02) Institutional Histories - Cornell University

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This collection is intended to bring together in one place new Cornell University Department Histories and those published in other collections in eCommons.

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    Cornell University Press, Est. 1869, Our First 150 Years
    Laun, Karen (Cornell University Press, 2019)
    A history of Cornell University Press celebrating the sesquicentennial of the first university press in the United States.
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    History of the Department of Communication at Cornell University
    Ward, William B. (Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2000-12)
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    The Rise and Fall of the Cornell Poultry Department, 1903-1991.
    Nesheim, Malden C. (The Internet-First University Press, 2018-10-10)
    This new history of a truly pioneering field at Cornell was written by an emeritus faculty member of that department who later served as Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences and University Provost. Nesheim provides an intellectual history of a hugely successful effort at Cornell that quite literally touched the state, the nation and the world. He chronicles the creation and dissolution of an academic department. He also describes the national and international impact of this academic department in feeding the people of the world.
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    The Biometrics Unit: The First 40 Years,1948–1988
    Federer, Walter T. (Internet-First Univerity Press, 2018-10)
    Originally released in 1989, this is a detailed account of the birth of a new field by its founding faculty member at Cornell, Walter T. Federer. The Biometrics Unit was initiated in 1948 and was housed within the department of plant breeding. This subject matter now deeply influences most fields within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In this data-rich account, Federer documents the birthing pains, the administrative issues, the faculty, the students (undergraduate and graduate), its research thrust and its broad role of statistical consultation in this emerging field. This unit also stimulated and led the early growth of computing at Cornell University, including a Computing Activities Group that was located in Warren Hall.
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    Agricultural Economics to the Dyson School: A Personal Experience
    Tomek, William (Bill) G. (The Internet-First University Press, 2017-03-07)
    This prominent econometrician recounts his journey at Cornell, dealing with The Early Years, The Middle Years, his role as Department Chair, Achieving Faculty Diversity, The Later Years, and Other Cornell Experiences. He writes that “On July 1, 2016, the Dyson School became a part of a new Cornell College of Business. The other units are the Hotel School and the Johnson Graduate School of Business. Each school is supposed to retain its unique characteristics, but some decisions seem to suggest otherwise. It will be interesting to see if the Dyson School’s Land Grant mission and other distinctive attributes will survive the reorganization.”
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    A history of activities from 1963 – Retirement, 1998
    German, Gene A. (The Internet-First University Press, 2017-02-07)
    Gene German describes his Cornell journey from the Food Industry Management Program and the Home Study Program in Food Industry Management to his experiences teaching popular courses, advising students and leading the Food Executive Program. He also describes his interest in athletics and his work with the food industry, with alums, and his sabbatical leaves.
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    Department Histories – Cornell University: URL Links to the IFUP
    Cooke, J. Robert (Internet-First University Press, 2009-10-20)
    This article lists the URLs pertaining to the Department Histories produced by Internet-First University Press and available in eCommons
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    Agronomy at Cornell
    Cline, Marlin G. (The Internet-First University Press. ©2016 Cornell University, 2016-07-12)
    The account which follows focuses on the subject matter within the Department of Agronomy as of 1980, namely soils, production of field crops other than vegetables and fruit, and atmospheric science. That combination is unique among universities, and description of its evolution is one of the purposes of this document. In the early years, these subjects were so intimately intertwined with others under the broad identity “Agriculture” that they cannot be separated as discrete areas of endeavor, but as the university developed, their identities emerged. They were organized and reorganized repeatedly under several different departmental structures during subsequent years, often with subjects that are not now included in Agronomy. These are discussed to the extent that they relate to the development of the Department. Work at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, which was a separate institution for many years, is discussed, as that station is now part of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Cornell.
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    Selections Concerning the History of the Arecibo Observatory
    Cooke, J. Robert (producer) (Cornell University, 2016)
    This booklet contains selections from the Cornell Alumni News for the years 1963 through 2007 concern-ing the history of the Arecibo Observatory. A companion collection has been assembled from the Cornell Engineering Quarterly. The PDF containing these articles (in chronological order) includes bookmarks, and with the Acrobat Reader, the file opens with the bookmarks displayed. These materials were written for a broad audience and, hopefully, provide additional context for the col-lection of oral histories about the Arecibo Observatory. The original articles may be viewed and downloaded from the eCommons collection, “Publications of the Cornell Alumni Association,” at An Oral History of the Arecibo Observatory is at