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ERIC Number: ED108531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 33
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Thomas Clap and the Founding of Yale.
Cowley, W. H.
The conflicting statements about Yale's beginning made at various times by President Clap definitively shaped his administration (1740-1766) and also Yale's method of government for more than a century thereafter. During the 90 years following the 1792 reorganization of the Yale Corporation no one seems to have questioned Clap's pronouncements, if indeed anyone had effectively criticized them earlier. In 1882, however, Franklin B. Dexter and Simeon E. Baldwin published papers calling some of Clap's pronouncements into question. Two decades later Charles H. Smith repeated their dissents, but none of these Yale professors have been as throughgoing as the situation seems to require. This document examines five components of the several Clapian versions of Yale's early years and also observations about them made or not made by the three men just named. The purpose of this document is to facilitate the study of the evolution of American academic government. Sections of the document cover: (1) The Plan of 1698; (2) Selection of Yale's First Trustees; (3) Petition to the General Assembly for the Founding; (4) The Tradition of Books Donated Previous to the Act of Liberty; (5) Abatements, Misquotations, Distortions. (Author/KE)
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