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Cooper Union Archives collection of alumni publications

Identifier: MG.029

Scope and Contents

This collection contains complete runs of Alumni News (1936-1970) and At Cooper (1964-2022; no issues published 2012-2015), as well as four issues of The Alumni NewsLetter (1952). Alumni News and The Alumni NewsLetter were written and produced by the Cooper Union Alumni Association. At Cooper is produced by The Cooper Union Office of Communications. All of these publications were/are distributed to alumni and feature alumni happenings; At Cooper also features current events at the college, including student accomplishments and Great Hall events.


  • Creation: 1936-2022; excepting 2011-2015, when At Cooper was not published


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 Alumni Association (CUAA) is first mentioned in the 1888 Annual Reports, with its regular members restricted to the graduates of the "Scientific Class." It wasn't until May of 1936 that graduates of all the programs at Cooper held their first united alumni meeting. Alumni News was published in October of the same year. "With the reorganization of alumni activites, a real plan of action can be put into effect," reads its introductory article. "This Alumni News is the first of these activities."

Alumni News ran from 1936 through 1970, and published between four and ten issues a year. In 1952, CUAA also published four issues of The Alumni NewsLetter, "a supplement to, not a substitute for, the Alumni News."

The Cooper Union published the first issue of At Cooper in Summer 1964. Issued to alumni and friends of the school, the goal of At Cooper was stated in its inuagural issue: "The real substance of Cooper Union, the depth of its educational efforts, the fullness of our scholastic life, the greatness that is in the school, the strength of our traditions - to convey these is the aim of this magazine."

At Cooper was published concurrently with Alumni News from 1964 to 1970, when the latter ran its last issue. Today, At Cooper continues to be published by The Cooper Union Office of Communications.


6.92 Linear Feet (1 record carton, 3 flat boxes, 4 full boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains publications geared toward alumni. Alumni News was published by the Cooper Union Alumni Association from 1936 through 1970. At Cooper has been published by The Cooper Union from 1964 through today, with the exception of 2012-2015, when there were no such publications produced.


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 were transferred to the Archives by various departments in accordance with their record retention practices.

Mary Mann
May 2023
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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