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Finding Aid for Samuel P. Capen Papers, 1893-1956

4/7/19

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


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Collection Overview

Title: Samuel P. Capen Papers, 1893-1956
Creator: Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956
Extent: 30 manuscript boxes (12.5 linear feet)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Professional and personal correspondence, speeches, articles and memorabilia of Samuel P. Capen, first director of the American Council in Education (1919-1922); first full-time Chancellor of the University of Buffalo (1922-1950); and spokesman for academic freedom and educational reform.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, 4/7/19, Samuel P. Capen Papers, 1893-1956, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Papers were transferred to the University Archives in the late 1960s. The Grace Wright Capen letters were received(?) and processed in 1988 at the time the finding aid was completed.

Terms of Access

Samuel P. Capen Papers, 1893-1956 are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Collection originally processed by University Archives staff, circa late 1960s, 1988.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Samuel Paul Capen was once described as having a character "rather like that of a stern and rock-bound coast, containing within it many pleasant green pastures as well as majestic mountains. 1 He was known by his colleagues to possess a clear, cool head, a dry sense of humor and an ability to transform his concerns for individuals into programs for people. Henry Ten Eyck Perry, a faculty member in the Department of English, once remarked that Samuel Capen lived his life by a creed similar to that of Ralph Waldo Emerson: "plain living and high thinking." 2

Born into the academic life as the son of Elmer Hewitt Capen, president of Tufts College (1875 to 1905), Capen literally grew up on a college campus. He enrolled in Tufts as an undergraduate in 1894. Already following in his father's footsteps, he was elected president of his senior class and was one of four chosen to deliver a Commencement address at his graduation in 1898.

In the fall of 1898, Capen entered Harvard University's Graduate School to study modern languages. Two years later he received a Master of Arts degree and was appointed the Harrison Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. After one year of doctoral studies in modern languages with a concentration in German, Capen was granted a one year leave of absence to study at the University of Leipzig, Germany. After receiving his PhD in 1902, he was hired to teach German as one of the founding faculty members of the recently established Clark College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

A favorite of Clark students (they even dedicated the 1911 yearbook to him), Capen often taught comparative literature and drama in addition to his modern language course schedule. At the same time he began taking classes in education and psychology and later became a lecturer in educational administration. In 1908 he was elected both president of the Public Education Association of Worcester and a member of the Worcester School Committee. Although still interested in modern languages, Capen's success in his new field was considerable. In 1914 he came to the attention of the United States Commissioner of Education and was offered the position of specialist in higher education at the Bureau of Education.

While at the Bureau, Capen was asked to conduct numerous fact-gathering surveys on the administration of higher institutions. Very interested in this type of statistical data, Capen had previously surveyed universities and colleges on the methods for supervising university professors back in 1910 while still at Clark College. As Specialist in Higher Education, he surveyed a broad range of institutions and educational systems. Soon the Bureau became flooded with requests for Capen's statistical analyses derived from the surveys. Developing a reputation for being a clinical and objective advisor on the topic of educational reform, his methods for surveying became the standard in the industry.

In 1917 Capen was asked to serve as executive secretary of the recently formed Committee on Education established under the Council of National Defense. This new educational committee, formed at the onset of WWI, worked to coordinate the higher educational interests of the country to further various war-related projects. Capen's work at the Bureau of Education and on the Committee of Education formulated the policies that would eventually help to coalesce the country's higher educational associations.

In 1918 the American Council on Education (ACE) was established to unify the numerous educational associations and the nation's academic institutions for an improvement of higher education. Capen was named the first Director of the Council and was regarded as the "chief designing architect who not only built solidly upon the present but looked into the future... farther than he could see -- but only hope." 3

Because of his work at the Bureau of Education and the ACE, there were many universities around the country who courted Capen to lead their institutions and Samuel Capen could have had his pick of any of them. Then in early 1922, the Council of the University of Buffalo contacted him about their need for a Chancellor who could unify the University.

Chancellor at the University of Buffalo, 1922-1950

There has always been a governing board known as the Council at the University at Buffalo since its inception in 1846, but the first Chancellors were not appointed from the university community. They were distinguished citizens of Buffalo, lawyers and politicians, whose official function was to represent the University before the publicirca The deans of the individual schools were separately responsible for their departments' educational and financial affairs. Then in 1920, Chairman of the Council, Walter P. Cooke organized a city-wide financial campaign that enabled them to hire a Chancellor that could bring the University into a new era. The Council looked to Samuel Capen to help them establish a central and solid administration for the University. In 1922 Capen left the American Council on Education to become the first full-time Chancellor at the University of Buffalo.

Until the establishment of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1913, the University of Buffalo had been merely a "collection of professional schools, going their separate ways with little central administration." 4 In 1922 the institution was still fractured between the liberal arts and the professional schools. Capen, however, recognized the opportunities the Council had envisioned for the future of the University and for Buffalo itself. He shared their vision to build "a university that should provide complete opportunities for higher education equal to the best anywhere obtainable, that should be a focus for the city's idealism, that should change the current of the city's life." 5

In his inaugural speech on October 28, 1922 Capen detailed his philosophy on the role of a university administrator:

I do not hold with those who would limit the number of college students on the basis of any distinctions of race or sex or creed or social standing. There is but one justifiable basis on which a university in a democratic community such as this can choose those who are to become members of it, the basis of ability. But a university is a place maintained at great expense to foster the philosophic point of view, to stimulate constructive thinking, because this point-of-view and this mode of thinking have been found necessary to the progress of civilized society.

During his twenty-eight years at the University of Buffalo, Capen established many University programs and educational experiments that helped to further the expansion of higher education. He helped to broaden the education of the professional schools, developed standardized curriculums, and personally hand-picked a first-class faculty of full-time, academically trained professors. He also established the Millard Fillmore College for adult education and created the Bureau of Personnel Research, a counseling office, to administer programs that tested the achievements and personalities of students in order to provide better guidance for career choices and help them obtain employment. And the numbers attest to his role as administrator: student enrollment rose from 1,687 in 1922 to over 10,000 by the time of his retirement in 1950.

Capen's experience working on the Bureau of Education and the ACE helped him establish a central and solid administration for the University. He often addressed conferences, commencements, and social clubs on the subject of educational administration and the topic of academic freedom. "I foresee," he once wrote, "the coming of a storm perhaps more severe than any to which our higher institutions have been subjected for years. The forces bent on challenging the intellectual integrity of colleges and universities are gathering." 6

Samuel P. Capen made an impact on the history of the University at Buffalo and brought it into a new era. Louis Jaffe, a former faculty member in the School of Law, best summarized Capen's tenure as Chancellor in a memorial written after Capen's death in 1956:

[He was] a man whose ideal was the best in education and he set out to build a university and to run it over the years on first class principles with almost no money. This would have been more than most men could stand up to... But Capen, with his stern sense of a duty undertaken and his courage in the face of towering difficulties, not only escaped panic or a settled sense of defeat, but for the most part maintained an attitude of positive confidence in the doing of the job. 7

1
Henry Ten Eyck Perry quoted in Park, Julian. "Samuel P. Capen, 1878-1956." The University of Buffalo Studies. vol. 24. no. 1. October 1957. pp51-52

2
Ibid.

3
Park, Julian. "Samuel P. Capen, 1878-1956." The University of Buffalo Studies. vol. 24. no. 1. October 1957. p16

4
Ibid. p19

5
Ibid. p21

6
Samuel P. Capen quoted in Park, Julian. "Samuel P. Capen, 1878-1956." The University of Buffalo Studies. vol. 24. no. 1. October 1957. p46

7
Louis L. Jaffe quoted in Park, Julian. "Samuel P. Capen, 1878-1956." The University of Buffalo Studies. vol. 24. no. 1. October 1957. p24


Scope and Content Note

This collection of papers document Samuel Capen's career from an instructor at Clark College to Chancellor at the University of Buffalo. The first series has many personal papers, correspondence and memorabilia. The second series highlights Capen's speeches and work on various committees. His early speeches include topics on German dramatists, arts and literature.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: I. Personal and professional interests and II. Professional papers.


