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Records of Cooper Union Commencements, 1860-Present

Cooper Union Commencement Records, 1991-1998


File 1: Commencement 1991 – Scripts (Commencement Speaker: Leo Lionni, artist)

  • President John Jay Iselin’s scripts for the 1991 Commencement, three copies with varying type font and notes
  • Leo Lionni’s Commencement Speech script, 3 copies

File 2: Leo Lionni Commencement Address 1991

  • Booklet: “An Irresistible Urge to Make Things” – Commencement address by Leo Lionni, delivered on May 29th, 1991, 2nd copy with typed introductory note by Edward Colker (3 total copies)
  • Handwritten notes from President John Jay Iselin with addresses of people to whom he sent copies of Leo Lionni’s speech booklet
  • Correspondence between John Jay Iselin and Leo Lionni
  • Correspondence between John Jay Iselin and Bob Osborn regarding preparation of booklet containing Leo Lionni’s speech. 

File 3: Commencement 1991

Commencement-related files and Correspondence

  • Correspondence from May 2, 1990, and March 12, 1991 to October 2, 1992
  • Some correspondence is attached to biographies and CV for Leo Lionni

File 4: Commencement 1991 - Miscellaneous

Various papers relating to the 1991 Commencement including list of Trustee luncheon attendees, copy of speech, Commencement Gazette (2 copies), 2 copies of the Commencement program, invoices for meals and publicity for the 1991 Commencement, and tickets.

File 5: Commencement 1992 – Scripts (Commencement Speaker: Edward R. Tufte, American statistician, professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University)

  • “Cognitive Art” by Edward R. Tufte, Commencement address, May 27th, 1992 (2 copies)
  • Cooper Union 123rd Annual Commencement Script for President John Jay Iselin, May 27, 1992
  • Cooper Union 123rd Annual Commencement Script for President John Jay Iselin, revised May 26, 1992

File 6: Commencement 1992 – Correspondence, Nov. 15, 1991 - August 27, 1992

File 7: Commencement 1992 - Miscellaneous

  • Advertisement and order form for book by Edward R. Tufte: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.
  • Commencement Program, May 27, 1992 (2 copies)
  • Cooper Union NEWS release, May 15, 1992 (2 copies)
  • The Commencement Gazette for the Cooper Union Faculty and Staff, May 27, 1992
  • Commencement Tasks responsibilities described
  • Invoices for equipment rentals, food for reception, etc.
  • Tickets and invitation cards for the 1992 Commencement
  • List of attendees for the May 27, 1992 Trustee Luncheon held in the Peter Cooper Suite

File 8: Commencement 1993 – Scripts (Commencement Speaker Ruth W. Messinger, Manhattan borough president and Democratic leader in New York City)

  • Jay Iselin beginning edits for commencement speech, May 21, 1993
  • Ron Adner (student) speech, July 17, 1993
  • John Jay Iselin Annual Commencement script, May 25, 1993
  • Booklet: Commencement Address by Ruth W. Messinger to the Class of 1993, May 25, 1993 (second copy in typed form)
  • Graduate citation scripts for Roderick Knox (A’70 and Arch’75), Charles S. Hoberman (A’79), Michael Borkowsky (E’61)

File 9: Commencement 1993 – Correspondence

  • Undated and March 10, 1993 - September 24, 1993

File 10: Commencement 1993 Publications and related print materials

  • Invitation card for Champagne Reception for graduating class
  • 1993 Commencement Program (1 copy)
  • Commencement ticket (16 copies)
  • Commencement day buffet breakfast invitation (1 copy)
  • Cooper Union NEWS release “Seven Floors, 1,000 Works: Cooper Union Mounts 134th Annual Student Art and Architecture Exhibition, Turns Its Heroic Foundation Building into Massive Gallery”, June 5, 1993
  • Cooper Union NEWS release, “Manhattan Borough President Ruth W. Messinger to Deliver Address at Cooper Union’s 134th Commencement Exercises,” May 20. 1993
  • Commencement Gazette for the C.U. Faculty and Staff (3 copies)
  • New York Times article coverage, May 26, 1993
  • The Villager photo coverage of John Jay Iselin during procession May 26, 1993
  • Various articles and biographies for potential commencement speakers before final decision was made

