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A History of Cornell

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Morris Bishop
Cornell University Press
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Cornell University is fortunate to have as its historian a man of Morris Bishop's talents and devotion. As an accurate record and a work of art possessing form and personality, his book at once conveys the unique character of the early university-reflected in its vigorous founder, its first scholarly president, a brilliant and eccentric faculty, the hardy student body, and, sometimes unfortunately, its early architecture-and establishes Cornell's wider significance as a case history in the development of higher education. Cornell began in rebellion against the obscurantism of college education a century ago. Its record, claims the author, makes a social and cultural history of modern America. This story will undoubtedly entrance Cornellians; it will also charm a wider public.Dr. Allan Nevins, historian, wrote: "I anticipated that this book would meet the sternest tests of scholarship, insight, and literary finish. I find that it not only does this, but that it has other high merits. It shows grasp of ideas and forces. It is graphic in its presentation of character and idiosyncrasy. It lights up its story by a delightful play of humor, felicitously expressed. Its emphasis on fundamentals, without pomposity or platitude, is refreshing. Perhaps most important of all, it achieves one goal that in the history of a living university is both extremely difficult and extremely valuable: it recreates the changing atmosphere of time and place. It is written, very plainly, by a man who has known and loved Cornell and Ithaca for a long time, who has steeped himself in the traditions and spirit of the institution, and who possesses the enthusiasm and skill to convey his understanding of these intangibles to the reader."The distinct personalities of Ezra Cornell and first president Andrew Dickson White dominate the early chapters. For a vignette of the founder, see Bishop's description of "his" first buildings (Cascadilla, Morrill, McGraw, White, Sibley): "At best," he writes, "they embody the character of Ezra Cornell, grim, gray, sturdy, and economical." To the English historian, James Anthony Froude, Mr. Cornell was "the most surprising and venerable object I have seen in America." The first faculty, chosen by President White, reflected his character: "his idealism, his faith in social emancipation by education, his dislike of dogmatism, confinement, and inherited orthodoxy"; while the "romantic upstate gothic" architecture of such buildings as the President's house (now Andrew D. White Center for the Humanities), Sage Chapel, and Franklin Hall may be said to "portray the taste and Soul of Andrew Dickson White."
1. Prelude2. Ezra Cornell3. Andrew D. White4. The Conception of a University5. The Making of a University6. The Early Years: A Perambulation of the Campus7. The Early Years: The Men8. The Early Years: The Boys9. The Early Years: The Girls10. The Early Years: Instruction and Education11. The Early Years: Triumphs and Trials12. The Doubtful Years, 1876-188113. The Great Will Case14. Reconstruction, 1881-188515. President Adams, 1885-189216. Cornell under President Adams: The Business of Education17. Cornell under President Adams: The Teachers and the Taught18. The Nineties: President Schurman and the State of New York19. The Nineties: Cornell Medical College20. The Nineties: The Educational Machine21. The Nineties: Cornellians and Their Home22. The New Century: Cornell's Soul and Body23. The New Century: The Rise of Agriculture24. The New Century: Cornell Medical College25. The New Century: The Other Colleges26. The New Century: Prewar Cornellians27. The First War28. Interregnum I, 1920-192129. President Farrand: The Campus30. President Farrand's Regime: Organization and Administration31. Cornell under President Farrand: Education32. Cornell under President Farrand: Campus Life33. Cornell under President Farrand: Athletics34. The Medical College: Retirement of President Farrand35. Cornell under President Day: Prewar36. Cornell under President Day: War37. Cornell under President Day: Postwar Administration38. Cornell under President Day: Postwar Education and Research39. Cornell under President Day: The Postwar Student40. Interregnum II, 1949-195141. Cornell under President Malott42. PostludeExcursus I: President White in His LibraryExcursus II: Boring on TitchenerExcursus III: Cornell AuthorsAcknowledgments and Bibliographical NoteIndex

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