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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Starr Jordan Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1794-1950
    Collection number: XX240
    Creator: Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
    Collection Size: 88 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 card file boxes, 1 oversize folder, 5 scrapbooks, 6 envelopes, memorabilia (42.4 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, pamphlets, leaflets, clippings, and photographs, relating to pacifism and the movement for world peace, disarmament, international relations, American neutrality in World War I, American foreign and domestic policy, civil liberties in the United States, problems of minorities in the United States, Stanford University, and personal and family matters.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Starr Jordan papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Access Points

    Civil rights--United States.
    Minorities--United States.
    World politics.
    World War, 1914-1918.
    World War, 1914-1918--United States.
    United States--Politics and government.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    United States--Foreign relations--20th century.
    United States--Neutrality.
    United States--Politics and government--20th century.
    Stanford University.
    Universities and colleges--United States.

    Biographical Note

    1851 January 19 Born, Gainesville, New York
    1869 Entered Cornell University
    1872 Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Cornell University
    1872-1873 Instructor in botany, Lombard University, Galesburg, Illinois
    1873-1874 Principal, Appleton Collegiate Institute, Appleton, Wisconsin
    1874-1875 Science teacher, Indianapolis High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
    1875 Married Susan Bowen
    1875-1879 Professor of natural history, Northwestern Christian University, Irvington, Indiana
    1878 Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern Christian University
    1879-1885 Chairman of the Department of Natural Sciences, Indiana University
    1885-1891 President, Indiana University
    1885 Death of Mrs. Jordan
    1887 Married Jessie Knight
    1891-1913 President of Stanford University
    1913-1916 Chancellor of Stanford University
    1916-1931 Chancellor Emeritus of Stanford University
    1931 September 19 Died, Stanford, California

    Scope and Content

    During his lifetime, David Starr Jordan made gifts of his papers to the Hoover Institution (then known as the Hoover War Library). After his death, his widow and friends donated the balance of his papers, including his voluminous correspondence, speeches, writings, notes, and reference materials until, by 1941, the Hoover Institution had custody of almost all of Jordan's papers aside from official university files. In 1945 the papers were divided between the Stanford University Library (these were subsequently included in the Stanford University Archives) and the Hoover Institution, which retained all of the papers dealing with war and peace, most of the papers dealing with international relations, and many papers dealing with U.S. social and political affairs (in areas such as civil liberties, problems of minorities, alien land laws, and higher education).