Herbert Finch papers, 1967-2004.
Collection Number: 13-6-2182

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Herbert Finch papers, 1967-2004.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
Contains personal and professional documentation; correspondence, consultant reports, committee work, organizational memberships and boards, speeches, articles, master's thesis, Ph.D. dissertation, course material and various other items. Also material from Joyce Hamilton Finch, 1930-1991.
Finch, Herbert.
Finch, Joyce H.
6.6 cubic feet.
Collection material in English


Archivist and librarian, Cornell University Library.


Contains personal and professional documentation; correspondence, consultant reports, committee work, organizational memberships and boards, speeches, articles, master's thesis, Ph.D. dissertation, course material and various other items. Also material from Joyce Hamilton Finch, 1930-1991.


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Herbert Finch papers, #13-6-2182. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Restrictions on Access

Boxes 14-16, student materials restricted to permission of the University Archivist.


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Series I. Personal and professional documentation
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, consultant reports, committe work, organizational memberships and boards, speeches and articles, master's thesis and Ph.D. dissertation and various other items -- created by C. Herbert Finch, 1931- . Job related material can be found in the "Archives of the Archives," collection accession folders, the Labor Managemnet Documentation Center records and in the administrative records of the Cornell University Library
Box 1 Folder 1
Vita, position classification, change of status, Who's Who
Box 1 Folder 2
Clippings and photographs
Box 1 Folder 3
American Management Association planning exercise,
Box 1 Folder 3
American Management Association planning exercise, including McGrath report
Box 1 Folder 5
Oral History Manuscript, "A Policy Statement on Academic Archives," with Olivia Narins
Box 1 Folder 6
Field log for University of Kentucky
Box 1 Folder 7
Journal, disbounded
Box 1 Folder 8
Research leave application
Box 2 Folder 1
Personal correspondence
Box 2 Folder 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Letter's from Phil's class
Box 2 Folder 5
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Personal correspondence
Box 17
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Retirement letters
Box 17
Personal correspondence
Box 3 Folder 1
Weekly calendars
Box 4 Folder 1
Speeches and articles
Box 5 Folder 1
Speeches and articles
Box 6 Folder 1
Speeches and articles
Box 7 Folder 1
Boards, committees and consultations
Box 8 Folder 1
Boards, committees and consultations
Box 9 Folder 1
Boards, committees and consultations
Box 10 Folder 1
COPAR and City Planning correspondence
Box 11 Folder 1
1959, 1965
Box 11 Folder 6-7
Loss Prevention Survey Olin Library
Box 11 Folder 6-7
University Library Committee on Development
Box 11 Folder 8
Cornell Faculty button
Date unknown
Series II. Material from Joyce Hamilton Finch, 1930-1991
Box 12 Folder 1-3
Scope and Contents
Arranged chronologically, including a folder for undated ones. Mostly from the 1980's, they are letters she wrote or received and saved for one reason or another, including the fact that some are original art work
Box 12 Folder 4-10
May-June 1991
Scope and Contents
Letters written to her by relatives, friends and clients after they learned of her cancer. Since all came within two months, they are arranged alphabetically and the sheets have been numbered for easy reference and order. Those that were "get - well" cards with no personal messages were not saved, but Joyce read all of them -- or they were read to her -- before she died. There is some original art work and some poetry including a poem Joyce wrote for a friend several years ago
An alphabetical list of correspondents, keyed to the sheet numbers, follows for subseries two and four
