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RESOLUTIONS



Trustees of Columbia College.



1820-1868



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RESOLUTIONS



PASSED BY THE



Trustees of Columbia College;



BEIEF NOTICES OF THE ACTION OE THE
BOARD UPON IMPORTANT SUBJECTS,



1820 TO 1868.





NEW YORK :
D. VAN NOSTRAND, No. 192 BROADWAY,

1868.



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CONTENTS.



Board of trustees 3

Standing committee 4

Committee on course of instruction i

Committee on the school of mines 4

Committee on the school of law 5

Committee on the library 5

Committee on honors 5

Eesolution directing the preparation of this synopsis .^ 7

Academical dress . 9, 155

Appropriations, special 10

Appropriations, permanent 12

Attendance at prayers 14, 155

Botanical garden 14

Erection of college buildings 16

College building, site for 17

College buildings, use of 17

Catalogue 1'^

Chemistry, department of 19

Church site, lots reserved for 22

Cloak room • 23

Commencements and exhibitions 23

Diplomas 25

Elocution, Instruction in '. 26, 153

Examinations 28, 157

Fees 29

Financial poUcy, permanent 31



iv CONTENTS.



PAGE

Free tuition 36, 158

Gebhardfund 36

Grammar school 37

Greenwood cemetery - 41

Herbarium 4:2

Honors 44

Inquiry into the state of the college, committee on 44

Instruction, course of, and committee on the course 48

Inventory of movable property 66

Law school 66

Library 75

Medicine, school of 84

Merit roUs 87

Meteorological observations '. 87

Military education 88

Mines, school of 89

Minutes of the board 109

Modern languages 110

Natural history, lyceum of Ill

Observatory, astronomical Ill

President, of the 112

Prize scholarships and prizes 113, 158

Professoiships and professors 117

Heading-room 125

Kepairs 126, 162

Reviews of studies 126

Salaries 127

Seal 133, 162

Scholarships, free 134

Smithsonian institution, agreement with 136

Societies, college 137

Sports and games 138

Standing committee 138

Transfer of students from class to class 144



CONTENTS.



PAGE

Treasurer, of the lz|,4^ 166

Trustees 145, i66

Tutorships 151,

University convocation 153

Visitation of the college 153

Weights, measures, and coins 154



SUPPLEMENTARY.

Chair of governor Clinton 156

Prize fellowships and scholarships '. 158

Kemoval of the college 162



i



COLUMBIA COLLEGE.



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

NAMES. EESIDENCES.

HAMILTON FISH, LL. D., Chairman op the Board ... .251 East 17th Street.

GAEDINEE SPEING, S. T. D., LL. D 6 West 37th

SAMUEL B. EUGGLES, LL. D 24 Union Square.

WILLLLM BETTS, LL. D., Clerk 122 East 30th Street.

BENJAMIN L HAIGHT, S. T. D 56 West 26th "

EDWAED JONES 75 Fifth Avenue.

EOBEETEAY 363 West 28th Street.

GOUVEENEUE M. OGDEN, Tkeasueee 84 West 11th

HENEY J. ANDEESON, M. D., LL. D 53 West 36th

EDWAED L. BEADLE, M. D Poughkeepsie.

GEOEGE T. STEONG 113 East 21st Street.

MANCIUS S. HUTTON, S. T. D 115 Ninth

HOEATIO POTTEE, S. T. D., LL. D., D. C. L 38 East 22d

MAETIN ZBOEOWSKI Morrisania.

JOHN TOEEEY, M. D , LL. D Columbia College.

LEWIS M. EUTHEEFUED 175 Second Avenue.

THOMAS DE WITT, S. T. D 123 Ninth Street.

JOHN JACOB ASTOE, Je 338 Fifth Avenue.

JOHN C. JAY, M. D Eye.

WILLIAM C. SCHEEMEEHOEN .' 49 West 23d Street.

