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Guide to the Administrative Papers of the Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken
1884-1910
 RG 3.0.3

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 09, 2012
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Records of the Office of the Chancellor (Henry MacCracken)
Dates [inclusive]: 1884-1910
Abstract: The Records of the Henry M. MacCracken Administration have been divided into nine series containing materials that pertain to MacCracken's activities as vice chancellor and chancellor of New York University.
Quantity: 12.5 linear feet
Call Phrase: RG 3.0.3

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Biography

The advent of Henry Mitchell MacCracken as sixth chancellor marked a turning point in the history of New York University. MacCracken had been ordained as a Presbyterian minister, but he already had cast his lot with higher education. In the late 1860s he had spent a year of study in Germany where he became acquainted with German practice in the development of graduate study. Based upon this experience he would eventually stress the importance of adding postgraduate work to the curriculum in the arts and sciences at New York University.

Since 1880 he had been Chancellor of the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh). MacCracken came to New York University as Professor of Philosophy, but in June 1885, he was appointed Vice Chancellor. The circumstances of his appointment made it clear that the Council of New York University and especially the acting Chancellor, the Reverend John Hall, were grooming the newcomer for the Chancellorship, which he assumed in 1891.

As Chancellor of New York University from 1891 until 1910, MacCracken oversaw the purchase of the University Heights Campus and the construction of the present-day Main Building at Washington Square. He was also responsible for the reorganization of the Law School and the Medical School and the establishment of the Graduate School, the School of Pedagogy, the College of Engineering, the School of Commerce, and the Collegiate Division. In being both clergyman and educator, MacCracken symbolized the transition of the University from a small educational operation to one that in scope, organization, and administration laid the basis of the twentieth-century University.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, financial records, printed material, architectural plans and drawings, newspaper clippings, photographs, and notebooks pertaining to MacCracken's activities as Vice Chancellor and Chancellor of New York University from 1884-1910.

Arrangement

All nine series are arranged topically.

This collection has been organized into nine series.

  1. Academic Administration
  2. Finances
  3. Physical Plant
  4. Student Affairs and Activities
  5. Governance
  6. External Relations
  7. Public Relations
  8. Alumni Affairs and Activities
  9. Honorary Degrees

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Ashley, Clarence D., (Clarence Degrand), 1851-1916
  • Balliet, Thomas M., 1852-1942
  • Biggs, Hermann M., (Hermann Michael), 1859-1923
  • Bouton, Archibald Lewis, 1872-1941
  • Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
  • Draper, Anna P.
  • Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926
  • Gould, Frank Jay
  • Gould, Helen Miller
  • Gould, Jay, 1836-1892
  • Haskins, Charles W.
  • MacCracken, Henry Mitchell, 1840-1918
  • Macdougall, Robert
  • Peabody, Francis
  • Rockefeller, John D., (John Davison), 1839-1937
  • Schiff, Jacob H., (Jacob Henry), 1847-1920
  • Shaw, Edward R.
  • Sihler, E. G., (Ernest Gottlieb), 1853-1942
  • Snow, Charles H., (Charles Henry), b. 1863
  • Stokes, James
  • Strong, Josiah, 1847-1916
  • Weir, Samuel
  • White, Stanford, 1853-1906
  • Zucker, Alfred, b. 1852

Document Type

  • Architectural drawings (visual works).
  • Budgets.
  • Bylaws.
  • Dissertations.
  • Notebooks
  • photoprints.

Subject Organizations

  • Alumni Federation of New York University, Inc.
  • American Book Company.
  • American Veterinary College.
  • Association of American Universities.
  • Bellevue Hospital.
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Chautauqua Educational System.
  • Columbia University.
  • General Education Board (New York, N.Y.).
  • Harvard University.
  • Haskins & Sells.
  • Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission.
  • Louisiana Purchase Exposition. (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.).
  • McKim, Mead & White.
  • National Conference on Foreign Policy (Saratoga, N.Y.).
  • New York Columbian Celebration.
  • New York Hemopathic College.
  • New York University. Carnegie Laboratory.
  • New York University. College of Engineering.
  • New York University. College of Medicine.
  • New York University. Council.
  • New York University. Endowments.
  • New York University. Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • New York University. Finance Office.
  • New York University. Graduate School of Arts and Science.
  • New York University. Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
  • New York University. Loomis Laboratory.
  • New York University. Presidents.
  • New York University. School of Applied Science.
  • New York University. School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance.
  • New York University. School of Education.
  • New York University. School of Engineering and Science.
  • New York University. School of Medicine.
  • New York University. Summer School.
  • New York University. Trustees.
  • New York University. Washington Square College of Arts and Science.
  • New York University. Women's Advisory Committee.
  • North American Veterinary College.
  • Ohio Society of New York.
  • Pan-American Exposition (1901: Buffalo, NY).
  • Paris. Exposition.
  • Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.).
  • University of the City of New York.

