Historical Documents

The rich history of Cooper Union is detailed in a trove of primary sources in its archives. These sources include speeches, letters, legal documents, photographs and engravings. The documents on this page are among the most requested items in the archive.

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Charter (handwritten, c. 1859): color PDF or black and white PDF

Charter (typescript, 1971)

Deed of Trust

Bylaws (various versions)

Peter Cooper's Letter to the Trustees, April 29, 1859

Peter Cooper's Address, November 2, 1859

The Cooper Union Annual Reports 1860-1884

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