Container List

I.    Personal and professional interests

This series has biographical memorabilia, and personal and family correspondence. It also includes some professional correspondence and mementos from Capen's study abroad.

I.A    Personal, biographical, 1893-1953
Box-folder Contents
30.8
Biographical information: autobiographical sketch for inauguration as Chancellor of the University of Buffalo, 1922
30.9
Biographical information: correspondence, 1930-1936, 1942, 1950, undated

Includes biographical sketches for encyclopedias.

30.10
Biographical information: Capen Hall dedication, December 11, 1953;

Includes program, speeches, clippings.

30.11
Biographical information: "An Appreciation: Samuel P. Capen" Clark College Monthly, February 1914
30.12
Biographical information: "Frontiersman: Samuel Paul Capen" Buffalo Business, May 1947
30.13-30.14
Degrees and awards: honorary degrees, 1932-1950;

Includes University of Buffalo, Clark University; also includes photograph.

30.15
Degrees and awards: Ballou Medal, Tufts University, June 20, 1948;

Includes photograph.

30.16
Degrees and awards: Chancellor's Medal, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1951

Includes press release, clippings.

30.17
Degrees and awards: honorary memberships in academic societies, 1924-1953
30.18
Personal memorabilia, circa 1890s-1894, 1911, circa 1930s, undated; includes photographs (circa 1890s-1894, undated), caricature ( circa 1930s), citation from the United States Council of National Defense ( 1919), passport ( 1911)
30.19
Capen genealogy, 1954, undated

Includes family trees, narrative biography of Elmer Hewitt Capen (father), correspondence

I.B    General correspondence, 1910-1954
Box-folder Contents
1.1-1.3
1910,survey on the supervision of college teaching includes correspondence to major universities and colleges, clippings
1.4
1919, includes P.P. Claxton and Leonard Carmichael
1.5-1.6
1920-1921, John Cousens, President of Tufts College; includes Leonard Carmichael, J.D. Oliver (President, Oliver Chilled Plow Works)
1.7
1922; includes Ira Rich Kent, J.D. Oliver
1.8-1.13
1922, inauguration: letters of congratulations

Includes clippings

1.14
1924, includes John McPherson.
1.15
1926, 1928, local club memberships including Buffalo Athletic Club, Buffalo Club, Rotary Club.
1.16
1927includes University of Chicago.
1.17
1928, 1931, Walter P. Cooke; includes letter to Cooke thanking him for his gift to the university, comparing it to a "blood transfusion when the patient is sinking," (1928), program from memorial, (1931)
1.18
1930,John Lord O'Brian
1.19
1932,get well messages
1.20
1933; includes vol.1, no. 29 Trend: Buffalo's Newsweekly of Fact and Opinion, September 30th.
1.21-1.23
1934-1935, Association of American Colleges; includes Commission on Academic Freedom and Tenure
2.1
1936, Association of American Colleges; includes American Association of University Professors, "Statements Adopted by the Association of American Colleges At the Annual Meeting…" (1925), two cartes-de-visites of Mary Edwards Capen Robinson, circa 1870s sent to Capen by Robert circa Vose (Robert Vose Galleries, Boston)
2.2
1936, Conference of the Trustees of Colleges and Universities; includes Frederick Keppel
2.3-2.5
1937; includes Association of American Colleges Commission on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Capens' 15th anniversary dinner (October 9), Harry Schüermann, Frederick Munro, Roland Hammond
2.6
1938; American Association of University Professors; includes "Report of Joint Conference of Representatives of Association of American Colleges and American Association of University Professors on Academic Freedom and Tenure" (January 22), rough draft of "Report to the A.A.U. by its Committee on Graduate Work" (October 3), Henry Wriston, President of Brown University
2.7-2.9
1938; includes Mary Farmer (niece), clippings: "What Buffalo Needs," "Integrity of Democracy – Capen".
2.10
1939; Wyndham Lewis portrait of Capen; includes Wyndham Lewis (artist), Gordon Washburn (director of the Albright Art Gallery), Robert circa Vose (Robert Vose Galleries, Boston)
2.11-2.12
1939; includes Alfalfa Club, Association of American Colleges Commission on Academic Freedom and Tenure
2.13-2.14
1940; includes Association of American Colleges Commission on Academic Freedom and Tenure, typewritten poem "To Be Happy in New England" by Joseph P. MacCarthy
2.15
1941; includes copy of petition presented to President Warren G. Harding by Capen and others describing the need for a national commission on manpower
2.16-2.19
1942, 20th Anniversary of Capen's Inauguration celebration; includes clippings, invitation, program, proceedings of the event (printed and draft copies), Capen's typewritten address, invocation by Dr. Richard Wilson Boynton
2.20-2.21
1942; includes Association of American Colleges Commission on Academic Freedom and Tenure
3.1
1943; includes Ira Rich Kent, George H. Blakeslee
3.2
1944; includes William Mather Lewis, obituary for Mrs. Sumner Robinson (Mary Edwards Capen Robinson).
3.3-3.4
1945; includes obituary for William Mather Lewis, American Civil Liberties Union Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure: final statement.
3.5
1946; includes John Lord O'Brian's speech, "The Harvard Faith," correspondence with Francis E. Fronczak regarding Fronczak's tenure at the University's Medical School and Abraham Flexner regarding the accomplishments of Walter Albert Jessup, eleventh president of the University of Iowa.
3.6
1947; includes pamphlet, "Grover Cleveland: His Character, Background and Legal Career," by Philip J. Wickser, program and clippings regarding the Associated Pennsylvania Clubs Conference, Buffalo1927, correspondence with Henry Adsit Bull regarding Canisius College lawsuit to have the grant of state funds declared unconstitutional.
3.7
1947, Public school teachers strike; includes correspondence, clippings, typewritten speeches.
3.8
1947, Twenty-fifth anniversary

Includes letters of congratulations, clippings.