1Joyce's letter to her clients2AAUW4Louise Adams5Terre Allen (2)8Kit and Harlan Banks9Jean Barnaba and Jean Hope10Anita Baumann11Stephanie Belber12Tom Bennet13Jonathan Bishop14Beth Brown15Betty and Janet Brown16Joan and David Brumberg20Les Buchanan21Jan Butler23Laurel Butler24Lynn Cagle26Ann Calkins30Linda Caughey (2)32Diana Finch Chase (6)38Kathy Ruth Chase39Bart Conta40Alice Cook41Joan Cooke42Darylen Cote (3)48Cristopher Cullen49Mary and David Curtiss50Sue Dale-Hall51Elizabeth Delahanty52Alice Davie53Gail Davis (2)55Patty Davis56Peggy Dunlop57Ann Dyckman58Don Eddy59Howard and Erica Evans60Susan Eyster61Cynthia Farbaniec (2)64Jennie Farey65David Finch66Frank and Janice Finch67Jeff and Angela Finch68Philip A. Finch (5)74Trudy Firestone (3)80Forward Investment Club81Mary Gaylord82Christa Gee83Eleanor Gibson84Guy and Carole Gresham85Helen Hamilton86Virgie Hamilton (4)90Barbara Hand91Margaret Hartman92Bruce Hatch93Fran Helmstadter94Marion M. Henderson95Chris Henke97Connie Hill98Dorothy Hill99Laura Holmberg100Pat Holmes101Olka Hood102Mary Hunt103Helen Jensen104Karla Johnson107Janet and Bart Robinson108Anne T. Jones109Judy Jones110Tom and Elizabeth Kallman111Mary Lou Kieffer112Sue and Jud Kilgore113Louise Kingsbury (2)116Anne Kinney117Marian Kira118Joan and Ray Loehr119Naomi Lorance (3)122Sandy Lyons123Allison and Norm MacLean125Sibyl Martin126Tim Martin127Nancy McGinnies128Carolyn Miller129J. Gormely Miller130Jan Miller131Nina Miller132Sue Miller133Doris Mitchell134Mirete Mitchell136Phyllis Moen137Marty Moesch138Nancy Moser139Karl L. Mount140Mary Beth Norton141Gay Oliver142George D. Patte, Jr.143Edith Poppensiek144Frances Powers145Barbara Privett (2)147Jane and Keith Privett (2)150Barbara Prudhomme153Nancy and Andrew Ramage154Gil Rankin155Connie Reps156Ellen Rosten157Valeta Samuelson159Edna Shilling160Shayle and Helen Searle161Melissa Seigel (2)163Betsy Shaw (4)167Ginny Simons (2) [watercolors]169Carol U. Sisler170Mary Jane and Willard Speck172Jim Spero173June Stone (2)175June Henry Stone176Grace TaskerPatTempest178Peg Thomas (2) [watercolor]184Berta Unger185Peg and Barney Unsworth186Pat Vaughan187Marjorie Veronneau188Elva Volbrecht191Poem by Elva for Joyce, 1974192Jean Warholic193Dix and Barbara Wayman194Margaret Werrell195Betty Whicher196Jeanne White197Sylvia Williams198Alene Wyatt199Emily Young, (2)201Shirley Young202Barbaba and Tony203Jane and Graham204Emoretta205Ann206Mary Louise207Levina [Marion?]208Georgia [Hewitt?]209Jinny
Box 12 Folder 11
Documents generated by Joyce Hamilton Finch's death and funeral
Scope and Contents
Documents include her obituary, "A Message from Joyce," and a transcript of the tribute to her by the Rev. David M. Evans, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca
Box 12 Folder 12-16
Letters Herbert received
June-October 1991
Scope and Contents
While not technically Joyce's, these letters bear witness to the love people had for her and the impact she had on them. As with subseries two, the cards with no personal messages were not saved, the letters are arranged alphabetically and the sheets have been numbered. October was an arbitrary cut - off date
1Form letter reply2AAUW3Kimberly Ackley4Louise Adams5Molly Adams6Kit and Haraln Banks7Dede and Tom Bennett8Mart Berens9Barbara and Christian Boissonnas10Janet Bonebrake11Ellen Bonn12Jane Brentlinger13Charlotte Bruce14Sarah Brumberg15Lynn Cagle17Rich Calkins18George and Ann Calvert19Peter Capalongo20Adrienne and Tony Caputi22Amy Holman Casey23Linda Caughey24Betty Jo Cavanaugh25David and Linda Chapman26Sandy and Martha Cheney27Pierre Clavel28Dale and Nellie Corson29Bob and Barbara Cotts30Dave and Mary Curtiss31Peter and Pidge Curtiss32Ginny Dankurt33Mary Don34Diane and Charlie Driscoll35Peggy Dunlop36Shirley Edsall37Sanford (IvI) Eigenbrode38Adam and Tony Engst39Frances Farrell41Jeff and Angela Finch42Trudy Firestone45Fran Fleming47Bill and Barbara Fry48Dee Gardner49Clara Golay50Jim Goldman51Mary Alice Grafton52SElby Gration53Rita Guerlac54Helen Hamilton55Elaine Harris Hatch56Barbara Hat57Rita Healey58Libby Hedrick59Margaret Hobbie60Martha Hodges61Pat Seits-Peabody (Hospicare)62John and Martha Hsu63Carol Kammen64Curtis K. Mooney (Ky Bapt)65Sue Kilgore66Frank and Karen Koroshec67Barbara Kretzman68Eva and John Kronik69Emula Lee70Joe and Ginny Leonard71Alicia and JOhn Lewkowicz72Laura Linke73Joan and Ray Loehr74Naomi Lowrance77Sandy Lyons78Jack Martin79Sibyl Martin80Jane McCarthy81Matt McHugh82JIm and Carolyn McPherson83Kay and Kim Milling84Brad Mitchell85Marty Moesch86Marg and Henry Murphy87Catherine Murray-Rust88Lee Nilson89John PArish (OBU)90Olin Library Administration91Betsy Ann Olive92Jan Olsen93Boyd and Peggy Pack94Earl Peters95Marica Samuelson Phillips96Louis and Lillian Pitschmann97Sumi Prabhu98Barbara and Ken Privett99Joel Rabinowitz100Howard Rolf101Nancy and Andrew Ramage102Setsuko Reis103Connie Reps105Peggy Sue Richards106Carol Roscoe107John Roscos108Pat Schafer109Alain Seznec110Betsy Shaw111Bob Slowcum112Willard and Janie Speck114Carolone Spicer115Neal Stamp116Dorothy Staller117Mildred Steinbaugh118June Stone119June Henry Stone120David Stotz121Suzy Szasz122Grace and Jack Tasler123Ellen Thomas124Hershel and Louise Thompson (2)128Barney Unsworth129Marjorie van de Poll130Helen Vandervort131Pat Vaughan132Elva and Volbrecht133Igna Wald134Ruth and Dick Walker135Elizabeth S. Ward137Jean Warholic138Karl Warren (poem)139Dorothy Warren140Rachel and David Yeh141Liz Wilkinson142Ben Williams143Dave Williams144Sylvia and Pierce Williams145Wanda and Wayne York
