Swarthmore College Peace Collection

David Starr Jordan Collected Papers, 1898-1931

Collection: CDG-A



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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Descriptive Summary
Repository
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for this collection of papers.
Creator
Jordan, David Starr
Title
David Starr Jordan Collected Papers
Inclusive Dates
1898-1931
Call Number
CDG-A

Language of Materials
Materials in English
Extent
8 linear inches [papers only]
Abstract
David Starr Jordan was a noted educator, scientist and peace activist. He was the President of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he remained, first as president and later as chancellor, until his retirement.. He was for his work as a peace activist, writing books such as The Blood of the Nation, War and Waste, Ways of Lasting Peace, and Democracy and World Relations, among many others. Jordan served as president of the World Peace Foundation from 1910 to 1914 and as president of the World Peace Conference in 1915. Although he campaigned vigorously against US involvement in World War I, once war was declared, he advocated aggressive measures to end the conflict quickly. He retired from his post at Stanford in 1916 and from public life in 1925.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
None
Usage Restrictions
None
Alternate Form of Material
None
Acquisitions Information
Gift of various sources
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff. Checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, January 1999. Revised by Andrew Ciampa, July 2010.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the David Starr Jordan Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

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Historical Background
David Starr Jordan was a noted educator, scientist and peace activist. Born January 19, 1851, in Gainesville, NY, he was educated at Cornell University, Butler University, and the Indiana University School of Medicine before becoming the President of Indiana University in 1885, the youngest university president in the nation at the time. Six years later, he accepted the post of President of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he remained, first as president and later as chancellor, until his retirement.

Dr. Jordan was a renowned expert in many fields. His training was mainly in ichthyology, the study of fish, and he was widely regarded in that field. He served as an expert witness on the validity of the theory of evolution at the Scopes trial in Tennessee, for example. In addition, he was known for his work in education and philosophy, publishing many works on those subjects. He was best known, however, for his work as a peace activist. He was a proficient author in this field, writing books such as The Blood of the Nation, War and Waste, Ways of Lasting Peace, and Democracy and World Relations, among many others. He often approached the subject of peace from a biological angle, arguing that war was detrimental to the health of the species because it removed the strongest individuals from the gene pool. He served as president of the World Peace Foundation from 1910 to 1914 and as president of the World Peace Conference in 1915. He was also vice president of the American Peace Society. Although he campaigned vigorously against US involvement in World War I, once war was declared, he advocated aggressive measures to end the conflict quickly. He retired from his post at Stanford in 1916 and from public life in 1925. He died in his home in Palo Alto on September 19, 1931.





Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Correspondence
Literature about David Starr Jordan and obituary notices
"What Shall We Say" (Series of leaflets written by Jordan), # 47-77, 1913 - 1916
Writings, 1898 - 1914
Writings, 1915 - 1919
Writings, 1920 - 1931, undated
Clippings (mostly re: his death)



This file was last updated on October 17, 2011.