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The Cooper Union Archives Collection of Registers and Directories

Identifier: RG.010

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of registers and directories produced by the Cooper Union from 1859-2018. Included are registers and directories for staff, students, both staff and students, and alunmni. Originally, staff and student registers were combined, but later staff, student, and alumni registers were separated from one another. Over the years, the registers stopped including telephone numbers and instead included email addresses. Collection highlights include ”The Cooper Black Book,” a register of black students, alumni, and faculty of the Cooper Union.


  • 1859 - 2018


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

The Cooper Union opened in 1859 as a free school offering day and night courses in science and engineering along with an all-female school of art. The structure of these programs evolved over the years, e.g. the Women's Art School merged with the architecture courses to become the co-ed School of Art in the 1930s. The various courses on offer would eventually settle into three schools - art, architecture, enginnering - each offering undergraduate degrees. The Cooper Union of today also offers coursework to support graduate degrees in architecture and engineering, as well as a continuing education program.


209 Volumes (Mixed hardback multi-year volumes and paperback individual year volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of registers and directories for staff, students, and alumni produced by The Cooper Union from 1859-2018. The materials are a mix of bound and unbound materials.


This collection has been arranged by size and date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Elizabeth Sardes
June 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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