MOEGAN DIX, S. T. D 50 Varick

FEEDEEICK A. P. BAENAED, S. T. D., LL. D Columbia College.

SAMUEL BLATCHFOED, LL. D 12 West 22d Street.

STEPHEN P. NASH 11 West 19th "



COMMITTEES OF THE TRUSTEES.



STANDING COMMITTEE.

NAMES. • BESIDENCES.

GOUVEENEUE M. OGDEN, Chairman 84 West 11th Street.

WILLIAM BETTS, LL. D 122 East 30tli "

ROBERT RAY 221 East 28tli "

JOHN TORREY, M. D., LL. D Columbia College.

EDWARD JONES. 75 Fifth Avenue.

MARTIN ZBOROWSKI Morrisania.

LEWIS M. RUTHERFURD.... 175 Second Avenue.



COMMITTEE ON THE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION.

NAMES. EESrOENCES.

HORATIO POTTER, S. T. D., LL. D., D. C. L 33 West 24th Street.

MORGAN DIX, S. T. D 50 Varick

GEORGE T. STRONG 113 East 21st "

LEWIS M. RUTHERFURD 175 Second Avenue.

FREDERICK A. P. BARNARD, S. T. D., LL. D Columbia College.



COMMITTEE ON THE SCHOOL OF MINES.

NAMES. KESIDENCES.

WILLIAM BETTS, LL. D. , Chairman 122 East 30th Street.

EDWARD JONES '. 75 Fifth Avenue.

GEORGE T. STRONG 113 East 21st Street.

JOHN TORREY, M. D., LL. D Columbia CoUege.

LEWIS M. RUTHERFURD 175 Second Avenue.

FREDERICK A. P. BARNARD, S. T. D., LL. D Columbia College.

HAMILTON FISH, LL. D 134 East 17th Street.



COMMITTEES OF THE TRUSTEES.



COMMITTEE ON THE SCHOOL OF LAW.

NAMES. - RESIDENCES.

SAMUEL B. EUGGLES, LL. D., Chairman 24 Union Square.

HAMILTON FISH, LL. D 134 East 17th Street.

GOUVEENEUK M. OGDEN, Esq 84 West llth "

GEOEGE T. STEONG, Esq 113 East 21st "

WILLIAM BETTS, LL. D .122 East 30th "

THEODOEE W. DWIGHT, LL. D 37 Lafayette Place.

STEPHEN P. NASH 11 West 19th Street.



COMMITTEE ON THE LIBRARY.

NAMES. RESIDENCES.

HENEY J. ANDEESON, M. D., LL. D., Chairman 53 West 36th Street.

GEOEGE T. STEONG 113 East 21st "

WILLIAM C. SCHEEMEEHOEN 49 West 23d

FEEDEEICK A. P. BAENAED, S. T. D., LL. D Columbia College.

BEVEELEY E. BETTS, Clerk Maspeth, L. I.



COMMITTEE ON HONORS.

NAMES. RESIDENCES.

WILLIAM BETTS, LL, D., Chairman 122 East 30th Street.

HOEATIO POTTEE, S. T. D., LL. D., D. C. L 38 East 22d

HENEY J. ANDEESON, M. D., LL. D 53 West 36th "

GEOEGE T. STEONG 113 East 21st "

FEEDEEICK A. P. BAENAED, S. T. D., LL. D Columbia College.



R E S O I. U T I O N

DIEECTING THE PREPARATION OF A SYNOPSIS

OF THE

RESOLUTIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OP

COLUMBIA COLLEGE.



Passed Noveniber 6, 1SG3.



1865. Nov. 6. Resolved, That the president be requested - to
prepare a synopsis of the resolutions of the board,
exhibiting a history of legislation on all important
subjects, and preserving in full all resolutions still
in force, to be printed for the use of the board.

Resolved, That a selection from the resolutions
of the board, of such as have a relation to the
educational objects of the college and its several
schools, be printed in connection with the statutes
of the college.



KESOLUTIONS

OF THE

TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE.



