An Introductory Note to the May Manuscript of the
History of the University of Rochester
Upon his retirement in 1964 after almost 40 years of teaching European history at the University of Rochester, Professor Arthur J. May was appointed University Historian to write a history of the University.
He and his two research assistants had nearly completed the first draft at the time of his sudden and unexpected death in June 1968. The assistants finished researching and writing two more chapters before the office closed the next year.
The manuscript draft, thorough and detailed, was too long to publish as a single volume. But to make it more immediately useful, Karl S. Kabelac of the library staff was employed in 1971 to create an index to it. This index has greatly added to its usefulness, and can be accessed below.
Several years later, Lawrence E. Klein, UR 1971, was employed to abridge the manuscript to book length. This abridged version was then published in 1977. Copies of the book are available in the University of Rochester library collections.
The volume as published does not contain the footnotes. Thus the original manuscript draft has continued to be useful, both for the fact that it contains much information not in the published volume, and the fact that it has the footnotes. These footnotes are invaluable for anyone wishing to research more deeply into many aspects of the University's history.
A researcher using the footnotes, though, has to be aware that Dr. May did not footnote individual facts, but rather footnoted one or more paragraphs at a time. Thus in using the manuscript, one sometimes has to study a footnote to decide which of the several citations in the footnote relates to the particular fact one is interested in pursuing.
Finally, today's readers of this history are urged to remember that Professor May -- born in 1899 -- was a man of his times, and he sometimes expressed a different view of the role of women at the University, and other subjects, than we are accustomed to.
The original index referenced both the chapter and page of the citation; because the text is now fully searchable, the online version of the index provides links to the chapter only. Once at the chapter, readers should do a keyword search using the "Find" option in the Edit menu of their browser.
A B C D E F G H I-J K L M N-O P-Q R S T U-Z
- A University Dream That Failed
- Hamilton versus Rochester
- The Year of Decisions: 1850
- A College Opens
- Portrait of a President
- A Critical Decade
- The Civil War Era
- Continuity and Growth
- University Gallery
- The End of an Age
- Hill and the Interregnum
- Collegians and Graduates in the 'Nineties
- Enter the Ladies
- Rhees of Rochester
- Widening Horizons
- Men and Women
- Sunshine and Shadow
- The Birth of a Music Center
- Voices of Music
- Shaping the Medical Center
- Sons of Aesculapius
- Oak Hill Becomes the River Campus
- The Changing College
- Beyond the Curriculum
- Hail, Farewell, Hail
- The Depression Decade
- Undergraduates and Graduates in the 'Thirties
- Music and Medicine in the 1930's
- The Impact of Pearl Harbor
- Education for Victory
- Women, Music and Medicine in Wartime
- Valentine: The Last Phase
- The First Century Ends
- The Coming of de Kiewiet
- Reunion of the Colleges
- River Campus Panorama
- In Pursuit of Excellence
- Undergraduate Life Beside the Genesee
- The Eastman School -- The Postwar Years