Excerpt from Biographical Catalogue of the Chancellors, Professors and Graduates of the Department of Arts and Science of the University of the City of New York
The work of securing the material for the catalogue proved to be vastly greater than was anticipated. Not a few of the living Alumni are too modest to present their records, even after repeated calls by letter or in person; while, of many of those belonging to the older classes, no traces could be found, although in some instances scores of letters were sent in search. But the denominational handbooks, the catalogues of professional schools, and the publications of the Greek letter Fraternities have furnished information from which partial records have been compiled of some Alumni, respecting whom no other facts could be obtained. Not a few gaps remain, some of which will be filled in a supplement which, it is hoped, will be issued within two or three years. At the same time the Committee cannot refrain from congratulating the Alumni upon the success which has attended its efforts, in that the catalogue is issued, two years from its inception, so nearly complete - a result due to the hearty co-operation of many who are not members of the Committee.
While the labor of compilation has been shared by all members of the Committee, the greater part of the work has been done by Dr. C. S. Benedict, '80, Prof. J. J. Stevenson, '63, and Dr. A. W. Ferris, '78. In addition to a vast amount of other labor, Prof. Stevenson prepared the entire biographies of the Chancellors and Professors, and also the Bibliography. Dr. Ferris revised and edited the copy of the section of the catalogue which contains the biographies of the Graduates, and supervised the printing of the volume.
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