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Guide to the Thomas William Edmondson Papers MC.17


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Collection processed by Barbara J. Balliet, January 1978. Electronic version prepared by Ashley Sena-Levine.

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 Updated by Jacqueline Rider for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , June 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Edmondson, Thomas William, 1869-1938
Title: Thomas William Edmondson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1885-1918
Abstract: Thomas William Edmondson was a professor of mathematics at New York University (NYU) and served the University as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the University Council (1900-1902), Secretary of the Faculty Committee of the University Council (1903-1933), acting dean of the Graduate School (1916-1921), and Chairman of the Washington Square Collegiate Division (1913). This collection consists of his correspondence with family and friends.
Quantity: 1.25 Linear Feet in 2 manuscript boxes and on half-manuscript box
Location: Materials are stored offsite, and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MC.17

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Biography

Thomas William Edmondson was born in Skipton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, England, on June 26, 1869. His parents, Sarah Dodgson and Thomas Edmonson, Sr., were middle-class tradespeople. Thomas Edmondson, Sr. had worked himself up through the printing apprentice system and was a master printer in Skipton. He owned a small business, Edmondson & Co., Printers and Stationers, and was very active in civil affairs and the Oddfellows Society. Thomas was one of eight children. He attended elementary school in Skipton. From 1879-1888, he was the recipient of a scholarship at the Skipton Endowed Grammar School. In June 1886, he took the London University matriculation examination. When his results were published, he was first on the Honors List. He took his B.A. at London University in 1888.

In 1887, Edmondson received the Ackroyd Scholarship, which enabled him to attend Pembroke College in Cambridge. The Ackroyd was a senior mathematical scholarship. He received his B.A. from Cambridge in 1891. After getting his degree, he continued at Cambridge as an assistant tutor in mathematics and physics at the University Correspondence College and pursued graduate studies in physics, chemistry, and botany.

During the summer of 1893, he immigrated to America. After a year in the United States, he was appointed to a Fellowship in Physics at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was awarded the Ph.D. in 1896 as a result of study and research at Clark.

Following conferral of his degree, Edmondson was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at NYU's University College, located on the Heights campus in the Bronx. In addition to his work in the Physics Department with Professor Daniel W. Hering, he also assisted Professor Pomeroy Ladue in the Mathematics Department. In 1903, Edmondson became an assistant professor of mathematics. Following Ladue's resignation in 1906, Edmondson was appointed head of the Mathematics Department.

Professor Edmondson also served NYU as an administrator. He was Secretary of the Faculty Committee of the University Council from 1903-1933 and served as Acting Dean of the Graduate School from 1916-1921. He was also chairman of the Washington Square Collegiate Division in 1913. On August 31, 1934, Edmondson's long service to the University formally ended with his retirement. He died on November 4, 1938.

Thomas W. Edmondson was married in 1896 to Minnie Ramsden. They had no children.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Thomas William Edmondson consist primarily of correspondence with members of the Edmondson family who resided in Yorkshire, England. Some letters from friends and associates of Edmondson are also included.

The members of the Edmonson family appearing in the papers are the children and descendants of Thomas Edmondson (d. Nov. 17, 1917) and Sarah Dodgson. Their ages are unclear from the papers. The family members are listed below in alphabetical order.

Dick Edmondson, married to Billie Nottingham in 1904. One child, Mary, born in 1906.

George Edmondson, married to Frances in 1914.

Harry Edmondson, married to an unnamed widow in 1916. No children. His wife died in 1918.

Jack Edmondson, married to Mabel in 1894. Five children: Katie, Sallie, Tom, Leonard, and Jessie. He also adopted Mabel's niece, Dorothy.

Jim Edmonson, married to Bessie Dickinson in 1904. One child, Marjery, born ca. 1907.

Nan Edmondson, married to George Mattock in 1907. Two children, Mary and "Baby."

Sallie Edmondson, married to Jim Bargh in 1909. One child, Geoffrey, born in 1912. She separated from Bargh in 1916.