ACADEMICAL DRESS.

1788, Aug. 25. A petition from several students of the college was

read, setting fortli tlieir desire tliat an order should pass
for tlieir wearing gowns ; thereupon —

Besolved, That for the present, such of the students as
choose to wear gowns, be, and they are hereby, permitted
to wear them ; and that the board of president and pro-
fessors ascertain the distinctions between the different
classes until the corporation make further regulations on
the subject.

1789, April 9. Resolved, That the board of president and professors

be authorized to require of the students to wear gowns
in such cases and under such penalties as they shall
judge proper.

827, Jan. 15. A communication from the students on the subject of
a regulation adopted by themselves respecting the wear-
ing of caps, having been submitted by the president of
the college, requesting the sanction of this board to the
same ; on motion, resolved that the said communication
be referred to the faculty of the college.

1852, Jan. 5. Resolved, That in the opinion of this board, the statutes
require that the usual prayers should be said in the
chapel daily, during the examinations as during the rest
of the term, and that the professors should be present at
all the examinations, and that long usage requires that
the professors and students shall appear at the examin-
ation in their gowns.



10 ACADEMICAL DRESS — APPEOPEIATIONS, SPECIAL.



1854, April 3. Tile Committee of honors made the following report,
and its recommendation was adopted :

The committee on honors, to whom was referred cer-
tain commmiications from gentlemen abroad, on the sub-
ject of badges of honorary distinctions conferred by the
college :

Eespectfully report. That they are not able to regard
the adoption, by the board, of such badges as expedient ;
it is without precedent in any of the numerous literary
institutions of our republic, and would seem to conflict
with the simplicity of our prevailing tastes and habits.
Your committee, however, recommend that the board
signify its assent to the public use, on the part of gentle-
men residing within the British empire, on whom they
may have conferred their higher honorary degTees, of the
badges connected with corresponding degrees conferred
by the university of Oxford,

Provided that venerable institution shall in comity
toward Columbia college, concede to them the privilege.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the committee.

[Signed] John Knox.

April 3, 1854.



APPEOPEIATIONS, SPECIAL.

1856, July 7. A resolutiou of this date appropriated the sum of sev-
enty-five dollars, to defray the expenses of a suitable
person to be employed in visiting the Michigan univer-
sity at Ann Arbor, Madison college at Hamilton, and
Harvard university at Cambridge, for the purpose of
inspecting the astronomical instruments recently pur-
chased for those institutions.

1858, Fob. 1. An appropriation of one hundred dollars was made, to
enable the professor of astronomy to purchase maps,
charts, models, and printed forms ; and also for the
repair of astronomical instruments.



APPROPEIATIONS, SPECIAL. 11



1559, Nov. 7. Resolved, Tliat the sum of one thousand dollars be ap-

propriated to the purchase of physical apparatus, to
be expended in Europe under the direction of Prof.
McCuUoh.

1560, May 7. Resolved, That the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars

be appropriated in aid of the proposed expedition to
Labrador, for observing the total solar eclipse to take
place on the eighteenth , of July next, provided a suffi-
cient sum be raised for that pui-pose, and in such case
that the above amount be paid to Mr. Geo. W. Blunt.

1865, June 5. Besolved, That the sum of one thousand dollars be
appropriated, to be expended under the direction of the
president and professor Peck, for the purchase of the
instruments for surveyiag, &c., recommended in the
president's report.

1865, Dec. 18. Besolved, That the appropriation of one thousand dol-
lars ia June last, for the benefit of the department of
mathematics and astronomy, or so much of it as remains
unexpended, be applied to the purchase of any apparatus
which, in the opinion of the professor, approved by the
president, may be most needed for use or illustration in
any of the branches taught by the professor in that
department.

1867, Oct. 7. Resolved, That an extraordinary appropriation be
made of two thousand dollars in currency, to be placed
in the hands of Dr. Barnard, for the purpose of making
such purchases while in Europe for additions to the
scientific apparatus and library of the college as he may
deem beneficial ; and that the treasurer pay the amount
on his draft or otherwise.