3.9-3.12
1948; includes letters, press release, program, newsletter regarding Capen's chairmanship of the Brotherhood Week celebration for the Buffalo Roundtable of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, biographical sketch and printed portrait of Margaret Barclay Wilson, draft of letter to Lavinia Mitchell on the death of McCormick Mitchell, annual report of the Research Department at Buffalo Children's Hospital.
3.13-3.14
1949; includes memorial for Rev. Edward Dunbar Johnson, statement of purpose and chairman's report for the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, typewritten essay, "The Citizen's Stake in Academic Freedom," by Quincy Wright.
3.15-3.16
1950 (January-April); includes letters written in response to Capen's retirement, list of institutions conferring the master's degree, chairman's report for the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, establishment of the Samuel Paul Capen Fund by the Alumni Association of the Medical School.
4.1
1950 (May); includes letters written in response to Capen's retirement, draft of letter to and clipping on T.R. McConnell's Chancellorship.
4.2-4.3
1950 (June); includes letters written in response to Capen's retirement, typewritten address delivered before the Newcomen Society, "An Experiment in Research: Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Incirca " by circa circa Furnas [see also 30.7], resolution commending Capen at the Council of the University of Buffalo Council meeting and establishing the Samuel Paul Capen Professorship in the Department of History, the establishment of the Samuel Paul Capen Award, typewritten address delivered to the newly formed Omicron New York chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa, "Democracy -- For Whom?" by Julius W. Pratt.
4.4
1950 (July-December); includes letters written in response to Capen's retirement, letter to Edward Michael, Buffalo Club.
4.5
1951; includes Leonard Carmichael, Howard Jefferson, Earl McGrath, Harry Rockwell, Arthur Row, letters of congratulation for the Chancellor's Award, midyear commencement program.
4.6
1952; includes letters from P.P. Claxton, reprint of "The Humanities and the Law" by Earl J. McGrath, photostat of original handwritten letter from Capen regarding memories of his father, Elmer H. Capen.
4.7-4.10
1953; includes dedication of Samuel P. Capen Hall (Medical-Dental Building), book reviews and clippings for The Management of Universities, Earl McGrath, program from Leslie O. Cummings' retirement dinner, cabinet card photograph of Capen: age 13 (#4.10), correspondence with Robert circa Vose, 75th birthday greetings.
4.11-4.13
1954; includes typewritten draft of essay "The Functions of Civil Liberties," by John Clarke Adams, typewritten and reprint of essay, "Law and Freedom" by John Lord O'Brian, T.R. McConnell, recommendation for Claude Puffer, tributes and remembrances of George Crofts, A. B. Lemon.
I.C    Mementos, 1900-1920
Box-folder Contents
5.1-5.8
European postcards and prints, 1894-1913, undated

Includes postcards, art prints, handwritten diaries, hand-colored photographs of Italy, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany.

6.1-6.8
Personal and family records, 1908-1920, undated

Includes wedding invitation, recipes, Grace Capen's notes, address book, clippings, Mary Capen, postcards, photographs, financial records, scrapbook of theatre shows.

I.D    Letters to Grace Wright Capen, 1904-1922
There are only one to four letters per folder.
Arranged chronologically
Box-folder Contents
7.1-7.59
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, November 1904-February 1914
8.1-8.50
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, March-July 1914
9.1-9.60
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, August 1914-July 1915
10.1-10.44
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, August 1915-June 1916
11.1-11.35
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, July 1916-April 1917
12.1-12.41
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, June 1917-April 1919
13.1-13.32
Letters to Grace Wright Capen, July 1919-February 1922
I.E    Letters from friends and relatives, 1881-1922
Most letters are written to Grace Wright Capen.
Box-folder Contents
14.1-14.7
Carroll D. Wright (Grace Wright Capen's father), 1881-1897, undated
14.8
Grace Wright Capen's mother, 1916-1917, undated
14.9-14.19
Cornelia Wright McPherson (Grace Wright Capen's sister), 1914, 1917-1921

Includes condolence letters, 1921.

14.20-14.22
Carroll Wright McPherson (Grace Wright Capen's nephew), 1914-1922, undated
14.23-14.26
Grace Wright Capen's "Grammie," 1916-1917, undated
14.27
Sumner Robinson (Samuel P. Capen's step-father), 1917, 1920
14.28-14.32
Letters of congratulations on Capen's position at the Bureau of Education, 1914; includes G. Stanley Hall, Clark University, Samuel E. Winslow, Representative, 4th District of Massachusetts
14.33-14.42
General correspondence, 1893, 1897, 1913-1921; includes R.M. Hughes, Charles Edward Lyon
II.A    Early lectures, 1898-circa 1914, undated
Most folders are typewritten copies of speeches, lectures, essays and articles unless otherwise noted.
Box-folder Contents
14.43
"The Cat: An Essay on the Early History and Social Development of the Feline Domestica" (typewritten essay), undated
15.1-15.2
Tufts and Harvard examinations, 1898-1900, undated

Includes article "The Hutchinson Heresy" reprinted in The Tuftonian, January 1899.

15.3
Clark College lectures: Balzac, undated
15.4-15.5
Clark College lectures: "Goethe's Faust," undated
15.6-15.8
Clark College lectures: Henrik Ibsen, undated

Includes the social dramas: "A Doll's House," "Ghosts," "Rosmersholm" and symbolistic dramas: "Master Builder," "When We Dead Awaken."

15.9
Clark College lectures: "Joan of Arc," undated
15.10-15.11
Clark College lectures: "Modern Tendencies in Literature and Art" (5 lectures), undated
15.12
Clark College lectures: Maurice Maeterlinck's Trésor des Humbles, undated
15.13-16.4
Clark College lectures: comparing foreign and domestic school administrations, circa 1914

Includes "The Organization of English Primary Schools" (lectures 1-14) French School Systems, German School Systems, notes on visits to French schools.

II.B    Speeches, articles, lectures, 1903-1950, undated
Most folders are typewritten copies of speeches, lectures, essays and articles unless otherwise noted.
Folders are arranged chronologically
Box-folder Contents
16.5
"The Nibelungenlied," January 1903
16.6
Ibsen biographical sketch and a critical analysis of his epic poems, "Brand" and "Peer Gynt," delivered before the Philosophical Conference, Tufts College, April 1904
16.7
"Martin Luther: Reformer and Man of Letters," February 1905
16.8
"Article in 'Transcript' on Occasion of First Commencement," Clark College, June 21, 1905

Includes commencement program.

16.9
"The Creative Impulse" delivered at the Annual Clark College Banquet, May 9, 1906
16.10-16.11
Leo Tolstoy, October 1907

Includes clippings.

16.12
Speech made before the Headmasters' Club of Western Massachusetts, January 19, 1907; includes "A New Method of Admission to College," presented at the Teachers Institute and 17th Annual Convention, November 5, 1909, program, clipping.
16.13
"The Sensationalism of Richard Wagner" a talk on Wagner's Tannhäuser and Lohengrin delivered at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, December 1907; includes program, "Wagner's Parsifal."
16.14
Notes for talk on Albrecht "Dürer and His Contemporaries," delivered to the Hall Club, January 15, 1908
16.15
Two handwritten index cards of notes for speech at the Clark Alumni Dinner in Boston, January 18, 1908
16.16
"The Mission of a College Teacher," article written for the July 1908 Clark College Record publication, February 1908

Includes reprint.

16.17
Presidential campaign speeches (made in behalf of William Howard Taft versus William Jennings Bryan), October 1908
16.18
Lecture on Tuiskon Ziller (German educator), 1908;

Includes Die formalen Stufen: Eine Einführung in die Schriften Zillers (an introduction to the writings of Ziller) by Theodor Wiget.

17.1
Address delivered at the Tufts College Commencement Dinner, June 17, 1908
17.2
"Is a New Laokoon Needed?" talk on "the twilight zone" between poetry and music, November 14, 1908
17.3
"Civil Service Reform and the Public School," delivered before Worcester school principals, City Hall, December 11, 1908

Includes notes.

17.4
Gotthold Ephraim "Lessing and the German Enlightenment," 1908

Includes early draft.

17.5
Handwritten note cards for speech to the Worcester Public Education Association (PEA) on assuming the presidency, 1908
17.6
"The Teaching of Foreign Literature," 1909
17.7
"Memorial Day Address," 1909, 1911

Includes handwritten note cards for speech, May 28, 1909 and typewritten speech at South High School, May 29, 1911.