Subject Topics

  • College administrators -- Selection and appointment.
  • Greek letter societies.
  • Public relations.
  • Scholarships.
  • Universities and colleges -- Administration.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.
  • Universities and colleges -- Finance.
  • Universities and colleges |x Professional education.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The administrative records of Henry Mitchell MacCracken were transferred from the Chancellor's office of New York University to Gould Memorial Library on the University Heights campus following the retirement of MacCracken in 1910. The records, including personal papers of MacCracken, were added to the New York University Historical Collection, which was housed in the Treasurer Room of the library. With the closing of the Heights campus in 1973, the Historical Collection was transferred to the Washington Square campus of the University, where it formed the nucleus of the University Archives.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Records of the Office of the Chancellor (Henry MacCracken); RG 3.0.3; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the New York University Archives

Related information concerning Henry Mitchell MacCracken located within the New York University Archives can be found in the Biographical Files and in the Portrait Files of the University Archives.

The Henry Mitchell MacCracken Papers are also held by the University Archives. This collection is in offsite storage, so you will need to contact the Archives for access.

Separated Material

Maps, blueprints and diagrams have been removed from the collection and stored in map cases. For more information on various buildings of the University Heights campus, consult the Buildings Collection in the New York University Archives.

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Container List

Series I: Academic Administration

Scope and Contents note

The records relate to the Vice Chancellor's and Chancellor's office, the University College of Arts and Pure Science, the University's professional schools (Graduate, Law, Engineering, Medical, Veterinary, Commerce, and Pedagogy), the Women's Advisory Committee of the School of Pedagogy, and special programs and facilities.

The Vice Chancellor's and Chancellor's files include correspondence describing MacCracken's selection of vice chancellor and the proposed selection of his son John H. MacCracken as his successor, miscellaneous correspondence, and annual reports. There is very limited documentation concerning the activities of John MacCracken as syndic or acting chancellor of New York University.

The University College material includes information about the classics, English and geology departments, and the chemical and physical laboratories. These files contain correspondence from faculty members, including Ernest G. Sihler, professor of Classics, Archibald Bouton, professor of English and later dean of University College, Morris Loeb of the chemical laboratory, and Daniel W. Hering, professor of Physics. The classics department file also includes two articles by Sihler. The geology department file describes the search for a successor to John J. Stevenson. Examination questions pertain to various departments. Material in all folders is arranged in chronological order.

The professional schools files contain material about the Graduate School (Graduate Seminary), Law School, School of Applied Science (Engineering), University Medical College (University and Bellevue Medical College), the New York American Veterinary College, the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, and the School of Pedagogy. Correspondence, reports and printed material comprises the documents found for most schools. In 1899, the chemical and physical laboratories became part of the School of Applied Science. Material for the two laboratories before and after 1899, however, is found in the University College folders of the collection. Letters from applicants for faculty positions in the School of Pedagogy are arranged in alphabetical order; material in all other folders is arranged chronologically.

The Graduate School (Graduate Seminary) records consist of correspondence and reports, some of which are from John D. Prince, dean of the school, 1895-1902. Theological studies material includes an 1890 agreement between N.Y.U. and the Union Theological Seminary.

The Law School files include correspondence from Austin Abbott and Clarence D. Ashley, deans of the schools, 1891-1896 and 1896-1916 respectively. There is limited information about the Women's Law Class and no material on the Metropolis Law School. (For information on these subjects, see Records of the Women's Law Class and the Womens Legal Aid Society, and Records of the Metropolis Law School, in the New York University Archives).

The School of Applied Sciences (Engineering) records include correspondence and reports from Charles H. Snow, dean of the school, 1899-1930, dating from as early as 1892.