Laid over under the ordinance of Nov. 26, 1866, and

1867, Nov. 4. called up and passed Nov. 4, 1867.

1868, April 6. A resolutiou appropriating five hundred dollars, to be

applied in paying duties and charges upon the objects
purchased under the foregoing resolution, was similarly
1868, May 4. laid over to May 4, and adopted.



12 APPEOPKIATIONS, PERMANENT.



APPKOPRIATIONS, PERMANENT.

1866, Juue 12. Resolved, That until the further order of this board, the
following sums be annually appropriated to the purposes
named, viz. :

For apparatus and other permanent aids to

instruction in physics $600 00

For the same in mechanics, surveying, and

astronomy 400 00

~ to be expended under the direction of the professors
giving instruction in those branches, with the approval of
the president. For the department of botany, five hun-
dred dollars, to be expended under the direction of Dr.
Torrey. As to each of the foregoing appropriations, if
unexpended in any year in whole or in part, the balance
unexpended to remain to the credit of the department
and added to the appropriation of the following year.

For the classical, mathematical, and english depart-
ments, three hundred dollars, to be expended under the
direction of the professors in said departments, with the
approval of the president.

For supplies, thirty-seven hundred dollars. For print-
ing and advertising, twenty-five hundred dollars.

1866, Juue 12. Resolvcd, That until further order of this board, the fol-
lowing sums be annually appropriated to the purposes
named in the school of mines, viz. :

For the department of mineralogy $500

Do. do. geology 500

Do. do. metallurgy 500

For models, drawings of machines, furnaces,
&c 300

For the department of analytical chemistry. . . 3,500

The same to be expended under the direction of the pro-
fessors in the departments to which said appropriations
belong, with the approval of the president.



APPROPRIATIONS, PERMANENT. 13



For the library $1,000, to be expended under the direc-
tion of the library committee.

As to each of the foregoing appropriations, if unex-
pended any year in whole or in part, the balance unex-
pended to remain to the credit of the appropriation, and
to be added to the appropriation of the following year.

For suppHes $2,000.

For printing and advertising $2,000.

1863, March 3. Hesolvcd, That, uutil otherwise ordered, the sum of
three hundred dollars for defraying the expenses of the
commencement be annually paid by the treasurer on the
order of the president at any time within ten days, before
the day appointed for the commencement.

1866, Nov. 5. Besolved, That the standing annual appropriation of
two hundred dollars, heretofore made to the department
of physics for contingent expenses, be discontinued after
the close of the present year, and that the contingencies
of the department be hereafter provided for out of the
annual appropriation of six hundred dollars made to the
department by resolution of June last.

Besolved, That hereafter, and until the further order of
this Board, the sum of three hundred dollars be annually
appropriated for the purchase of chemicals, and the pur-
chase and repair of apparatus in the department of
general chemistry, the same to be payable within each
financial year ending September 30th, and that any for-
mer resolution on this subject be, and the same is hereby,
repealed.

Besolved, That the foregoing resolution shall apply to
the current financial year ; and that any bills which may
have been incurred by the department, within the limit of
the appropriation heretofore made, since January last, be
paid by the treasurer.



14 ATTENDANCE AT PRAYEES — BOTANICAL GAEDEN.



ATTENDANCE AT PEAYEES.

1R44, Nov. 4. Besolved, That tlie presence of tlie faculty as well as
that of the students, shall be insisted upon at the daily
prayers and declamation in the chapel.



BOTANICAL GAEDEN.

1851, J.™. 6. On the 6th of January, 1851, it was resolved that the
property of the college should be laid out in building lots,
with a space in the centre thereof, to remain open for a
park, and that the privilege of placing the college build-
ings on this space be reserved in the conveyances to pur-
chasers.

Also, that in laying out the college property, a space
be reserved for the site of a church.

