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Indiana University President's Office records, 1891-1893

A Guide to the Records at the Indiana University Archives

Processed by Gayla Koerting
Electronic finding aid encoded by Magia Ghetu

Summary Information

Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Phone: 812-855-1127

Indiana University. President.

Indiana University President's Office records, 1891-1893

Collection No.

.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.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Advance notice is required.

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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."

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Accession 94/034
Usage Restrictions
Copyright interests for this collection have been transferred to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, contact the Indiana University Archivist.
Preferred Citation
[Item], Indiana University President's Office records, Collection C79, Office of University Archives and Records Management, Indiana University Bloomington.
Processing Information
Processed by Gayla Koerting.

Completed in 2001.

Updated in 2011 by Dina M. Kellams in preparation for digitization.

Series: Administrative files, 1891-1893 

Alumni Association, 1892  [image]View item(s)

American History, Department of (James A. Woodburn), 3 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

Association of Collegiate Alumnae - Indiana Branch (Amelia Waring Platter), 15 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

Ayer, George T., re: Arthur Griffin, 25 August 1891  [image]View item(s)

Baillot, Edward,

20 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

7 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

Beam, W. A., 3 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

Bryan, Enoch A. re: "Miss Moore", 7 September 1891  [image]View item(s)

Hallett, E. S., 7 September 1891  [image]View item(s)

Bloomington City Council re: walkway, 14 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

Blough, Neal K.,

11 August 1891  [image]View item(s)

16 September 1891  [image]View item(s)

30 September 1891  [image]View item(s)

Bryan, William Lowe, 29 March 1892  [image]View item(s)

Department of Chemistry (Thomas C. Van Nuys and Sherman Davis,

10 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

10 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

1 June 1893  [image]View item(s)

re: summer school, undated  [image]View item(s)

Colyer, Frank H., 3 April 1893  [image]View item(s)

Dickson, G. W., re: Elmer Ketchum, 13 July 1893  [image]View item(s)

Eigenmann, Carl H.,

12 May 1891 [image]View item(s)

19 May 1891 [image]View item(s)

8 June 1891 [image]View item(s)

Ellis, Horace,

30 August 1892  [image]View item(s)

27 August 1892  [image]View item(s)

17 September 1892  [image]View item(s)

Department of English Language and Literature (O.B. Clark), 9 March 1891  [image]View item(s)

Ferguson, Frank G. and Fred,

4 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

8 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

Committee on Finance, 14 June 1892  [image]View item(s)

Foreman, W. H., 23 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

Department of General Literature (Edward H. Griggs), 24 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

Department of Geology (Vernon F. Marsters),

1 June 1893  [image]View item(s)

circa 1893  [image]View item(s)

Department of German (Gustaf E. Karsten),

23 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

29 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

Department of Greek (Horace A. Hoffman),

24 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

3 June 1893  [image]View item(s)

Griggs, Edward H.,

6 March 1891  [image]View item(s)

25 May 1891  [image]View item(s)

25 May 1891  [image]View item(s)

14 November 1891  [image]View item(s)

Halsey, Edward C., 26 January 1893  [image]View item(s)

Hamilton, I. C., 16 August 1892  [image]View item(s)

Hanna, Ulysses S., 16 June 1893  [image]View item(s)

Harlow, W. G., 25 September 189?  [image]View item(s)

Praises Coulter speech.

Haas, O.C., 13 June 1892  [image]View item(s)

Hitt, Robert R.,

1 August 1892  [image]View item(s)

27 August 1892  [image]View item(s)

"Miss Hood" from Robert J. Aley, 2 May 1893  [image]View item(s)

Hooper, C. Lauron, 28 December 1892  [image]View item(s)

Huffcut, E. W.,

11 August 1891  [image]View item(s)

3 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

Jenkinson, Isaac,

6 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

13 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

Jordan, Jason H.,

2 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

13 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

Kelley, A. E., 24 May 1892  [image]View item(s)

Latin, Department of, (Amzi Atwater, James K. Beck)

10 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

11 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

9 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

undated  [image]View item(s)

Law Department / Law School,

June 1891  [image]View item(s)

November 1892  [image]View item(s)

Law school faculty candidates, undated  [image]View item(s)

Leyden, Isaac P., 13 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

re: Woodburn

Lyons, S. R., 10 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

Oath of Office, Board of Trustees

McTaggert, A.,

re: daughter Emma

19 January 1893  [image]View item(s)

27 January 1893  [image]View item(s)

18 April 1893  [image]View item(s)

Marsters, V. F.,

1 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

10 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

18 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

4 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

12 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

23 August 1891  [image]View item(s)

Mathematics, Department of,

11 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

Joseph Swain

11 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

Rufus L. Green

27 March 1893  [image]View item(s)

Rufus L. Green & Robert J. Aley

undated  [image]View item(s)

Matzke, John E., 12 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

Maxwell, James D., Jr., - funeral notice, 8 January 1891  [image]View item(s)

Maxwell, James D.,

18 May 1892  [image]View item(s)

May 1892  [image]View item(s)

Men's Gymnasium Report, circa 1892

James Zink, Director

[image]View item(s)

Mitchell, James L.,

1 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

13 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

Naylor, J. P.,

7 March 1891  [image]View item(s)

11 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

Pedagogics, Department of (Richard G. Boone), 3 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

Physics, Department of (Benjamin W. Snow), 21 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

Rhetoric and Oratory, Department of (George W. Saunderson), June 1891  [image]View item(s)

Roberts, George L.

13 March 1893  [image]View item(s)

3 April 1893  [image]View item(s)

15 April 1893  [image]View item(s)

Robertson, R. S., 14 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

Romance Languages, Dept. of, (John E. Matzke), June 1891 [image]View item(s)

Ross, E. A., 27 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

Snow, Benjamin W.,

7 July 1891  [image]View item(s)

15 October 1891  [image]View item(s)

Jordan, David Starr,

9 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

10 June 1891  [image]View item(s)

31 May 1892  [image]View item(s)

Swain, Joseph, 23 May 1893  [image]View item(s)

Taylor, Isham,

23 September 1892 

John P. D. John, President of DePauw University, to I.T. [image]View item(s)

John P. D. John, President of DePauw University, to President Coulter re: I.T. [image]View item(s)

Belle A. Mansfield, Registrar, DePauw University, re: I.T. [image]View item(s)

1 October 1892  [image]View item(s)

John P. D. John, President of DePauw University, to President Coulter re: I.T.

Board of Trustees Library Committee,

10 September 1892  [image]View item(s)

8 November 1892  [image]View item(s)

undated  [image]View item(s)

VanDusen, Hiriam J., 26 August 1891  [image]View item(s)

Watkins, Thomas G., 20 January 1893  [image]View item(s)

Women's Gymnasium Report, June 1893

Harriet C. Saunderson, Director

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Youche, J. W., 1 April 1892  [image]View item(s)

References, 1891-1893 

Series: Addresses, 1891 

Box 1 "Practical education: An address before the students of the Indiana University, " 1891  [image]View item(s)