The University Medical College files contain information about the merger between the University Medical College and the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1898, the subsequent Loomis Laboratory lawsuit, and the proposed affiliation with the New York Homeopathic College. Correspondence from Egbert LeFevre, dean of the school, 1898-1914, and Herman M. Biggs; financial records and printed material also are included in these files. The financial records describe the physical facilities of the school and include correspondence with Andrew Carnegie about the Carnegie Laboratory.

The New York American Veterinary College files contain correspondence about the establishment of the school, legislation affecting the college's operation, reports, lists of students, and printed material.

The School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance records consist of correspondence of Charles W. Haskins, first dean of the school 1900-1903, and partner in the accounting firm of Haskins and Sells. Many of the documents, including faculty correspondence, financial information, course descriptions, printed material, and newspaper clippings, pertain to the establishment of the school.

The School of Pedagogy material provides information about the 1901 controversy over admissions standards which led to mass faculty resignations. In addition, some documents describe MacCracken's role as acting dean from 1901 to 1904. There is virtually no information about the Summer School.

The Women's Advisory Committee material relates primarily to the operation of the School of Pedagogy, including information about the 1901 controversy, faculty appointments, courses, and finances. Minute books covering the period 1890 to 1911 provide much information about the committee's activities.

Special programs/facilities includes information about the Deems lectures, the Bermuda biological station, various N.Y.U. libraries, and limited material concerning the Hall of Fame.

Vice Chancellor's Office

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence re Appointment at New York University
1884
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Annual Report
1887

Chancellor's Office

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1892-1910
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Art History (Wallace Wood)
1895-1909
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Astronomy (Edward S. Holder)
1900
Box: 1 Folder : 6 MacCracken, John H.: possible selection as successor
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Annual Reports, including Synod's Committee on Visitation
1893
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Annual Report for 1894
1895, Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Annual Report for 1897-1898
1898
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Annual Report
1902, Nov.
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Annual Report
1906

University College

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Faculty Committees: Curricular matters
1898-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Classics department
1894, 1901-1904
Box: 2 Folder : 3 English department
1888, 1904-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Geology department
1899-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Physics laboratory
1888, 1893, 1906-1908, Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Chemistry department and laboratory
1893-1909, Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Other departments
1892-1895, 1900, 1904-1907
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Examination questions (misc. fields)
1886-1888
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Examination questions (misc. fields)
1889-1906, Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Dedication of University Heights Campus, letters re
1895

Summer School

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Summer School
1899-1907

Graduate School

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence and papers
1893-1905, Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Theological studies
1890-1910

Law School

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1890-1902
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Advertising
1891-1892
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Women's Law Class
1892, Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Printed material
1867, 1900, 1905-1909

School of Applied Science (Engineering)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1892-1910, Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Reports
1895-1909, Undated

University Medical College

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence and documents
1897
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Faculty appointments
1897
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Faculty appointments
1898, 1907
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence and documents
1883-1899
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence and documents
1900-1904
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Statements by MacCracken
1898
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Statements and resolutions by the University Council
1897-1898
Box: 4 Folder : 8 New York Homeopathic College, affiliation with
1904-1905
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Egbert LeFevre
1897-1908
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Herman M. Biggs
1899-1904
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Student Correspondence
1901-1910
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Budgets and expense reports
1891-1908
Box: 5 Folder : 2 New Building
1897-1904, Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Carnegie Laboratory: Andrew Carnegie
1899-1909, Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Bills
1899-1900
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous correspondence and reports
1883, 1897-1908
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Controversy, printed material re
1898
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Faculty changes, MacCracken's notes re
1898?

