Columbia University Archives

Paul Mort Retirement Letters, 1958-1959

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0216
Bib ID 12264274 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mort, Paul R., 1894-1962
Title Paul Mort Retirement Letters, 1958-1959
Physical Description .21 linear feet (1 half-size document box)
Language(s) English .

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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

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.

Preferred Citation

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.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Records accessioned PTL 9/28/2015.

Records processed Jocelyn Wilk 2015.

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Columbia University. Teachers College Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mort, Paul R., 1894-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.

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Series I: Correspondence, 1958-1959

Box 1 Folder 1 Volume 1, 1958-1959

Box 1 Folder 2 Volume 2, 1958-1959

Box 1 Folder 3 Volume 3, 1958-1959