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A Guide to the Records at the Indiana University Archives
Processed by Gayla Koerting
Electronic finding aid encoded by Magia Ghetu
Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Indiana University. President.
.6 cubic feet (1 box)
Materials are in English
Records dating from the tenure of Indiana University President John Coulter. Organized into two series, the collection primarily consists of incoming correspondence during Coulter's tenure.
This collection is open for research.
Advance notice is required.
John M. Coulter was a professor of Botany and the eighth president of Indiana University from 1891-1893. He was born in Ningpo, China on November 20, 1851 to Moses Stanley and Caroline E.(Crowe) Coulter. He received his BA (1870), MA (1873), and Ph.D. (1882) from Hanover College. Coulter also received a law degree from Indiana University in 1920 (pro merits). Married to Georgie M. Gaylord in January 1884, they had three children, one son and two daughters.
Coulter's career began as a Botanist for the U.S. Geological Survey in the Rocky Mts. from 1872-1873. He then became a professor of Natural Sciences at Hanover College (1874-1879) and of Biology at Wabash College (1879-1891). After his term at Indiana University, he became President of Lake Forest University (1893-1896) He ended his academic tenure as head of the Department of Botany at the University of Chicago from 1896-1925. Coulter was also a member to the National Academy of Sciences, the Botanical Society of America, American Society of Naturalists, and the President of the American Association of University Professors in 1918. He was an advisor of the Bryce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Yonkers, New York from 1925-1928. In addition, Coulter was the founder and editor of the Botanical Gazette from 1875 until his death on December 23, 1928. He was buried at Warsaw, Indiana.
Indiana University President's Office records organized into two series, Administrative files and Addresses.
The Presidential records of John M. Coulter are organized in two series: Administrative files and Addresses.
The Administrative files series contains general correspondence including letters of recommendation for incoming students, solicitations of new faculty members, applications for leaves of absence, departmental reports, faculty resignations, and letters of acceptance and rejection for faculty positions. Prominent correspondents include David Starr Jordan and Joseph Swain.
The Addresses series is small, consisting of a single folder holding Coulter's 1891 "Practical education: an address before the students of Indiana University."
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.
Completed in 2001.
Updated in 2011 by Dina M. Kellams in preparation for digitization.
Praises Coulter speech.
Oath of Office, Board of Trustees
re: daughter Emma
Rufus L. Green
Rufus L. Green & Robert J. Aley
James Zink, DirectorView item(s)
John P. D. John, President of DePauw University, to President Coulter re: I.T.
Harriet C. Saunderson, DirectorView item(s)