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The present edition of the Historical Catalogue of Brown University follows closely the general plan and scope of the edition of 1895, the first English catalogue of officers and graduates of the University and the successor of the old Latin catalogues, issued at approximately regular intervals from 1772 to 1886.
This previous edition has been carefully revised and largely supplemented. The rapid growth of the graduate body, fifteen hundred and ninety-eight in the last ten years, has so increased the size of the catalogue that it has been found necessary to limit somewhat the amount of the data in the personal sketches. Titles of publications have been limited to those of books, smaller publications being summed up in some general phrase. With the exception of changes of address, all data given closes with the summer of 1905.
A brief history of the college, an exact copy of the original charter engrossed on parchment and preserved in the archives of the University, and a list of the officers of administration and instruction arranged in order of appointment have been added.
In the case of degrees conferred by other colleges, the name of the college at the date of conferring the same has been used.
In addition to the list of graduates, a complete list, so far as known, of all who have been students at the University, but who did not complete the amount of work requisite to a degree, has been given. This list has been compiled from the annual catalogues and is doubtless far from complete. After 1800, the date of the earliest annual catalogue, the students are arranged according to the class with which they first entered college. The data given is necessarily brief and fragmentary, but it is hoped that the list will at least present a basis for the compilation of a more complete one.
A glance over the 5329 first degree graduates of the University shows that 2700, or slightly over 50 per centum of the entire body have entered the professions. These are divided as follows: 1039 lawyers; 910 ministers; 471 physicians; and 280 college professors. Of the latter, 41 have been college presidents.