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Summer Session Records, 1898-1940

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection consists of records regarding the Summer Session, started in 1900.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0310
Bib ID 13912534 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Summer Session
Title Summer Session Records, 1898-1940
Physical Description 0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three (3) business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series.

Description

Summary

This collection consists of the correspondence relating to a proposed summer school in 1898 and the administrative records of the Summer Session.

  • Series I. Seth Low Summer Session correspondence, 1898

    This series consists of the faculty responses to President Seth Low's inquiry about starting a summer session at Columbia. The series includes the individual responses as well as a summary sheet which organizes the faculty by department and lists those who offered a "conditional acceptance" or an "unconditional acceptance." Some of the letters were originally kept in a binder and these have been foldered individually. The rest were collected in an envelope. This series also includes correspondence related to the establishment of the first summer session in 1900.

  • Series II. Summer Session administrative records, 1900-1940

    This series contains the administrative records of the Summer Session, including the financial statements from 1900 to 1919 and the minutes of the Administrative Board from 1905 to 1940.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three (3) business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); Summer Session records; Box and Folder number (if known); University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Related Materials

For materials related to the establishment of the Summer Session, please consult the Minutes of the Board of Trustees (UA#0019); in the Faculty Meeting Minutes (UA#005), look for the minutes of the University Council; and Angus Burrell's A History of Adult Education at Columbia University (CE1954 G286). For course descriptions, you can request the Summer Session Bulletins (1900 to 1934, CX7 I; 1935 to 2007, CI B).

Accruals

No additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Joanna Rios. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in June 2019.

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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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

In December 1898, President Seth Low sent a circular to the Columbia faculty. He proposed a working plan for a summer school: daily sessions would run during six consecutive weeks; each course would meet daily from Monday to Friday; instructors would receive two-thirds of the student fees and one-third would be retained for administrative expenses. In the letter, faculty were asked if they were inclined to offer any courses, and, if so, which courses and the length of each course in hours per week. Faculty had one week to submit their reply.

With the Trustees' conditional approval, Columbia offered its first summer session in 1900 with 29 courses and 417 registered students, under the guidance of Director of Summer Session Nicholas Murray Butler. The following year, 1901, Columbia offered 43 courses to 581 students. In 1904, the Summer Session was granted permanent status (no longer needing the yearly Trustee renewal) and it was formally incorporated into the University statutes.