File 11: Commencement 1993 - Miscellaneous

  • Memorandum of commencement tasks, April 22, 1993
  • Order forms and invoices for gap, gown and draping for stage
  • List of alumni, academic , special, professors emeriti, and trustee guests
  • Information on guest Mary Plumb Blade (also known as Mary Francis Blade) includes photographs, certificates and correspondence.  Mary Blade was Director of the Green Camp 1955-1972 and Full-time Professor in the Cooper Union Engineering School from 1946-1978.

File 12: Commencement 1994 - Scripts (Commencement Speaker: Russell Hulse, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1994)

  • Senior Speech Contest winner Gus Block (E’94) -  Speech and CV (2 copies)
  • Senior Speech Contest competition speeches: Paul Henderson (Arch’94) and Yaron Shragai (E’94) (2 copies each)
  • Invocation speaker The Reverend Canon Lloyd Stuart Casson, D.D. -  speech
  • Script for John Jay Iselin

File 13: Commencement 1994 - Correspondence

  • February 3, 1993, and April 7 - June 4, 1994

File 14: Commencement 1994 - Miscellaneous

  • Invitation card to Commencement Day Buffet Breakfast and Commencement
  • Lists of invited guests
  • “1994 Commencement Recapitulation and Notes for 1995” by Richard G. Costello, Commencement Director
  • Commencement Stage seating plan
  • The Cooper Union News release: “Cooper Union Awards Karen Bausman and Leslie Gill Its Distinguished Alumni Citation For Professional Achievement in Architecture,” June 1, 1994.
  • The Cooper Union News release:  “Cooper Union Congratulates its First Nobel Laureate: Russell Hulse, Co-Winner of the 1993 Prize for Physics,” Dec. 8, 1993
  • Copy of At Cooper Union, Winter 1994, which includes full page article on Richard Hulse
  • Notes, biographies and correspondence to discuss and select potential commencement speakers
  • Cooper Union Commencement program (3 copies)
  • Commencement Gazette for the C.U. Faculty and Staff 

File 15: Commencement 1995 (Commencement Speaker: Chuck Hoberman A’79, Inventor/Artist/Engineer)

  • Commencement program, May 24, 1995, 2 copies
  • Commencement Gazette for the C.U. Faculty and Staff, 2 copies
  • List of graduates and award recipients
  • Commencement Tasks and Notes

File 16: Commencement 1997 (Commencement Speaker: Milton Glaser, graphic designer)

  • Script for John Jay Iselin
  • Correspondence January 22, 1997 - February 17, 1998 [this last letter contains information on the 1997 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology.]

File 17:  Commencement 1998 – Scripts (Commencement Speaker: Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mayor of New York City)

  • Senior class speech scripts: Tom Abraham (Arch ‘98), Patrick [no other info],
  • Zak Smith (A’98), Jessica Robinson (ChE’98)
  • John Jay Iselin’s script

File 18:  Commencement 1998 - Correspondence

  • Undated and April 13, 1998 - June 17, 1998

File 19:  Commencement 1998 - Miscellaneous

  • Commencement programs (3 copies)
  • Tickets for commencement (11 copies)
  • Commencement News 1998 for Families and Graduating Students (4 copies)
  • Proposed Commencement Tasks by Dean Baker, Commencement Director
  • Information on how to wear academic hood properly
  • Various newspaper clippings collated for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani  for help on his introduction
  • Menu for Trustees commencement luncheon
  • List of names for Commencement Procession
  • Various newspaper clippings covering Commencement event, especially noting Cooper graduate students protesting Commencement speaker Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • List of Senior Council members
  • Typed log of phone messages from Tuesday, May 26, 1998.

 

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