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PREFACE

been turned over to me by President Judson and by Secretary Dickerson, who has also given me his expert assistance in reading the proof. The Minutes of the Board of Trustees, the President's annual Reports and the University Record have given me their wealth of material.

Mr. Edward Goodman, a Trustee from 1890 to 1911, before his death presented to the University a series of Scrap-Books filled with stores of historical material relating to the old University and the new one, and covering a period of fifty-one years, from 1856 to 1907. These books have been a mine of information.

My acknowledgements are due to Professor Albion W. Small, who has read most of the chapters, for helpful criticism and suggestion, and to Professor Edgar J. Goodspeed and Associate Professor David A. Robertson, who have read through the completed book and, aided by Associate Professor W. J. G. Land, arranged the illustrations. Assistance has been cheerfully given by many members of the Faculties, among them Messrs. E. D. Burton, J. R. Angell, J. H. Tufts, J. L. Laughlin, T. C. Chamberlin, C. D. Buck, E. H. Moore, J. Stieglitz, N. Butler, W. D. MacClintock, F. J. Miller, C. F. Castle, J. H. Breasted, Stuart Weller, F. B. Tarbell, and Trevor Amett. I am indebted also to N. C. Plimpton, and G. O. Fairweather, of the business office. The index is the work of J. A. Powell, of the Press. My son Charles T. B . Goodspeed has assisted me in many ways.

This book has been a labor of love, not a wearisome task. There has been no attempt at fine writing. I have not flattered myself that I could produce a literary classic, and, therefore, have not attempted it. I have made a presentation of the history of the University during its first quarter-century as nearly true to the facts as I have known how to make it. If the work proves to be a real service to the institution to which I have devoted nearly thirty years of my life, I shall be more than satisfied.

Thomas Wakefield Goodspeed  

Chicago, 1916