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The subject matter of the more than 600 archival and manuscript collections at Union ranges widely.College records, faculty and alumni papers, and regional material such as the papers of selected scientists who worked with the General Electric Company when it was headquartered in Schenectady predominate. Material related to other subject matter, such as the U.S. Civil War, is also abundant. Below is a brief but representative sample of the collections, linked to finding aids or websites when available. You may also browse the sample by clicking on the icons for the subject categories above.

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  • Institutions

    Joseph Hinchey Papers

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    This collection is comprised of the papers of Joseph Hinchey (Union College Class of 1947) in his role as a member of the Board of Trustees of the College (1986-1998), of which he served as Chair (1994-1998).  Most of the material dates from the late 1980s and early 1990s and includes professional correspondence, reports, commencement programs, material related to the restoration of the Nott Memorial  and the search for a new College President (1989-1990), campus planning, and information about the College’s Navy Program (1988-1994) and the Engineering Visiting Committee (1986-1987). Also included are descriptions of the College and miscellaneous material such as photographs and newspaper clippings. 

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    Thomas Werner Papers

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    This collection consists of the papers of Thomas C. Werner, Union College Professor of Chemistry (1971-2007). The bulk are from the years 1961 to 2006 and represent his department, research, and service interests in the form of correspondence, meeting records, and various project proposals, grants, and reports.  A significant portion of the collection relates to the history of chemistry and of the Chemistry Department at Union, but the largest pertains to Werner’s service on the Union College Board of Trustees and on a wide variety of committees including the Academic Affairs Council and the Faculty Executive, Planning and Priorities, Administration and Finance, Bicentennial Steering, Academic Reputation, Library, Benefits, and International Study committees.  The collection also contains material from the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and papers relevant to the Steinmetz Symposium, a program which Werner helped implement. Access to some materials is restricted.

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    John Bigelow Papers

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    This collection consists of the personal and professional papers of John Bigelow (1817-1911; Union College Class of 1835), author, abolitionist, newspaper editor, minister to France during the American Civil War, New York Secretary of State, co-founder of the New York Public Library, and life-long public servant.  The papers include a correspondence file of more than 20,000 letters, working documents, notes for his published writings, scrapbooks, diaries, and artifacts such as Bigelow’s typewriter and death mask.  The papers, the bulk of which date from 1833 to 1911, reflect the full range of pursuits in which Bigelow – known during his lifetime as New York’s “First Citizen” – was engaged over the course of what he himself called “an active life.”  The correspondence file includes letters from politicians, professional associates, social connections, literary figures, artists, library leaders, family members, and friends such as William Cullen Bryant, Samuel Clemens, Andrew Carnegie, John Hay, Frederick Law Olmsted, Theodore Roosevelt, William Seward, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charles Sumner, and Samuel Tilden.  The collection also includes diaries and the miscellaneous papers of some of Bigelow’s immediate family members.  Over 4000 titles from Bigelow’s personal library are also held in Special Collections.  Background information on the collection and a digital index to the correspondence file are available at http://schaffer.union.edu/bigelow

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    Robert Fleischer Papers

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    This collection consists of the papers of Dr. Robert Fleischer (1930-2011), General Electric research scientist and, later, Union College research professor in the Geology Department. It reflects his years at GE’s Global Research Center, where his 32-year tenure began in 1960, as well as his activities at Union, which he joined in 1997. His investigations ranged widely and included research on fission tracks, nuclear tracks in solids, radon, and various types of radioactivity in the environment at the 1945 Hiroshima bomb site and elsewhere.  The collection includes research files, correspondence, lab notebooks, graphs, lecture notes, copies of publications,  transparencies, awards, and other professional papers. In addition to the scientific materials, the collection also contains travel and various account records, miscellaneous photographs, and information related to the Geology Department at Union. 

