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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 .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

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

Description

Summary

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).

Accruals

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

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

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
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


Dinner


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)