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Northrop Family papers

Identifier: ua-00759

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, diaries, manuscripts or writings, financial and legal records, receipts, clippings and memorabilia. Included is correspondence relating to Elizabeth and Minnie Northrop, John Sargent Pillsbury, the Congregational Church, the Republican Party, and Yale University. The collection includes diaries of Elbridge Northrop, biographical notes for Oscar W. Firkins’ Cyrus Northrop, a memoir(1925), an inventory of the Northrop library by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins, records of the Yale Law School debating society (1841-1843), U.S. Civil War materials, and materials relating to the University of Minnesota including the dedication of Northrop Auditorium.

Correspondents include Joseph Warren Beach, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.


  • Creation: 1836-1923


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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

Cyrus Northrop, second president of the University of Minnesota (1884-1911), was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut on September 30, 1834. He received a common-school and academic education in his native town, and spent one year in Williston Seminary in Easthampton, Massachusetts. In 1852, he entered Yale College and graduated in 1857, having lost one year due to ill health, and received an LL.D. from Yale in 1886.

He was married in 1862 to Anna Elizabeth Warren of Stamford, Connecticut. Of the three children born to them, the eldest, Minnie, died in childhood; the only son, Cyrus, Jr., died in 1920 after a life as an invalid. His younger daughter, Elizabeth Northrop Beach, died in 1918 of tuberculosis, leaving two sons. Dr. Northrop died suddenly of heart failure on April 3, 1922.


8.75 Cubic Feet (7 boxes)


Contains the family papers of Cyrus Northrop, second president of the University of Minnesota, 1884-1911.

Source of acquisition

The major portion of this collection was received from Joseph Warren Beach, a nephew and son-in-law of Cyrus Northrop on October 6, 1948.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

Joseph Warren Beach papers

Cyrus Northrop papers

Cyrus Northrop: A Memoir, by Oscar W Firkins, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1925 (MEG/M81f)

Northrop Family Papers, 1836-1923
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