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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 .

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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

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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.

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

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Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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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. Board of Trustees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Press 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 J 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.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Angell, Norman

Box 1 Bancroft, Frederic

Box 1 Butler, Nicholas Murray

Box 1 Cane, Melville H.

Box 1 Carman, Harry J.

Box 1 Coudert, Frederic R.

Box 1 Cousins, Norman

Box 1 Darrow, Whitney

Box 1 Dodge, Cleveland E.

Box 1 Dodge, Marcellus Hartley

Box 1 Dunn, Gano

Box 1 Eisenhower, Dwight David

Box 1 Farrand, Max

Box 1 Fosdick, Harry Emerson

Box 1 Fox, Dixon Ryan

Box 1 Fulbright, J. William

Box 1 Gannett, Frank E.

Box 1 Giddings, Franklin H.

Box 1 Gildersleeve, Virginia C.

Box 1 Hayes, Carlton J. H.

Box 1 Hogan, Frank S.

Box 1 Johnson, Alvin

Box 1 Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut

Box 1 Medina, Harold R.

Box 1 Parsons, Geoffrey

Box 1 Plimpton, Francis T.P.

Box 1 Proskauer, Joseph M.

Box 1 Rabi, Isidor Isaac

Box 1 Ransom, Will

Box 1 Sadleir, Michael

Box 1 Schuster, Max Lincoln

Box 1 Shotwell, James T.

Box 1 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays

Box 1 Symons, Alphonse J.A.

Box 1 Tyson, Levering

Box 1 Van Doren, Mark

Box 1 Watson, Thomas J.

Series II: Subject Files

General Files

Box 2 1924-1939

Box 3 1940-1949

Box 4 1950-1956

Box 4 Alumni Fund Committee

Box 4 Alumni Matters

Box 4 Bard College

Box 4 Belgium Celebration, 1935

Box 4 Biography

Box 4 Birk Proposal, 1935-1936

Box 4 Bookbinding Exhibition, 1935-1936

Box 4 Books for Personal Purchase

Butler, Nicholas Murray

Box 4 Dinner

Box 4 Successor

Columbia University

Box 4 General

Box 5 American Assembly

Box 5 Bicentenary

Box 5 Communism Committee

Box 5 Press - General

Box 5 Trustees, 3 folders

Box 5 Trustee Honorary Degrees

Box 5 Committee on the General Catalogue, 1931-1933

Box 5 Committee on Legal Affairs, 1935-1936

Box 5 Cooper, Charles P.

Box 5 Dental School


Box 5 General

Box 6 Minutes, etc.

Box 6 Material for a book of speeches

Eisenhower, Dwight David

Box 6 General

Box 6 Successor

Box 6 Eisenhower, Mamie D., Letters to Mary Warrin Coykendall

Box 6 Firdausi Celebration, 1934

Box 6 Hamilton, Alexander, Medal

Box 6 Home Study, 1935-1936

Box 6 Kefauver, Grayson N. - Liaison Committee for International Education

Box 6 Library

New York State Historical Association

Box 6 General

Box 6 Trustee, 1934-1936

Box 6 School of Mines, 1939

Box 6 University Patents, 1936-1939

Box 6 Photographs

(Including Dwight David Eisenhower)

Series III: Memorabilia

Box 7 Resolution of the Trustees on the death of Frederick Coykendall, 1955 January 3

(Manuscript, engrossed on vellum, signed by Grayson Kirk, sent to Mrs. Coykendall. 6 leaves. Bound in full blue morocco.)

Box 7 Minutes in Honor of Frederick Coykendall...After Twenty-five Years as a Trustee of Columbia University, Twenty Years as a Trustee of Columbia University Press and Fifteen Years as its Secretary and Director Offered to Him in Affection and Gratitude...at a Dinner at the University Club... George Grady, 1941 October 21

(The only copy of the book printed; designed by the staff of the Columbia University Press. Signed by Nicholas Murray Butler, the trustees, and other University officials. Bound in full blue morocco.)

Box 7 Program of the Dinner held at the University Club, 1941 October 21

(Menu printed entirely in Latin, the work of Professor Nelson McCrea)

Box 7 Minute on the Election of Frederick Coykendall as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University Press., 1953 December 4

(Typewritten manuscript, 4pp., signed by the Trustees of the Press.)

Box 7 Minute of the Trustees of Columbia University Press in Appreciation of Frederick Coykendall, 1954 December 13

(Typewritten manuscript, 2pp., signed by the Trustees of the Press. 2 copies.)

Box 7 Photograph of oil portrait of Frederick Coykendall by Lester Chace after Irving R. Wiles

(Framed and glazed)

Box 7 Photographs of the visit to Columbia University of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England, 1939 June 10

(3 photographs)

Box 7 Program of the dinner in honor of Frederick Coykendall,held at the University Club, 1941 October 21

Box 7 Last will and testament of Mary Warrin Coykendall, 1955 March 20

Box 7 Genealogical records, including a family tree, of the Coykendall family

(15 items. Gift of Mrs. Frank Walker, 1982)