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Edward Van Dyke Robinson papers, 1884-1915

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Call No.: MS#1072
Bib ID 4079267 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Robinson, Edward Van Dyke, 1867-1915
Title Edward Van Dyke Robinson papers, 1884-1915
Physical Description 5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Papers of Robinson, covering his secondary and college education (1884-1895), his early positions as a high school principal (1895-1907), his academic post at University of Minnesota, and his first three months at Columbia University. Robinson's incoming correspondence includes some originals and carbon copies of his own letters, related papers, clippings, and memorabilia. The papers deal with a wide range of public affairs issues on the local, state, national, and international levels. Letters with federal officials and legislators, 1898-1907, include those of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, concerning U.S. foreign policy in the Pacific Ocean, particularly the possible acquisition of the Caroline Islands. For the period 1907-1915, topics include charities, civic associations, U.S. tariff reform, and U.S. bank reform. Other letters relate to family, personal, and social matters; to academic posts, including letters of recommendation; to European trips as a delegate at the 1909 Darwin Centennial and the 1914 University of Leipzig's 500th anniversary; to membership in professional associations; to writings; to secondary education including offical reports while he was principal at St. Paul Central High School; and correspondence with other economists.

The manuscripts include holograph and typescript versions of TEXTBOOK OF COMMERCIAL GEOGRAPHY (published, 1909) and EARLY ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN MINNESOTA (published, 1915); typescripts of RAILROAD TAXATION IN MINNESOTA and COST OF GOVERNMENT, NATIONAL STATE LOCAL (both published, 1912); typescripts of speeches, essays, and abstracts, 1890-1907, relating to education, government, and economics; class notebooks from high school, the University of Michigan, 1887-1891, and the University of Leipzig, 1892-1895; his master's thesis; and two personal account books.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edward Van Dyke Robinson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.

Revision Description

2020-05-15 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

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Darwin Centennial, 1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Economists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robinson family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tariff -- Law and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universität Leipzig Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University of Michigan -- Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Professor of economics, University of Minnesota, 1907-1915, and at Columbia University, for three months during 1915.

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Papers, 1884-1915

Public Affairs & Political Questions, 1898-1915

Box 1 Item 1 Part A: Correspondence re: Pacific Ocean, 1898-1907

Box 1 Item 1 Part B: Correspondnece re: charities, civic associations and the control of TB in Minnesota; U.S. tariff & U.S. bank reform; miscellaneous topics of public interest, 1907-1915

Correspondence & related material, 1885-1915, 2 items

Personal, social & family matters; letters of recommendation; correspondence with other economists; academic posts, including appointment to Columbia University.

Box 1 Item 2 Correspondence & related material, 1885-1915

Box 2 Item 3 Correspondence, 1915

Box 2 Item 4 European Trips, 1909-1914

1909 Darwin Centennial; 1914 University of Leipzig's 500th anniversary; correspondence, receipts, bills & memorabilia.

Box 3 Item 5 Correspondence & related material, 1897-1915

Re: writings and membership in professional associations.

Box 3 Item 6 Correspondence & related material, 1892-1907

Official records and letters while a high school principal, chiefly relating to St. Paul Central High School.

Textbook of Commercial Geography

Box 4 Item 7 Holograph ms.

Box 5 Item 8 Typescript

Typescript with instructions to the printer, includes related correspondence.

Box 6 Item 9 Typescript

Box 6 Item 10 "Economic Sidelights of the War", 1915

Typescript with related correspondence for proposed journal article.

Early Economic Conditions and the Development of Agriculture in Minnesota

Box 7 Item 11 Holograph ms.

Box 7 Item 12 Typescript

Box 8 Item 13 Reports and Essays (Printed), 1891-1902

Box 8 Item 14 Railroad Taxation in Minnesota & Cost of Government, National, State, Local


Box 8 Item 15 Early Economic Conditions and the Development of Agriculture in Minnesota

Printed Copy.

Class Notebooks

Box 9 Item 16 Bloomington, Illinois High School, 1884-1887

University of Michigan, 1887-1891

Box 9 Item 17 Miscellaneous Notes, 1887-1891

Box 9 Item 18 History, 1887-1889

Box 9 Item 19 Undergraduate Notes, 1887-1890

Box 9 Item 20 Literary Criticism & English, 1889

Box 9 Item 21 Classical Studies & Philology, 1890

Box 9 Item 22 Master's Thesis--University of Michigan, 1891

2 copies

Box 9 Item 23 Class Notebook--Vorlesungen zu Leipzig, 1892-1895

Box 10 Item 24 Cash Book, 1895-1898

Box 10 Item 25 Account Book, 1899-1915

Box 10 Item 26 Essays & Addresses, 1890-1897


Box 10 Item 27 Essays & Abstracts, 1897-1902

Typescripts and manuscripts

Box 10 Item 28 Essays & Speeches, 1903-1907

Typescripts and manuscripts