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Cornell University History: A Research Guide: Directories

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Cornell Directories and Biographical Sources

Directories, except Alumni
Title Years How to Access Useful for
Cornell University Faculty Memorial Statements 1868 to date Annual publication available in eCommons here or search Google for  "memorial statements" and [faculty name] biographical essays on deceased faculty
The Legacy of Cornell Faculty and Staff various biographies, autobiographies, lectures, interviews, etc.
Cornell People Search current Cornell People Search current faculty, staff, and students
The Class Book 1897-1918

Uris Library (Shelved on Open Shelves in Dean Room). Interfiled with The Cornellian. LD 1387 .C811 [1900-1902, 1906-1913, 1915-1916, 1918]; also 

University Archives; also

1897-1904 available online here

1891, 1893, 1895, and 1900-1917 available online here from Hathi Trust

The Cornellian 1868/69-

Olin LD 1387 .C81 ++
Online: 1869-1976* is digitized and searchable in HathiTrust
*HathiTrust missing years 1924, 1960, 1962 & 1974

students, activities, photographs, sports
Freshman Handbook or Deskbook   University Archives all aspects of campus life
Freshman Register and succeeding titles 1957-2004

University Archives; also

all volumes shelved at Olin Library Stacks LD 1350 .F93++:

1957-1971, Freshman Register

1972-1980, Cornell Freshman Register

1981-1982, Cornell New Student Register

1983-1988, Cornell University New Student Record

1989-1993, Cornell University New Student Directory

1999-2004, New Student Record; ceased in 2004

photos, first-year students
Cornell Register aka The Register 1868/69-1931/32. University Archives
1882-1932 available online
courses, faculty, departments
Faculty, Staff, & Students Telephone Directory 1997/98- Olin Reference LD 1350 .D596 combined student, faculty, staff directory
Directory of Students 1948-1996/97 Olin Reference LD 1350 .D595  
Directory of Staff 1948-1996/97 Olin Reference LD 1350 .D594  
Student and Staff Directory 1947 Olin Reference LD 1350 .D593 one year only before the directories split
Alumni Directories
Title Years How to Access Notes
Cornell University Alumni Directory [aka Directory of Living Alumni]. 1922, 1931, 1938, 1960, 1967, 1987, 2002

Olin Reference LD 1361 .A4 yr.; also

University Archives

1987 split in graduate and undergraduate volumes; 2002 has searchable CD-ROM in ETC
The Ten-Year Book of Cornell University 1878, 1888, 1898, 1908

Olin Reference LD 1387 .A4 yr.; also

Uris Library Dean Room

1878: all students who attended Cornell; 1888: biographical sketches of all graduates, name and original address of non-graduates; 1898: graduates only, name and address; 1908: all attendees, 1868-1908; all volumes list "names of officers of administration and instruction"
Deceased alumni folders all years University Archives Additional biographical information beyond what's available in directories; available for deceased alumni only
Cornell Alumni News, etc. vol. 1, 1899, to date Online in eCommons@Cornell Complete run of the Cornell Alumni News and successors online. Browse by date or search the full text. The Class Notes section contains biographical updates on alumni.
TIP: Find names and subjects in the Alumni News using a Google site search [site: with the name or subject].
Searching for alumni, additional resources: Search our Catalog. Search RMC's Archival Guides [aka finding aids]. Search ProQuest Historical Newspapers; The New York Times is a good source of photographs. Search the Cornell University Digital Archives.

Ithaca City Directories

The History Center in Ithaca has digitized a number of directories and gazetteers for Ithaca and the surrounding area covering 1864 through 1986. Online access is at . Some of the larger directories have been divided into parts for digitization.

Olin Library also has a microfilm set, Film 6315, of Manning's Ithaca, including Cayuga Heights Village (Tompkins County, New York) directory that covers 1864 to 1952.

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