17.8
Clark College Debating Society, 1909, undated

Includes signed petition for Capen to teach a course in "Argument and Debating."

17.9-17.11
"St. Francis of Assisi" delivered in Friday Evening Course, Clark College, December 3, 1909

Includes handwritten draft, typewritten draft.

17.12
"Address at the Inaugural Exercises for the Faculty of the College" (reprinted in the Clark College Record) on the occasion of the inauguration of Dr. Edmund Clark Sanford and the second President of Clark College, April 1910
17.13
"The German Teacher's Problem" talk delivered at the 5th Conference of the Schools of Vermont with the University, March 1910

Includes program, clipping.

17.14
"College Spirit" address delivered before the Faculty and Student Supper, Clark College, April 11, 1910
17.15
Address to the Worcester PEA, May 1910
17.16
Speech delivered at the Tower Cross Banquet, November 21, 1910
17.17
Speech delivered before the Worcester County Alumni Association of Clark College, March 30, 1911
17.18
"The Ideal Fraternity" speech delivered before the Locridian Society, April 27, 1911
17.19
Draft of a letter to Clinton M. Mackinnon regarding the "Spirit at Clark," May 2, 1911
17.20
Address delivered before the Worcester PEA, May 29, 1911

Includes draft of letter to J. Storrow, 1909, clipping, reprint of article on public school conditions from the Worcester Magazine by U. Waldo Cutler, 1910.

17.21-17.22
"Edmond Rostand's Chantecler," presented for the Drama League of Boston, Hollis Street Theatre, November 11, 1911

Includes handwritten note cards, invitation, playbill for Chantecler starring Maude Adams, reprint of article by circa H. Grandgent, typewritten essay, "Cyrano, Chantecler and Their Creator."

17.23
"Maurice Maeterlinck and the Symbolistic Drama," 1911

Includes Capen's handwritten and typewritten notes of critical analysis on Maeterlinck's work, clipping, two printed articles.

18.1
"The Supervision of College Teaching" article for the Pedagogical Seminary, December 1911

Includes typewritten draft, notes, reprint.

18.2
Notes on visits to German schools, 1911

Includes reprints.

18.3
"Masters of Old Nuremberg," January 5, 1912
18.4
Research: articles on education, June 1912

Includes "Methods of Research in Education," by E.circa Sanford and "The Freshman," by W.R. Castle, Jr.

18.5
Address made at the Commencement Dinner, Clark College, June 12, 1912
18.6
Address delivered to the graduating seniors at Charlton and Essex High Schools, June 1912
18.7
Speech before Clark College YMCA, September 19, 1912
18.8
"Clark College System of Admission" discussion at the New England Association of College and Preparatory Schools, November 1, 1912

Includes typewritten article "Three Tear Course at Clark College," notes, correspondence.

18.9
"The Socialist Program: Its Ideals and Shortcomings," presented at the Nashua Women's Club, November 11, 1912

Includes reprints of socialist articles.

18.10
"Speech before the Committee on Legislative Affairs and Committee on Education of City Council in Favor of the Order Providing for a Reduction of the School Committee from Thirty to Eleven," December 23, 1912
18.11
"The Dramatic Qualities of Shakespeare's Last Plays," presented to the Shakespeare Club, December 30, 1912
18.12
"A National Play and Its Author," (Frederich Schiller's "William Tell"), 1913
18.13
George I. Alden, 1913;

Includes typewritten essay, "A Plan for Half-Time Classes" and a reprint of speech "A Plan for the Better Education of Boys and Girls who leave the Grammar School to seek employment in the Unskilled Industries."

18.14
"The Seat Perilous" presented to the Worcester Levana Club, February 12, 1913
18.15
Financial summary of Tufts College alumni funds, 1913

Includes letter from William R. Ransom.

18.16
Address at Tufts College Commencement Dinner, June 18, 1913
18.17
Re-election to the Worcester City Government School Committee, Ward Eight, November-December, 1913

Includes campaign clippings, letters from opponent, Catherine Hagarty.

18.18
"Speech at Muhlenberg College Dinner, Waldorf Astoria [Hotel], New York [City]," February 9, 1914
18.19-18.20
"The College and the New Education" Commencement remarks, Wilson College, 1914

Includes handwritten notes, typewritten draft.

18.21
"What Standards Should be Used in the Classification of Colleges" delivered before Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland, November 27, 1914
18.22
"College Efficiency and Standardization; Certain Fundamental Principles" delivered to the Association of American Colleges, January 15, 1915
18.23
"Address at the Inauguration of President W.S. Currell, University of South Carolina," January 28, 1915
18.24
"Address at the Inauguration of President Herman C. Bumpus, Tufts College," June 12, 1915
18.25
"The Relation of the Bureau of Education to the Agricultural Colleges" address delivered at the meeting of the Association of American Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, Berkeley, California, August 13, 1915
18.26
"Address of Welcome at the Montessori Congress," Oakland, California, August 27, 1915
18.27
"Measuring College Standards and Efficiency" delivered at the meeting of the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of the Southern States, Nashville, Tennessee, October 28, 1915
18.28
"A Rational System of School Management for a City of 100,000 Inhabitants," circa 1915

Includes handwritten note cards.

18.29
"The Status of the Land-grant College as Outlined in Reports of Surveys Recently Made by the United States Bureau of Education," November 1916
18.30
"College 'Lists' and Surveys Published by the Bureau of Education" address delivered before a joint meeting of the Southern Association of College Women and the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, Washington, April 12, 1917
18.31
"National Problems in the Organization of Education" delivered to the Worcester PEA, May 8, 1917
18.32
"Address at the Inauguration of President Edward E. Rall, Northwestern College," May 17, 1917

Includes program.

18.33
"Report of College and University Contributions to National Service" delivered at Drexel Institute, October 19, 1917
19.1
"The Value of Art in a College Course" delivered before the College Art Association of American, March 29, 1918
19.2
Abstract of address regarding national army training detachments delivered at the National Education Association meeting, July 2, 1918
19.3
"The Bureau of Education and the War" delivered before the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, June 27, 1918
19.4
"The Educational Lessons of the War" delivered before the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, Saint Louis, March 31, 1919
19.5
"The Colleges in a National Educational Scheme" address delivered at the Inauguration of President James L. McConaughy, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, April 30, 1919
19.6
"The Implications of the War Experience for Colleges of Liberal Arts" delivered at Clark College, November 19, 1919

Includes special Christmas Greeting for Alumni reprint.

19.7
"The Federal Government and Higher Institutions" Address delivered at the meeting of the Association of Urban Universities, Boston, December 20, 1919
19.8
"Plans for the Exchange of Foreign Students," January 20, 1920
19.9
"The American Council on Education in International Relations," speech for the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges, January 1920

Includes program.

19.10
"Pending Federal Legislation," address before the Society of College Teachers of Education, February 23, 1920

Includes reprint.

19.11
Address defining "the needs of American Industry for trained men and to enlist the cooperation of higher institutions in applying these needs" delivered at the annual meeting of The Technology Clubs Associated, March 26, 1920
19.12
"The Registrar's Office: a Barometer of Educational Tendencies" address delivered before the Association of Collegiate Registrars, April 13, 1920
19.13
Address delivered at the Conference on Highways and Highway Transportation Education, May 14, 1920
19.14
Notes from speech delivered at conference on higher education, May 19, 1920
19.15
Commencement luncheon address to graduates, Lafayette College, June 7, 1920
19.16
"The New Task of the College" address delivered at the fiftieth anniversary of the University of Akron, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, June 16, 1920
19.17
"The Drexel Institute and Education" reprint of Commencement address, June 25, 1920
19.18
"Arguments Against the Smith-Towner Bill" essay, July 1920

Includes reprint.

