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The Cooper Union Archives Collection of Student Handbooks

 Collection
Identifier: RG.008

Scope and Contents

This collection contains student handbooks dating from 1938 through 2002. Traditionally issued by The Cooper Union at the beginning of each academic year, student handbooks contain rules, regulations, and information on topics such as school facilities, health and hygiene, and student activities. The first handbook, issued in 1938, contained information on sports, clubs, academic societies, employment assistance, and the physical location of various campus offices. Ove the years, the handbooks evolved to include illustrations and photos along with information about neighborhood resources and hang-outs, from the best place to get a camera fixed to warnings about the hygiene standards at certain restaurants. Later handbooks include advice on such matters as pregnancy tests, LGBTQ+ support hotlines, and staying safe in New York City. The handbook ceased physical publication after the 2002 issue.

Dates

  • 1938-2002; missing 1943, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1987, 1990, 1991

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 first student handbooks was published in 1938 and titled "The Freshman Bible." The name evolved through Freshman Handbook to Student Handbook, and the contents evolved as well, including more neighborhood information over the years. The 2002 edition was the last physically published student handbook.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet (1 carton, 1 full box, 3 bound volumes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains student handbooks dating from 1938 through 2002. Traditionally issued by The Cooper Union at the beginning of each academic year, student handbooks contain rules, regulations, and information on topics such as school facilities, health and hygiene, and student activities. Some handbooks also include neighborhood information. The following years do not have handbooks represented in this collection: 1943, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1987, 1990, and 1991.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by staff at the Cooper Union Archives.
Author
Mary Mann
Date
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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