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Isaac Ferris Papers

Call Number



1816-1931, inclusive
; 1816-1871, bulk


Ferris, Isaac, 1798-1873


0.5 Linear Feet in one manuscript box

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


Isaac Ferris, 1798-1873, was a clergyman in the Reformed Dutch Church of America and the third chancellor of New York University. This collection consists of manuscripts, letters, memorabilia, and other printed material from the late 1800s.

Biographical Note

Isaac Ferris, 1798-1873, was a clergyman in the Reformed Dutch Church of America and the third chancellor of New York University. He served the Second Church at Albany (1824-1836) and the Market Street Church in New York City (1836-1853) before assuming the chancellorship of New York University (then the University of the City of New York) in 1853, a position he held until 1870. Ferris was also founder of the Rutgers Female Institute in New York (1839), member of the American Bible Society (1840-1873), founder of the New York YMCA (1852), and corresponding secretary for the Board of Foreign Missions of the Reformed Dutch Church.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes manuscripts, letters, memorabilia, and printed material created by Isaac Ferris, the third chancellor of New York University.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the creator are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from New York University Archives, (212) 998-2646,

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Isaac Ferris Papers; MC 76; box number; folder number; New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

Location of Materials

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Morris P. Ferris from 1927 to 1930 and by Mrs. J. Stewart McNally from 1978 to 1980.

Collection processed by

University Archives staff.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:54:53 -0400.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

Materials were placed in an archival box and folders.

Revisions to this Guide

November 2018: Updated by Jacqueline Rider for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description


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