New York American Veterinary College

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1899-1908, Undated
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Legislation and related correspondence
1894, 1904-1910
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Reports
ca. 1910
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Student lists
ca. 1900
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Printed material
1897-1909, Undated

School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Charles Waldo Haskins
1899-1900
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Charles Waldo Haskins
1900-1902
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Faculty acceptances
1900
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Unsuccessful faculty applicants
1900-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 5 General
1900-1908, Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Miscellaneous
1900, 1905-1909
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Finances
1901, 1905-1906
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Courses
1899-1901, Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Haskins and Sells/Haskins
1897, 1899
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Commercial education (flyers)
1899-1901
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Newspaper clippings
1899-1900

School of Pedagogy

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Antecedents
1889
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Foundng
1890
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Courses and Faculty
1900-1904
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Faculty controversy
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Administrative matters
1891, 1898-1907
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Protests re resignation of faculty
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Board of Education
1901-1902
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Proposed pedagogical journal
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Proposed kindergarten
1902-1903
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Proposed pedagogical library
1902
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Proposed children's school/farm
1907
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Edward R. Shaw (dean, 1894-1901)
1900-1901
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Edward F. Buckner
1900-1901
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Samuel Weir
1900-1903
Box: 7 Folder : 15 F. Montser
1901-1902
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Charles H. Judd
1901-1902
Box: 7 Folder : 17 L. E. LaFetra
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 18 J. P. Gordy
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Robert MacDougall
1901
Box: 7 Folder : 20 Thomas M. Balliet: Appointment
1904
Box: 7 Folder : 21 Thomas M. Balliet: Correspondence
1904-1919
Box: 7 Folder : 22 Lecturers
1901-1904
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Applicants and appointees, A-K
1901-1909
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Applicants and appointees, M-W
1901-1909
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1900-1906, 1910
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Petitions
1901
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Lists
1894-1905
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Finances
1901-1906
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Printed Material
1889-1902, Undated

Women's Advisory Committee

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Historical notes on, and excerpts from, minutes of University Council
1890
Box: 9 Folder : 2 By-Laws, Annual Reports
1890-1903
Box: 9 Folder : 3 General
1893, 1896-1904
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Katherine Bacon Smith
1893, 1897-1904
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Emily O. Butler
1900-1901
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Anna P. Draper
1900-1901
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Discussion of conditions of School of Pedagogy
1901
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Financial reports
1901-1910
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Printed Material
ca. 1890, Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 1 "Invitation List," address book
1891
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Ledger (expenditures and donations)
1898-1901
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Minute book
1890-1899
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Minute book
1899-1911

Library

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Manuscript account of origins
ca. 1909
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Correspondence, bills, regulations
1899-1908
Box: 11 Folder : 3 La Garde Library and purchase of R. Huebner Library
1901-1902

American Institute of Christian Philosophy

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Papers re agreement between Institute and New York University; establishment of Deems Lectureship
1894-1895
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Correspondence re membership and membership lists
1892-1897
Box: 11 Folder : 6 General Correspondence
1895-1908
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Activities in connection with Chautauqua System of Education: Correspondence with George F. Vincent, Josiah Strong, George D. Boardman, Francis G. Peabody
1895
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Arthur James Balfour; correspondence
1905
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Financial reports
1889-1905
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Administrative correspondence
1895-1906
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Printed Material
1894-1895

University Biological Laboratory at Bermuda

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 12 University Biological Laboratory at Bermuda (Joint venture with Harvard University): Correspondence with Charles W. Eliot and C. L. Bristol
1901-1906

Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Hall of Fame for Great Americans
1900-1905, Undated

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Series II: Finances

Scope and Contents note

Records concerning University finances consist of registrar's reports, fiscal statements, department budgets, faculty pensions, and student tuition costs, dormitory rentals and scholarships. Income from gifts and grants indicate the contributions and endowments made during the period, including support from the General Education Board, a Rockefeller-sponsored institution. The Gould family records contain extensive correspondence with Helen Miller Gould, daughter of Jay Gould, concerning scholarships, contributions, and construction at University Heights, made possible through the generous benefaction of the Gould family.

University Finances

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 University Finances
ca. 1892-1893
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Registrar's Reports
1898-1900
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Fiscal Statements
1891-1908
Box: 12 Folder : 4 College and department expenditures, including salaries
1892-1910
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Correspondence with Bursar, Frank A. Fall
1907-1910
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Faculty pensions; Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching
1905-1910

Students

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Tuition (loans and fees)
1893-1910
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Dormitory rentals, admission and scholarships
1896, 1901, Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1897-1910
Box: 13 Folder : 4 John Hall Memorial Scholarship
1898-1899
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Ottendorfer Memorial Scholarship
1900
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Geneva Printing Company Scholarship
1904

