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Council for Research in the Humanities Records, 1926-1968, bulk 1926-1936; 1966-1968

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains the minutes, correspondence, and reports of the Council for Research in the Humanities.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0124
Bib ID 6269676 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Council for Research in the Humanities
Title Council for Research in the Humanities Records, 1926-1968, bulk 1926-1936; 1966-1968
Physical Description 2.73 linear feet (6 document boxes and 1 half-sized document box.)
Language(s) In English, French, German, Italian.
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The files are arranged in three series.

Description

Summary

The records are comprised primarily of correspondence concerning the proposals, reports, awards and financial allotments for specific projects. The correspondence files also include rejected projects arranged alphabetically by applicant. There is also some internal correspondence between the Council and the Secretary of the University, the Council and department chairs, meeting minutes and agendas, and annual reports of the Council.

  • Series I: Meetings, 1929-1937

    Includes minutes, agendas and correspondence. Correspondence most often concerns meetings and the creation of minutes. A list of the original council membership is also found in this series. Three copies of the minutes from 1928-1937 have been kept as each version has unique handwritten notes in margins.

  • Series II: Projects, 1927-1968

    Includes award and rejection letters, budgets, and lists of projects for particular years. Project correspondence from the 1929-1933 includes some project proposals in addition to award letters and budgetary information. Correspondence concerning projects #1-108, spanning the years 1958-1964, were taken out of individual project files and placed together in three files. For these documents, when necessary, the project number from the folder was written in brackets at the top of the document. Multiple documents from one project file, even if they span more than one year, have been kept together. Correspondence is primarily with the Secretary of the University and/or the Chair of the Council.

  • Series III: Reports, 1928-1967

    Includes annual reports of the Council to the University Council, drafts of some of these reports (so one can examine the evolution of the document), reports sent to the General Board for Humanities Studies, and financial statements for the organization. Also includes a report from a conference held in 1926 that ultimately led to the creation of the Council. There is a gap in annual reports between 1957 and 1961 and no report for 1967.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Council for Research in the Humanities Records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Selected Related Material at Columbia

Council for Research in the Social Sciences records, 1922-1970 [Bulk dates: 1925-1968] (UA#0127)

Central Files, 1890-1984 [Bulk Dates: 1890-1983] (UA#0001)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 1997.003: Source of acquisition--University Archives. Date of acquisition--1997.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Marilyn H. Pettit 2004.

Papers re-processed Jocelyn Wilk June 2006.

This finding aid was adapted from a legacy finding aid. Additions were processed by Alyssa Nicole Meyers, GSAS 2009, in June 2007.

Revision Description

2009-10-29 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proposals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Benedict, Ruth, 1887-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coykendall, Frederick, 1872-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education, Higher Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fackenthal, Frank Diehl, 1883-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fife, Robert Herndon, 1871-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
General Education Board (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humanities -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leland, Waldo Gifford, 1879-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McBain, Howard Lee, 1880-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller Foundation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rusk, Ralph L (Ralph Leslie), 1888- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scarborough, Dorothy, 1878-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thorndike, Lynn, 1882-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Council for Research in the Humanities was officially established by the University Council at its meeting on February 21, 1928. The Research Council's founding was inspired by findings at a Conference on the Status of Humanistic Studies in the U.S. (Washington, D.C., December 10 and 11, 1926) under the auspices of the General Education Board. In short, the conference found that researchers in the area of the humanities were in need of better funding to aid their research and eventual publication. Despite the fact that humanistic research was considered important and significant, it was not as high profile as that done in the social or physical sciences and, therefore, not as well funded. By establishing the Research Council, Columbia University was able to provide much needed financial aid to selected researchers in the humanities.

Allotments were to cover expenses incurred in the research process - everything from clerical assistance, to travel funds and photographic reproductions - and sometimes were extended to publishing costs. Initially this venture was funded by the General Education Board, through a three-year grant of $112,500. When this grant ran out, funding was obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation. Later on, monies would also come from within the University itself. Many individuals received grants over the years, but among the more prominent researchers who received grants were Lynn Thorndike, Ruth Benedict, and Franz Boas. Grants continued to be distributed by the Research Council into the 1980s and very early 1990s.

The first Research Council consisted of nine members: Professors W.B. Dinsmoor, R.H. Fife, J.L. Gerig, L.R. Gray, G.P. Krapp, N.G. McCrea, S.B. Murray, H.W. Schneider, and Austin P. Evans. Professor Fife was elected Chairman and Professor McCrea was elected Secretary.

