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Thomas Phelan papers

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Abstract

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Graded Title Pages

Student Research Papers

Research Notes

Transcriptions of documents pertaining to Stephen Van Rensselaer

Miscellany

Course Syllabi



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Thomas Phelan papers, 1973-1996 and undated

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Title: Thomas Phelan papers, 1973-1996 and undatedAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Phelan, Thomas (1925-)

Extent: 3.6 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in four series:

I. Graded title pages (access restricted)

II. Student research papers

III. Research materials

IV. Transcriptions regarding Stephen Van Rensselaer

V. Miscellany

Series I and II are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by authors' last names within each semester. Series III is arranged alphabetically. Series IV has been removed from binders and reflects its original order.

Languages: English

Collection processed by: T.A. Gobert and Julie C. Deitz

Abstract

Student research papers written for Phelan's undergraduate courses from the mid 1970s until 1994. Typed transcripts of documents pertaining to Stephen van Rensselaer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the Thomas Phelan papers (MC 76) collection consists of student research papers written for Phelan’s undergraduate courses from the mid 1970s until 1994. Paper topics reflect the nature of the courses taught, such as Medieval art and American architecture and artifacts. However, a large percentage of the papers pertain to local history, reflecting the popularity of Phelan’s course “Troy: A 19th Century Industrial City.” These papers illustrate the wide ranging interests of both the professor and his students, with subjects such as transportation (canals, bridges, railroads, steamboats, street cars), industry and industrial archeology (iron and steel manufacturing, paper and textile industries, collar making), local figures (Henry Burden, Sanford Cluett, Erastus Corning, Uri Gilbert, John Griswold, Kate Mullany, Russell Sage, Canvass White, etc.), workers’ living conditions, 19th century entertainment, religious and ethnic groups, and a variety of other topics.

There is also a small amount of miscellaneous research material compiled by or for Phelan, including research notes, photocopied articles, photographs, negatives, and slides. Topics are similar to those listed above. In addition, the collection contains typed transcripts of documents pertaining to Stephen van Rensselaer which were originally transcribed for William Bertrand Fink's 1950 dissertation "Stephen van Rensselaer: The Last Patroon."

Biographical Note

The Reverend Thomas Phelan dedicated more than four decades of his life to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he served as chaplain, professor, dean, historian, and special adviser to the president. A native of Troy, New York, Phelan began his long association with RPI in 1959 when he was named the resident Catholic chaplain. Rev. Phelan’s legacy to Rensselaer includes building the Chapel + Cultural Center, which opened in 1968. Phelan, who was named dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) in 1972 and served in that capacity until 1994, is credited with overseeing the renovation of the Russell Sage Laboratory to bring H&SS onto the main campus, and developing a strong faculty focused on bridging the humanities and technology.

Phelan’s contributions to the community outside of Rensselaer were also numerous. He is known as the founding president of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and fostering pride in the local communities that played a major role in the industrial revolution. He also served as chairman of WMHT Educational Telecommunications, and was a leader or member of a host of ecumenical, mental health, historic, and educational groups. He also wrote extensively, on historical theology, American material culture (especially as it reflects our industrial heritage), and higher education. He is perhaps best known for his writings on the American Industrial Revolution, using the Troy area as a model for understanding the implications of industrialization in U.S. history. Phelan’s work through the years earned him numerous honors. He was elected a fellow of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture in 1972. He was awarded the Albany League of Arts Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts, the Albert Fox Demers Medal for distinguished service to Rensselaer in 1986, the first Community Service Award from the Hudson-Mohawk Consortium of Colleges and Universities in 1987, and the Academic Citizens Laureate Award from the State University of New York Foundation at Albany in 1988. In 2005 the Institute created the Thomas Phelan Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences to recognize an outstanding scholar who has contributed significantly to an understanding of the relationship of material culture to the history and development of society.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Access to Box 1 is restricted.

Use Restrictions: This collection is protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Preferred Citation: Thomas Phelan papers, MC 76. Insitute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.


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[Series I: Graded Title Pages],
[Series II: Student Research Papers],
[Series III: Research Notes],
[Series IV: Transcriptions of documents pertaining to Stephen Van Rensselaer],
[Series V: Miscellany],
[Series VI: Course Syllabi],
[All]

