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Karl A. Kroch Library

Rare Book and Manuscript Collection

Ithaca NY 14853

Description:

Cornell University’s rare book and manuscript collections date from the founding of the University in 1865. Andrew Dickson White, Cornell’s co-founder and first president, was a life-long book collector who believed that deep collections of primary research materials are central to scholarship and teaching. This founding principle continues to guide Cornell’s collecting policies to this day.

 

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections includes more than 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. Below you will find descriptive information about some of the highlights of Cornell's rare book and manuscript collections.

Categories: Rutherford B. Hayes,

Collections:
Civil Service Reform Association records, 1880-1947
Gerow D. Brill Papers, 1884-1924
Chester A. Arthur circular letter, 23 Oct. 1880
Benjamin Harris Brewster Letters, 1882-1886
Justin S. Morrill Papers, 1814-1937, 1982
Rutherford B. Hayes document and engraving, 1879
Richard Brown Scandrett Papers, 1907-1966
Jacob Gould Schurman Papers, 1867-1942, 1986

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Civil Service Reform Association records, 1880-1947

Civil Service Reform Association (New York, N.Y.) Files of the New York State Civil Service Reform Association and the National Civil Service Reform League concern the organization, development, history, and activities of these associations. They include correspondence, briefs, extracts, reports, clippings, pamphlets, and other material on appointments, removals. Finances and membership campaigns, Civil Service laws, assembly and senate bills, congressional activities, political candidates' views on civil service, newspaper and other publicity, and annual and council meetings; minutes (microfilmed) of meetings of the Association and the League; and papers of H. Eliot Kaplan, Executive Secretary of the League. Also, material on the New York State Constitutional Convention (1938), including Citizens Union and Civil Service Reform Association proposals; files on other states such as Minnesota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (1925-1938); material on the work of the Committee for the Modification of Veterans' Preference, including letters from the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, and individual veterans; also, correspondence of Robert L. Johnson, Eliot Kaplan, and Samuel Orway, Jr. about the Association's administration and the promotion of civil service reform.

The papers include many letters from Congressmen on federal legislation. Also, material on civil service during the Spanish-American War (1899-1901); manuscripts of speeches by Elliot H. Goodwin on civil service reform (1906-10); a League study on civil service in the Philippines (1901); correspondence with Woodrow Wilson and others about appointments in the consular and diplomatic services (1913-26); letters and reports on Albert S. Burlson's administration of the Post Office Department; League research reports on patronage scandals, including the cases of William E. Pulliam (1913), Thomas E. Rush (1913), and Ruskin McArdle (1918); letters and reports on the unionization of federal employees (1910-26); and minutes and letters of the "Committee of Seventy" about the 1894 N.Y.S. Constitutional Convention. Also, material on the League's opposition to the creation of the U.S. Employment Service (1918); correspondence about the War Risk Insurance Bureau (1919); and letters (photostats) from Franklin D. Roosevelt on civil service (1925).
Other correspondents include Richard H. Dana, William Deming, William Donovan, Charles Eliot, Hamilton Fish, Jr., William Foulke, Elliot Goodwin, Warren G. Harding, Abram Hewitt, Herbert Hoover, Edward House, Charles Evans Hughes, Robert LaFollette, Fiorello LaGuardia, Franklin Lane, Herbert Lehman, Henry Cabot Lodge, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Frank Loomis, Andrew Mellon, Robert Moses, Charles Nash, A. Mitchell Palmer, George Foster Peabody, Rush Rhees, William G. Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Jacob Gould Schurman, William Schirer, Carl Schurz, Alfred E. Smith, William Howard Taft, Arthur Vandenberg, James Wadsworth, Jr., Robert Wagner, Henry Wallace, Everett Wheeler, and Henry L. Wilson; the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the National Federation of Federal Employees, and the U.S. Bureau of Efficiency.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/64072874

Size
37 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Herbert Hoover

- Warren G. Harding

- Theodore Roosevelt

- William Taft

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Gerow D. Brill Papers, 1884-1924

Brill, Gerow D., 1864-1931. Agricultural economist. Cornell University Class of 1888. Correspondence, diaries, accounts, and manuscript articles and reports, pertaining chiefly to Brill's work in Wuchang, China, as head of the Hupeh Agricultural College and Experimental Farm and as a scientific explorer for the United States Department of Agriculture (1897-1901) and later in a similar capacity with the Department of Public Instruction on the Philippine Islands (1901-1902); includes a diary-cash account book (1899) kept by Brill while he was head of the Hupeh Agricultural College and Experiment Farm containing comments on agricultural and industrial education in China, the presence of Japanese and German influence, and the punishment of criminals, and a detailed description of a visit to Wuchang by a Chinese prince; correspondence, including a few letters to Brill regarding agricultural education and poultry raising and mounting for shipment in China, Brill's proposed trip to explore the Upper Yangtze Valley, his safety and activities during the Boxer Rebellion, Hong Kong in 1900, life in the Philippines and Portugese West Africa as witnessed by two missionaries, and literature available in the United States on practical agricultural schools (1902); and miscellaneous papers. Also included are lecture notebooks from Cornell (1884-1888); pamphlets, newspapers, and other printed materials, many of which are in Chinese; Chinese grammar notebooks; 409 glass negatives (4 x 5" and 5 x 7") of China and the Philippines, b/w prints; and other items.

