Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Records of the Office of the President, President Andrew W. Cordier, 1923-1974; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.
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Series I: Correspondence 1923-1974
Consisting of the personal and professional correspondence of Andrew Cordier before and during his time at Columbia University, this series is arranged into three subseries: Subseries I.1. Personal, Subseries I.2. Columbia University General, and Subseries I.3. Columbia University Topical.
Subseries 1: Personal 1923-1945
This subseries consists of letters to and from Andrew Cordier before he began working at Columbia University. They include information on his other professional interests such as his work at Manchester College in the 1920s through the 1940s, his work with the American Friends Service Committee and Brethren Service Committee during World War II, assisting refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Some of the correspondence relates to particular refugees and includes their curriculum vitae and photographs; these photographs have remained in their original location. Correspondence from the early 1930s includes information about Cordier’s involvement in various Indiana state elections. The folder “Personal, 1932” contains some of Cordier’s speeches in addition to those found in Series IV. Speeches and Writings. Note that the personal correspondence is incomplete, with some years missing entirely.
Personal, April 1939-1945
Subseries 2: Columbia University General 1968-1974
This subseries contains correspondence which is arranged chronologically and consists of Cordier’s correspondence while at Columbia University from 1968 through 1974. Some of this correspondence discusses events surrounding the riots and protests of 1968, the Gymnasium issue, the Joint Committee on Disciplinary Affairs, and the disciplinary tribunals. This subseries also contains Cordier’s alphabetical correspondence files, which have retained their original order and titles. Original photographs in “General, March-April 1969” and “Alphabetical “W-Z” 1968-1970” have been housed with the biographical photograph collection under “Cordier, Andrew.” The photograph from “General, October-December, 1969” has been housed with the photograph collection under “Buildings and Grounds-Morningside Campus, Engineering Building, exterior.” Photocopies remain in the folder.
General, January -December 1968
Subseries 3: Columbia University Topical 1968-1971
This subseries contains folders of correspondence relating to a particular topic as originally separated out by Cordier. The folders “Post as Acting President” and “Post as President” contain the bulk of the congratulatory letters and Cordier’s replies upon his acceptance of the posts of Acting President in 1968 and President in 1969. Additional letters of congratulations are interspersed in the general correspondence files. Folders of congratulatory letters are arranged alphabetically by the sender’s last name. The folder “University Dormitories” consists of letters from students regarding the crisis in the dormitories including an increase in prices, and poor maintenance. One letter contains a piece of a dorm room ceiling that has been retained and sealed in mylar. The Columbia Envoy was a publication of the School of International Affairs publication. The folder “NDEA and NDFL Support” contains correspondence regarding the National Defense Education Act and the National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship. In general, correspondence from the 1960s and 1970s has Cordier’s outgoing replies preceding incoming letters.