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Ledgers and Orders of The Cooper Union

Identifier: RG.018

Scope and Contents

The collection of ledgers and orders contains the accounts of The Cooper Union from 1858 to 1956, with the bulk of information being from the 19th century. A few of these volumes contain only internal accounts: faculty, staff, supplies, and maintenance. But because of The Cooper Union's various public roles as landlord, event space, and education forum, the majority of these volumes contain records of external individuals and organizations, ranging from Chi-Chen Wang and Susan B. Anthony to the Cloakmakers' Union and the Free Italy American Labor Council.


  • Creation: 1858 - 1956

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

When The Cooper Union's Foundation Building opened in 1858, spaces on the street level and second level were rented out to tenants, and the Great Hall on the lower level was available for groups and individuals to rent for events. These fees served to fund the classes offered at The Cooper Union. Eventually, the growth of the college required expansion into these spaces, and The Cooper Union stopped renting office space. The Great Hall stayed open for public use and remains so as of 2022.


27 Volumes

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The collection of ledgers and orders contains the accounts of The Cooper Union from 1858 to 1956. Items covered in these volumes range from sundries and payroll to commercial leases and rental fees for the Great Hall.


This collection has been arranged by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by staff at the Cooper Union Archives. We believe that these materials came to the library piecemeal as they were retired for use by the Business Office.


Mary Mann
September 2022
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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