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    Butler Family Papers

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    This collection largely consists of correspondence between William Butler (1831-1864) and his family during the American Civil War.  The bulk of the letters were written by Butler to his siblings between 1859 and 1864 and describe his time in the 69th Regiment of the New York State Militia, a volunteer unit composed of Irish immigrants, in which Butler rose to the rank of Major before he died in the war in 1864. Topics include troop movements and the preparations and aftermath of battles as well as the everyday concerns of a Civil War soldier, including clothing, money and liquor. Also included are other letters addressed to Butler, his regiment and members of his family. Additional family records in the collection contain a wide array of legal documents that date into the 20th century, such as: an indenture agreement; military records; citizenship records; homestead papers, receipts, and various kinds of deeds. Also included in the collection are newspaper clippings about the collection and some Butler family photographs. 

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    Ramée Architectural Plans for Union College

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    This collection consists of the surviving plans for the Union College campus, drawn by French architect Joseph Jacques Ramée (1764-1842) in 1813 at the behest of Union College President Eliphalet Nott. Ramée’s designs, drawn in collaboration with Nott, reflect the evolution of their ideas. The original design featured a Central Building containing a President’s residence, chapel, gallery, society room, classrooms, and two libraries. This concept changed drastically, the central building disappearing to give way to a more intricate layout of individual, though often connected, buildings. A detailed watercolor painting believed to be Ramée’s completed design includes a central “Round Building” and extensive French-style gardens. The collection also contains plans for the grounds and sketches and structural drawings for the Central and Round buildings, the colonnades, the President’s house, a steward’s house, an unidentified oval structure, and North and South Colleges. The plans include front and back elevations, sections of the columns and capitals, plans of joists and sketches of the proper brick size for columns. Some of the drawings have Ramée’s labels and additional notes by Union College Treasurer Jonathan Pearson, who reassembled and reviewed Ramée’s drawings in the 1850s. The collection represents one of the fullest documentations of an early American architectural design, the most ambitious and innovative design for an American school up to that time and a model for later campuses. The several dozen sheets of drawings, ranging from thumbnail sketches to detailed working drawings and watercolor renderings are available in their original form, reproductions, and digitized form.

     

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    Anne Dunbar Potts Perkins Correspondence

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    This collection consists of over 700 letters written by Anne Dunbar Potts Perkins (1835-1922), wife of Maurice Perkins (Union College Professor of Chemistry, 1865-1901). They date between 1895 and 1904 and are primarily addressed to her son Roger, who had recently graduated from Union and was continuing his education and beginning his medical career. Mrs. Perkins lived in housing at the center of campus for nearly sixty years and was the creator of a College garden which still bears her name. Deeply involved in campus life, Mrs. Perkins documented matters such as Union College athletics, student pranks, fraternity life, faculty and staff news, new campus construction, and changes in the curriculum including an increased emphasis on engineering. The letters also mention various then-contentious College matters such as the appointment of the unpopular Charles Pond as assistant treasurer and bill collector and the College’s dire financial situation at the time, which led to the selling off of land, a proposed move to Albany, various housing problems, and worries on the part of faulty about job security. The letters cover a wide variety of other topics including family life, health concerns, religion, servant problems, social events, local and international news, literature, travel, Mrs. Perkins’ garden and plant room, and her own teaching and intellectual activities. The ten bound volumes of letters, which are mostly typed, also include some letters to Mrs. Perkins and to other family members, and occasionally contain pressed plants and poems for the family’s Christmas magazine. The collection is a treasure trove of information on life at the turn of the century and an educated woman’s perspective on Union when it was still an all-male institution.

