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Francis T. Plimpton Papers

Identifier: BC01-11

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes the correspondence, minutes, budgets, audits, and other financial records related to Francis T. Plimpton's service as Treasurer and Trustee of Barnard College. Of note are papers relating to searches for Presidents Martha Peterson and Millicent McIntosh. Also of interest are blueprints, compliance reports, and insurance records documenting the building of Plimpton Hall, and obituaries of Plimpton's father George Arthur Plimpton.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1981



This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard College Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard College Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


Francis T. Plimpton was named to the Board of Trustees of Barnard College upon the death of his father George A. Plimpton in 1936, and remained in the position until 1984. He served as Treasurer from 1936-1937, was a member of the Committee of Finance and the Investment Committee, and oversaw the construction of Plimpton Hall. Plimpton was a lawyer and founding partner of the firm Debevoise & Plimpton. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1961-1965, and held many advisory posts with the UN throughout his life. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts, and President of the American Bar Association.


3.75 Linear Feet (9 document boxes)




This collections consists of the personal papers of Barnard College Trustee and Treasurer, Francis T. Plimpton. The collection includes correspondence, minutes, and financial records, as well as blueprints, compliance reports, and insurance records documenting the building of Plimpton Hall.


This collection is arranged chronologically by topic.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Barnard College Board of Trustees.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Heather Lember in January 2014. The finding aid was updated by Hilary Price in June 2015.

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Encoding: Machine readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Francis T. Plimpton Papers
Heather Lember
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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