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Guide to the Personal Papers of Carroll Newsom
1924-1986
  MC.122

New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2641
university-archives@nyu.edu


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Collection processed by Peter M. Braunstein

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carroll Newsom Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1924-1986
Abstract: Carroll Newsom was a businessman and scholar who was President of NYU from 1956-1962. The papers include Newsom's addresses, especially those given while at NYU and during the 1960's in general, publications by Newsom in journals and periodicals from 1940-1973, publications about Newsom relating to his role on advisory committes (e.g., curriculum survey of the New York State University system), programs which document the various functions he attended, miscellaneous materials (correspondence, reviews of Newsom's books, and diplomas), and newspapers and newspaper clippings relating to important events in his career.
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet in 11 boxes
Call Phrase: MC.122

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Historical/Biographical Note:

Carroll Newsom's illustrious career, amply showcased in a resume which lists 52 major positions, 37 "minor positions," 9 published books and 24 honorary degrees (in addition to three earned degrees), is only partially illuminated by the materials contained in this collection. Nonetheless, the Newsom papers offer a glimpse of his career beyond his position as President of New York University, and are of particular value in contributing to a knowledge of the ideas, philosophy, and achievements of this hybrid businessman-scholar.

Carroll Newsom graduated from the College of Emporia, Kansas
in 1924, receiving his A.B. degree in mathematics. A prodigy in mathematics, Newsom became an instructor of mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1927, the institution from which he received his M.A. in 1927 and PhD. in 1931. His achievements at this university anticipate his later career. Reworking the traditional mathematics curriculum of the university, which Newsom characterized simply as being "bad," Newsom had become a full professor and department chairman in the astonishingly short space of five years.

During the Second World War, and the consequent increased demand for mathematicians and scientists, Newsom took a position as Chairman of the Science Division at Oberlin College. Newsom had already written about both the positive and negative potential of atomic energy(in An American Philosophy of Education). During one meeting with a nervous President Truman, Newsom advised the new President to continue with the Manhattan Project
, after Truman had asked him, "Do you think this is something I should pursue?"

At the war's end, Newsom and two other American doctors helped to reorganize medical education in France
, for which Newsom was later awarded the French Legion of Honor. Taking leave of Oberlin in 1948, Newsom moved on to New York
, where he took the post of  Assistant Commissioner of Higher Education in 1948. As Associate Commissioner from 1950 to 1955, Newsom was instrumental in developing the state university system.

Newsom's last stop on the educational trail was at New York University, first as  Executive Vice President from 1955 to 1956, then as President from 1956 to 1962 (his resignation took effect on January 1, 1962). His tenure as  NYU President was considered by the university trustees to be "the most fruitful in the university's history, in the increase of financial resources and in building expansion." During his presidency, NYU's assets increased from $111 million to $178 million, a total of $70 million in gifts having been received during his tenure as President.

Newsom moved on to the Senior Vice President slot at Prentice-Hall, becoming president and director of the publishing firm in 1964. Yet once again, Newsom's brief tenure at Prentice-Hall resembled that of a corporate raider, as he left the presidency of the firm in 1965, only one year after having taken the position. Actually, he resignation was partially prompted by the failure of RCA (of which Newsom was a Director) in its attempt to merge with Prentice-Hall. For the next three years( 1966 to 1969), Newsom held the post of  vice-president for education at RCA, a position which permitted further work in one of Newsom's special fields of interest, that of educational television.

The brevity of Newsom's tenure at various corporate institutions can be attributed in part to the multiplicity of his interests. As already mentioned, one of his foremost concerns was the educational potential of television, which Newsom glimpsed at the very germination of the new medium in the early 1950's. His ideas were set forth in a landmark text on the subject, A Television Policy for Education
(1952), which held its own for at least two decades as a authoritative source of information on education television policy
. Newsom's other interests include religious history
(one of his later books,  The Roots of Christianity, was deemed "a truly great book" by Normal Vincent Peale), third-world dilemmas
(he served as President of American Friends of Ethiopia), and, of course, his starting point, mathematics.

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Scope and Content Note

The materials contained in this collection are strong in highlighting the ideas, ideals, and philosophy of Newsom as expressed in his many academic and corporate roles, but offer little original information with regard to his tenure as President of New York University. The collection is divided into five main series, as well as a supplementary photo collection which is located in the greater photo collection(see Cross-Reference sheet for further information regarding the Newsom photos.)

This collection contains no administrative records of Dr. Newsom, either while President of New York University or in any of his subsequent positions. The inclusive dates of the collection are 1924 to 1986.

Arrangement

The materials have been divided into print and non-print materials, contained in eleven manuscript boxes. Folders are arranged chronologically within each series.

The collection is divided into five series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I:Addresses
  2. Series II:Publications
  3. Series III:Programs
  4. Series IV:Miscellaneous Materials
  5. Series V: Newspapers and Newspaper Clippings.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Newsom, Carroll Vincent, 1904-

Document Type

  • Photographs.
  • Reviews (document genre)
  • Articles.
  • Correspondence.
  • Speeches.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • State University of New York
  • RCA Corporation
  • Prentice-Hall, inc.