Series IV: Transcriptions of documents pertaining to Stephen Van RensselaerAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Adams, [Charles Francis]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Daily Albany ArgusAdd to your cart.
Item 3: [Daily] Albany ArgusAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Fitzpatrick, [John C.]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Assembly DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: NY Public LibraryAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Bonney, [Mrs. Catharina]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Brown, [Everett] - MO Comp[romise]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Brown, [Everett] - Pres[idential] Elec[tion]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Buckingham, [J.S.]Add to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: SVR's Library CatalogueAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Cheney, [Edward P.] - Anti-Rent AgitationAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Columbia U[niversity] - DeWitt Clinton Pap[ers]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Register of Debates [in] CongressAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Cooper, [James] - No[rthern] CountyAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Cowen, [Esek] - Cases [in the] Supreme CTAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Daily Alb[any] AdvertiserAdd to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Ekirch, [Arthur A., Jr.] - D[aniel] D[ewey] BarnardAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Ellis, [David] - Landlords and Farmers [in] 1790-1850Add to your cart.
Item 3: Foote, [Katharine] - Ebenezer FooteAdd to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Hammond, [Jabez?] - History [of] NYS PoliticsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Carter, [Nathaniel]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Hough, [Franklin B.] - NYS GazetteerAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Howell, [George R.] and Tenney, [Jonathan] - Hist[ory of the]Add to your cart.
Item 5: County of Alb[any, NY]Add to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Johnson, [William] - Supreme CTAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Lamb, [Mrs. Martha J.] - [The] V[an] R[ensselaer] ManorAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Lester, [Dixon] - Am[erican] SocietyAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Library of CongressAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Lincoln, [Charles Z.] - Messages from Gov[ernors]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Morison, [Samuel] - Life [and Letters of] H[arrison] G[ray] OtisAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Morison, [Samuel] - Three C[enturies] of HarvardAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Munsell, [Joel] - Annals of Alb[any]Add to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Van Rensselaer, MaunsellAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Niles' W[ee]kly RegisterAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Bonney, [Mrs. Catharina]Add to your cart.
Item 4: NYS ArchivesAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Hist[orical] Soc[iety of] PAAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: NYS Hist[orical] Soc[iety]Add to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Harvard Univ[ersity]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Barnes, [Thurlow Weed]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Schoonmaker, [Marius]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Livingston, [Edwin]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Schachner, [Nathan]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Senate House Mus[eum]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Werner, [Edgar]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Matthews, [Albert]Add to your cart.
Item 9: Gebhard, [Elizabeth L.]Add to your cart.
Item 10: Handlin, [Oscar]Add to your cart.
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pope, [Franklin]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Maclean, [John]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Burr, [Nelson R.]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Archives [of the State of] NJAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Collins, [Varnum]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Chastellux, [Marquis de]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Cheyney, [Edward P.] - Anti[-Rent] Move[ment]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Schuyler, [George W.]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: NY State LibraryAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: NY State LibraryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: NY State LibraryAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: NYS Senate DocsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Rammelkamp, [C.H.] - 1824 CampaignAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Reynolds, [Cuyler]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Rice, [Harriet]Add to your cart.
Item 5: RPI LibraryAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Smith, [Margaret]Add to your cart.
Item 2: American FarmerAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Tuckerman, [Bayard]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Van Deusen, [Glyndon G.]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Weed, [Harriet A.]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Wendell, [John L.] - Supreme CTAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Albany AdvertiserAdd to your cart.
Item 8: American CongressAdd to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Albany GazetteAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Albany CongressAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Johnston, [Henry P.]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Fink to Dyer - [Letter from W.B. Fink to Chester Dyer, other letters that were addressed to Fink]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Fox, [Dixon]Add to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: King, [Charles R.]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Cornell U[niversity]Add to your cart.
Item 3: J[ournal of the] Convention [of the] S[tate of] NYAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Mayer, [Josephine]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Lodge, [Henry C.]Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Alexander, [Samuel]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Wertenbaker, [Thomas]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Van Laer, [A. J. F.]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Sherwood, [Warren]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Nissenson, [S. G.]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Lamb, [Mrs. Martha J.] - Hist[ory of] NY [City]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Weise, [Arthur] - Hist[ory of the] City [of] Alb[any]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Spencer, [Charles]Add to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Spaulding, [E. Wilder]Add to your cart.
Item 2: O'Callaghan, [E. B.]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Seldon, [Henry R.]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Murrary, [David]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Miner, [Clarence E.]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Marriage LicensesAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Higgins, [Ruth L.]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Rensselaerswyck Manu[scripts]Add to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Weise, [A. J.] - Hist[ory of the] 17 Towns [of Rensselaer County]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Sylvester, [Nathaniel]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Winsor, [Justin]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Bien, [Joseph R.]Add to your cart.
Item 5: Barnard, [Daniel D.]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Christman, [Henry]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Gordon, [Thomas F.]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Van Rensselaer, K[iliaen]Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Van Rensselaer, MayAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Paltsits, [Victor]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Pepper, [C., Jr.]Add to your cart.
Item 4: [The] SaratogianAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Anthony, [Robert W.]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Minard, [John]Add to your cart.
Item 7: Fitzpatrick, [John C.]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Humphreys, [Mary]Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Lossing, [Benson J.]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Tuckerman, [Bayard]Add to your cart.
Item 3: Wharton, [Anne]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Last Will and Test[ament of] SVRAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Runk, [Emma Ten Broeck]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Barnard, D[aniel D.] - Discourse [on] SVRAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Barnard, H[enry]Add to your cart.
Item 8: Baxter, [Katharine]Add to your cart.
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Peltz, [W. L. L.]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Chart [of the] V[an] R[ensselaer]sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Van Laer, [A. J. F.] - V[an] R[ensselaer] Bouvier Manu[scripts]Add to your cart.
Item 4: Van Vechten PapersAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Van Schaak, [Henry C.]Add to your cart.
Item 6: Spooner, [Walter W.]Add to your cart.

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[Series I: Graded Title Pages],
[Series II: Student Research Papers],
[Series III: Research Notes],
[Series IV: Transcriptions of documents pertaining to Stephen Van Rensselaer],
[Series V: Miscellany],
[Series VI: Course Syllabi],
[All]

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