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Summer Session records, 1898-2006

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, 1898-2006
Physical Description 4.81 linear feet (2 document boxes and 4 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following box is located offsite: Box 1. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business 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 three series.

Description

Summary

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

  • Series I: Seth Low's 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: Administrative records, 1900-1997

    This series contains the administrative records of the Summer Session, including the financial statements from 1900 to 1919, the minutes of the Administrative Board from 1905 to 1940, and the Registrar's reports on enrollments by academic department for the last five years.

  • Series III: Bulletins, 1900-2006

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following box is located offsite: Box 1. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business 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).

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Series I materials were transferred to the University Archives by Joseph Kissane, from the Summer Session Director's Office, School of General Studies, 418 Lewisohn Hall, in July 1994. (1994.006)

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.

Revision Description

2020-11-09 Added Series III. (JR)

2020-11-12 Added Box 6. (JR)

Subject Headings

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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.

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Series I: Seth Low's 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.



Box 1 Folder 1 President Seth Low's circular re: summer school, 1898 December 7


Individual faculty responses


Box 1 Folder 2 Frederic Bancroft, 1898


Box 1 Folder 3 Franz Boas, 1898


Box 1 Folder 4 Nicholas Murray Butler, 1898


Box 1 Folder 5 Charles F. Chandler, 1898

(Prof. Chandler discusses the Chemistry Department's summer session experience in the late 1880s.)


Box 1 Folder 6 James Egbert, Jr., 1898


Box 1 Folder 7 William Addison Hervey, 1898


Box 1 Folder 8 George Philip Krapp, 1898


Box 1 Folder 9 Edward MacDowell, 1898


Box 1 Folder 10 Brander Matthews, 1898


Box 1 Folder 11 M.I. Pupin, 1898


Box 1 Folder 12 John Howard Van Amringe, 1898


Box 1 Folder 13 G.E. Woodberry, 1898


Box 1 Folder 14-15 Faculty responses, 1898, 2 folders


Box 1 Folder 16 Conditional and Unconditional Acceptances, 1898

(A summary sheet which organizes the faculty by department and lists those who offered a "conditional acceptance" or an "unconditional acceptance" to teach during the summer session.)


Box 1 Folder 17 Records of Official Action in Regard to the Establishment and Development of the Summer Session, undated

(Excerpts from the minutes of the University Council and the Trustees' Committee on Education.)


Correspondence from Nicholas Murray Butler to President Seth Low


Box 1 Folder 18 Summer School Plan, 1899 January 31

(11-page plan submitted to President Seth Low by Nicholas Murray Butler.)


Box 1 Folder 19 Faculty compensation, 1899 October 28


Box 1 Folder 20 William F. Ganong of Smith College, 1899 November 1


Box 1 Folder 21 Faculty of Summer Session of 1900, 1899 November 28


Box 1 Folder 22 Frederick R. Hutton to President Seth Low re: Summer Courses in Applied Sciences, 1899 November 6

(Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences)

Series II: Administrative records, 1900-1997

This series contains the administrative records of the Summer Session, including the financial statements from 1900 to 1919, the minutes of the Administrative Board from 1905 to 1940, and the Registrar's reports on enrollments by academic department for the last five years.


Box 1 Folder 23 Administrative Board minutes, 1905 December-1940 October


Box 1 Folder 24 Financial statements, 1900-1919


5-year enrollments by department reports



Box 6 Folder 1 1990


Box 6 Folder 2 1991


Box 6 Folder 3 1992


Box 6 Folder 4 1993


Box 6 Folder 5 1994


Box 6 Folder 6 1995


Box 6 Folder 7 1996


Box 6 Folder 8 1997


Box 6 Folder 9 Summer School in Higher Education, 1961 March 10

(Includes schedule and proceedings. Conference held at Columbia and sponsored by Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, New York University, Trinity College, Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania.)


Box 6 Folder 10 Summer Sessions in Colleges and Universities: Perspectives, Practices, Problems, Prospects, 1991

(Raymond J. Young and William P. McDougall. Distributed by the National American Association of Summer Sessions.)

Series III: Bulletins, 1900-2006



Box 2 1900-1904


Box 2 1900-1905


Box 2 1905-1908


Box 2 1909-1911


Box 2 1912-1914


Box 2 1915-1917


Box 2 1918-1920


Box 2 1921-1923


Box 2 1924-1925



Box 3 1926-1927


Box 3 1928


Box 3 1929


Box 3 1930


Box 3 1931


Box 3 1932


Box 3 1933


Box 3 1934



Volume CX7 I 1935 1935



Volume CX7 I 1936 1936



Volume CX7 I 1937 1937



Volume CX7 I 1938 1938



Volume CX7 I 1939 1939



Volume CX7 I 1940 1940



Volume CX7 I 1941 1941



Volume CX7 I 1942 1942



Volume CX7 I 1943 1943



Box 3 1944



Volume CX7 I 1944 1944



Volume CX7 I 1945 1945



Volume CX7 I 1946 1946



Volume CX7 I 1947 1947



Volume CX7 I 1948 1948



Volume CX7 I 1949 1949



Volume CX7 I 1950 1950



Volume CX7 I 1951 1951



Volume CX7 I 1952 1952



Volume CX7 I 1953 1953



Volume CX7 I 1954 1954



Volume CX7 I 1955 1955



Volume CX7 I 1956 1956



Volume CX7 I 1957 1957



Volume CX7 I 1958 1958



Box 3 1959


Box 3 1960


Box 3 1961


Box 3 1962


Box 3 1963


Box 3 1964



Volume CX7 I 1965 1965



Box 4 1966


Box 4 1967


Box 4 1968



Volume CX7 I 1969 1969



Box 4 1970


Box 4 1971


Box 4 1972


Box 4 1973


Box 4 1974


Box 4 1975


Box 4 1976


Box 4 1977



Volume CX7 I 1978 1978



Box 4 1979


Box 4 1980


Box 4 1981


Box 4 1982


Box 4 1983


Box 4 1984


Box 4 1985


Box 4 1986


Box 4 1987



Box 5 1988


Box 5 1989


Box 5 1990


Box 5 1991


Box 5 1992


Box 5 1993


Box 5 1994


Box 5 1995


Box 5 1996


Box 5 1997


Box 5 1998


Box 5 1999


Box 5 2000


Box 5 2001


Box 5 2002


Box 5 2003


Box 5 2004


Box 5 2005


Box 5 2006