Horticultural School for Girls; Missouri State University.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 7, 1869. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell from Philadelphia:
"Am a little nervous at having received no news from the University. I have to keep it out of my mind as much as possible or I should 'strike a bee line' for Ithaca."

PLACES:

Pueblo, Col.

PEOPLE:

LeGrand, A.J.; Mann, Mary (Mrs. Horace Mann); Manedel, Miss; Rooker, Thomas N.; Shepard, G.L.; Lewis, G.F.; White, Andrew Dickson; Booth, Mariah; Barnard, D.R.; Rowell, Mary.

October 14, 1869 - October 29, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 5) : [53 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: education of colored students; photo-lithography business; Minnesota lands; Cardiff Giant.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 19, 1869: Malvina Higgins to Ezra Cornell from Maryville, East Tennessee:
"Mr. Cornell will permit one who has been teacher among the Freedmen in different states, to thus tax his valuable time with a note of thanks that he does not exclude colored persons from the benefits of his University. Seeing the universal horror with which such a suggestion is received in our schools at the south, and yet seeing that "Cornell" has become a subject of interest among the intelligent of these places far beyond my expectations, even, we can but regard this step in your institution as greater than a political victory -- and an important aid in re-construction, notwithstanding the fact that a few northern colleges have thus done. That such an institution as yours has taken this step in recognition of the brotherhood of man seems to be of special consequence just now... . It is with pleasure, that on returning to East Tennessee, where this Maryville College has struggled so hard, I am able to say that the beautiful University which graces my home has taken this step."

October 26, 1869. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Utica:
"I did not find the stone giant in Syracuse. He is still laying where he was found -- 13 miles out from Sy. Prest. White went out and saw him on Sunday and proposed to drive me out there yesterday but I decided that a cold ride of 26 miles would be more unpleasant to me than my visit would benefit the giant -- so I was content to hear White tell about him. They took in $1,500 Sunday as fees from vistors who flocked there by thousands to see him."

PEOPLE:

Farr, M.B.; Cornell, D.B.; LeGrand, A.J.; Higgins, Malvina; Wilkins, J.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Lewis, G.F.; Cornell, John H.; Allen, W.F.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

November 1, 1869 - November 23, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 6) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: telegraph line to village, uniforms for cadets; Newcomb's Central American expedition; photo-lithography business.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 18, 1869. E.C. Ward to Ezra Cornell thanking him on behalf of the Woman's Parliament for his offer of aid to Miss Manedel in the establishment of her Horticultural School for Girls:
"... allow me in the name of the Parliament to express their gratitude and appreciation of your kindly endeavors to furthur the advancement of all worthy efforts in the cause of progress and increased usefulness everywhere, as well as for your interest in the specific work which engages the attention of Miss Manedel."

PEOPLE:

Cornell, A.B.; Rooker, Thomas N.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Cornell, D.B.; McGraw, Joseph; Rockwell, E. & Son (Dryden Woolen Mills); Manedel, Miss; Ward, E.C.; Lewis, G.F.; Whitlock, William; Allen, W.F.

November 24, 1869 - December 10, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 7) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Newcomb's Central American expedition; land scrip sales and taxes; Cornell University; Albany Agricultural Works.

PEOPLE:

Newcomb, Wesley; Lewis, G.F.; Cornell, Keturah M.; Cornell, J.W.; Allen, W.F.; Baldwin James S.; Manedel, Miss; Fuller, Andrew S.; Emery, Horace L.

December 11, 1869 - December 30, 1869 (Box 33/Folder 8) : [35 digital images]

TOPICS:

Land scrip; Newcomb's Central American expedition; local railroads; Western Union Telegraph Company; Cornell University: natural history collections, Founder's Day.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 27, 1869. Wesley Newcomb to Ezra Cornell from Panama:
"I have just completed packing and marking a large case of specimens the results thus far of my collecting in this place, at the Islands of Flamenco and at Taboga. At this latter place we have spent two weeks, dredging and collecting on the beach. Independent of shells I have had the good fortune to have presented me by I.B. Akin Esqr. Commercial Agent of the English Line of West Coast Steamers, some 15 or 16 specimens of pottery collected by him at considerable expense from the graves of the Incas of Peru. Colo. Jewett in his Ethnological enthusiasm values them at thousands of dollars. Such as they are, however they make not an unimportant commencement in this department and are for the University."

December 20, 1869. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"It seems to me that Cascadilla is the place for the entertainment on Founders day... . If agreeable to you I would like in the morning to address the students on University life in general, reviewing the past term & making suggestions as to the future."

PLACES:

Panama.

PEOPLE:

Lewis, G.F.; Wood, Phebe; Newcomb, Wesley; Cornell, Keturah; Putnam, H.C.; Linton, Prudence K.; Palmer, O.H.; White, Andrew Dickson.

December 31, 1869 - January 10, 1870 (Box 33/Folder 9) : [32 digital images]

TOPICS:

Smith suit; telegraph industry (historical deposition); Cornell University: faculty; local railroads; land scrip sales and taxes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 1, 1870. John Stanton Gould to Ezra Cornell:
"The University will certainly triumph gloriously but it will have some severe fighting before the victory is won. Goldwin Smith's lecture published in the Atlantic is about as comprehensive and important a paper as I have ever seen. If school girls had not degraded the word so much I shuld say it was magnificent... "

January 7, 1870. Copy of Ezra Cornell's agreement with the Commissioners of the Land Office of New York State for the purchase of land scrip (August 4, 1866).

