University of Chicago. Office of the President. Mason Administration. Records 1910-1929
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Most of the records in the collection pertain to the $400,000 raised by the American Baptist Education Society in 1889-1890 in order to obtain a 600,000 grant from John D. Rockefeller for the creation of an endowment for the University of Chicago. The first volume in the inventory, Record of Pledges for the University of Chicago, contains an alphabetical numbered listing of subscribers, amounts pledged, and payments made through 1906. The subscription forms and letters (1:4-13) are numbered to c...
Max Mason served as President of the University of Chicago from 1925 to 1928. Not only was Mason the first president who had not been a founding member of the university faculty, he also came from outside the university, and had comparatively little administrative experience. By recruiting a young researcher from outside the university, the trustees sought new ideas, dedication to research, and strong relationships with students and the public. Hailing from Madison, Wisc...