Subject Topics

  • Television in education.
  • New York University -- Presidents.
  • College Presidents |x New York University.
  • Oberlin College -- Faculty.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The University Archives acquired the six linear feet of material contained in this collection in April 1991. The documents were sent by Dr. Newsom's son, Walter Newsom, and accepted by Theresa Taylor, at the time acting head of the University Archives.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers. This collection is in off-site storage.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. Appointments are necessary for use of manuscript and archival materials. For more information, contact:
New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 998-2646
Fax: (212) 995-4070
Email: university-archives@nyu.edu

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known); Carroll Newsom Papers; MC 122; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Related Material

Archives H biographical files.

Separated Material

Photos were removed and place in the University Archives photo collection.

 

Physical Access

Please note that this collection is stored offsite, and you must contact the repository to schedule access.

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Container List

Series I. Addresses.

Scope and Contents note

Series I consists of addresses given by Dr. Newsom at various functions, meetings, and conferences, many of which correlate with the conference programs found in Series III. These addresses span Newsom's entire early career, but are particularly abundant during his tenure at NYU and during the 1960's in general. The address topics are diverse, but primarily concern pedagogy
(including educational television
) and mathematics
.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1943
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1947
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1950
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1951
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1952
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1953
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1954
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1955
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1956
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1957
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1958
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225818 9

1958
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1959
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1959
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1960
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1960
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1961
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1961
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1962
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225819 7

1963
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1964
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1964
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1965
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1966
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1967
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1968
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1968
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1970-1971
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Addresses-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225820 5

1951-1958
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Addresses-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225821 3

1958-1960
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Addresses-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225821 3

1960
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Addresses-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225821 3

1960-1965
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225821 3

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225821 3

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Addresses

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225821 3

undated

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Series II. Publications

Scope and Contents note

Series II consists of two major categories, publications of Newsom and publications about Newsom. The first category comprises articles published by Newsom in various journals and periodicals, spanning the years 1940 to 1973. The second category is a collection of periodicals which either contain articles about Newsom, or mention Newsom in word or image(sometimes finding these references to Newsom requires a minute search). Nonetheless, these latter materials are useful, especially in showcasing the many honors bestowed upon Newsom, such as awards, citations, and honorary degrees. At the end of Series II are publications which relate to Newsom's role on advisory committees at various periods, such as his role as  Chairman of the Governor's Committee on New Jersey Higher Education in 1963(Box 6, Folder 11).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1940
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1941
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1943
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1946
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1947
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1949
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1952
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1954
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1955
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1956
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1957
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1958
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1959
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1960
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225822 1

1961
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1962
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1964
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1966
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1968
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1970
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1971
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1972
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1973
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Publications-Articles by Newsom-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Publications-Articles by Newsom

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Committee Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225823 9

1941-1963
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Committee Publications-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Other Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

1937
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Other Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

1953-1959
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Other Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

1960-1986
Box: 7 Folder : 5 NYU Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

1956-1959
Box: 7 Folder : 6 NYU Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

1959-1963
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Other Publications

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

undated
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Other Publications-Duplicates

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225824 7

undated

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Series III. Programs

Scope and Contents note

Series III consists of programs, which document the various functions at which Newsom gave many of the addresses contained in Series I. Although there is a correlation between the programs and addresses, Newsom did not speak at every function he attended, although he gave a speech at most of the functions covered by the program materials in Section III.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1941
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1953
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1955-1956
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1957
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1958
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1958
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225825 4

1958
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225826 2

1958
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225826 2

1959
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225826 2

1959
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225826 2

1960
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225826 2

1960
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225826 2

1961
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1961
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1962
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1963
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1964
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1965
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1966
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Programs

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1974 , 1977
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Programs-Duplicates
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Series IV. Miscellaneous Materials

Scope and Contents note

Series IV is made up ofmiscellaneous materials, including the small amount of correspondence contained in this collection, as well as reviews of Newsom's books, and diplomas which he earned. Of especial interest is the seven-page resume of Newsom contained in Box 10, Folder 12, which lists his many positions, awards, honorary degrees, and publications.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Correspondence

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1943-1984
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Book Reviews and Promotionals

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

undated
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Diplomas

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

1955-1965
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Resume

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225827 0

ca.1965

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Series V. Newspapers and Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Contents note

Series V includes newspapers and newspaper clippings which relate to important events in Newsom's career, and provided much of the biographical information contained in this section.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Newspapers

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1924 , 1955-1958
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Copies of NYU Alumni News

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1955-1958
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Copies of NYU Alumni News

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1958-1961
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Assorted Newspapers

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1959-1966
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Newspaper Clippings

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1953-1959
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Newspaper Clipping Booklet

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1961
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Newspaper Clippings

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1960-1969
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Newspaper Clippings

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

1970-1986
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Newspaper Clippings

General note

Barcode #: 3 1142 04225828 8

undated

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