Gifts and Grants

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Printed appeals
1889-1895
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Printed Appeals
1893
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Russell Sage
1898
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Jacob Schiff
1898
Box: 14 Folder : 5 John D. Rockefeller (General Education Board)
1898-1907
Box: 14 Folder : 6 General
1901, 1902
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Andrew H. Green, heirs of
1903
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Subscription Drive; miscellaneous correspondence; lists; Lyman Abbott
1904
Box: 14 Folder : 9 James Stokes
1904
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1906-1908
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Description of University for promotional purposes; educational side; business side
Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 12 Proposed Foundation for American Education
Undated

Endowments and Trusts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 13 Endowed professorships, trust funds for special objects; Consolidated Endowment Fund; Sandham Gift
1896-1907
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Jay Gould
1892-1893
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Frank Jay Gould
1896-1899
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Helen Miller Gould
1892-1897
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Helen Miller Gould
1898-1899
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Helen Miller Gould
1900-1903
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Helen Miller Gould
1904-1905, 1907/1909 Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Gould Scholarships
1899
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Gould Scholarships
1902-1904
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Financial statements re gifts of Helen Gould
1900-1904
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Miscellaneous bills
1891-1895, 1900-1901

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Series III: Physical Plant

Scope and Contents note

University properties at Washington Square and University Heights are the principal concerns in the files on physical plant. Washington Square material relates to the construction, furnishing, and rental of Main Building, which was designed by the architect, Alfred Zucker and constructed in 1894. The files include extensive material documenting the lease agreements on the building between the University and the American Book Company.

Records concerning the University Heights property are divided into three categories: real estate, building and construction, and furnishing and rental.

Real estate material describes the purchase of property from the Mali and Schwab estates, as well as the Ohio Society's assistance in obtaining property originally belonging to Loring Andrews. Limited correspondence about the sale or rental of property is included.

Building construction, furnishing, and maintenance files include internal memoranda and reports from the building committee, which consisted of members of the University Council, and correspondence with McKim, Meade and White, the principal architects at University Heights. MacCracken's correspondence with Stanford White documents the design of Gould Memorial Library and the Hall of Fame Colonnade. Also included in the records is correspondence and plans with various contractors and builders of the buildings at University Heights.

Municipal improvements and services records consist of correspondence suggesting the desire of the area's residents to improve city services and to establish such cultural institutions as the Presbyterian church and a branch library. The notebook of the church, minutes of meetings, and some financial information. Printed material includes flyers for the sale of lots, as well as programs for the opening day celebrations in 1895.

Washington Square

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Plans for construction
1892-1893
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Plans for preserving original University building
ca. 1892
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Sewerage agreement
1892
Box: 16 Folder : 4 McKim, Mead & White
1892
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Rentals
1893, 1900
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Alfred Zucker; American Book Co.
1894
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Alfred Zucker; American Book Co.
1895
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Alfred Zucker; American Book Co.
1896
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Alfred Zucker; Leslie J. Tompkins
1899-1900
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Main Building: Zucker Plans
ca. 1894
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Main Building, Rental of
1901-1904
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Bills
1889-1891

