Daniel Coit Gilman: Creator of the American Type of University

Daniel Coit Gilman: Creator of the American Type of University

Daniel Coit Gilman: Creator of the American Type of University

Daniel Coit Gilman: Creator of the American Type of University

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I have long desired to write a book about Daniel Coit Gilman, but until quite recently I could not find the leisure. I had had in mind not a biography, for Gilman's life was written by Fabian Franklin and published shortly after his death in 1908. Those who are interested in Gilman the man or in personal details will find all the information that they require in Franklin's book. My interest at this time is in Gilman's ability, his experience, his equipment, his achievement, and his technique. The reader will find in this volume an outline of Gilman's life only in so far as it explains his influence on American education.

I hope that the book which I have written may prove timely. The war has confused the thinking of our college and university presidents and of the student body. The close of the war brings us face to face with the problem of reorganization at the university level. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and doubtless other institutions, have appointed faculty committees to study the situation and to propose certain measures which will take advantage of existing opportunities. I cannot but think . . .

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