The collection consists primarily of Jordan's correspondence relating to professional and university matters, and also contains
writings (published and unpublished), clippings, journals and diaries, scrapbooks, financial papers, biographical and genealogical
information, and photographs. Materials in the collection reflect Jordan's embrace of and advocacy for eugenics, including
his leadership in 19th and 20th century eugenics organizations.
David Starr Jordan was born at Gainesville, New York, on January 19, 1851. In March, 1869, Jordan entered Cornell University
to join the first freshman class (which had begun work in the fall of 1868). Upon presentation of his thesis, "Wild Flowers
of Wyoming County," Jordan received an M.S. degree from Cornell in 1872.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University
The materials are open for research use.