Freshmen Desk Books

Investigator: Evan Earle and Eileen Keating, Rare and Manuscript Collections

Preservation Fund, 2019

The Freshman Desk book, also known as the Students’ Handbook, served as a quick reference of commonly needed information for an incoming student at Cornell. This included the academic calendar, information on campus, such as the library and athletic facilities, student organizations and student publications, and the administration. Also some information on campus traditions such as songs. Handbooks also contained information about the Ithaca area and advertisements for local businesses.