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    Fox Family Papers

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    This collection consists of papers pertaining to the family of Norman Fox (1792-1863), who enrolled at Union College in 1813 but left without completing his degree, later serving in the militia and in the New York State Legislature and becoming a minister and businessman. The inclusive dates are 1800 to 2007, but the bulk of the collection dates to the mid to late nineteenth century. The collection is divided into three series: 1) The Fox Family; 2) The Society of the Descendants of Norman Fox; 3) Photographs.  The Fox Family series is divided into sub-series by family group and contains a wide range of material including personal and business records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, financial records, publications, books, scrapbooks, diplomas, school papers, certificates, military papers from the Civil War and World War 1, memorabilia, and other ephemera. Of note are the lists of Union students and officers from 1813 and 1857-1858, an 1820 election ballot, family reunion and genealogical research, a Civil War sword, two cartridge pouches taken from confederate soldiers after battles, and a plaster relief of the profile of Norman Fox. The Society of the Descendants of Norman Fox series includes reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, letters, programs and membership material. Because part of the collection sustained water damage, photocopies have been made for preservation purposes.

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    E. F. W. Alexanderson Papers 

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    This 58 cubic foot collection consists of the professional and personal papers of Dr. Ernst Frederick Werner Alexanderson (1878-1975), a Swedish-born scientist who pioneered the development of radio and television in the 20th century. A prolific inventor, holding over three hundred patents, Alexanderson studied topics such as railway electrification, power transmission, electric ship propulsion, analogue computers, aerial navigation, magnetic amplifiers, motor control, electronic power conversion, and high frequency alternators used for radio transmissions and color television. Among his professional papers are documents related to his forty-six year career with General Electric and his work for the Radio Corporation of America, including correspondence, technical papers, publications, reports, research notes, drawings, blueprints, and patent materials. On the personal side, the collection includes scrapbooks, photographs, awards, diplomas, notebooks, receipts, booklets, invitations, tributes, publicity material, newspaper clippings and various personal artifacts. The materials date from 1896 to 1975, although most date from 1902 through his retirement from GE in 1948. 

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    Oral History of American Jews

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    This collection consists of transcriptions of approximately thirty oral histories of American Jews born in Eastern Europe prior to 1914. Collected in the mid-1970s by Lucille Brown (Assistant Cataloger in Schaffer Library) and Stephen Berk (Professor of Holocaust and Jewish Studies), the interviews are arranged by the name of the interviewee and his or her place of birth.  Areas represented include Galicia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Odessa, Poland, Rumania, the Ukraine, Vienna, and White Russia (Belarus). Also included is a box of cassette tapes containing some of the original interviews.  Access to the materials is by permission only.

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    Union College Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

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    This collection consists of the minutes of the Union College Board of Trustees from its first meeting on May 26th, 1795 to the present. The original minutes from 1795 until 1955 are found in ten bound volumes as well as in the form of microfilm. Transcriptions also exist for the first volume, dating from 1795 to 1809. Since 1956 the meeting minutes have been aggregated annually and placed in folders. Board of Trustees information packets have also been collected by the College Archives since 1996.  The packets include meeting minutes from the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee, reports from the academic and administrative vice presidents, and various memorabilia. Access to material from recent decades is restricted. 

  • faculty & Students

    Byron A. Nichols Papers

     

    The papers of Byron A. Nichols reflect his four decades as Union College Professor of Political Science (1968-2008). Chairing the department from 1991 to 1998, he also served on many committees including: the College Governance, Bicentennial Steering, Academic Affairs, Faculty Executive, and House System Implementation committees; the Subcommittee on Intellectual Life Outside the Classroom for the Middle States Accreditation Committee; the Resource Allocation Sub-Council; the Minerva House Council. Additionally, he was the director of many College programs such as the Alumni Symposium and the Steinmetz Honors Program, while also actively endorsing and participating in various terms abroad. This collection consists of papers from Nichols’ many activities including his personally conducted surveys and studies; Political Science Department material; correspondence; committee records; papers related to the inauguration of Presidents Roger Hull and Stephen Ainlay; information on a variety of campus issues such as the Union College hockey controversy of 1978; awards, scholarships, and prizes; addresses and presentations. Also included are syllabi for a number of his courses, such as Moral Dilemmas of Governing; Introduction to Global Issues; Latin American Politics; Religion and Politics; Wealth and Power Among Nations; and his First Year Preceptorial. 

