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Joseph Cummings (1817-1890) Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 3/8

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Cummings Papers fill one half-width box and consist of general biographical materials pertaining to Cummings and his wife, genealogical charts, correspondence (from his time as President at Wesleyan and Northwestern), two bound sermons that Cummings gave, and eulogies from his funeral in 1890. The collection spans the years 1854-1967, but the majority of the papers cover the years 1854-1890. Northwestern University also owns an oil portrait of Joseph Cummings that was donated by Wesleyan University in 1967.


  • 1854 - 1967
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1854 - 1890


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Biographical or Historical Information

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Joseph Cummings was President of Northwestern University from 1881-1890. This sparse collection of papers consists of correspondence, biographical information (including genealogy and memorial materials), and two sermons.

Source of Acquisition

Northwestern University Archives general files

Guide to the Joseph Cummings (1817-1890) Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US