About the Archives


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Page from Archival Material

In 2009 Tony Cashen ’57 and Kevin Bruns ’79 began digitizing the materials. In these galleries you will find several dozen of the more important and more interesting documents. The archival materials are stored at Tony’s farm in Ghent, NY.

The archival documents are contained in cloth-bound, legal-size minute books (with lined pages), most of which had probably not been opened since before chapter president Ron Decker ’55 brought them home for safe-keeping in the mid 1950s.

Perhaps the most interesting find were the biographical profiles of decades of brothers. They were recorded by unknown contemporaries — likely undergraduate or alumni association officers. In these sketches, written in hand, the lives of DUs were chronicled — their post-Cornell degrees, first jobs, careers, political appointments, marriages and deaths.

The process of digitizing the entire collection goes on. Ultimately, the materials will be given to the Cornell Archives in Olin Library for permanent safe-keeping, accessible to DU brothers for all time.

WORK IN PROGRESS

There are dozens of images still to be organized and added to the site. So stop by often to see what’s new.  And please be patient with the hopefully few technical glitches.  We’re working on them.  Enjoy the trip back in DU history.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENT?

We welcome them. Contact Kevin and Tony at alumni@cornelldu.org. And feel free to offer a suggestion (or compliment) below.