Guide to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Samuel Black McCormick, Administrative Files, 1904-1920 UA.2.10.1904-1920

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Samuel Black McCormick, Administrative Files
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Chancellor.
Collection Number
UA.2.10.1904-1920
Date
1900-1920
Extent
2.56 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract
This collection contains administrative as wekk as some personal papers of Chancellor Samuel Black McCormick, 1904-1920.

Preferred Citation

Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Samuel Black McCormick, Administrative Files, 1904-1920, UA.2.10.1904-1920, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Samuel Black McCormick accepted the position of Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh on June 16, 1904, and was inaugurated on February 22, 1905. He was born in Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, on May 6, 1858 to James Irwin McCormick and Rachel Long Black. A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, he was admitted to the bar of Allegheny County in 1882. For several years he practiced law but then took Minister's Training at the Western Theological Seminary, graduating in 1890. He accepted a position at the First Presbyterian Church of Omaha, Nebraska, and later became president of Coe College, Iowa.

His most notable achievements were in acquiring the Dental College, the West Penn Medical College and establishing the Schools of Economics (later Business) and Education. In 1909, he moved the campus of the University from Observatory Hill on the Northside to Oakland, and changed its name from Western University of Pennsylvania to the University of Pittsburgh. He presided as Chancellor during the First World War when he and 524 other college presidents were told that the U.S. government was taking over their institutions for the training of officers and technical specialists in the Student Army Training Corps. Shortly after the close of WWI, the 1918 Influenza pandemic descended on cities throughout the U.S.

McCormick resigned as Chancellor in 1920, but continued to have an office in State Hall. He died on April 18, 1928 from pneumonia.

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Scope and Content Notes

These are the administrative and some personal papers of Chancellor McCormick, 1904-1920.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, January 2010

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Marianne Kasica from an existing finding aid in January 2010.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Photographs from McCormick's 1914 trip (folder 28) are located in his papers, RG 90.F8.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. Chancellor. -- Records and correspondence
  • University of Pittsburgh. -- Administration

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence

Personal Name(s)

  • McCormick, Samuel Black, 1858-1928 -- Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Administration
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Records and correspondence
  • University of Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, Samuel Black McCormick, Administrative Files, 1904-1920, UA.2.10.1904-1920, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Programs and writings 11

Commencement Programs: Dr. McCormick was a speaker for Parnassus High School, Hiram College, Shady Side Academy, Pittsburgh and Allegheny Kindergarten College and one other; Some correspondence and biography

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1900-1904 2

Leaving of Coe College; First annual report to the Board of Trustees as Acting Chancellor; Called by Trustees to be Chancellor

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1904-1905 3

Program from Inauguration 1905 and other material; An Act making an appropriation to the Western University of Pennsylvania ($500,000); Committee on new site; Letter to John D. Rockefeller for aid; Brief statement concerning the University

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  Folder
Correspondence,  1906 4

Record of dinner given at Hotel Schenley October 30, 1906 by the Trustees; Research on “Strength of tubes” by Reid T. Stewart; Gift of Andrew Carnegie (1906)

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1907 5

Merchants & Manufacturers Association; Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh; To Mr. A.W. Mellon; Mr. Nicola’s proposal on buildings and land for the university; Report of Chancellor to Board of Trustees, June 3, 1907; Proposal of committee on Memorial for the Pittsburgh Female College Association

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1908 6

New Mining building; Acquiring the Medical School; Memo concerning the competition for building plans; Sesquicentennial material, programs, etc.; Statistics; George Lauder letter

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1909 7

General business, Alumni, Funding

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1904 8

Psychology Department vacancy

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1904-1914 9

Athletic Department

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1906-1908 10

Campaign for funding

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  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1908 211

Building Program

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1908 12

Building Program Architect

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1909 13

Perrysville Avenue property sale

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1909 14

Westinghouse letter

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1910 15

General correspondence and William A. Robinson case

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1910 16

United Boys Brigade, Union Theological Seminary, University Extension Society, Union Rescue Mission, Ullman and the Classics Dept., University Club

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1910 17

Correspondence V-Z: Includes, YMCA and letters from Yocum

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1910-1912 18

Memos from Department Heads for Chancellor's meeting in Harrisburg; University history; School of Education; Negroes refused in University Band; Smoke nuisance; Gifts from Trustees; Trees Gymnasium, the first building given in whole by one individual

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  Folders
Correspondence, 1911 19

Letters from Henry Buhl about Smith cabinet

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1911 20

Letters from Francis Newton Thorpe about European Universities

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  Folder
Chancellor's Report, 1911 21

Includes reports of departments

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  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1911 322

Law School; Board of Trustees; Facts concerning the University; Distribution of students; An Act – concerning appropriations; List of faculty

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  Folder
Registrar's Report, 1911 23

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  Folder
125th Anniversary, 1912 24

Notes on the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Pittsburgh Academy, February 27-19, 1912.

