|Creator:||French, John Raymond.|
|Title:||John Raymond French Papers|
|Size:||10 boxes (4.75 linear feet)|
|Abstract:||The John Raymond French Papers include correspondence, student work, and notebooks from his time at Syracuse University.|
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
John Raymond French (1825-1897) was a professor of mathematics and the first dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Syracuse University.
French was born in April of 1825 in Oswego County, New York. As a young child, his father fell ill, leaving French to pay for his education on his own. He first attended school at a private academy in Southland and then moved to Mexico Academy, both in New York, where he taught for the winter terms and attended classes during fall and spring. For income while attending classes, French rang the bell at the academy. After six successive winters of teaching, French taught for a full year. Money from this year allowed him to spend his senior year at Union College. In 1849, French graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
From 1849 to 1853 French taught at Falley Seminary in Fulton, New York. During this time he earned his Master’s degree from Wesleyan University. In 1853, French was named principal of the seminary, but due to health reasons he left the post just one year later. Later in 1854 he worked as an agent for Troy University until becoming principal of Mexico Academy in 1855.
In 1859, French married Eliza A. Montgomery and was also admitted to the bar. He entered into a legal partnership with his brother George G. French and practiced law in Mexico, New York.
French began teaching as a professor of mathematics at Genesee College in 1864. While a professor, he earned his Doctor of Law from Allegheny College. In 1871, French became the first dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor of mathematics at Syracuse University, which had just been founded in 1870. While in Syracuse, French was also involved in the University Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as trustee, steward, Sunday-school superintendent, chorister, and secretary of the board of trustees.
In 1895, he was made Vice Chancellor to Chancellor James Roscoe Day at Syracuse University and served in the position until his death in April of 1897. After his death, a professorship of civil engineering was named in his honor, which today is known as the John Raymond French Distinguished Professor of Mathematics.
The John Raymond French Papers includes four series:
The General Correspondence series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, many concerning payment of loans, exams, or degrees as well as expressing interest in the various programs at Syracuse University.
The Individual Correspondence series includes either substantial incoming correspondence from various individuals of his professional life or incoming correspondence from notable figures, such as Chancellor Alexander Winchell or Melvil Dewey.
The Notebooks series includes four notebooks containing French's notes about his classes and students.
The Student Work series includes assignments and exams from French's students.
Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.
Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
The Syracuse University Archives holds a clipping file and portrait file for John Raymond French and also has bells that belonged to him in the Memorabilia Collection.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
John Raymond French Papers,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
The Syracuse University Archives does not have information on how the John Raymond French Papers were obtained.
Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders, boxes, and envelopes.
Created by: Maggie Teschler
The materials have been arranged either alphabetically or chronologically by series.
|Box 1||January - May 1881|
|Box 1||June - September 1881|
|Box 2||October - December 1881|
|Box 2||January - April 1882|
|Box 2||May - August 1882|
|Box 2||September - December 1882|
|Box 2||January - April 1883|
|Box 2||May - July 1883|
|Box 3||August - December 1883|
|Box 3||January - April 1884|
|Box 3||May - August 1884|
|Box 3||September - December 1884|
|Box 3||January - April 1886|
|Box 4||May - June 1886|
|Box 4||July - September 1886|
|Box 4||October - December 1886|
|Box 4||January - April 1887|
|Box 4||May - December 1887|
|Box 4||January - April 1888|
|Box 5||May - June 1888|
|Box 5||July - September 1888|
|Box 5||October - December 1888|
|Box 5||January - May 1889|
|Box 5||June - December 1889|
|Box 5||January - March 1891|
|Box 6||April - May 1891|
|Box 6||June - July 1891|
|Box 6||August - December 1891|
|Box 6||January - May 1892|
|Box 6||June - August 1892|
|Box 7||September - December 1892|
|Box 7||January - September 1893|
|Box 7||October - December 1893|
|Box 7||January - April 1894|
|Box 7||May - July 1894|
|Box 7||August - December 1894|
|Box 8||January - April 1895|
|Box 8||May - July 1895|
|Box 8||August - December 1895|
|Box 8||Fragments undated|
|Box 8||Regarding J.D. McLaren 1881-1886|
|Box 9||Tipple Hazing Case 1881|
|Box 9||Outgoing 1870-1895|
|Box 9||Beebe, Minnie 1891-1894|
|Box 9||Bennett, Chas. W. 1876-1886|
|Box 9||Cabeen, Chas. W. 1895|
|Box 9||Clark, John Scott 1882|
|Box 9||Coddington, Wellsley Perry 1876-1888|
|Box 9||Comfort, George Fisk 1879-1895|
|Box 9||Davis, A.B. 1881-1892|
|Box 9||Day, James Roscoe 1893-1895|
|Box 9||Dewey, Melvil 1892-1895|
|Box 9||Harrison, Benjamin 1894|
|Box 9||Haven, Erastus Otis 1879|
|Box 9||Hoose, James Horman 1876-1883|
|Box 9||Parker, George Albert 1895|
|Box 9||Nottingham, Edwin 1886-1893|
|Box 9||Reid, John Morrison 1881-1895|
|Box 9||Root, Francis 1882-1891|
|Box 9||Schultze, William H. 1882|
|Box 9||Sibley, Henry O. 1891-1893|
|Box 9||Sims, Charles N. 1881-1895|
|Box 9||Smalley, Frank 1883-1892|
|Box 9||Stowell, Thomas B. 1878-1894|
|Box 9||Underwood, Lucien M. 1891|
|Box 9||Vernon, Leroy M. 1894-1896|
|Box 9||Wells, Newton 1895|
|Box 9||Winchell, Alexander 1877-1878|
|Box 10||Class Notes 1890-1895 (2)|
|Box 10||Memoranda 1895-1896|
|Box 10||Student Notes 1887-1892|
|Box 9||Exams 1873|
|Box 9||Survey Bills 1886|
|Box 9||Various 1876-1895|