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James Rowland Angell, president of Yale University, records

Call Number: RU 24

Scope and Contents

The James Rowland Angell Presidential Papers consist of a single alphabetical sequence of files spanning Angell's entire presidency - 1921-1937. Incoming and outgoing copies of correspondence are filed together, i.e., there is not a separate series of outgoing correspondence carbons in chronological order.

The papers deal with literally every aspect of University activity from 1921 until 1937. See also Mss. Group No. 2, James Rowland Angell Personal Papers.


  • 1921-1937


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.


The records are arranged alphabetically by subject.


84.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The records consist of correspondence, annual reports, memoranda, and subject files documenting James Rowland Angell's activities as president of Yale University. The records contain substantive documentation on virtually every aspect of the university's administration, its schools, departments, and other major units. The files pertaining to the founding of the School of Nursing, the Institute of Human Relations, and the residential colleges are particularly significant.

Biographical / Historical

James Rowland Angell was born on May 8, 1869 in Burlington, Vermont. He attended the University of Michigan (B.A., 1890; M.A., 1891), Harvard (M.A., 1892) and the University of Berlin. From 1893-1919 Angell was a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and served as acting president from 1918-1919. In 1921 he resigned as president of the Carnegie Corporation to accept the presidency of Yale University, a position he held until 1937. As president of Yale, Angell instituted a major reorganization of the undergraduate curriculum, brought in new faculty, expanded the Graduate School, and increased Yale's stature as a national center of higher education. Major achievements of his administration included the founding of the Yale School of Nursing (1923); the organization of the Institute of Psychology (1924), which was expanded into the Institute of Human Relations (1929); and the adoption of a residential college plan for undergraduates. Angell died in Hamden, Connecticut on March 4, 1949.

General note

Forms part of Yale Record Group 2-A (YRG 2-A), Records of the Yale president's office.

Guide to the James Rowland Angell, President of Yale University, Records
Under Revision
compiled by Manuscripts and Archives Staff
May 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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