19.19
"The Contribution of Army Education to National Education," August 23, 1920
19.20
"A National Budget and the Unification of the Government's Education Activities" article, October 6, 1920

Includes correspondence with Edward S. Rochester, New York Post.

19.21
"The Cost of Higher Education and its Bearing on Taxation" address delivered at the University of Michigan, October 15, 1920
19.22
"A National Survey of State Universities: How should it be undertaken?" address delivered before the National Association of State Universities, November 13, 1920
19.23
"The Place of a College of Liberal Arts and Science in an Urban University" address delivered before the Association of Urban Universities, December 18, 1920
19.24
"The American Council on Education" address delivered before the Association of American Colleges, January 7, 1920

Includes page proof.

19.25
"The Dilemma of the College of Arts and Science" article, January 11, 1921
19.26
"New Problems in Higher Education" address delivered at the Inauguration of President Spright Dowell, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, February 22, 1921
19.27
"Why the American Council on Education Deserves the Co-operation Support and Endorsement of the National Council of Normal School Presidents and Principals" address delivered before the National Council of State Normal School Presidents and Principals, February 25, 1921
19.28
Commencement remarks, University of Richmond, June 8, 1921

Includes correspondence, preliminary proof of program.

19.29
"The Government and Education" Commencement remarks, Tufts College, June 20, 1921

Includes reprint.

19.30
"The College and State Systems of Education" address delivered at the Inauguration of President John Martin Thomas, Pennsylvania State College, October 13, 1921
19.31
"The Resources of State Universities, Present and Future" address delivered at the meeting of the National Association of State Universities, November 8, 1921
19.32
"Review of Recent Federal Legislation on Education" address delivered at the Inauguration of President David Kinley, University of Illinois, December 1, 1921

Includes earlier draft.

19.33
"A Year of the Educational Research Committee" published article in School and Society, January 28, 1922
19.34
Abstract of "A National Organization for Educational Service," February 27, 1922
19.35
"The Federal Organization for Education" remarks included in a memorial volume for Dr. Margaret Wilson, Hunter College, March 28, 1922
19.36
"The American Council on Education" article, April 1922
19.37
"College Standardization" address delivered at the meeting of the Catholic Educational Association, June 28, 1922

Includes reprint.

19.38
Dedication of Foster Hall, University of Buffalo, October 27, 1922

Includes program.

19.39
Inauguration address, University of Buffalo, October 28, 1922

Includes reprint “School and Society” article, typewritten introduction speeches, handwritten note cards.

19.40
Part II of History and Principles of Public Welfare, Chapter III, "Public Welfare and Public Education: Historical Analogies" typewritten essay, November 1922
20.1
Remarks to students, University of Buffalo, 1923;

Includes University Day (February 22), Opening Convocation address (September 24), Commencement (June).

20.2
"A Unified, Universally Educated, Efficient Nation Demands a National System of Public Schools" speech delivered before the Department of Superintendence, National Educational Association, March 1, 1923

Includes handwritten draft.

20.3
"The New Responsibilities of Universities" speech delivered to Phi Kappa Phi, Syracuse, New York June 5, 1923
20.4
"How Can Universities Best Promote International Understanding and Friendliness?" address to the National Education Association's World Conference on Education, July 2, 1923
20.5
"Preparation of the College Instructor for His Job" article for “American Education”, February 1924

Includes reprint, typewritten draft, notes for reworked speech, "Requirements for College Teachers." Also includes "The Discovery and Treatment of Superior Students" commencement address, Albany.

20.6
Inauguration of William Mather Lewis, Washington University: invitation, program, clipping, November 11, 1923
20.7
"Certain Tendencies in Professional Education," 1923

Includes speech and program for the 4th Annual Cornell Alumni Corporation banquet, October 12, 1923; speech read at 9th Annual Convention of the Association of Urban Universities, November 15, 1923.

20.8
"Why Colleges Fail to Educate" reprint, 1924
20.9
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1924
20.10
"The Determination of the Content of Professional and Pre-Professional Training" address delivered before the Association of American Colleges, February 28, 1924
20.11
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, 1924
20.12
Commencement remarks, Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (Rochester Institute of Technology), June 26, 1924

Includes program.

20.13
American Education Week radio broadcast, Buffalo WGR, November 20, 1924

Includes handwritten draft.

20.14
"An Educator's View of the Liberal Church" sermon to the First Unitarian Church (Unitarian-Universalist Church), Buffalo, December 14, 1924

Includes program, reprint.

20.15
Chancellor's Medal Award to Bishop Charles Brent, University of Buffalo, February 1925
20.16
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, 1925
20.17
"Liberal Education of Today and Tomorrow" Phi Beta Kappa Commencement address, Hobart College, June 15, 1925

Includes program.

20.18
"Hindrances to University Action in Medical Education" speech from a discussion on Dr. Jessup's paper given at the meeting of the Council on Medical Education, February 15, 1926
20.19
Inauguration address for William T. Sanger, Medical College of Virginia, May 21, 1926
20.20
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, 1926

Includes ROTC Commissions address.

20.21
"Pre-Medical Education" typewritten article, July 1926
20.22
Installation speech for Reverend Palfrey Perkins, First Unitarian Church (Unitarian-Universalist Church), Buffalo, October 1926
20.23
Address to the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, October 30, 1926
20.24
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 6, 1926
20.25
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1926

Includes program.

20.26
"Progress of the University from 1922 to 1926" article for University of Buffalo's Alumni News, 1926
20.27
"Thaddeus Kosciuszko" radio broadcast, Buffalo WGR, 1926
20.28
"The People and the Universities" radio broadcast, Buffalo WGR, 1926
20.29
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 5, 1927
20.30
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, 1927
20.31
"The Imperative of the University" George Washington University commencement address, June 8, 1927
20.32
"The University of Buffalo" article for Erie Railroad Magazine, June 1927

Includes copy of magazine.

20.33
"Administration and Supervision of Academic Work in Colleges and Universities" notes from course taught at the University of Chicago, Summer 1926
20.34
"University of Buffalo" address to the Chamber of Commerce, September 29, 1927
20.35
"Required for College Teachers" address at the University of Kentucky, October 22, 1927
20.36
"Standardizing Agencies" discussion of Dead Kelly's paper presented at the Association of Urban Universities conference, November 1927
20.37
"Who Should Go To College?" radio broadcast, Buffalo WGR, December 3, 1927
20.38
"Greetings from the Endowed Universities" handwritten address delivered at the Inauguration of President Frederick B. Robinson, College of the City of New York, 1927
21.1
"The Best Thing Universities can do for American Life" Baccalaureate Address, University of Buffalo and address to the Parkside Lutheran Church, Buffalo, February 5, 1928
21.2
Dedication of Hayes Hall and University Day (Midyear Convocation) convocation remarks, February 22, 1928

Includes introductory remarks, response to the formal dedication, program.

21.3
"The Reorganization of the American Educational System: Final Report of the Committee on Administrative Unites of the Commonwealth Fund" published in The University of Buffalo Studies (reprint only), April 1928
21.4
"General Problems of Professional Curriculum" National Conference on Education session, April 11, 1928

Includes draft with handwritten notes.