University Heights

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Purchase and sale of property
1892-1908
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Summary of purchase and subscription list
1891-1892
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Correspondence, subscription book
1892-1905
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Members
1892, Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Printed material
1891, 1893
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Property taxes
1893-1902
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Schwab estate funding, newspaper clippings re
1906
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Legal agreements
1894-1900
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Deeds and mortgages
ca. 1893-1910
Box: 18 Folder : 1 University Heights North
1893-1894
Box: 18 Folder : 2 University Heights East
1893
Box: 18 Folder : 3 University Heights West
1892-1893
Box: 18 Folder : 4 University Heights South
1907
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Flyer: University Heights - The New Site of the Undergraduate College...; reverse side, Map of New York City Showing the Interests of the University of the City of New York
ca. 1892-1894
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Flyer: University Heights - The New Site of the Undergraduate College, of the Graduate Seminary (in part), and of the Engineering School of New York University according to the plans of Vaux & Co., Landscape Architects
ca. 1896
Box: 18 Folder : 7 "Some New Plans and Construction"
1896-1897
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Maps and Diagrams (some removed to mapcase drawer 10)
ca. 1892-1908
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Internal correspondence, resolutions, financial statements
1893-1902, Undated
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1896-1897
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1898-1902
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Photograph of drawing of proposed Heights Campus incorporating original University building
1894
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Architectural drawings
ca. 1893-1900
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Specifications - Library
1896
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Specifications - Museum
1896
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Bills
1896-1902
Box: 20 Folder : 4 M. Reid & Company (mason and builder)
1896-1897
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Pattison Brothers (electrical engineers)
1898-1901
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Hatzel and Buehler (electrical engineers)
1898-1899
Box: 20 Folder : 7 George Mason (civil engineer)
Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Augustus Noll (electrical engineer)
1896-1900
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Conduit Wiring Company (electric light plant wiring)
1898
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Archer and Pancoast Company (light fixtures)
1896-1898
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Mitchell Vance Company (light fixtures)
1900-1901, Undated
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Alfred R. Wolff (consulting engineer)
1894-1899
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Charles B. Brush and Company (civil engineer)
1894, 1896, 1906
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Baldwin Engineering Company (steam mains, boiler)
1897-1901
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Baker, Smith and Company (steam mains)
1897
Box: 21 Folder : 9 George I. Roberts and Brothers (steam pipes)
1897-1900
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Collins P. Bliss (architect and engineer, director of testing lab)
1897, 1899-1904
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1897-1900
Box: 21 Folder : 12 Bills, payroll
1898-1900, 1905
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Library Bureau (furniture)
1896-1898
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Howard Clarke/Clarke and Baker (furniture)
1899-1900
Box: 22 Folder : 3 L. A. Schwarzwaelder (furniture)
1899-1901
Box: 22 Folder : 4 R. W. Reid & Company (furniture)
1899
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Self-winding Clock Company
1894-1899
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Tiffany Glass Company (woodwork and glass)
1898-1902
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Various organ companies
1899-1900
Box: 22 Folder : 8 Miscellaneous companies
1893-1904, 1909
Andrew H. Green Laboratory
Box: 22 Folder : 10 Gould Residence Hall
ca. 1896
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Sedgwick Avenue Park
1897-1901, Undated
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Streets: Proposed new street
1902, 1906
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Streets: 180th St. improvement
1906-1909
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Sewer system
1896, 1908
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Rapid Transit System
1900-1906
Box: 23 Folder : 6 N.Y.C. Interborough Railway Company
1902-1903, 1906
Box: 23 Folder : 7 New York Central and Hudson Railroad Company
1894-1895, 1903-1907
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Telephone, Telegraph, and Post Office
1892-1895, 1900-1908
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Police and Fire Protection
1899, 1902, 1904
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Civic organizations
1893, 1901-1906
Box: 23 Folder : 11 New York Public Library
1901
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Correspondence re acquisition of site and selection of denomination
1894-1904
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Secretary's notebook
1895-1900
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Miscellaneous correspondence and papers
1896-1900

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Series IV: Student Affairs and Activities

Scope and Contents note

The student affairs folders contain correspondence from and about students describing admissions, courses, transfers, grades, reasons for leaving N.Y.U., and publication of the class annual, the Violet. Information about student regulations, chapel attendance, petitions, and fraternities also is included. Other records document the development of an athletic program. Letters giving reasons for leaving the University are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. All other material is arranged in chronological order within folders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Admissions
1894-1910
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Courses, transfers, grades
1893-1895, 1900-1910
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Reasons for leaving, A-Z
1902
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Violet (yearbook)
1894-1910
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Student Regulations
1892, 1901-1902
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Chapel Attendance
1900-1909, Undated
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Petitions
1895-1909
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Fraternities
1892-1893, 1900-1910
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Job applicants
1894-1895
Box: 25 Folder : 7 N.Y.U. Athletic Association
1901-1907, Undated
Box: 25 Folder : 8 Miscellaneous correspondence and paper; honors program; faculty recommendations for improving scholarship
1900-1910, Undated

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Series V: Governance

Scope and Contents note

These records consist of limited correspondence and minutes of the New York University Council and the University Senate, which was established in 1896. A limited amount of material concerns a proposed merger between N.Y.U. and Columbia University in 1892. Much of the council material describes the Alumni Association's efforts to gain representation on the University's governing board.