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Series I: Meetings, 1929-1937

Includes minutes, agendas and correspondence. Correspondence most often concerns meetings and the creation of minutes. A list of the original council membership is also found in this series. Three copies of the minutes from 1928-1937 have been kept as each version has unique handwritten notes in margins.



Box 1 Folder 1 Agenda, 1929-1936


Box 1 Folder 2 Correspondence and Memos, 1929-1933


Minutes


Box 1 Folder 3 1928-1930 (copy 1), 1928-1930


Box 1 Folder 4 1931-1937 (copy 1), 1931-1937


Box 1 Folder 5 1928-1930 (copy 2), 1928-1930


Box 1 Folder 6 1931-1937 (copy 2), 1931-1937


Box 1 Folder 7 1928-1930 (copy 3), 1928-1930


Box 1 Folder 8 1931-1937 (copy 3), 1931-1937


Box 1 Folder 9 Resolutions, 1930s

Series II: Projects, 1927-1968

Includes award and rejection letters, budgets, and lists of projects for particular years. Project correspondence from the 1929-1933 includes some project proposals in addition to award letters and budgetary information. Correspondence concerning projects #1-108, spanning the years 1958-1964, were taken out of individual project files and placed together in three files. For these documents, when necessary, the project number from the folder was written in brackets at the top of the document. Multiple documents from one project file, even if they span more than one year, have been kept together. Correspondence is primarily with the Secretary of the University and/or the Chair of the Council.


Correspondence


Box 1 Folder 10 1929-1937



Box 2 Folder 1 President Butler, 1930-1936


Box 2 Folder 2 Capps-Research Council, 1929-1930


Box 2 Folder 3 Frederick Coykendall, 1929-1930


Box 2 Folder 4 F.D. Fackenthal, 1929-1933


Box 2 Folder 5 Funding, 1928-1933


Box 2 Folder 6 General Education Board, 1928-1933


Box 2 Folder 7 P.M. Hayden, 1930-1936


Box 2 Folder 8 C.J. Hayes, 1928


Box 2 Folder 9 Waldo G. Leland, 1932


Box 2 Folder 10 Howard Lee McBain, 1929-1932


Box 2 Folder 11 C.A. Manning, 1929-1930


Box 2 Folder 12 S.B. Murray, 1928-1932


Box 2 Folder 13 Projects #1-35, 1958-1963


Box 2 Folder 14 Projects #36-65, 1960-1965


Box 2 Folder 15 Projects #66-108, 1962-1966


Box 2 Folder 16 Rejected Projects, 1929-1935


Box 2 Folder 17 Rockefeller Foundation, 1928-1933


Box 2 Folder 18 David H. Sterns (Rockefeller Foundation), 1930-1935


Box 2 Folder 19 E.H. Wright,1928


Correspondence and Budgets



Box 3 Folder 1-4 1962-1967, (4 folders)