Box 13
Diaries, journals, documents and writings
Scope and Contents
Hand written thoughts and observations written on various size note cards, note books and spiral binders. There are two entries from the early 1960's, but they basically begin in 1984 and there are frequently long gaps between a run of entries. The entries deal with her spiritual growth, dreams, a wall hanging she commissioned, a story she wrote to amuse Kathy on a trip to the Finch family reunion in 1989 and her fight with cancer. Minimal annotation is added in brackets if it was judged necessary and obvious spelling or typographical errors have been corrected. The book she edited on Allan H. Treman is included
Box 13
Oct. 26, 1961
1 page typed
Scope and Contents
Just after talking with Dr. Greene, her gynecologist in Lexington,
"Well, then what would you say the chances are?"
"Not more than 50 percent. Not good at all. In another six months or so, you should consider adoption."
I hung up the phone and stood looking out my kitchen window. It was not exactly a bleak or dreary day. The wind was cold, but the sky was clear and a couple of red roses were still blooming just next to a large group of mums, heavily loaded with buds. In spite of this, depression settled around my shoulders and the tears welled up -- and stopped, forming that lump in my throat. Even if it had been spring and the dry, brown grass had been a lush green, it would have meant little comfort. It is hard to face the fact that you and the man you love may not be able to create together a new life which takes on characteristics of each and draws you closer to each other. But self pity never drives away sorrow -- it seems to feed on gloom. There are others who, for one reason or another, face the opposite problem. A child to them is not a reason for rejoicing. Surely there will be a child whom we can love and provide for and as that love grows, it won't matter for very long (probably no longer than it takes to get one look at the child) that we are not the physical parents. I would not consider adoption until I knew that I could give a child the same love I would give to one I myself had born. Surely God will meet our needs, lift the feeling of depression and guide us into the completion of His will
Box 13
Sept. 25, 1962
Scope and Contents
Douglas is four months old; the healthiest, happiest child you can imagine. It is just as his father told him the other night after we got home from church: we are so proud of him we are about to pop. He is such a good baby and just the one we needed. Already we have been blessed over and over again and we are thankful to God each day for giving us this particular child. We could not possibly love any child more and by the way they acted when we took him
Box 13
Scope and Contents
We also talked about color and looked at colors in the space where it will hang taking note of carpet, tile in adjoining bath and a framed paper sculpture which shares the same hall.
We talked about dyeing the yarn. Barbara uses two kinds of dye -- one for wool and linen and a different one for cotton. We talked about warp -- there will be two warps -- etc. Here I lost interest. I am impressed with what she knows, but what I like is the interaction with an artist who can take me into the creative process, allow me to add my bit and then produce something that is -- somehow -- uniquely both of us. [Transcription stopped at this point]
Series III. Material relative to the labor history course Finch taught in the ILR School in the 1972-1980
Box 14
Class schedules, syllabi, grades and evaluations
Student materials restricted to permission of the University Archivist.
Box 15
Lectures, documents and independent studies (499)
Student materials restricted to permission of the University Archivist.
Box 16
Student research papers on various cities
Student materials restricted to permission of the University Archivist.