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E. Tappan Stannard papers

Call Number: MS 890

Scope and Contents

The Earl Tappan Stannard Papers consist primarily of correspondence concerned with the development of the sciences at Yale University. Stannard was a frequent member of university fact-finding committees. Among them were the President's Committee for the Sciences, the University Council, Division of the Sciences, and the President's Committee on University Development, division of engineering of which he was chairman.

Of particular interest in the papers is a photograph album depicting the construction of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, Copper River, Alaska (ca. 1909-1910). The papers came to Manuscripts and Archives from William J. Feeney, Associate Treasurer of Yale University on March 20, 1979. The Treasurer's office received the material from the E. Tappan Stannard Estate.


  • 1909-1949


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the E. Tappan Stannard estate.


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Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist of correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia. The correspondence (1939-1949) is entirely devoted to Stannard's participation in the development of the sciences at Yale University and as a member of various university committees. A photograph album depicting the construction of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway in Alaska (ca. 1909-1910) is also included.

Biographical / Historical

E. Tappan Stannard, '05 S.

Stannard was born December 9, 1882, in Chittenango, New York, the son of Burdette and Valenta (Young) Stannard. He prepared for Yale at Phillips Academy, Andover, was graduated from the Sheffield Scientific School with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1905, and spent the following year there in graduate work.

In June, 1906, he entered the employ of the Federal Lead Company in Missouri, where he remained nearly five years. Then followed three years with the Braden Copper Company in Chile and five years in Alaska as General Manager of the mining operations of the Kennecott Copper Corporation. In 1920 he became head also of the Alaska Steamship Company. In 1923 he was elected vice president and a director of the Kennecott Copper Corporation and since 1933 has been its president. He was president also of the Braden Copper Company and an officer or director of several other companies, including the Chase Brass and Copper Company and Johns-Manville Corporation.

He headed the United States Copper Association and was instrumental in working out a cooperative understanding with world producers of copper, in recognition of which he was decorated by King Leopold of Belgium. In 1936 the Michigan College of Mines and Technology conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.

Stannard was vice-president of his Class, a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale Engineering Association, and was a Republican and an Episcopalian.

He married Jeannette Condon on June 11, 1918.

[from the Yale University Alumni Board ballot, May 1, 1939]

Guide to the E. Tappan Stannard Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Nancy L. Fappiano
April 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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