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    Frank Stansel Photographs

     

    This collection consists of photographs taken by Frank Reid Stansel (Union College Class of 1926) during his four years at Union College.  A variety of student activities and College scenes are included. Stansel graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was a member of Theta Nu Epsilon, a general academic fraternity that was reactivated at Union in the year of his graduation.  

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    Martha Bradstreet Papers

     

    This collection consists of selected professional papers of Martha Bradstreet (1780- 187?), the bulk of which date between 1820 and 1844. A self-taught litigant, Bradstreet was born in the British West Indies and immigrated to the United States in 1799. After her divorce, she took the unusual step of obtaining permission from the New York State Legislature to use her maiden name. She then began legal proceedings to reclaim land around Utica, NY to which she felt entitled according to the will of an ancestor.  Most of her suits were filed in a district court before Judge Alfred Conkling (Union College Class of 1810), who consistently ruled against her. The collection consists primarily of legal documents and correspondence pertaining to these efforts. The litigation section includes legal proceedings brought forth by Bradstreet against a number of Utica tenants, as well as various documents, including a “Statement Related to Bradstreet’s Dissatisfaction of Conkling’s Rulings 1829-1837,” which pertains to Bradstreet’s efforts to impeach the judge.  The collection also includes correspondence with Conkling and other individuals such as John Tillinghast (Union College Class of 1807). A finding aid is available in Special Collections.

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    Hiram S. Wilson Civil War Letters

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    This collection consists of letters written by Hiram S. Wilson (1815-1864), a Civil War soldier stationed at various army camps in Virginia and Maryland. Most of the letters are from 1862 and 1863 and are addressed to his wife, Elizabeth, although a few are to other family members. Before the outbreak of the war, Wilson was the proprietor of the Mohican House, the oldest hotel in Bolton, NY. In November of 1861, he enlisted in the US military and was commissioned as Captain in Company H of the 93rd New York Voluntary Infantry, a regiment that was present at the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness Campaign, and Cold Harbor. He died of erysipelas while stationed in New York City in March of 1864. Personal topics covered in the letters include family and home issues, the weather, and his health. Matters related to his military service include camp life, troop movement, his confidence in the army, his trust in General McClellan and others, and general war news, including the passage of two acts in Congress which permitted African Americans to enlist. Asking his family to write more often, he even offers to buy his daughter, Stella, a new dress if she writes to him. The collection also includes transcriptions of a few of the letters and a Masonic memorial note. 

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    Union College Department of Civil Engineering Dissolution Records

     

    The subject of this collection is the dissolution of Union College’s Civil Engineering Department and efforts to save the program. The records contain correspondence, reports, subject files and ephemera. Although the collection spans 1941-2001, most of the material is from 2001. The program, established in 1845, was the first civil engineering program at an American liberal arts college, but in 2001 the Board of Trustees’ decided to restructure the College’s engineering division by phasing out Civil Engineering and focusing on a new Converging Technologies Program. The program was discontinued after the last majors graduated in 2005.  External correspondence, much of which is addressed to Roger Hull (President of Union) and Ralph Bulmer (Dean of Engineering), includes letters from department alumni and parents responding to the announcement. Also included are internal emails from the faculty and the administration, mostly exchanged among the Civil Engineering faculty. The reports series contains four reports relating to Union’s engineering programs. Many of the subject files relate to the Resource Allocation Sub Council (RASC), an ad hoc committee formed in response to the charge of resource shortages in the Engineering Division as one of the determining factors in the elimination of the Civil Engineering program. Admissions material, background information, a PowerPoint presentation and material from the Civil Engineering web page are also present. Additionally, the collection includes news clippings and miscellaneous material from the campaign to save the program, including hats, a shirt, and stickers.  Access to some materials is restricted.  A finding aid is available in Special Collections.

