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Published writings of Peter Cooper

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG.010

Scope and Contents

The Published writings of Peter Cooper is a collection that spans from 1844 to 1879 and includes prinited letters, speeches, addresses, and pamphlets. Higlights include Peter Cooper's letters on the New York Police and the Paid Fire Department, correspondence with the delegates of the Evangelical Alliance, and assorted correspondence to Presidents of the United States (Grant, Hayes, and Johnson).


  • 1844 - 1879


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

Biographical / Historical

Peter Cooper (1791‑1883) was a manufacturer, inventor, and founder of The Cooper Union. His inventions include a musical cradle, methods for making salt, glue and gelatin, and the rotary steam engine, modeled as the "Tom Thumb" locomotive. He was also involved in local and national politics as an abolitionist, advocate for Native American policy reform, and promoter of credit-based currency. In 1876 he ran for president representing the Greenback Party.


1.417 Linear Feet (1 carton, 1 full box)

Language of Materials



The Published writings of Peter Cooper is a collection comprised of printed letters, pamphlets, speeches, and addresses.


This collection has been arranged by date and size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by staff at the Cooper Union Archives.

Ezra Sardes
June 2021
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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