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Records of The Student Union of The Cooper Union

Identifier: MG.008

Scope and Contents

The Records of The Student Union of The Cooper Union includes materials produced between the dates 1956-1979, though the majority of the contents are between the years 1968-1979. This collection includes correspondence and minutes of The Student Union, newspaper clippings, student questionnaires and polls, and financial information related to The Cooper Union's Library and Humanities Department. Highlights of this collection include financial reports and other documentation of Cooper Union's financial affairs related to Green Camp, president and trustee selection, other institutions, and organizations.


  • Includes records from ca. 1956-1979, chiefly 1968-1979.


Conditions Governing Access

Most materials in this collection are open to researchers without restriction. Photographs featuring students may be unavailable due to FERPA regulations. Contact the archives at to learn more.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from The Cooper Union Archives and Special Collections. For more information please email

Biographical / Historical

The Cooper Union Student Union was a student group formed in 1977 “as a response to several key issues facing the Cooper community: the removal of books from the [Cooper Union] Library, and the New York University/Cooper Library merger, a severely demoralized and diminishing Humanities Department, the general lack of direct information exchange from [the] administration, and what seemed like a general attitude of apathy among the student body, as well as a history of ineffectual student governments.” (from “History & Introduction of The Student Union” by Paul Alter, Chairperson of The Student Union). The group formed first as an ad hoc committee, then coalesced around the institution’s self-study in preparation for accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Student Union appears to have dissolved following the Fall 1979 semester.


0.63 Linear Feet (1 full box, 1 half box)

Language of Materials



The Records of The Student Union of The Cooper Union is comprised of minutes, correspondence, questionnaires, and newspaper articles regarding the Student Union, its history, and involvement with the institution.


The collection is divided into three series: The Student Union, Cooper Union, and Documents relating to middle states accreditation evaluation. Each series is arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

We believe that these materials were transferred to the Cooper Union Library circa 1980, and we believe they were donated by students.

Mitsuko Brooks
June 2010
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Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Record migrated to ArchivesSpace by Elizabeth Sardes.

Repository Details

Part of the The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections Repository

Cooper Union Library
7 East 7th Street
New York New York 10003 United States