     

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    Jonathan Pearson Diary

     

    The diary of Jonathan Pearson (1813-1887) housed at Union College begins in 1828 and ends in 1875, a period during which Pearson played a wide variety of roles at the College. A graduate of Union’s Class of 1835, he was hired by the College a year later as a tutor and eventually served it as a Professor (1839-1887), Librarian (1839-1886), and Treasurer (1854-1883). The diary, containing over 900,000 words, starts when Pearson was apprenticed as a store clerk and continues through his years at Union as a student, administrator, and teacher of numerous subjects including chemistry, natural history, agriculture, botany and arithmetic. Pearson kept his “thinking book” diligently, often recording his distress at what he saw around him. The diary contains much comment on the College administration, curriculum, discipline, library, classrooms, and dormitories. It also reveals his involvement in civic affairs and his concerns about epidemics, natural disasters, religious sectarianism, political misconduct, speculation, imperialism, slavery, secession, and war. Occasionally, Pearson included travel accounts, comments on the weather, poetry, parodies of fraternity ceremonies, character sketches, bibliographical lists, anecdotes, word games, and small sketches. Several long gaps exist. One major one, from 1846 to 1854, coincides with a time when the President, the Board of Trustees and even Pearson himself underwent severe scrutiny about financial matters culminating in a formal inquiry by the state legislature. An invaluable source of information about the College and the development of American higher education in the 19th century, the diary also exists in microfilm and in a two-volume transcribed, edited, and annotated edition published by the Union College Press in 2004.  

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    George Bain Papers

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    This collection consists of selected personal and professional papers of George Bain (Union College Class of 1973). The bulk is made up of research papers written between 1969 and 1972 while he was a student taking various American history courses. The topics of the papers, which address political, economic and sociological issues, include colonial America, the Revolutionary War, President Hoover and the Bonus Army, and the U.S. under President Jackson. The remainder of the collection reflects Bain’s active participation in the Union College community after graduation. It includes Friends of the Union College Library newsletters from 1994 to 1996, when he was serving as chairman of the organization, as well as materials from the Schaffer Library Renovation and Expansion Campaign, with which Bain was involved in the late 1990s.

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    Schenectady Bureau of Municipal Research Records 

     

    This collection consists of the records of the Schenectady Bureau of Municipal Research dating from 1918 to 1968. Most of the information is about Schenectady, but there are some records from other places in upstate New York. The collection includes reports, analyses, studies, newsletters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, bureau publications, and photographs, plus documents about various courts and claims against the city. The city budgets, along with analyses, are present for many years. Tax documents include collection records and discussions of reforms in the matter of school, town, county, state, sales and local taxes. The Bureau’s interest in education is reflected in the multitude of documents pertaining to school costs, population studies, and materials on the creation of new Schenectady schools. Also included are reports on the costs, organization, salaries and service hours of the Fire, Police, and Civil Service departments. Other materials are devoted to identifying and fixing the city’s problems, improving its government, and reducing costs; these include documents about city finances, fiscal policies, long term financial planning, state assistance, and papers pertaining to construction, street lighting, snow removal, sewage disposal, the city’s appearance, transportation facilities, crime, and land use. The collection also contains some historical materials, including copies of Schenectady Then and Now: Photos as Early as the Civil War and Old Schenectady: from the Collection of John Papp. A container list is available in Special  

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    Robert C. Smith Correspondence

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    This collection consists of letters and books related to Dr. Robert C. Smith’s (Union College Class of 1952) correspondence with Professor Martin Buber, a philosopher from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Dr. Carl G. Jung of Zurich, one of the pioneers of modern psychology. From 1960 to 1961, while working on his graduate thesis at Temple University, Dr. Smith corresponded with Buber and Jung on the topic of their famous dispute over matters of theology and psychological development. The collection holds six letters from Buber, three letters from Jung, and copies of Dr. Smith’s letters to them. It also contains a copy of a 1957 journal article with Jung’s reply to Buber, as well as a photocopy of a letter from Malcolm Diamond to Dr. Smith. In addition, the collection includes several of Buber’s books, including The Eclipse of God, one of the first publications to discuss the dispute. Martin Buber on Psychology and Psychotherapy, a collection of his essays, letters and dialogue, contains some of Buber’s letters to Dr. Smith. Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections and Psychology and Religion can be found here as well. Lastly, the collection includes publications relevant to the dispute, such as a 1966 journal which reproduced parts of Dr. Smith’s correspondence with Buber.

