Cornell College's early years as experienced or researched by students
The documents on this page were written at a later time by Cornell College students about Cornell's early history. In the case of John O. Foster, who later earned a Doctor of Divinity, the recollections are from his time at Cornell from 1855-1860. His index covers 62 topics on all matters of campus life and education. Albert Boysen wrties about the social mores covering a time period in which there were significant changes. He writes about tradition, rules, dancing, social groups, drinking, cupid & the twelfth rule, smoking & card playing. He concludes that Cornell is as modern as other institutions of the time. Jeanie Franz researched how life was for Cornell students from 1852-1900 and makes a good case for the making of dreams.