Other collections in Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Alonzo B. Cornell papers, 1830-1904. Collection #773.
Correspondence, journals, accounts, clippings, notes, leaflets, blotters, and scrapbooks relating largely to Alonzo Cornell's political activities reflecting his interest in governmental problems. Also information on telegraph stock, his activities in the Republican Party, and papers pertaining to his Governorship of New York State.

Alonzo B. Cornell, collector. Letters for Ezra Cornell Memorial Volume, 1887-1888. Part of Collection #773.
Alonzo Cornell proposed publishing these reminiscences with a Founder's Day speech delivered by Francis M. Finch. It was delivered as a Founder's Day Address in 1890 and published as a pamphlet the same year.

Andrew Dickson White papers, 1832-1919. Collection #1/2/2.
Collection consists of correspondence and other papers relating to White's career as educator, diplomat, and as first President of Cornell University. Includes much correspondence with Ezra Cornell concerning the founding of the University and the establishment of the Cornell Library.

Daniel Willard Fiske papers, 1847-1903. Collection # 13/1/348
Correspondence, scrapbooks, and account books pertaining chiefly to Fiske's activities as a book collector, his career as a journalist, and his activities as a professor and librarian at Cornell University.

David Starr Jordan letter. Collection #3888
Letter from David Starr Jordan to Jacob Gould Schurman on the 100th anniversary of Ezra Cornell's birth, relating to the spirit that animated the students and faculty of the newly-founded university and to the concepts and functions of the university in a democratic society.

Franklin Cuthbert Cornell, Papers, 1857-1938. Collection #1/1/456
Family papers, including financial and legal documents, stock certificates, indentures, public foreclosures, judgments, estate settlements concerning Cornell and his father, Ezra Cornell.

Cornell Public Library Manuscript collections, 1818-1887. Collection #2594
Ezra Cornell papers include minutes of a citizens' meeting (February 5, 1863), at which Cornell's proposal for building the Cornell Public Library was considered, and letters to Cornell, 1863-1874, from William Hodgins, the library architect, and John Henry Selkreg, Francis Miles Finch, and others concerning the operation of the library.

Delta Phi Fraternity records. Collection #37/4/2714
A history of the fraternity and house originally built for Ezra Cornell, known as Llenroc. Floor plans and photographs.

Henry Williams Sage papers, 1814-1930. Collection #1155.
The Sage papers consists of material pertaining to his business interests and the affairs of Cornell University.

Douglass Boardman papers. Collection #18/1/2004
Boardman became a Trustee of Cornell University in 1875. Dean of the Law School. Letters concerning the appointment of the original faculty of the Cornell Law School.

See also the papers held by the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of early professors and University departments.

Related Readings

Charter Day 1965 published by Cornell University Library, includes an address by University Historian Morris Bishop, and other accounts of the founding of the University.

Becker, Carl L. Cornell University: Founders and the Founding. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1943.

Bishop, Morris. A History of Cornell. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1962.

Cornell, Alonzo B. True and Firm - A Biography of Ezra Cornell. New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1884.

Cornell, John, Rev. Genealogy of the Cornell Family: Being an Account of the Descendants of Thomas Cornell of Portsmouth, R.I. New York: T.A. Wright, 1902. [digital copy available]

Cornell, Mary Emily. The Autobiography of Mary Emily Cornell. Ithaca: Cayuga Press, 1929.

Dorf, Philip. The Builder: A Biography of Ezra Cornell. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1952.

Ogden, Robert Morris. The Diaries of Andrew Dickson White. Ithaca: Cornell University Library, 1959.

White, Andrew Dickson. Autobiography of Andrew Dickson White. New York: The Century Co., 1905.

Ithaca Journal. (for Civil War, Vermont).