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    Union College Lotteries Collection

     

    This collection currently consists of two pieces of correspondence and one draft report pertaining to the 1824 Union College “Literature Lottery,” one of a series of state-authorized programs intended to raise funds for area colleges during the first half of the eighteenth century. Early in his Union presidency, Eliphalet Nott successfully lobbied to have Union College included in the lottery system from 1805 to 1812. Although subsequent lotteries were also intended to benefit Union and other New York State institutions, payouts were slow and the situation became additionally complicated when lottery management was assigned to the institutions themselves. The two letters, dated July 20, 1824 and addressed to Henry Yates Jr. (Mayor of Schenectady, State Senator, Treasurer of Union College 1806-1833, and Trustee 1827-1853), contain an application, authored by D. Cooper, for compensation of services performed by one of the lottery’s managers. The draft report related to the “Loss in Union College Lottery No. 2” is undated, unsigned, and heavily annotated. The words on the verso– “Legislature or Land Office” – may be an indication of the intended recipient. Additional material related to the lotteries exists in other document files in the College Archives.

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    Ruth Anne Evans Papers 

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    This collection consists of two groups of papers, personal and administrative, both from the files of Ruth Anne Evans (1924-2001), a Union College librarian, professor, and unofficial College historian. Starting at Schaffer Library in 1944 as a summer student assistant, she returned to Union full time in 1952, eventually holding many positions, including Acting Library Director. Evans’ personal papers chronicle her life from childhood to adulthood and include photographs, school and university documents, correspondence, magazines, newspaper clippings, theater programs, family items, church bulletins, Union College calendars and postcards, scrapbooks and other memorabilia. They also show Evans’ involvement with the American Library Association, the Dudley Observatory, the Schenectady County Historical Society, and the Schenectady Museum. Evans’ administrative papers document her long career at Union. Included are Schaffer Library and College reports, memos, programs, meeting minutes, correspondence, speeches, statistics, committee records, grants, manuals, notebooks, Friends of the Library materials, and a scrapbook of campus activities. Among the organizations represented in the files are the American Association of University Women, Phi Beta Kappa, the Capital District Library Council, the Academic Affairs Council, the Graduate Studies Committee, the President’s Advisory Board, and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Of note are the materials pertaining to the theft and recovery of Union’s copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of America and Evans’ notes for her transcription of Jonathan Pearson’s Diary and her catalogue of the W. Wright Hawkes Collection of Revolutionary War Documents.

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    Harold Miller Lewis Scrapbooks

     

    This collection consists of two scrapbooks compiled by Harold Miller Lewis (Union College Class of 1916) containing items from his time at Union and as a soldier in World War 1. The material as a whole dates from 1911 to 1919. The Union College scrapbook includes pictures, newspaper clippings and ephemera pertaining to College traditions. The World War 1 scrapbook includes medals, pamphlets, pictures, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia.   

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    William Stanley Papers

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    This collection consists of the papers of William Stanley Jr. (1858-1916), an American physicist, electrical engineer, and inventor of the “induction coil” or transformer. He worked for George Westinghouse before founding the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company in 1890 (which was later purchased by the General Electric Company and became the GE Pittsfield Works).  This extensive collection of papers contains patents, transformer guides and histories, laboratory notebooks, letter-books, bulletins, sketches, biographical material, technical papers, articles, correspondence, lectures, and materials about various organizations. Among the papers of the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company are pamphlets, blueprints, shipping orders, stockholder meeting reports and a scrapbook of electrical apparatuses. The General Electric Company papers include strike-related documents and newspaper clippings, historical information, and statistics.  Additional materials include papers related to F.W. Peek, a pioneer high voltage engineer; pamphlets and other writings devoted to Charles Steinmetz and Thomas Edison; patents belonging to various companies and individuals such as Nikola Tesla; and litigation documents and correspondence regarding patent disputes. This collection also contains slides, portraits, a photograph of the first incandescent lamps, and mounted photographs of Stanley, Steinmetz, Edison, and Peek. 