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  Folder
125th Anniversary, 1912 25

Programs, Proclamations, Exercises; “The Vision of she-who-knows,” by George Seiber (pageant); Official prospectus; Committee on honorary degrees

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1913-1914 26

Chancellor’s report for 1913/14; Gifts list, beginning with 1905-1914; Notes from Deans’ reports; Historical address at Erie, PA, by Francis Newton Thorpe “Building of the Fleet”; Salary by academic units; Information bulletins 1914 & 1915; Letter of protest against the 1914 Owl co-ed article.

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  Folder
Peace Movement, 1913-1915 27

Emergency Peace Federation, World Peace Foundation, St. Louis Peace Conference (1913), Price of peace; World Court Congress; American League to limit armaments; Church Peace Union; Suggested basis upon which to form an international court of arbitration with a view to ending the present conflict in Europe, and to prevent in future all such similar conflicts, by H. Francis Dyruff; Plan for an international court

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  BoxFolder
McCormick's trip to Europe and the Middle East, 1914 428

Handwritten notes of his trip. Includes England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy as well as Greece, Constantinople and Palestine. Some articles written for the Pitt News.

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  Folder
Correspondence, Governor Martin Brumbaugh, 1914-1915 29

Correspondence with Martin G. Brumbaugh, Governor or Pennsylvania. Invitations, Public Service Commission, various letters of recommendation for appointments.

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  Folder
Correspondence and other materials on the War in Europe, 1914-1921 30

1914-21 War material; McCormick and others stranded abroad; University's War Activities and Efforts, American soldiers at school; List of addresses delivered outside the university, 1915-17

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  Folder
Correspondence and minutes, 1915-1918 31

Roswell H. Johnson on Socialism, Bolshevism, Eugenics and Birth Control controversy, 1916-1918; Commencement 1915, Dean's minutes for Feb. 17 and March 3, 1915 and March 31 1920.

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  Folder
Correspondence and proclamations, 1916-1917 32

Correspondence with PA. Governor Martin H. G. Brumbaugh; Arbor Day proclamations; letter recommending Robert Vann to the Negro National Education Congress, Governor's Thanksgiving proclamation 1915-1918; Agricultural tour; Mansfield's endorsement for PA Board of Motion Picture Censors; Pharmacy and Dental Examiners Boards; Appropriations; League to Enforce Peace; International Industrial Exhibition; Topographic and Geologic Survey Commission; Student's Army Training Corps; Lew H. Palmer;

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  Folder
State Appropriations, correspondence, documents and clippings 1917 33

Correspondence with Babcock and others about state appropriations request; clippings and documents regarding Penn State and Penn's requests; Correspondence with Edgar Fahs Smith and Edwin E. Sparks on appropriations.

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  Folder
National Education Association, 1918 34

Convention in Pittsburgh, 1918. Map of Pittsburgh & Schenley Farms District (good)inside brochure; Tentative draft of a bill to create a Department of Education (U.S.); Program of convention

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  Folder
State Appropriation correspondence and documents 1919 35

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1919 36

Chancellor’s biography & family ties; Dr. Marley (Miss Auleene) working among islanders (Alumna); Correspondence (personal) between Chancellor S.B. McCormick and his cousin, Lizzie F. McCormick, The Manse, Moneymore, Ireland; January 1918-August 1919

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  Folder
Correspondence with Andrew Carnegie, 1910 37

Also the Carnegie Foundation

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  Folder
Correspondence with H.J. Heinz, 1916-1920 38

Budget for religious education; Resolution on the death of Henry John Heinz by University Trustees; Heinz House for Christian Associations

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  BoxFolder
Students in Military Service, 1917-1919 539

Letters of recommendation and related correspondence 1917-1919

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  Folder
Reserve Officer Training Corps 40

Inspection report 9/25/1919; History and evaluation of ROTC program at the university, February 1919; establishment of the program 3/7/1918 and 6/30/1918; List of faculty and students to report to Plattsburg, NY, 7/16/1918; Inspection report; appointment of Lt. Col. Stickle as professor of Military Science 1/1918 correspondence concerning faculty for ROTC; equipment orders; Procedure preliminary to inauguration of Military Training 1916; correspondence related to establishing ROTC program.

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  Folder
Correspondence, 1918-1920 41

Letter McCormick to T.H. McKnight concerning Medical School; University activities in War (WWI); Lists of Professors and instructors of draft age; College faculty working with Student Army Training Corps 9/9/1918; staff for War Aims course; Lists of essential teachers; Report: “Civil Administration of University of Pittsburgh as a Students’ Army Training Corps unit 1919; Letter concerning H.J. Heinz bequest 10/14/1919; agreement with Elizabeth Steel Magee Hospital 5/12/1919 and related correspondence.

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  Folder
Minutes of Faculty Meetings, 1906-1908 42

Library rules; athletic reports; arrangements for lighting; etc

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  Folder
Minutes of Faculty Meetings and Special Committees, 1906-1910 43

Medical department; football scholarships; curriculum; literary society, proposed course in engineering

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  Folder
Minutes of the Finance Committee 1906-1911 44

Correspondence from A.W. Mellon about stock; expenses; other bonds and stocks; budget matters

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