University Council

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Minutes, reports, correspondence
1893-1909, Undated
Box: 25 Folder : 10 Alumni Association representation
1891, 1907-1910
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Proposed N.Y.U.-Columbia merger
1892, 1894
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Charles Butler gift; correspondence re Union Theological Seminary
1890-1896

University Senate

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Minutes and Correspondence
1896-1897, 1901 1903 Undated

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Series VI: External Relations

Scope and Contents note

Material in this series includes legislation proposed by or affecting the University, and correspondence with several Boards of Education, the Association of American Universities, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and other universities and organizations.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Legislation
1893-1900
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Legislation
1902-1907, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 6 State and City Boards of Education
1892-1912, Undated
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Association of American Universities
1901-1903
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
1907-1909
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Other universities and organizations
1894-1895, 1900-1905

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Series VII: Public Relations

Scope and Contents note

These files contain typescripts of press releases from 1901 to 1910, correspondence and typescripts of History of New York University, by Ernest G. Sihler and Henry M. MacCracken (1901), business correspondence about the University's publications and material describing various celebrations in which New York University participated.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Press Releases
1901
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Press Releases
1902
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Press Release
1903
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Press Releases
1904
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Press Releases
1905
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Press Releases
1906
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Press Releases
1907
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Press Releases
1908
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Press Releases
1909
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Press Releases
1910
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Advertisements
1896-1897

Universities and Their Sons: New York University (Boston: R. Herndon & Co., 1901)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1898-1903
Box: 27 Folder : 13 Sketch of history of University presumably written by Henry M. MacCracken (various drafts)
ca. 1898-1899
Box: 27 Folder : 14 Jay Gould: Biographical sketch, written by H. MacCracken
ca. 1898-1899

Publications

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Folder : 15 The Macmillan Company
1899-1901
Box: 27 Folder : 16 Other publishers
1893-1908, Undated

Participation in Celebrations

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 28 Folder : 1 New York Columbian Celebration
1892-1893
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Paris Exposition
1900
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Pan-American Exposition
1901
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1903-1904
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Plans for exhibit space; other printed material
1903-1904(?)
Box: 28 Folder : 6 Photographs of exhibit
1904
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Explanation of exhibit as rationale of organization of New York University
ca. 1900
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Diamond Anniversary (University's semisesquicentennial--75th
1901-1905
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Edgar Allen Poe Centennial
1909
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Hudson-Fulton anniversaries
1909

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Series VIII: Alumni Affairs and Activities

Scope and Contents note

The folders on alumni activities include material on the General Alumni Society, and correspondence from several specialized alumni groups. Lists of all graduates from 1833 to 1892 and the subsequent classes of 1896, 1897, and 1900 are supplemented by the names of those graduates who had served in the Civil War, and Phi Beta Kappa members prior to 1896.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1902, 1905-1909
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Printed Material
1891-1910
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Alumni Association
1896
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1900-1902, 1910
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Alumnae Electorate
1909
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Law School Alumni
1900-1910
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Lists of graduates (including classes of 1833-1892, 1896, 1897, 1900)
1900