21.5
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, 1928
21.6
Encyclopedia Britannica articles, June 1928

Includes "Experiments in Education" and "Professional Schools."

21.7
"University of Buffalo" article in Buffalo Truth publication, October 1928

Includes correspondence.

21.8
Article on the University of Buffalo, Grace Church News, Grace Episcopal Church, Buffalo, November 1928
21.9
"Review of the Work of the University of Buffalo for the Year 1928" article for Alumni News, 1928
21.10
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1929

Includes eulogy for Professor Wilfred H. Sherk.

21.11
"How Can Time Best be Economized in the Reorganization of Educational Units?" address to the Department of Superintendence of the National Education Association conference, February 24, 1928
21.12
Commencement remarks, handwritten speech, University of Buffalo, 1929
21.13
"Laying the Cornerstone" remarks to the new Buffalo State Teachers College, 1929
21.14
"Relation of the State College to the New Movements in Higher Education" address delivered at the Inauguration of President George A. Works, Connecticut State College, November 8, 1929

Includes reprint.

21.15
Address to the Faculty of the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Columbia University at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Dental Colleges, November 9, 1929

Includes typewritten draft of entire proceedings, correspondence.

21.16
"Is Religion Dying Out" address before the First Unitarian Church (Unitarian-Universalist Church), Buffalo, 1929(later presented to the Thursday Club).
21.17
"The Appropriate Educational Fields of the Municipal University" address delivered at the Conference on Municipal Higher Education for the Inauguration of President Raymond A. Kent, University of Louisville, November 21, 1929

Includes program.

21.18
"Buffalo Educational Council" radio broadcast, Buffalo WGR, 1929
21.19
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1930
21.20
"The University of Buffalo" article for School publication, New York (printed article only), May 8, 1930
21.21
Baccalaureate and commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 8, 1930
21.22
"Report of the Survey Committee (Samuel Paul Capen, Luther Pfahler Eisenhart, Guy Stanton Ford)" for Brown University, published in the Bulletin of Brown University (published report only), October 1930
21.23
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1931
21.24
"The Principles Which Should Govern Standards and Accrediting Practices" address delivered before the North Central Association meeting, March 18, 1931
21.25
Welcome remarks to the Association of University Registrars conference, April 21, 1931
21.26
"Report of the Committee on Problems and Plans in Education" address to the American Council on Education, May 8, 1931
21.27
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 7, 1931
21.28
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 10, 1931
21.29
Commencement remarks, Buffalo State Teachers College, June 16, 1931
21.30
"Tendencies in University Curriculum Administration" session at the Association of Urban Universities conference, November 6, 1931
21.31
"Does the Public High School Prepare for College?" radio broadcast, WGY Schenectady for New York State Teachers Association, December 2, 1931

Includes reprint.

21.32
"Deviations from the Four Year Homogeneous Unit" article for the National Society of Education Yearbook, Chapter IV, 1932
21.33
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1932
21.34-21.35
"The Unknowns of Higher Education" address at the Conference on Higher Education and commencement ceremonies, University of Chicago, March 15, 1932

Includes typewritten draft, galley proof, reprint, invitation, program, correspondence, degree awarding Capen an honorary Doctor of Laws.

21.36
Dedication of Crosby Hall remarks, April 28, 1932

Includes copy of statement enclosed in the cornerstone.

21.37
"President George F. Zook, A Leader in American Higher Education" article for University of Akron Alumni Bulletin, May 1, 1932
21.38
Article for the Journal of Higher Education, 1932

Includes handwritten note cards, correspondence (complete article not included).

21.39
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 12, 1932
21.40
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, 1932
21.41
"Vital Educational Measures Applicable to Colleges" address delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges, January 22, 1932

includes abstract, handwritten notes, essay: "National Survey of State Universities: How should it be undertaken?" address delivered before the National Association of State Universities, November 13, 1920.

21.42
"The University: Its Aims and Province" presented at the New York University Conference, November 15, 1932
22.1
"Results of the Work of the Commission on Medical Education" address delivered at the Annual Congress on Medical Education, Medical Licensure, and Hospitals, February 13, 1933

Includes correspondence.

22.2
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1933
22.3
"The University and the Doctrine of Laissez-Faire" paper presented at the Thursday Club, April 13, 1933
22.4
"The Relation of Dental to Medical Education" presented at the Celebration of a Half Century of Progress in Dentistry at the University Pennsylvania conference and convocation, May 18, 1933

Includes correspondence, program, citation for honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

22.5
Interview broadcast on "Voice of Trend Radio Hour" WKBW Buffalo, September 29, 1933
22.6
"Professional Education in America" address at the 69th Convocation of the University of the State of New York, Albany, October 13, 1933

Includes program, correspondence, handwritten draft.

22.7
"Wanted: The Graduate School of Teacher Training" proposal for paper, Modern Language Association, 1933
22.8
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 11, 1933

Includes commencement remarks.

22.9
Dedication of Norton Hall (now Harriman Hall), February 26, 1934

Includes program.

22.10
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 10, 1934

Includes commencement remarks.

22.11
Commencement address, Radcliffe College, June 20, 1934
22.12
"Too Many Yet Too Few" address before the Annual Meeting of the New York State Organizations of Nurses, Buffalo, October 17, 1934

Includes correspondence.

22.13
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1934
22.14
"The Responsibility of Boards of Trustees for the Preservation of Academic Freedom" address before the Conference of Trustees of Colleges and Universities, April 26, 1935

Includes handwritten draft.

22.15
Dedication of Lockwood Memorial Library (now Charles D. Abbott Hall), May 15, 1935
22.16
Abstract of remarks made at a Buffalo Club of New York City dinner, May 27, 1935
22.17
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 9, 1935

Includes reprint of address published as "The Obligation of the University to American Democracy."

22.18
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 12, 1935
22.19
"Educational Problems Common to Canada and the United States" address at the conference on Canadian-American Affairs, June 22, 1935
22.20
"Should Medicine be Socialized?" paper presented at the Thursday Club, February 13, 1936
22.21
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, University of Buffalo, February 22, 1936

Includes eulogy for A. Glenni Bartholomew, introduction of speaker Allan Valentine, President of the University of Rochester.

22.22
Radio broadcast of remarks made as "honorary Chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society," WKBW Buffalo, March 15, 1936
22.23
Chancellors' Message for 1936 Buffalonian yearbook, March 24, 1936
22.24
Abstract of remarks on the "Regent's Inquiry into the Character and Cost of Public Education in the State of New York," Elementary School Principals meeting, Buffalo, March 16, 1936
22.25
"Procedures of the Commission of Appraisal" comments from the American Unitarian Commission on Appraisal, May 1936
22.26
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 7, 1936
22.27
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 10, 1936

Includes handwritten draft.

22.28
Address delivered at the Inauguration of President Albert N. Jorgensen, Connecticut State College, June 12, 1936

Includes program, handwritten draft.

22.29
"Regents Survey" address delivered at the 10th Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of Deans (copy of entire proceedings), November 13, 1936
22.30
"Privileges and Immunities" address on academic freedom delivered at the meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), December 28, 1936

Includes published article.

22.31
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks (February 22) and Chancellor's Message for the 1937 Buffalonian yearbook (April 20), 1937

Includes handwritten draft.

22.32
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 6, 1937; includes reprint of address published as "The University as a Social Institution."
22.33
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 1937
22.34
Irwin B. Clark Memorial Gymnasium cornerstone ceremonies, October 9, 1937

Includes correspondence.

