3/17/17: CUHP website launch!
True to its roots, the Cooper Union History Project has no official membership, rules, calendar, etc. (see About CUHP). When this website was created in 2017, it had sponsored a booth at the Peter Cooper Street Fair, raised money for the Cooper Archive, and re-booted the tradition of visiting Peter Cooper's gravesite. Do you want to become a "member" of the CUHP? Are you already a "member"? Is there something you have done, or would like to do, and call it part of the "Cooper Union History Project"? This page contains suggestions and plans. Feel free to contact the webmaster for additions to this page, or any other page on the website.
The next visit to Green-Wood Cemetery is scheduled for April 23, 2017. Meet at the 9th Avenue (Prospect Park West) entrance at 20th Street, or at the gravesite, at 3pm. You may RSVP to Barry Drogin, although it is not required. The main gate closes at 6pm, the other gates close at 4pm. If you would like time to explore the entire Cemetery, arrive early - you can download a PDF map of the entire cemetery here. If you have further questions, visit the Green-Wood Cemetery website.
The tradition is to "decorate" the grave. Please do NOT bring flowers in vases or anything where mosquitos and the like can breed. Please dress, speak, and act appropriately for a cemetery. The event will be held rain or shine. If there is a consensus to leave before the Prospect Park West gate closes at 4pm, we usually go to the Double Windsor at 210 Prospect Park West to catch a drink and some grub if desired.
The Cooper Union History Project website is a space to publish research on Cooper Unionís history with the aim of amassing a faithful representation of the principles, aims, and lessons of Cooperís past and present.
Here's a list of some things the CUHP doesn't have answers for:
Obviously, there are many portions of the website which are empty or only partially completed. Similarly, if you would like a question added to the above list, please contact the webmaster.
The Annual Reports started as a multi-function document: they were reports to the NYC Common Council and NYS Legislature, they were financial reports, they were put on the chairs at every commencement (and listed every graduate), and they were published and distributed around the country (which is why they can be found quoted in newspapers, magazines, and books, and in library collections). By AY 1917, the names of graduates were no longer listed and, in addition to the financial reports, they were primarily donor reports. Later, annual donor reports were published separately, Form 990's were filed with the IRS, Consolidated Financial Statements were provided to trustees (and, upon request, to anyone else), and Commencement Programs joined with other documents, such as the student newspaper (The Cooper Pioneer), alumni publications (At Cooper Union), various accreditation reports, course catalogs, and recruiting and fundraising literature, to provide a full "picture" of the year. Although many of these documents existed on-line, during the Jamshed Bharucha Presidency there was a directed effort to erase most of them from the college's servers. Some members of the Cooper Union History Project had to dive into the Cooper Archive to retrieve some important documents. Members of Free Cooper Union had "Two Weeks of Leaks" where they made public other documents which had never been available on-line.
If you possess or locate an important artifact:
The current CUHP website cannot post single files over 10MB.
The Cooper Union History Project website is currently maintained by Barry Drogin. This page last updated: March 19, 2017.