Also, that as soon as a map of the property shall have
been made and approved, copies shall be printed for the
use of the college.

1856, Feb. 4. Resolved, That it be referred to the standing committee
to report to the board at its next meeting the present con-
dition of the property of the college in the nineteenth
ward known as botanic garden, at what time any,
and what part thereof may be offered to be leased, and
the probable rents to be obtained therefor; to prepare
and submit with their report the draft of a lease appli-
cable to said grounds : that the committee at the same
time submit a statement of the expenditures already
made in preparing said grounds for the occupation of
the college buildings, and for being disposed of by lease
or otherwise.

1856, Oct. 6. ijij^g standing committee was authorized to contract
a loan not exceeding fifty thousand dollars, for the pur-
pose of regulating the property known as the botanic



BOTANICAL GARDEN. 15



garden, and to give security by bond and mortgage
upon such part of the real estate of the college as they
may deem proper and sufficient, and on December 6,
1858, it was resolved that it be referred to the standing
committee, to consider and report upon the following
subjects : What measures are advisable to effect the early
leasing of the botanic garden property ; the most expe-
dient mode of disposition thereof by leases ; the clauses
and provisions proper to be inserted in such leases ; and
in what parcels lots ought to be leased.

The standing committee having reported a map of the
botanic garden tract, showing the mode in which it was
proposed to subdivide the same for leasing ; showing also
modes of laying out stable lots ; propose that the plan
designated for the upper block be adopted for each of the
blocks. That the erection of stables on any other part
of the property should be prohibited. The stable lots
thus shown, to be separately leased (with a right of way
through the alley), preference being given to tenants of
the college. The committee recommend the approval of
this plan, and that a survey of the western line of the
property be immediately made, and a map to conform to
the same be afterward prepared. They advise leasing
by private negotiation rather than by auction, and recom-
mend that leases be granted for four terms of twenty-one
years each, with covenants and conditions for the pay-
ment of rent, taxes, and assessments ; to guard against nui-
sances, to secure proper improvement within a specified
time, to express proper stipulation in regard to renewals,
and to reserve courtyards, &c., &c.; and also that leases be
granted for stable lots with such provisions inserted as
may prevent their being offensive to the occupants of the
neighboring lots, preserve private ways, &c.

Also, the following resolutions which were passed :
Resolved, That the recommendations contained in the
report of the standing committee, dated January 3, 1859,
be approved.

Resolved, That the standing committee have full power
to prepare and have printed such blank leases as they



16 BOTANICAL GARDEN — ERECTION OF COLLEGE BUILDINGS.



may think most conducive to the interests of the college,
and to make the same known as comprising in detail the
provisions which will be inserted in the leases of lots sit-
uate in the botanic garden tract ; and also, power to take
such other steps as they may deem expedient to effect
the early leasing of the above-mentioned property, and to
conclude agreements with persons for leases of the same
in lots.

1859, May 2. Resolved, That the standing committee have power to
direct the execution on the part of the college of all such
leases of lots in the botanic garden tract as they may con-
clude agreements for under the resolutions of the trustees
passed the 3d of January, 1859 ; and that the clerk be
authorized to affix the seal of this corporation to such
leases, under the direction of the standing committee.

1859, Nov. 7. Resolved, That the sum of thirty dollars be appropri-
ated for preserving the college grounds in the botanic
garden from washing ; and that a sum not exceeding
four hundred dollars be appropriated for planting trees
in and around the reserved square ; and that the above
sums be expended under the direction of the standing
committee.



EEECTION OF COLLEGE BUILDINGS.

1854, July 10. ^ :^esolution was passed, authorizing the payment of

one hundred dollars for each of the presented plans of
the college buildings proposed to be erected, and to de-
posit such plans in the college library.

1855, April 5. The Standing committee were on this day ordered by

resolution to report on the practicability and expedienc}'-
of obtaining in some central situation temporary accom-
modations for college purposes, in event of an early dis-
position of the property on the north side of the new
street.