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Series IX: Honorary Degrees

Scope and Contents note

Information on honorary degrees consists of biographical sketches and correspondence with applicants and recipients, including several women and some notable men. Material within the honorary degrees correspondence folders is arranged alphabetically by individual. All other material is arranged in chronological order within folders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 Folder : 8 Biographical sketches
1904-1910
Box: 29 Folder : 9 Applicants
1898
Box: 29 Folder : 10 Recipients -- William R. Day
1899
Box: 29 Folder : 11 Applicants
1899
Box: 29 Folder : 12 Recipients -- Philip R. Uhler and William Fiske Wood
1900
Box: 29 Folder : 13 Applicants
1900
Box: 29 Folder : 14 Recipients -- Emily Ogden Butler, Anna Palmer Draper, Martha Buell Munn, Catherine Bacon Smith
1902
Box: 29 Folder : 15 Recipients -- Vincent Pisek, John Rutherford Wright, Charles A. Gardiner
1903
Box: 29 Folder : 16 Applicants
1903
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Recipients, Master of Letters -- Ida M. Bodman, Frank Wilson Lindsley, Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage
1904
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Recipients, Doctor of Divinity -- Jesse Brush, Morris W. Leibert, Harry P. Nichols, Wilson D. Sexton
1904
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Recipients, Doctor of Laws -- Willard Bartlett, Elihu Root, Fritz Zinsser
1904
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Applicants
1904
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Recipients, Doctor of Divinity -- Henry Sloan Coffin, Lewis Bayles Paton, Robert Livingston Rudolph
1906
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Recipients, Doctor of Laws -- Alexander Crombie Humphreys, Martin J. Keogh
1906
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Applicants
1906
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Recipients, Doctor of Divinity -- Henry M. Brown, Stanley White
1907
Box: 30 Folder : 9 Recipients, Doctor of Laws -- Joseph D. Bryant, Charles Warren Hunt, George Filmore Swain, John Woodward
1907
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Applicants
1907
Box: 30 Folder : 11 Recipients, Master of Letters -- Helen Gray Cone, Edward Hagaman Hall
1908
Box: 30 Folder : 12 Recipients, Doctor of Laws -- George Samler Davis
1908
Box: 30 Folder : 13 Applicants
1908
Box: 30 Folder : 14 Recipients, Doctor of Divinity -- Frank De Witt Talmage
1909
Box: 30 Folder : 15 Applicants
1909
Box: 30 Folder : 16 Recipients, Doctor of Commercial Science -- Lawrence O. Murray
1910
Box: 30 Folder : 17 Recipients, Doctor of Divinity -- George Law Richmond, George Godhart Vogel
1910
Box: 30 Folder : 18 Recipients, Doctor of Laws -- James Brooks Dill, Egbert Le Fevre; negative responses
1910
Box: 30 Folder : 19 Applicants
1910

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Series X: Expansion and Fundraising

Scope and Contents note

The expansion and fundraising series contains correspondence, maps, clippings, and legal documents relating to the development and growth of NYU from the late 1880s through 1924. The series also includes speeches and articles written by MacCracken and others in support of the University's goals. Topics include potential sites for additional campus buildings, mergers with other New York City universities, and donor relations. Other materials found in this section relate to commencement activities.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 31 Folder : 1 A Few Facts as to New York University on Its Business Side
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 2 A Few Facts with Conclusions Drawn Therefrom
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Address to the Citizens of New York
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Aquisition of Graduate House and Property
1921-1924
Box: 31 Folder : 5 Carnegie, Andrew Correspondence
1906
Box: 31 Folder : 6 Chancellor's Statement-University Heights South
1907 October 31
Box: 31 Folder : 7 Commencement Week 1907 Clippings
1907
Box: 31 Folder : 8 Copies of the New Yorker (The NYU Weekly)
1913 February-March, October
Box: 31 Folder : 9 DeForest, Robert W Correspondence regarding Mrs. Russell Sage and Schwab Estate
1906-1907
Box: 31 Folder : 10 Donations Account Book
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 11 Excerpt from the Minutes of the Executive Committee
1892 November 4
Box: 31 Folder : 12 General Correspondence Relating to Fundraising and Exspansion of NYU
1906-1911, undated
Box: 31 Folder : 13 Hughes, Charles Evan
1907, 1916
Box: 31 Folder : 14 Law School Merger Clippings
1895 April
Box: 31 Folder : 15 Maps of Potential NYU Expansion Locations
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 16 Minuted of a Special Meeting of the Executive Committee
1903 June 5
Box: 31 Folder : 17 NYU: Move Uptown
1890s
Box: 31 Folder : 18 New York Assembly Act for Creation of Park
1906
Box: 31 Folder : 19 NYU and Colombia and Other Mergers Documents
1909
Box: 31 Folder : 20 NYU Commencement Calendar and Clippings
1903
Box: 31 Folder : 21 NYU Founders Day at University Heights Press Clippings
1895 April
Box: 31 Folder : 22 Obituaries for Howard Crosby, Chancellor of NYU 1870-1880
1891
Box: 31 Folder : 23 Petition on Behalf of New York University
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 24 Record of John Johnston, Esq. and John Taylor Johnston, LL.D. in regard to their connection with New York University, 1830-1893
1906
Box: 31 Folder : 25 Sage, Mrs. Russell Correspondence
1907
Box: 31 Folder : 26 The School of Pedagogy-Its Aims and the Opportunities It Affords
1898
Box: 31 Folder : 27 The University: Past, Present, and Future by Philip Schaff
1889
Box: 31 Folder : 28 The X__ Y__ Foundation for American Education
undated

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