23.1
"Should the Professions Adopt the Principle of the Closed Union?" paper presented at the Thursday Club, January 12, 1938
23.2
"Some Things the Citizen Should Know About the Schools" address to the Twentieth Century Club, February 16, 1938
23.3
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks (February 22) and statement for the 1938 Buffalonian (April 22), 1938
23.4
"The Preparation of College Teachers" address delivered at the meeting of American Association of School Administrators, March 1, 1938

Includes abstract.

23.5
"The Evolution of a College: A Century of Higher Education in Buffalo" by Julian Park
, The University of Buffalo Studies, (page proof only) May 1938
23.6
Remarks made at the"25th Anniversary of the College of Arts & Sciences" May 14, 1938

Includes press release.

23.7
Commencement address, McMaster University, May 25, 1938

Includes program.

23.8
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 5, 1938

Includes reprint of address published as "The World To-day," commencement remarks.

23.9
"As We See Ourselves" abstract of remarks at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Association of Urban Universities, October 25, 1938
23.10
Address delivered at the Inauguration of President Leonard Carmichael, Tufts College, November 4, 1938

Includes correspondence, handwritten draft.

23.11
Radio broadcast for "Your Community" program, WEBR, Buffalo, December 1, 1938
23.12
"Introduction of President Day" University Day (Midyear Convocation), February 22, 1939

Includes Chancellor's Message for the 1939 Buffalonian yearbook.

23.13-23.14
"Seven Devils in Exchange for One" address to the Accrediting Agencies Representatives' Meeting sponsored by the American Council on Education, April 7, 1939

Includes correspondence, Earl McGrath, "Report of the Joint Committee of the NASU and the Land-Grant College Association" by President John J. Tigert, University of Florida.

23.15
Address at the dedication of the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, April 20, 1939
23.16
Commencement address, Iowa State Teachers College, May 29, 1939
23.17
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 1939
23.18
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 14, 1939

Includes handwritten draft.

23.19
"Professional Standards" address before the Western Zone Meeting of the New York State Teachers Association, October 28, 1939

Includes handwritten draft.

23.20
"The Effect of the World War 1914-18 on American Colleges and Universities," (reprint only), January 1940
23.21
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, February 22, 1940
23.22
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 9, 1940
23.23
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 12, 1940
23.24
Testimonial dinner for Edward H. Letchworth on the completion of Kleinhans Music Hall, October 16, 1940

Includes program, notes.

23.25
University Day (Midyear Convocation) remarks, February 22, 1941
23.26
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 8, 1941
23.27
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 11, 1941
23.28
Address delivered at the Inauguration of Head Master Charles S. Tippetts, The Mercerburg Academy, October 18, 1941

Includes reprint, handwritten draft.

23.29
"The Pace of Medical Sciences in Dental Education" address delivered at a meeting of the American Association of Dental Schools, March 16, 1942

Includes reprint.

23.30
"The Higher Learning in a National Crisis" paper presented at the Thursday Club, April 9, 1942
23.31
"The Government and the Colleges in Wartime" remarks from presentation of the National Conference of College and University Presidents, January 3, 1942

Includes reprint, handwritten draft.

23.32
"Resolutions Presented at the Dinner Meeting of the University Council" honoring George Croft's twenty years as Comptroller and Treasurer of the University, January 28, 1942
23.33
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 7, 1942
23.34
Commencement remarks, University of Buffalo, June 10, 1942

Includes University Day (Midyear Convocation), February 23, 1942.

23.35
Article for the New York Times on universities in wartime, October 12, 1942

Includes letter to the editors of The Bee regarding some students' poor academic standing during wartime.

23.36
"Speech at 20th Anniversary" handwritten speech commemorating twenty years as Chancellor of UB, November 5, 1942
24.1
Victory Fund Committee radio broadcast, Buffalo WBEN, April 27, 1943
24.2
"The Exchange of Educational Ideas Through the Exchange of Lectures, Teachers, Students, Research Workers and Others Actively Engaged in Education," 1943

Includes handwritten draft.

24.3
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, May 23, 1943
24.4
Remarks to students, 1943

Includes Midyear convocation (formally University Day), Medical School graduation, Chancellor's message for the 1943 Buffalonian yearbook.

24.5
Commencement address, Lafayette College, December 23, 1943

Includes clipping.

24.6
Remarks to students, 1944

Includes Midyear convocation, Medical School graduation, Chancellor's message for the 1944 Buffalonian yearbook, Chancellor's message for the 1944 Student Handbook.

24.7
Commencement address, Syracuse University, May 2, 1944
24.8
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, May 21, 1944
24.9
"The Responsibilities of a Trustee of an Urban University," December 6, 1944

Includes "Remarks at the Cult of the White Buffalo Dinner in honor of Mr. James McCormack Mitchell," December 6, 1944.

24.10
Remarks to students, 1945

Includes Midyear convocation, Medical School graduation, Chancellor's message for the 1945 Buffalonian yearbook.

24.11
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, May 27, 1945
24.12
Article for University of Buffalo Alumni Bulletin (October issue), September 22, 1945
24.13
"The Grand Manner of the French" paper presented at the Thursday Club, December 13, 1945
24.14
Statement for the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce brochure on the proposed State Institutes of Applied Arts and Sciences, January 14, 1946

Includes article, "The Best Thing Universities Can do for American Life" (1927?).

24.15
Remarks to students, 1946

Includes Midyear convocation, Medical School graduation, Chancellor's message for the 1946 Student Handbook, Chancellor's message for the 1946 Buffalonian yearbook.

24.16
Radio broadcast: roundtable on "What are Buffalo college's doing to meet the enrollment emergency" a discussion on the G.I. Bill of Rights, May 12, 1946

Includes outline, "essay "The Expansion of University Education."

24.17
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 2, 1946

Includes souvenir booklet.

24.18
University of Buffalo Centennial Celebration, October 4, 1946

Includes Opening Convocation address, acceptance of the alumni memorial, honorary degree citations, programs, handwritten drafts.

24.19
"We Dare Not Forget" address at Founder's Day, Alfred University, November 7, 1946

Includes correspondence regarding honorary Doctorate of Laws.

24.20
"The Teaching Profession and Labor Unions" article written in response to the Buffalo public teachers' strike, January 1947

Includes handwritten draft, reprints, clippings, correspondence.

24.21
Remarks to students, 1947;

Includes Midyear convocation, Chancellor's message for Student Handbook, Chancellor's message for the 1947 Buffalonian yearbook, letters to alumni for Honor Roll edition of Alumni Bulletin, clipping.

24.22
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 2, 1947

Includes reprint of address published as "The Truth Will Prevail."

25.1
Remarks to students, 1948

Includes Midyear convocation, Chancellor's message for Student Handbook, Commencement, Chancellor's message for the 1947 Buffalonian yearbook.

25.2
News release regarding speech to the Twentieth Century Club on the effects of the G.I. Bill of Rights, April 6, 1948
25.3
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 13, 1948
25.4
"Reflections on Freedom in Education" (reprint only), June 4, 1948
25.5
Eulogy for James McCormack Mitchell, Chairman of the Council, July 16, 1948
25.6
Articles for Alumni Bulletin, 1948
25.7
"Who Should Manage Universities, And How?" paper presented at the Thursday Club, January 13, 1949
25.8
Remarks to students, 1949

Includes Midyear convocation, Chancellor's message for Student Handbook, commencement.

