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Robert McCaughey Statistical Profile of the Barnard College Faculty, 1900-1974 Papers.

Identifier: BC11-10

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection of papers documents McCaughey’s research process while completing A Statistical Profile of the Barnard College Faculty, 1900-1974. Materials include raw data collected from faculty and emeriti through questionnaires and McCaughey’s analysis of the data in the form of charts and tables. Data analyzes characteristics of Barnard’s faculty including gender, age, prior education, ties to Columbia, other teaching appointments, residence, birthplace, family background, marital status, finances, etc. Original questionnaires and CVs are included in these papers, although access is restricted.

Also included in this collection of papers are correspondence with faculty, emeriti, and alumnae; manuscript drafts; and personal records relating to the production of the report including expenses, research and travel records, and notes. Two copies of the final report and three copies of Academic Profiles accompany the collection. Academic Profiles, published in 1991, was another project of Robert McCaughey's that has information about the education, specialties, and publications of the faculty of Barnard College for the 1991-1992 academic year.


  • 1974-1975; 1992
  • Majority of material found within 1974 - 1975



Some materials in boxes 5 and 6 are restricted. Restricted materials regarding the faculty are personal in nature and were given to McCaughey with the assurance that information would not be personally ascribed. These materials will become unrestricted after the death of the faculty member or emeritus.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Publication Rights

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


Robert A. McCaughey joined the faculty at Barnard College in 1969 and teaches in the American Studies and History departments, specializing in the social history of American intellectual life, the history of American colleges and universities, and early American maritime history. His primary research interests include the history of Columbia University and maritime New York in the Age of Sail. He received his A.B. from University of Rochester, his M.A. from the University of North Carolina, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has served several terms as the chair of Barnard’s History Department and has served as Dean of Barnard College faculty from 1987-1993.

Over the years, his research and scholarship have been supported by the New York Historical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation. The materials in this collection document the research and process of the report sponsored by the Dorothy Spivak Fund, A Statistical Profile of the Barnard College Faculty, 1900-1974.


2.71 Linear Feet (6 document boxes, 1 half document box)




This collection contains research and materials related to the 1975 publication of A Statistical Profile of the Barnard College Faculty, 1900-1974, by Barnard professor of history Robert McCaughey.

Collection Arrangement

These papers have been arranged into seven series. The series are as follows:

Series 1, Data & Analysis
Series 2, Correspondence
Series 3, Questionnaires and materials related to survey
Series 4, Curricula vitae
Series 5, Drafts
Series 6, Personal records related to publication
Series 7, Published copies, 1975; 1992

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 to the Archives by Robert McCaughey in 1975. The acquisition date and source of the 1992 materials is unknown.


No additions are expected.


McCaughey, Robert A., and Barnard College. A Statistical Profile of the Barnard College Faculty, 1900-1974. New York: Barnard College Department of History, 1975.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Hilary Price in October 2014. The finding aid was updated by Alice Griffin in July 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 Robert McCaughey "Statistical Profile of the Barnard College Faculty, 1900-1974" Papers.
Hilary Price
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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