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A history of Cornell in 50 objects

We offer an intimate look at 160 years of Cornell College history
through objects that tell stories about student life, academics, the Hilltop,
and how the college was shaped by the larger world.

Photos by Envisage Studios
With gratitude to historians William Heywood, Richard Thomas, and
Charles Milhauser, and especially to college archivist and librarian Mary Iber.

Click on any of the images below to see a full-screen slideshow.

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Cornell history in 50 objects

Inspired by the book “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” we tell (and show!) 160 years of Cornell history in 50 significant objects.