25.9
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, May 29, 1949
25.10
Articles for Alumni Bulletin, 1949
25.11
"Memoranda to the Trustees of the State University of New York urging consideration of state aid to the medical and dental schools of the University of Buffalo," May 20, 1949
25.12
Remarks to students, 1950

Includes Midyear Convocation, Chancellor's message, commencement.

25.13
Baccalaureate address, University of Buffalo, June 4, 1950

Includes handwritten draft.

25.14
Chancellor Medal citations, 1925-1950

Includes University Day (Midyear Convocation) program.

25.15
Limericks (handwritten), undated
25.16-15.17
The Enlightenment and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's 'Nathan der Weiss' typewritten edited draft with handwritten corrections, circa 1908-1914

Includes bibliography, annotated translations, sections: "Lessing's Place in German Literature and his Personality," "Lessing's Life," "Lessing's Attitude towards Christianity," "The Genesis and Sources of Nathan."

[Arrangement: during reprocessing, main manuscript was numbered in the order it was found in the folder. Might not reflect original order.]

II.C.    Speeches (note cards)
Includes notes jotted on index cards used in public addresses.
Box-folder Contents
26.1-27.12
Notes for speeches, 1921-1938, undated

Includes opening convocation speeches, Ivy Day, AAUP, local clubs, Acquaintance Day, Council Meeting dinners.

II.D.    Issues, committees and organizations, 1907-1956
In this subseries there are folders of general topics that Capen took a deep interest in such as academic freedom. There are also folders on the various committees and organizations in which Capen was a member. Some of the organizations include important, but under-documented local organizations of Buffalo. Most folders contain articles, correspondence or reports.
Box-folder Contents
28.1-28.5
Academic freedom, 1953;

Includes Homer P. Rainey case; reprint of John Lord O'Brian lectures: "The Government and Civil Liberties: World War I and After," "New Dangers and Contemporary Governmental Activities," "Changing Attitudes Towards Freedom," "new Encroachments on Individual Freedom"; John Reed Club controversy; "The Rights and Responsibilities of Universities and Their Faculties" pamphlet; "Statement by Chancellor [McConnell] to the University Faculty; William T. Parry and the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); Harvard Professor Wendell H. Furry and the HUAcirca.

28.6
Alien Hearing Board member, Attorney General office, 1943-1945

Includes official certificate signed by Francis Biddle, Attorney General of the United States.

28.7
American Institute of France, Incirca : advisory board, 1946-1950

Includes photograph.

28.8-28.9
Army Advisory Committee for the First United States Army in Buffalo, New York, 1947-1950

Includes certificate, Army Advisory Committee Bulletin, July 1947-May 1949.

28.10-28.12
Association on American Colleges: issues of Academic Freedom, 1925, 1945-1951

Includes "Changing Issues in Academic Freedom in the United States Today" by Harry D. Gideonse reprint, 1950; "A Symposium on the Philosophy of Freedom," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. VIII, No. 4, June 1948.

28.13
Bell Aircraft Board of Inquiry, 1949-1950

Includes clipping, "Award of Board of Inquiry In the Matter of the Arbitration Between Bell Aircraft Corporation and UAW-CIO, Local 501."

28.14
Buffalo Council on World Affairs, 1948-1949
28.15
Buffalo Research Associates, 1954-1956
28.16-28.17
Century Association, New York City, 1933-1949
29.1-29.2
Civic Full Employment Committee of Buffalo, 1945-1946

Includes final reports, minutes, committee members list, clipping.

29.3
Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Affairs Committee, advisory board, 1947-1950

Includes minutes, reports, committee members list, "Summary Outline of the Principle Public Improvements Needed in Buffalo."

29.4
Conference of the Trustees of Colleges and Universities, Lafayette College, 1935, 1938-1942

Includes clippings, programs.

29.5-29.6
Cult of the White Buffalo, 1936-1950

Includes programs, invitations, correspondence regarding tribute dinner to Capen, 1941.

29.7
Montessori Educational Association, 1913

Includes clippings, pamphlets.

29.8-29.11
New York State Crime Commission, 1951; includes executive order from Governor Thomas E. Dewey, Statement from J. Edgar Hoover, meeting agendas, Supreme Court of New York appeals, claim of Elizabeth A. Holmes v. Erie County, correspondence, photographs.
29.12-29.13
Phi Beta Kappa Associates, 1940-1945

Includes invitation, by-laws, letters of acceptance and resignation, meeting minutes.

30.1
Public Education Association (PEA) of Providence, Rhode Island pamphlet "Should Providence Have a Small School Commission?" 1913
30.2
Public Education Association (PEA) of Worcester, Massachusetts annual reports, 1907-1911, 1913
30.3-30.6
Socialism and politics, 1909

Includes flyers, pamphlets, clippings, Capen draft of speech.

30.7
Thursday Club, 1945-1950

Includes "American Education in a Quandary" talk by circa circa Furnas, programs, correspondence.


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Authors

American Council on Education
Association of American Colleges
Clark College (Worcester, Mass.)
Cooke, Walter Platt, 1869-1931
Lewis, Wyndham, 1882-1957
Public Education Association (Worcester, Mass.)
Tufts College
United States. Bureau of Education
University of Buffalo
University of Buffalo. Committee on General Administration
University of Buffalo. Office of the Chancellor
University of Buffalo. University Council

Subject Terms

Buffalo (N.Y.)--Politics and government
Clark College (Worcester, Mass.)
Clubs--New York (State)--Buffalo
College administrators--United States
Education, Higher--Aims and objectives--United States
Educational change--United States
Educational leadership--New York (State)--Buffalo
German drama--History and criticism
Learning and scholarship
Speeches, addresses, etc. , American
Universities and colleges--United States--Administration
Academic freedom
Association of American Colleges
Baccalaureate addresses--New York (State)--Buffalo
Buffalo (N.Y.)--Intellectual life
Capen family
Capen, Grace Wright, 1874-1951
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Archives
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Awards
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Correspondence
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Friends and associates
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Inauguration, 1922
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Medals
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Miscellanea
Capen, Samuel Paul, 1878-1956--Oratory
College presidents--New York (State)--Buffalo
College presidents--United States--Inauguration
College teachers--United States
Commencement ceremonies--New York (State)--Buffalo
Community and college--New York (State)--Buffalo
Cult of the White Buffalo (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Drama--History and criticism
Education, Humanisticirca
Education--Aims and objectives--United States
Educational leadership--United States
Educators--United States
German teachers--United States
Higher education and state--United States
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781--Criticism and interpretation
Millard Fillmore College
Public universities and colleges--United States
Radio addresses, debates, etc.
School management and organization--United States
Teaching, Freedom of--United States
Thursday Club (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Tufts College
Tufts College--Alumni and alumnae
United States--Intellectual life--20th century
United States--Politics and government--20th century
United States. Bureau of Education
Universities and colleges--New York (State)--Buffalo
Universities and colleges--United States
University of Buffalo--Administration--History--Sources
University of Buffalo--Archives
University of Buffalo--Buildings
University of Buffalo--Curricula
University of Buffalo--Degrees
University of Buffalo--Faculty
University of Buffalo--Finance
University of Buffalo--Planning
University of Buffalo--Presidents
University of Buffalo--Students
University of Buffalo--Anniversaries, etc.
University of Buffalo. Committee on General Administration
University of Buffalo. Office of the Chancellor
University of Buffalo. University Council
World War, 1939-1945--Education and the war

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Correspondence
Photographs
Postcards