Box 3 Folder 5 Projects #173-211, 1967-1968


Box 3 Folder 6 Form Letters, 1928-1933


Box 3 Folder 7 General Information, 1929


Box 3 Folder 8 Internal Correspondence and Budgets, 1957-1966


Box 3 Folder 9 Lists of Awards, 1928-1933 1958-1967, 1928-1933, 1958-1967


Box 3 Folder 10 Organization, 1927-1928


Projects


Box 3 Folder 11 Ayres, H.M. and W.C. Greet, 1928-1933 1, 1928-1933


Box 3 Folder 12 Barry, F.P., 1929-1936 30, 36, 1929-1936



Box 4 Folder 1 Benedict, Ruth, 1931-1937 39, 1931-1937


Box 4 Folder 2 Bongiari, Dino,1930-1936 42


Box 4 Folder 3 Boas, Franz,1927-1937 13, 26, 38


Box 4 Folder 4 Boas-Hertzog, 1929-1934 13, 1929-1934


Box 4 Folder 5 Boas-Weltfish, 1930-1934 26, 1930-1934


Box 4 Folder 6 Christy, Arthur E., 1933-1937 53, 1933-1937


Box 4 Folder 7 Clamens, Pierre E., 1932-1937 43, 1932-1937


Box 4 Folder 8 Coleman, A.P., 1928-1937 37, 1928-1937


Box 4 Folder 9 Coss, J.J., 1928-1937 56, 1928-1937


Box 4 Folder 10 Dinsmoor, W.B., 1929-1937 2a, 2b, 22, 1929-1937


Box 4 Folder 11 Evans, A.P. and W.W. Rockwell, 1929-1937 23, 1929-1937


Box 4 Folder 12 Fife, R.H., 1928-1937 3, 1928-1937


Box 4 Folder 13 Gerig, J.L., 1928-1937 14, 1928-1937


Box 4 Folder 14 Gibbs, W.E., 1930-1937 40, 1930-1937


Box 4 Folder 15 Gottheil, Richard, 1930-1936 35, 1930-1936


Box 4 Folder 16 Gray, L.H., 1929-1936 24, 1929-1936


Box 4 Folder 17 Gray, L.H., 1930-1937 32, 1930-1937



Box 5 Folder 1 Greene, E.R., 1929-1937 4, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 2 Greet, W.C., 1930-1937 1, 1930-1937


Box 5 Folder 3 Haller, William, 1929-1937 5, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 4 Heuser, F.W.J., 1931-1937 34, 1931-1937


Box 5 Folder 5 Hoffher, F.G., 1929-1937 28, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 6 Hume, R.E., 1932-1935 47, 1932-1935


Box 5 Folder 7 Keyes, C.L., 1929-1937 6, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 8 Krapp, G.P., 1929-1936 15, 1929-1936


Box 5 Folder 9 Loomis, R.L. and L. Cons, 1933-1937 59, 1933-1937


Box 5 Folder 10 McCrea, N.G.,1928-1936 7


Box 5 Folder 11 McKeon, Richard, 1929-1937 8, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 12 Muller, H.F., 1929-1937 29, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 13 de Onis, F., 1929-1937 16, 17, 18, 19, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 14 Prezzolini, Guiseppe, 1929-1937 33, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 15 Puckett, W., 1929-1937 27, 1929-1937


Box 5 Folder 16 Randall, John H. Jr., 1932-1937 51, 1932-1937


Box 5 Folder 17 Reichard, Gladys A., 1930-1937 38, 1930-1937


Box 5 Folder 18 Religion and Culture in Mexico, 1929-1933 39, 1929-1933


Box 5 Folder 19 Riccio, P.M.,1929-1937 29



Box 6 Folder 1 Roosbroeck, Gustave van, 1929-1935 25, 1929-1935


Box 6 Folder 2 Rusk, R.L., 1928-1937 9a, 9b, 1928-1937


Box 6 Folder 3 Scarborough, Dorothy, 1930-1936 41, 1930-1936


Box 6 Folder 4 Schapiro, Meyer, 1930-1937 31, 1930-1937


Box 6 Folder 5 Schinnerer, C.P., 1931-1935 10, 1931-1935


Box 6 Folder 6 Schneider, H.W., 1931-1937 11, 1931-1937


Box 6 Folder 7 Sprietsma, Cargill, 1934-1937 52, 1934-1937


Box 6 Folder 8 Swift, Emerson H., 1928-1937 48, 1928-1937


Box 6 Folder 9 Taupin, Rene, 1931-1932 44, 1931-1932


Box 6 Folder 10 Thorndike, A.H., 1930-1934 15, 1930-1934


Box 6 Folder 11 Thorndike, Lynn,1929-1937 12


Box 6 Folder 12 Westermann, W.L., 1929-1938 21, 1929-1938


Box 6 Folder 13 Wolff, Samuel L., 1933-1936 58, 1933-1936


Box 6 Folder 14 Publications, 1928-1935


Box 6 Folder 15 Research Council Agenda, 1933-1934

Series III: Reports, 1928-1967

Includes annual reports of the Council to the University Council, drafts of some of these reports (so one can examine the evolution of the document), reports sent to the General Board for Humanities Studies, and financial statements for the organization. Also includes a report from a conference held in 1926 that ultimately led to the creation of the Council. There is a gap in annual reports between 1957 and 1961 and no report for 1967.



Box 7 Folder 1-4 Annual Reports to University Council, 1928-1967, (4 folders)


Box 7 Folder 5 Conference on the Status of Humanistic Studies in the United States, 1926


Box 7 Folder 6 Financial Statements, 1930-1936


Box 7 Folder 7 Reports to the General Education Board in the Humanities, 1929-1930