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Cyrus Northrop papers

Identifier: ua-00758

Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Cyrus Northrop, including personal and official correspondences, miscellaneous clippings, programs, booklets, souvenirs, photographs, and published speeches and articles. Also contained in this collection is a brief diary of Northrop about a European trip, and scrapbook about coming to Minnesota from Connecticut.


  • Creation: 1853-1922


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Note of Cyrus Northrop (1834-1922)

Cyrus Northrop was born in 1834 in Ridgefield Connecticut. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1857, and then went on to be a clerk in the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate, editor of the New Haven Palladium, and was professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Yale, from 1863 to 1884. In 1884 he was invited, and agreed, to become the second president of the University of Minnesota. Between 1884 and 1910, Northrop's term as president saw dramatic growth and change at the University. When he first came, there were 30 faculty members and 250 students. Upon his retirement there were 442 faculty members, and 6,038 students. The campuses of the University also increased in size and material greatly. He resigned the presidency and retired in 1910, remaining in Minnesota until his death in 1922.


4.2 Cubic Feet (4 boxes (3 record carton, 1 oversize))


Collection contains the papers of Cyrus Northrop, second president of the University of Minnesota, from 1884-1910.

Source of acquisition

This collection was donated to University Archives by Northrop Beach, grandson of Cyrus Northrop on April 24, 1962.

Related Materials in University Archives

Northrop family papers

Cyrus Northrop papers, 1853-1922
University Archives Staff
March 2006
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