COLLEGE BUILDING, SITE FOR — CATALOGUE. 17

1857, Feb. 6 A resolution passed on this date, ordered that the
standing committee should examine the property of this
college at the old botanic garden, with a view to desig-
nate a site for the erection of the college buildings, and
to procure designs for the same.



COLLEGE BUILDING, SITE FOE.

1866, March 5. Resolved, That a special committee be appointed to in-
quire into the expediency of procuring land for the per-
manent occupation of the college and its several schools,
and that they report to this board at its next meeting.

This committee reported April 2, but the report led to
no action.



COLLEGE BUILDINGS, USE OF.

1859, Feb. 7. A commuuicatiou having been read from the trustees
of the Bloomingdale presbyterian church, requesting the
use of the coUege chapel for religious services, it was

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this board that the
college buildings should not be used for other than aca-
demical purposes, and that it is inexpedient to comply
with the request.



CATALOGUE.



1851, March 3 A resolutiou of tliis date authorized the president to
prepare a complete catalogue of the college, and print
one thousand copies of the same.

1859 Feb. 7. TMs rcsolutiou was not acted on, and on February 7,
1859, it was further resolved, that the president be au-

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18 CATALOGUE.



fcliorized to publisli a general catalogue of the almnni of
this college, from its establishment ; with such authentic
notes of the subsequent life and career of each alumnus
as he may, with the assistance of the alumni, be able to
procure.

This also remained without effect.

is6i, N'ov. 7 Resolved, That a full catalogue of King's and Columbia
coUege, comprehending the governors, professors, trus-
tees and alumni, with the degrees conferred, be published
under the direction of the president.

This resolution was acted upon immediately, and the
catalogue was published in the following year.

The following relate to the annual catalogue :

is6o,o.t. 1. Resolved, That the list of the faculty and students of
the law school and of the medical school be included in
the catalogue of Columbia college.

1861, May 20. Resolved, That $250 be annually appropriated for
printing a catalogue under the direction of a committee,
to be issued on or before January 1st in each year.

1864, Nov. 7, Resolved, That in the annual catalogue of the college
the names of the students in the several classes be printed
in alphabetic order, those of the five students who have
received honors being prefixed to each roll ; and that at the
close of each session a list of each class — the names in
the order of merit — be printed, and that a copy be pre-
sented to each student, and another to his parents or
guardian.

The provisions of this resolution are practically annulled
by those embodied in chapter X of the revised statutes
of 1865.



CHEMISTRY, DEPARTMENT OF. 19



CHEMISTKY, DEPARTMENT OF.

1807, Dec. 7. Mr. Ruggles, Dr. Torrey, and Mr. Jones having been
appointed a special committee, were instructed to report
whether in their opinion the voluntary mode as practised
by professor Joy, should be subject to any regulations.



1858, Jan. 4.



On January 4, 1858, it was resolved, that more time
should be given in the instruction in chemistry to a portion
of the senior class ; that at least thirty-six lectures on
mineralogy, geology, and physiology, and, if necessary,
further instruction in chemistry, be given to the stu-
dents of the school of science ; that $250 be allowed the
professor of chemistry for the services of his assistant,
from October 1, 1857, to March 1, 1868, and $200 per
annum be allowed for the wages of a servant in the
laboratory ; that $500 be expended in the purchase of a
chemical cabinet ; that the mineralogical and geological
collections be rearranged and newly labelled; and that the
same committee who reported the resolutions be appointed
to carry them out, and

Resolved, That $300 yearly be paid to the professor of
chemistry, on his presenting proper vouchers, for materials
and perishable apparatus used in the lectures and labor-
atory, to commence on the 1st January, 1858.

1860, Feb. 6. Resolved, That the annual appropriation of three hun-

dred dollars for the department of chemistry, shall be
appHed to the contingent expenses of that department ;
and any balance thereof, not necessary in any year for


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