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Papers of Carman spanning his entire career beginning with his student days at Syracuse and Columbia Universities. His Columbia files include professional correspondence, lecture notes, course-related materia, and a bibliographical card index of American and European history. Dean Carman's abiding interest both in the academic and general communities is reflected in numerous special files which include correspondence to him as book review editor of HISTORICAL OUTLOOK, 1925-1929, as participant in Columbia's AMERICAN CULTURE SERIES, ca. 1935-1942, and STUDIES IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE, ca. 1935-1945. There are numerous files relating to his membership on the New York City Board of Higher Education, 1938-1964, the New York State Board of Mediation, 1941-1955, and the Japan American Committee on Intellectual Exchange. The many folders on American colleges attest to the Dean's concern for the quality and improvement of undergraduate education in the United States. Included are some of the working papers for PREPARATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE LIBERAL ARTS (published 1953), and THE RESURVEY OF PREPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN THE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE (published 1961). Among the few and incomplete book manuscripts there is a typescript of LINCOLN AND PATRONAGE (published 1943) with handwritten addition and correction.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
Cataloged Correspondence Box 1 is located onsite. The remainder of the collection, totalling 106 boxes, is located off-site. Box numbering restarts at one for each series, as follows: Series I (boxes 1-15); Series II (boxes 1-20); Series III (boxes 1-26); Series IV (boxes 1-7); Series V (boxes 1-3); Series VI (boxes 1-6); Series VII (boxes 1-29). You will need to request these materials at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Harry J. Carman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Mrs Margaret C. Carman, 1965.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Carman, Margaret C. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1965. Accession number--M-65.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/17/89.
Katia Shraga, May 2019: as migration issue for top containers is concerned - rehoused cataloged correspondence and Syracuse University (ca. 1900 - 1914) materials initially stored in one box in two separate boxes and renamed them as "Cataloged Correspondence Box 1" and "Box I.1". Added Roman numbers I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII to box numbers of Series I - VII correspondingly.
2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Moore Professor of History, 1939-1964, and Dean of Columbia College, 1943-1950. Harry James Carman was a student at Syracuse and Columbia Universities, Principal of the Rhinebeck High School, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 1903-1913, taught history and political science at Syracuse University, 1914-1917, and was on the faculty of Columbia University for 46 years.