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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the President (Ell)
Title:Office of the President (Ell) records
Reference Code:A02
Location Code:22/1, FF1/D1
Extent:13.00 cubic ft. (38 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records document Carl Stephens Ell's (CSE) tenure as the second president of Northeastern University (NU) from 1940 to 1959. Also included are CSE's records from the other positions he held at NU. The records include correspondence from prominent individuals in politics, education, and business; subject files concerning the relationship between NU and the YMCA, CSE's election and inauguration as president, his retirement from the presidency, individuals associated with NU, the development of the physical plant, and university events; and CSE's writings.
Historical Abstract:Carl Stephens Ell (CSE) was the second president of Northeastern University from 1940 to 1959. During his tenure as President, CSE was responsible for the accreditation of several of NU's academic programs and the rapid expansion of the physical plant. His other positions at NU included instructor at the Co-operative School of Engineering of the Boston YMCA (1910-1912), Head of the Department of Civil Engineering (1912-1917), Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering (1914-1917), Dean of the School of Engineering (1917-1940), Vice President (1925-1940), Chancellor (1959-1975), and President Emeritus (1959-1981).
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Arrangement:Organized into 3 series: Series 1. Correspondence and Memoranda; Series 2. Subject Files; and Series 3. Writings and Speeches.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ell, Carl Stephens, 1887-1981.
  • Speare, Frank Palmer, 1869-1954.
  • Knowles, Asa Smallidge, 1909-1990.
  • Richards, James Lorin, 1858-1955.
  • Dodge, Robert Gray, 1872-1964.
  • Porter, Roland Guyer, 1894-1953.
  • Whitney, Russell, 1896-1944.
  • Wright, Stuart Mead, 1904-1946.
  • Volpe, John A., 1908-1994.

  • Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of the President.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Engineering.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Corporation and Board of Trustees.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Administration.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Presidents.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Buildings.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Anniversaries, etc.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Admission.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Employees.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)--Faculty.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Women's Cabinet.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). University Cabinet.

  • Universities and colleges--Administration.
  • College presidents--Inauguration.
  • College trustees.
  • Education, Cooperative.
  • Educational fund raising.

Restrictions: The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

Carl Stephens Ell papers (M02)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Abigail Schoolman, Staff, 1995, 1996, 2004