Conservation Treatment Job # 13073
Ezra Cornell papers, 1746-1888,; Sage College recordsSpring Day memorabilia, 1909-1942.
Cornell, Ezra, 1807-1874; Cornell University
Kroch Library Rare & Manuscripts (Non-Circulating) Call Number: 1-1-1 Call Number: 43-10-38 Call Number: 47-10-4032 Call Number: 37-7-2251
Conservation Treatment Job # 13072
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Accounts, broadsides, correspondence, estimates, memoranda, maps, newspaper clippings, and other papers. The earliest papers, 1828-1843, cover the years when Cornell worked in Ithaca and travelled for Barnaby and Mooers plows. They include letters, accounts, and other papers concerning his employment by Jeremiah Beebe, the owner of a flour and plaster mill on Fall Creek in Ithaca, N.Y. and his other business interests in Ithaca. Family letters contain information about his work, plans and opinions; news about his growing family; and reports of events in Ithaca. After 1838, there is considerable detail about Cornell’s travels in Maine and Georgia, selling Barnaby and Mooers plows. Papers, 1843-1860, relate to the promotion, construction, and investment in telegraph lines in the eastern and midwestern United States and Canada, and include contracts, lists of stockholders, briefs of legal cases, accounts, financial statements and reports, broadsides, pamphlets, and sketches; a series of letters from Samuel F.B. Morse; material relating to the construction of the first telegraph line from Washington to Baltimore; and material relating to Cornell’s construction and operation of other lines. The papers reveal the difficulties of construction and maintenance, and the conflicts between investors. Of particular interest is the material dealing with the beginnings of Western Union (1854-1855). There are also papers relating to Cornell’s agricultural interest in purebred stock and in the Tompkins County and New York State Agricultural Societies; his interest in coal lands and coal oil in Pennsylvania; his building of the Cornell Library in Ithaca; his interest in the Casacadilla health resort; and to his promotion of the growth of Ithaca. After 1860 the papers relate to local, state, and national politics; his election to the New York State Legislature; the Albany Agricultural Works; the development of railway lines including the Utica, Ithaca, and Elmira Rail Road, the Geneva & Ithaca Rail Road, the Ithaca & Cortland Railroad, and the Erie Railroad; correspondence with and relief efforts for Civil War soldiers. Correspondence, drawings and maps, and other papers pertaining to the conception, founding, and construction of Cornell University, with particular reference to Andrew Dickson White, the first President. Diary/memo books include information ranging from the weight of cattle to genealogical tables, personal accounts, and notes on western lands, as well as his legislative career and the founding of the university. Includes glazed pitcher and two large pots crafted by Elijah Cornell, father of Ezra Cornell. Major correspondents include Mary Ann Cornell, Alonzo B. Cornell, Daniel B. Cornell, Samuel F.B. Morse, Jeremiah Beebe, J.J. Speed, D.T. Tillotson, Amos Kendall, F.O.J Smith, Andrew Dickson White, Hiram Sibley, F.M. Finch, and Phebe Wood.;"A History of Spring Day," by R.E. Bishop, reprinted from the Cornell Era, 1909; Spring Day cutout, 1910; thirteen photographs of Spring Day in 1911, taken by Herbert B. Reynolds, Class of 1911. Spring Day Scoop, 1942. Official Spring Day Programs, 1926, 1939. "Clever Cleo" and "Hero Nero" pins from Spring Day, 1938. Also Cornell pin attached to football. Presented in memory of Reverend John Ross Burns Byers, Jr., Class of 1946. Also a film of Spring Day 1913. Includes the parade reviewed from Eddy St. Gate, ceremonies and side shows at Scheollkopf, Freshman soap box derby, Cornell baseball game. Silent, fair condition. 7” tin container.;Financial records include vouchers relating to the construction of Sage College, 1875; vouchers relating to the Sage Fund, 1872-1876; four check books and bank book relating to the Sage Fund; ledgers; and contract for Sage College Bridge. Early advertisements, notices, and circulars of the Sage College at Cornell University, including the proceedings of the laying of the corner stone and "Sage Maidens of Cornell University," from Demorest’s Family Magazine, 1891. Also, "Specifications and materials and work required for The Sage College, to be erected by the trustees of the Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y." includes Mason’s and Carpenter’s specifications, "Bill of Quantities," and "Methods of Jointing in Wood," and "Trusses," keyed to the plans. Also, set of 12 architectural plans, dated June 15, 1872, and printed by the American Photo-Lithographic Co.