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Henry Wade Rogers (1853-1926) Papers

Identifier: 3/9/1

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Scope and Contents

Aside from the printed booklet In Memory of Henry Wade Rogers, biographical materials consist largely of clippings, the bulk of which date from the years 1899 and 1900. These concern Rogers' opposition to the United States' annexation of the Philippines and his resignation from the presidency of Northwestern University.

General correspondence is both incoming and outgoing. Both categories are arranged chronologically. The bulk of the correspondence dates between 1890 and 1899. For the most part it documents: 1) Rogers' efforts to bring commencement speakers and other prominent public figures to the Northwestern campus, and 2) his attempts to establish administrative control over intercollegiate athletics, particularly football. Related materials include items pertaining to Rogers' inauguration as Northwestern president and his participation, as chairman of the General Conference Judiciary Committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the ecclesiastical dispute between Chicago's Trinity and Marie M.E. churches.

Several of Rogers' brief publications and addresses complete the collection.


  • 1890-1971


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


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Henry Wade Rogers was born October 10, 1853 in the small town of Holland Patent, New York. After serving as a law professor for 2 years and Dean of the Law School at the University of Michigan for 5 years, Rogers became President of Northwestern University in 1891. As President, Rogers instituted many changes that shaped the future of the University, including uniting all professional schools under the power of the Board of Trustees, pushing for co-education, and insisting on supporting research in addition to teaching objectives on the part of faculty.
The Henry Wade Rogers papers include biographical materials, correspondence and related materials, and publications and addresses. The papers are arranged in one box and date between 1890 and 1971. One folder (folder 7) contains biographical information on Emma Rogers.

Method of Acquisition

Materials in this collection came from the University Archives' general reference collection and from the Connecticut State Library (Accession # 90-169).

Related Materials

For Henry Wade Rogers, see University Presidents Files.

For Emma Winner Rogers, see Records of the University Guild (Series 0/4/1) and Records of the Northwestern University Settlement Association (Series 41/1)

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan holds one linear foot of Henry Wade Rogers Papers.

Processing Information

Kevin B. Leonard; November 1, 1990.

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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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