Correspondence is with or about Fred W. Atkinson, Liberty Hyde Bailey, W. C. Bell, George M. Brill, William Addison Brown, Chang Chi Tung, T. T. Chang, Frederick V. Coville, John C. Ferguson, Cyrus David Foss, John Gilmore, E. W. Hilgard, George N. Lauman, Frank Lamson-Scribner, Albert R. Mann, Sidney C. Partridge, George T. Powell, Gilbert Reid, Isaac P. Roberts, Jacob Gould Schurman, John L. Stone, William Howard Taft, James Wilson, American Rights League, Briarcliff Manor School of Practical Agriculture and Horticulture, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Philafrican League.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/64652421

Size
3.6 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

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Chester A. Arthur circular letter, 23 Oct. 1880

Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886. At the time of writing, Arthur was chairman of the Republican State Committee for the state of New York, and the Republican candidate for President. Letter urging Republicans to work hard until the election so as to ensure a Republican victory.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/876688600

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

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Benjamin Harris Brewster Letters, 1882-1886

Brewster, Benjamin Harris, 1816-1888. U.S. attorney general from 1881-1885. One letter to Hon. Thomas Drummond, dated June 24, 1884, accepting Drummond's resignation as judge of the Seventh Circuit of the U.S.; one typed letter to Pres. Chester A. Arthur, dated July 2, 1884, conveying Drummond's resignation; and two letters to Charles R. Deacon, secretary of the Clover Club in Philadelphia, dated Dec. 18, 1882 and Jan. 8, 1886, declining invitations to join its members for dinner. The letters to Deacon, the earlier one typewritten, describe Brewster's health and events in his personal life.

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/63936782

Size
4 items

Presidential content includes:

- Chester A. Arthur

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Justin S. Morrill Papers, 1814-1937, 1982

Morrill, Justin S. (Justin Smith), 1810-1898. Congressman, financier. Correspondence, drafts of speeches, pamphlets and other printed material, mainly relating to the Civil War and Reconstruction, the status of freed blacks, the tariff and international trade, passage of the Land Grant College Act, and other public questions; scrapbook containing a photocopy of Morrill's WANDERINGS AND SCRIBBLINGS, OR A JOURNAL OF A JOURNEY SOUTH AND WEST IN MAY, JUNE AND JULY, A.D. 1841; a scrapbook of obituary notices; a scrapbook and other items relating to the 75th anniversary of the Land Grant College Act, 1937; and photographs, including a photograph of Senator Justin S. Morrill, and other personal items. Correspondents include George T. Brown, Schuyler Colfax, John H. Freeman, James A. Garfield, Horace Greeley, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, William Dean Howells, Nellie Grant Sartoris, Jacob Gould Schurman, John Sherman, Horatio King (who wrote letters to Morrill on his birthday), A. D. White and President Grover Cleveland.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/64075141

Size
3.3 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- James A. Garfield

- Benjamin Harrison

- Rutherford B. Hayes

- Grover Cleveland

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Rutherford B. Hayes document and engraving, 1879

2 items.
Rutherford B. Hayes document signed as President dated 24 October 1879. One light-blue paged authorizes the U.S. seal "to be affixed to a warrant for the pardon of Julius Fatton." Signed "R. B. Hayes." Accompanied by an engraving of Hayes.
Rutherford B. Hayes Document and Engraving, #8459. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

 

19th President of the United States. Four of Hayes' sons attended Cornell University: Birchfield Austin Hayes (Class of 1874), Rutherford Platt Hayes (Class of 1880), Stanley Wolcott Hayes (Class of 1891).Birchfield Austin Hayes 1874, Rutherford Platt Hayes 1880, and Stanley Wolcott Hayes 1891; Webb Cook Hayes entered Cornell in 1872, but withdrew to become his father's secretary when Hayes become President in 1876.
In English.
 

Size
2 items

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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Richard Brown Scandrett Papers, 1907-1966

Scandrett, Richard Brown, 1891-1969. Mainly papers that document Scandrett's tenure (1934-36) as Treasurer of the Republican Committee of Orange County, New York; his unsuccessful 1938 campaign as Republican candidate for New York Congressman-at-large; his 1940 and 1948 pre-convention efforts on behalf of Robert A. Taft in the latter's bid for the Presidential nomination; his term as member of the American delegation to the Allied Reparations Commission (1945) and his work as Chief of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Mission to Byelorussia (1946). Also, papers concerning his law practice with the firm of Scandrett, Tuttle & Chalaire of New York, including those relating to lobbying done for the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Amtorg Trading Corporation; his activities as president (1935-48) of Survey Associates, publishers of SURVEY GRAPHIC and SURVEY MIDMONTHLY; his numerous speeches and magazine articles and the book, DIVIDED THEY FALL (1941); his Amherst College alumni activities, including correspondence on the Alexander Meiklejohn controversy of 1923; his involvement with groups opposing Fascism, favoring world government, and espousing other causes, as well as personal correspondence with his uncle, Dwight W. Morrow, and other members of his family.

