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  • Address: Carl Kroch Library

Elaine Engst, University Archivist
Laura Linke, Collections Assistant, Rare Manuscripts
Hours: 9-11a.m.
General reference for the Kroch Library:  607-255-8199
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections:  607-255-3530

The University Archives has an extensive collection of University records, papers of faculty, staff, and alumni, and other memorabilia. (Donations accepted)

Historical Dates:

1865 Cornell University founded by Ezra Cornell
1867 University organized by Andrew Dickson White
1868 Opened for classes, enrollment 412
1872 First Ph.D. degree awarded, enrollment 539

Publications:
A History of Cornell, Morris Bishop, 1962
The Cornell Campus, Kermit Parsons, 1968
Education and Agriculture, Gould Colman, 1963
A Growing College, Home Economics, ora Rose and Esther Stocks, 1969
A Cornell Heritage, Veterinary Medicine 1868-1908, Ellis Leonard, 1979
In The James Law Tradition 1908-1948, Ellis Leonard, 1982

The original faculty list, found in the first Cornellian,1870:

The Honorable Andrew D. White, LL.D.
President
Professor of History
Dean of the College of History and Political Science

Louis Agassiz, LL.D.
Professor of Natural History

Eli Whitney Blake, M. A., Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Industrial Mechanics
Dean of the College of Mechanic Arts

George C. Caldwell, B.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Agricultural Chemistry
Dean of the College of Agriculture

William Charles Cleveland, C.E.
Professor of Civil Engineering

James M. Crafts, B.S.
Professor of General Chemistry
Dean of the College of Chemistry and Physics

George William Curtis, M.A.
Professor of Recent Literature

Theodore W. Dwight, LL.D.
Professor of Constitutional Law

Evan W. Evans, M.A.
Professor of Mathematics
Dean of the College of Mathematics and Engineering

Willard Fiske, Ph.D., M.A.
Librarian
Professor of North European Languages

John Stanton Gould
Professor of Mechanics

Charles Fred Hartt, M.A.
Professor of General, Economic and Agricultural Geology

James Law, F.R.V.C.
Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

James Russell Lowell, M.A.
Professor of English Literature

John L. Morris, B.A., C.E.
Professor of Practical Mechanics
Director of the Machine Shops

Albert N. Prentiss, M.S.
Professor of Botany, Horticulture and Arboriculture

William Channing Russel, M.A.
Professor of South European Languages
Associate Professor of History
Dean of the College of Languages

Charles A. Shaeffer, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Mineralogy

Goldwin Smith, M.A., Oxon.
Professor of English History

Homer B. Sprague, M.A.
Professor of English Literature, Rhetoric and Oratory
Dean of the College of Literature and Philosophy

John L. Swift, M.A., M.D.
Professor of Microscopic Anatomy

Bayard Taylor, M.A.
Professor of German Literature

Albert Sproull Wheeler, M.A.
Professor of Ancient Languages

Joseph H. Whittlesey, Major U.S.A.
Commandant
Professor of Millitary Science and Tactics

Burg G. Wilder, B.S., M.D.
Professor of Comparative Anatomy
Dean of the College of Natural Science

William D. Wilson, D.D., LL.D.
Registrar
Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy

George Geddes, Esq., *
Professor of Agriculture
*named recived too late for regular classification

William E. Arnold, Major U.S.V.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Military Tactics

George Frederic Behringer, B.A.
Assistant Professor of German

T. Frederic Crane, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and German

Henry T. Eddy, B.A., Ph.B.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

James Morgan Hart, M.A., J.U.D.
Assistant Professor of French and German

William M. Howland, M.A.
Assistant Professor of French

Ziba Hazard Potter, M.A., M.D.
Assistant Professor of French

Lewis Spaulding, B.S.
Assistant Professor of Agriculture
Director of the Farm