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The Cooper Union Foundation Building leases, 1858-1872

 Collection
Identifier: RG.007

Scope and Contents

This collection contains lease agreements between Peter Cooper and/or the Trustees of The Cooper Union and renters of space in the Cooper Union foundation building during the years 1858-1862 and 1871-1872. Renters range from individuals renting office space; to retailers using the space to buy and sell furniture, coal, cigars, and groceries, among other items; to law and insurance offices; to religious outfits; to literary societies and publishing houses; to medical professionals, including Gardner Q. Colton, a dentist who manufactured his own laughing gas in the premises.

Dates

  • leases from the following years: 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1871, and 1872

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

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 archives@cooper.edu.

Biographical / Historical

The Cooper Union originally rented out the street level and second floor of the Foundation Building to tenants, with the rent going towards yearly expenses of the school. Eventually, the growth of the school required expansion into these spaces, and The Cooper Union stopped renting Foundation Building space to commercal businesses.

Extent

0.209 Linear Feet (1 half-Hollinger box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains lease agreements between Peter Cooper and/or the Trustees of The Cooper Union and renters of space in the Cooper Union foundation building between 1858-1872

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged by year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by staff at the Cooper Union Archives.
Status
Completed
Author
Mary Mann
Date
June 2021
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the The Cooper Union Archives & Special Collections Repository

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