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    William Winne Papers 

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    This collection consists of the papers of William Winne, Union College Class of 1934 and Professor of Biology at the College from 1946 to 1980. The majority of the collection consists of diaries he kept from 1929 to 1982, with gap between1950-1962, but with increasingly more frequent entries as time went on. During this time, Winne, a Schenectady native, graduated from Union with a degree in Modern Languages, going on to get a Master of Science degree in economic botany and a PhD from Cornell University. His studies were interrupted by managerial work and three years of military service during World War II. Topics covered in his diaries include travel, social events, daily life, war news, business, and his education. The collection also contains his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy theses as well as a copy of a thesis completed by one of Winne’s students. Among the correspondence are letters from his friend and colleague, Leonard Clark, and from Winne’s children and grandchildren. The collection also includes some photographs, believed to depict Winne’s family; a memo book; a calendar; and a copy of a Union College plant survey completed by Winne’s students in the mid-20th century.

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    Lewis Sebring Papers

     

    The papers of Lewis Beck Sebring largely pertain to the alumni activities of the Union College Class of 1892, of which he was a member.  Sebring graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and was deeply involved in class reunions; a son, Lewis B. Sebring Jr., also graduated from Union in 1923.  Most of the correspondence in the collection is between Sebring, who served as the agent for his class, and other members of the Class of 1892.  The dates of the material range from 1891 to 1944.  

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    Union College Library Picture File

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    The Union College Library Picture File, housed in the College Archives in Special Collections, consists of approximately 40 cubic feet of visual material about Union College and the wide variety of activities, historic events, people, and places associated with it.  Photographs, negatives, prints, and other formats are all housed in the collection.  It is constantly updated and serves as a resource for students, scholars, many types of publications, and both current and planned digital projects.  “Born digital” images are also collected by the College Archives, and a separately maintained postcard file is available both in the Archives and online.  A frequently updated subject headings guide is maintained by Special Collections staff. 

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    William James Stillman Collection

     

    This collection consists of the correspondence and other papers of William James Stillman (1828-1901) as well as a number of photographic albums and records. After graduating from Union College in 1848, Stillman worked as an artist, diplomat, and historian, but is best known as a journalist and photographer who served for several decades as a correspondent for the London Times in the Balkans, Greece, and Italy. He also edited the first American art journal, The Crayon, and wrote essays and a number of books. The bulk of the Stillman materials at Union, donated by his son Michael in 1959, is described in the Catalogue of the William James Stillman Collection by Frances Miller (Friends of the Union College Library, 1974). Additional materials were donated by Michael in the same year. The collection includes correspondence testifying to Stillman’s close relationships with other members of 19th century literary and political circles, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and James Russell Lowell, whom he introduced to the American wilderness through the Adirondack Club. Notable correspondents include Lowell, Walt Whitman, Emile Zola, Robert Barrett Browning, William Henry Seward, John Ruskin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Florence Nightingale, and Nikolaj I, Prince of Tsrnogorsk. Also included are many letters from Stillman to his second wife, Marie Spartali, a Pre-Raphaelite painter. The collection also includes documents, reproductions of engravings, sketches, sonnets, drafts, typescripts, manuscript music, and page proofs for Stillman’s publications.  The several large photograph albums donated by the family contain Stillman’s photos of Greece, Italy, the Adirondacks, the countryside of Cambridge and the Charles River in Boston. A smaller album contains Julia Mitchell Cameron’s costume photos of Marie Spartali.  Other loose manuscripts include Stillman’s own manual on the science of photography, personal photographs of Stillman, his first wife and his country home in Surrey, reminiscences of Stillman in old age by his granddaughter, and a woodblock drawing of Stillman by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.