Thomas William Edmondson, married to Minnie Ramsden in 1896. No children.

Arrangement

Edmondson's papers are arranged chronologically by correspondent.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Friendly Societies Association
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • New York University. Department of Physics
  • New York University. Graduate School of Arts and Science

Subject Topics

  • Physics -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Farm Life -- United States
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Botany -- Study and teaching

Subject Places

  • Skipton -- England

Family Name(s)

  • Edmondson family

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials are open without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the creator are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from New York University Archives, (212) 998-2646, university-archives@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation note

Identification of item, date (if known); Thomas William Edmondson Papers; MC 17; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; there is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials.

Processing Information

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Container List

Series 1: Personal Correspondence--Family, 1890-1918

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Rough Drafts of T. W. Edmondson's Correspondence
1909-1912
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr. (Father of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1893
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters to Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1894
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1895
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1896
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1897
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1898
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1899
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1900
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1902
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1912
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1914
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Letters from Thomas Edmondson, Sr.
1915
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Clippings and Articles Relating to Thomas Edmondson, Sr. (Including his Obituary)
1906-1915
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson (Mother of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1893-1899
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1905
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1908-1909
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1910-1911
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1912-1913
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1914-1915
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1916
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1917
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Letters from Sarah Dodgson Edmondson
1918
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Letters from Jack Edmondson (Brother of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1894-1900
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1901-1906
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1907-1910
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1911-1912
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1913-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1915-1916
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Letters from Jack Edmondson
1917-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Letters from Mabel Edmondson (Wife of Jack)
1904
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Letters from Kate Edmondson (Daughter of Jack)
1905-1916
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Letters from Sallie Edmondson (Daughter of Jack)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Letters from Sallie Edmondson
1904-1917
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Letters from Tom Edmondson (Son of Jack)
1911-1916
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Letters from Leonard Edmondson (Son of Jack)
1913-1917
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Letters from Jessie Edmondson (Son of Jack)
1913-1917
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Letters from Jim Edmondson (Brother of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Letters from Jim Edmondson
1890-1899
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Letters from Jim Edmondson
1900-1909
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Letters from Jim Edmondson
1910-1913
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Letters from Dick Edmondson Nottingham (Sister of T. W. Edmondson)
1909-1911
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Letters from Dick Edmondson Nottingham
1912-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock (Sister of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock
1897-1900
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock
1901-1907
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock
1909-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock
1915-1916
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Letters from Nan Edmondson Mattock
1917-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Letters from George Mattock (Husband of Nan)
1907-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Letters from Mary Mattock (Daughter of Nan)
1918
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson (Brother of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson
1893-1897
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson
1898-1899
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson
1900-1904
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson
1905-1906
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson
1907-1908
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Letters from Harry D. Edmondson
1909
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Letters from George Edmondson (Brother of T. W. Edmondson)
1894-1905
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Letters from George Edmondson
1909-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Letters from Frances Edmondson (Wife of George)
1914-1915
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh (Sister of T. W. Edmondson)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1894-1901
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1902-1909
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1910-1912
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1913
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1914
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1915
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Letters from Sallie Edmondson Bargh
1916-1917

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Series 2: Personal Correspondence--Friends and Associates, 1885-1914

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Testimonies on behalf of T. W. Edmondson from William Briggs, E. T. Hartley, Reverend C. H. Prior, and R. R. Webb
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Letter from Colin H. Dakers
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Card from D. W. Hering, Professor of Mathematics at NYU
1914
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Letter from H. S. Holmes
1913
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Letters from F. Arnold Lees
1890-1913
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Letter from J. E. Ludlum (cousin?)
1909
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Letter from Lister Rotheray
1889-1906
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Letters from Colin and Dorothy Stewart
1913-1914
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Letter from G. W. Thompson [?]
1905
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Letters from William Whitwell
1885-1889
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Letters from William Whitwell
1890-1901
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Letters from William Whitwell
1902-1909

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