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Frederick Coykendall papers, 1923-1956

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0296
Bib ID 4078659 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Coykendall, Frederick, 1872-1954
Title Frederick Coykendall papers, 1923-1956
Physical Description 2.92 linear feet (7 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Subject Files; Series III: Memorabilia.



Correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed materials relating primarily to Coykendall's various involvements with Columbia University, including the Trustees, University Patents, the Columbia University Press, alumni affairs, and the searches for successors to Presidents Butler and Eisenhower. Also, material relating to his membership in the New York State Historical Association. Among the major correspondents are Nicholas Murray Butler, Marcellus Hartley Dodge, Dwight David Eisenhower, Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, Mark Van Doren, and Thomas J. Watson. Also, memorabilia relating to Coykendall's association with the University and the Press.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frederick Coykendall papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

For additional materials related to Coykendall's role as member of the Columbia University Board of Trustees, please consult Central Files (UA#0001) and the Minutes of the Board of Trustees (UA#0019). For his work at CUP, please consult the Columbia University Press records (MS#0268).


No additions are expected.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs Frank Walker, 1979 & 1982; transferred from the Columbia University Press, 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Columbia University Press. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--1979. Accession number--M-79.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-03-19 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American Assembly Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Presidents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Trustees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. University Patents, Inc. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dodge, M. Hartley (Marcellus Hartley), 1881-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut, 1903-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York State Historical Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patents -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University presses -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watson, Thomas John, 1874-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Frederick Coykendall was born in Kingston, New York in 1872. He entered Columbia College in 1891, received a BA in 1895, and a CE and MA in 1897. After serving as Alumni Trustee from 1917 to 1922, he was elected as a Life Trustee in 1922 and became Chair in 1933. As Chair, he was instrumental in two presidential appointments: finding a successor to Nicholas Murray Butler and to Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is also credited with facilitating the merger between Columbia and the Presbyterian Hospital. A long-time trustee to the Columbia University Press, he was president of the Press from 1946 to 1953. Coykendall died unexpectedly in November 1954. The sad news was featured on the front page of the student newspaper, the Spectator, and classes were suspended so that the community could attend a service in his memory at St. Paul's Chapel. Coykendall was awarded the Alexander Hamilton medal posthumously.