|Columbia University Archives|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series.
This small collection consists of letters of appreciation given to Professor Paul R. Mort of Columbia University's Teachers College upon his retirement. Letters were re-housed from three binders into three folders and are from former students and colleagues.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
There are no restrictions on this collection.
This collection is located on site.
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); Paul Mort Retirement Letters; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.
No additions are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Bari Mort. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--7/10/2015.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Records accessioned PTL 9/28/2015.
Records processed Jocelyn Wilk 2015.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Paul R. Mort was born in 1894 in Elsie, Michigan. He graduated from Indiana University in 1916, and he spent the next six years teaching in Indiana and in Arizona. In 1922, he enrolled in Columbia University to earn his Master's degree. Upon graduating, Mort remained at Teachers College, teaching education classes. He emerged as one of the principal experts on educational funding in the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s. Mort served on numerous commissions seeking ways to improve school funding and was an outspoken critic of state and the federal governments for not enhancing funding for education. He retired from Columbia University in 1959, although he continued to serve in an advisory capacity on numerous boards and commissions. He died on May 12, 1962.