January 7, 1870. Ezra Cornell to Mary from Albany:
"Last eve when I reached Albany I found the W. Union operators are on a strike. This will make it necessary for me to go from here to NY... "

January 8, 1870. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Ithaca:
"As you and Mary disapprove my going to Albany, and as A.B. disapproves my going to N.Y to return with you, I enclose you my pass, and remain at home awaiting orders."

PEOPLE:

Smith, F.O.J.; White, Andrew Dickson; Gould, John Stanton; Kelly, William; Barnard, Eunice; Cornell, Mary Ann; Learned, J.C.

January 11, 1870 - February 3, 1870 (Box 33/Folder 10) : [30 digital images]

TOPICS:

Photo-lithography business; land scrip sales and taxes; Albany Agricultural works; Newcomb's Central American expedition.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 31, 1870. Wesley Newcomb to Ezra Cornell from the Steamer Costa Rica, Bay of Panama:
"My excursion has made the University favorably known throughout the Central American States and in good time will I trust bear fruit for the advancement of it's interests."

PLACES:

Panama.

PEOPLE:

Esty, Joseph; Steel, Henry; Emery, Horace L.; Newcomb, Wesley.

February 7, 1870 - April 19, 1870 (Box 33/Folder 11) : [33 digital images]

TOPICS:

Albany Agricultural Works; Cornell University: infirmary, Library; Cascadilla Place.

HIGHLIGHTS:

February 22, 1870. Resolution adopted by the Faculty of Cornell University:
"That the Secretary be instructed to inform the Executive Committee that in the opinion of this Faculty it is highly important that rooms be immediately provided and suitably furnished for the accomodation of sick students."

April 14, 1870. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell concerning Cornell University buildings, Mathematical Library, and White's Architectural Library.

PEOPLE:

Emery, Horace L.; Hart, J.M.; Chester, E.W.; White, Andrew Dickson; Gould, John Stanton; Law, Eliza C.; Emery, F.M.

April 20, 1870 - June 3, 1870 (Box 33/Folder 12) : [41 digital images]

TOPICS:

Cornell University: Cascadilla Place; Ithaca & Cortland Railroad; Albany Agricultural Works; Minnesota lands.

PEOPLE:

Law, Eliza C.; Emery, Horace L.; Emery, F.M.; Spraque, Homer B.

June 4, 1870 - August 7, 1870 (Box 33/Folder 13) : [51 digital images]

TOPICS:

Minnesota lands; temperance; Cornell University: Cascadilla Place, faculty housing; Industrial Exhibition Company; Wisconsin lands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

June 20, 1870. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Saratoga:
"There are comparatively few people here yet, the heat of summer not having been intence enough to drive the denizens of the cities and the fools from good country homes to this retreat of fashion, folly, and flirtation... . Hotels are thick and large and very many private families take boarders during 'the Season'... . I think we must utilize the 'Cascadilla Place' in the same way. Fix up the grounds and fit up and furnish the house, and open it for a Summer Hotel from July 1st to Sept. 15th. Fill it with 200 guests for that time at $3. per day would amount to $47,000 half of which would be profit. If only $10,000 per vacation could be realized from its use it would be a great help. This trip to Saratoga has opened up this subject to my mind with more fource than it has ever before been presented."

July 29, 1870. Ezra Cornell to Mary Ann from Eau Claire, Wisconsin:
"Since you were here they have got two fine bridges. One over the Chippewa where the Ferry was and the other over the Eau Claire. The town has grown decidedly in the time and the R.R. will add much more to it. This addition of R.R. facilities will add to the value of our lands and increase the sales."

PLACES:

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Eau Claire, Wis.; St. Paul, Minn.

PEOPLE:

Emery, F.M.; Cornell, Mary Ann; Gould, John Stanton; White, Andrew Dickson; Fiske, Willard.

August 9, 1870 - December 5, 1870 (Box 33/Folder 14) : [42 digital images]

TOPICS:

Hartt expedition to South America; Cornell University: buildings, University Museum; Sibley Building; Minnesota lands; Albany Agricultural Works.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 23, 1870. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"The immediate completion of the Sibley Building is of immense importance to us. We are at present utterly crippled in our department of Mechanic Arts for want of just such accomodations as the Sibley Building will give. I insist that this building now is worth two or three buildings later."

PLACES:

Albany.

PEOPLE:

Gould, John Stanton; Hartt, Ch. Fred.; White, Andrew Dickson; Emery, C.F.; McGraw, John; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Mary Ann.

December 14, 1870 - January 28, 1871 (Box 33/Folder 15) : [30 digital images]

TOPICS:

Land scrip; Wisconsin lands; Kansas lands; Townsend's Historical Collections; Cornell University: natural history collections; Minnesota lands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 17, 1871. Andrew Dickson White to Ezra Cornell:
"Keep close watch over our beloved University. Take no more risks than are absolutely necessary. Watch the monthly statements. Insist on knowing just where we are and what we can rely upon. Pardon this reiteration -- it is because I honor you and love our great enterprise. Good bye. God bless you."

PEOPLE:

O'Reilly, Henry; White, Andrew Dickson; Cornell, A.B.

January 30, 1871 - April 29, 1871 (Box 33/Folder 16) : [35 digital images]

TOPICS:

Albany Agricultural Works.

PEOPLE:

Emery, W.S.; Cornell, Alonzo B.; Emery, Horace L.