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Papers of George F. Bateman

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG.005

Scope and Contents

The Papers of George F. Bateman includes materials produced between the dates 1896-1948, though the majority of the contents are between the years 1906-1937. This collection includes personal correspondence, business correspondence, memorabilia, and alumni association materials. Memorabilia within this collection includes a postage stamp album, postcards, roadmaps, and assorted advertisements. Highlights of this collection include a 1928 Series B "Funny Back" silver certificate and medical documentation from The Life Extension Institute.


  • Creation: 1896 - 1948


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

George F. Bateman graduated from the day session of the School of Engineering at The Cooper Union in 1907, with a bachelor's degree in Engineering. In 1917, he took a degree in mechanical engineering at The Columbia University School of Mines. He received his recruiting letter asking him to join the Naval Reserve on February 21, 1918, and became a Lieutenant in 1919. In the Naval Reserve during World War I, Bateman had charge of various departments of instruction at the Naval Steam Engineering School at The Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Following the war, in successive positions at Cooper Union of Instructor, Assistant Professor, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Bateman was responsible for the inception and development of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Under his direction and through his efforts, the various departmental laboratories were designed and equipped, and the present course in Mechanical Engineering was developed. He was named Dean of the School of Engineering in 1933, and at the Cooper Union graduation in June 1947, he received a scroll of honor in recognition of forty years' service. Dean Bateman died unexpectedly on January 29, 1948 at the age of 61.

George Bateman was a member of several clubs many professional societies, including the New York Electrical Society, which met at Cooper Union. He served as President of the Electrical Society from 1944-1946, and as a director of the Society from 1940-1947. [The Cooper Union Archives is also the repository for the Records of the New York Electrical Society].


2.209 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 half box)

Language of Materials



The Papers of George F. Bateman is a collection of personal correspondence, business correspondence, miscellaneous memorabilia, and alumni association materials from George F. Bateman. George was the Dean of the Cooper Union School of Engineering from 1933 till his death in 1948. He was responsible for the inception and development of the Mechanical Engineering Department.


The George Bateman papers are divided into three series: Personal Correspondence, Business Correspondence and Memorabilia, and Alumni Association Materials. Personal Correspondence is arranged chronologically, Business Correspondence and Memorabilia is divided by topic, and Alumni Association Materials is arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was compiled by staff at the Cooper Union Archives. We believe that these materials were donated by George F. Bateman.

Mitsuko Brooks
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Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Record migrated to ArchivesSpace by Ezra Sardes.

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