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At a Glance
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frederick Coykendall papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.
2020-03-19 PDF replaced with full finding aid (JR)
History / 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.