There is major correspondence from Bruce Barton, Clarence J. Brown, Arthur Capper, Hamilton Fish, Jr., Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., Herbert H. Lehman, John Marshall, James E. Murray, Harold Nicolson, Bertrand Snell, Harlan F. Stone, Robert A. Taft, Arthur T. Vanderbilt, Hendrik Willem van Loon, and William Allen White; also, letters from George D. Aiken, Warren R. Austin, Newton D. Baker, Joseph H. Ball, W. Sterling Cole, Calvin Coolidge, Charles G. Dawes, Thomas E. Dewey, Mary H. Donlon, Allen W. Dulles, Edward J. Flynn, Felix Frankfurter, Frank E. Gannett, Guy D. Goff, Joseph F. Guffey, Alex Gumberg, Irving M. Ives, Robert H. Jackson, Lewis Johnson, Fiorello H. LaGuardia, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Walter Lippmann, John J. McCloy, Charles L. McNary, Joseph W. Martin, James M. Mead, Eugene D. Millikin, William S. Murray, John D. Rockefeller III, Robert Gordon Sproul, Lawrence A. Steinhardt, Henry L. Stimson, John Taber, James W. Wadsworth, Jr., Robert F. Wagner, Henry A. Wallace, Charles W. Waterman, Wendell L. Willkie, Americans United for World Organization, Associated League for a Declared War (Westport, Connecticut), The Citizens Committee, Citizens Council for the United Nations, Citizens for Victory, Council for Democracy, Fight for Freedom, National Republican Club, New York Independent Republican Committee, Public Affairs Committee, Republican Party (Orange County), Republican Post-War Association (Chicago), and Vote for Freedom, Inc.
Also, two postcards from Kornei Ivanovich Chukovsky (Moscow, 1962, 1963), in which the writer expresses his deep admiration for Robert Frost. Also included are four tape recordings with transcripts (307 pp. typescript, 1966) of two interviews, conducted by Walter LaFeber and Richard Polenberg of the Department of History at Cornell University, in which Scandrett's involvement in foreign affairs and his reminiscences of Calvin Coolidge are discussed.
 

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/64692570

Size
18 reels microfilm

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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Jacob Gould Schurman Papers, 1867-1942, 1986

Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942. The Schurman papers consist of correspondence, addresses, photographs, testimonials, diplomas, certificates, newspaper clippings, printed material, and records of the New York Constitutional Convention (1915). The material listed covers Schurman's career as a teacher, college president, and diplomat; the majority of the papers involve his role in national and foreign affairs. His views on American imperialism are reflected in letters to President McKinley, David Starr Jordan, David J. Hill, and John Hay. Schurman's later correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt, Charles F. Adams, Carl Schurz, Charles W. Eliot, and Sergio Osmena show his interest in the Philippine Islands and their eventual independence. His active interest in politics, the problems of peace and the League of Nations, and his diplomatic activities are discussed in correspondence with William Howard Taft, Charles Evans Hughes, Elihu Root, Henry Lane Wilson, Henry Cabot Lodge, James Wadsworth, Joseph Foraker, and Frank Kellogg, including comments on Gustav Stresemann, German politics, and the German economy. Includes addresses and other material on Germany, the Far East, and U.S. foreign policy after Schurman's retirement in 1930. Also personal and family correspondence including letters to Professor William John Alexander about his thoughts on religion and his stay at Heidelberg University; letters to his daughters, Helen and Barbara; and transcriptions and photocopies of other letters.

Items about Jacob Gould Schurman Day (February 8, 1986) at the University of Heidelberg include an typescript copy of an address by John R. Silber, President of Boston University. Also, a cassette copy of a recording of Schurman's speech given when he departed as ambassador from Germany.
Also included is a notebook of photographs and correspondence concerning Schurman Hall at the University of Heidelberg, dedicated in memory of Jacob Gould Schurman.
Silver box presented to Jacob Gould Schurman by the staff of the embassy in China on his appointment as Minister to Germany, donated by Richard W. Kehrt in loving memory of his wife Suzanne D. Schurman, granddaughter of Jacob Gould Schurman.
Jacob Gould Schurman papers, #3-4-6. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
William J. Alexander letters Have transcripts. Family letters Have transcripts.
Jacob Gould Schurman was born May 22, 1854 on Prince Edward Island. He was Professor of Philosophy at Acadia College and Dalhousie College; Cornell University's Sage Professor of Philosophy, 1886-92, and President, 1892-1920; President of the first U.S. Philippine Commission, 1899; U.S. Minister to Greece and Montenegro during the Balkan Wars; and was a diplomat involved with foreign policy making in China, the Far East, and Germany.

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/63939155

Size
8.4 cubic feet

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

- Theodore Roosevelt

- William Taft

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