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John H. Finley papers

Collection Data

Collection contains correspondence, addresses and speeches, writings, diaries, miscellaneous papers, photographs, and printed matter that document Finley's varied career.
Finley, John H. (John Huston), 1863-1940 (Creator)
Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, Viscount, 1861-1936 (Correspondent)
Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984 (Correspondent)
Bancroft, Edgar Addison, 1857-1925 (Correspondent)
Bigelow, Poultney, b. 1855 (Correspondent)
Bridges, Robert, 1844-1930 (Correspondent)
Caetani, Gelasio, 1877-1934 (Correspondent)
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 (Correspondent)
Colgate, Gilbert (Correspondent)
Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933 (Correspondent)
Ely, Richard T. (Richard Theodore), 1854-1943 (Correspondent)
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940 (Correspondent)
Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934 (Correspondent)
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 (Correspondent)
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948 (Correspondent)
Hyde, James H. (James Hazen), 1876-1959 (Correspondent)
Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937 (Correspondent)
Jusserand, J. J. (Jean Jules), 1855-1932 (Correspondent)
Krock, Arthur, 1886-1974 (Correspondent)
Lane, Franklin K. (Correspondent)
Lewisohn, Adolph, 1849-1938 (Correspondent)
Peabody, George Foster, 1852-1938 (Correspondent)
Phillips, John S. (John Sanburn), 1861-1949 (Correspondent)
Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914 (Correspondent)
Roosevelt, Nicholas, 1893-1982 (Correspondent)
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 (Correspondent)
Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 (Correspondent)
Shepard, Edward Morse, 1850-1911 (Correspondent)
Starr, Frederick, 1858-1933 (Correspondent)
Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962 (Correspondent)
Storrs, Ronald, Sir, 1881-1955 (Correspondent)
Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944 (Correspondent)
Van Dyke, Henry, 1852-1933 (Correspondent)
White, William Allen, 1868-1944 (Correspondent)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Correspondent)
American Geographical Society of New York (Correspondent)
American Red Cross (Correspondent)
American University Union in Europe (Correspondent)
Charles Scribners Sonss Sons (Correspondent)
Commission for Relief in Belgium (Correspondent)
Institute for International Education (Correspondent)
Knox College (Galesburg, Ill.) (Correspondent)
Macmillan & Co. (Correspondent)
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Institute for Research in Land Economics and Public Utilities (Correspondent)
Phi Beta Kappa (Correspondent)
Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (Correspondent)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1892 - 1940
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1000
Education -- New York (State)
Public universities and colleges -- New York (State)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief
Civic leaders
Europe -- Description and travel
Middle East -- Description and travel
Mississippi River
Agriculture -- New York (State)
Arbitration, Industrial
Constitutional conventions -- New York (State)
Universities and colleges -- United States
New York (State) -- Officials and employees
Middle East -- History -- 20th century
Biographical/historical: John Huston Finley (1863-1940) was an educator, editor, author, and civic leader. He was president of Knox College, Galesburgh, Ill from 1892 to 1899 (later trustee); editor of Harper's Weekly, 1899; professor of history at Princeton University, 190-1903; and third president of the College of the City of New York from 1903-1913. He then served as Commissioner of Education for New York State and president of the University of the State of New York from 1913 to 1921 before becoming editor of The New York Times, 1921-1938. His career also included service with various educational, political, and charitable organizations.
Content: The collection contains correspondence, addresses, speeches, writings, diaries, miscellaneous papers, photographs, and printed matter that document Finley's varied career. The correspondence, 1892-ca. 1939, represents the bulk of the collection, and reflects his professional activities, organizational memberships, biography of Grover Cleveland, and recreational interests. There are numerous prominent correspondents. Addresses and speeches, ca. 1902-1940, consist of autograph manuscript and typescript texts of Finley's presentations to groups, such as schools; learned societies, chambers of commerce, and at commencements and patriotic celebrations. Many of the speeches are accompanied by correspondence, clippings, programs, menus, and photographs. Writings include manuscript and typescript drafts of his books, miscellaneous prose writings, poems, and scrapbooks of clippings of editorials by Finley published in the New York Times for the period 1921 to 1940. Diaries consist of personal diaries, 1910-1919, and desk calendars, 1922-1940. Miscellaneous papers include correspondence, letters of introduction, personal notes, travel documents, clippings, and other memorabilia relating to his European trips from 1921 to 1929. There are also postcards, genealogical papers, receipts, menus, programs, and papers relating to railroad arbitration, 1913-1914; New York State Constitutional Convention, 1915; and New York State Agricultural Advisory Board, 1915.
Physical Description
Extent: 105 linear feet (168 boxes)
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11635593
MSS Unit ID: 1000
Archives collections id: archives_collections_1000
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 28df49e0-3813-0135-2ed3-23b469a57474
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