White received an M.A. in history from Yale and was Professor of History and English literature at the University of Michigan from 1858-1863. During his tenure as Cornell’s president (1866-1885), White was a professor in the History Department and he regularly offered a survey of world history that covered the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the French Revolution, with special attention to England, France, Germany, Italy, and the Middle East. Twenty-two of the sixty-two lectures in the survey dealt with the medieval period. Topics covered included feudalism, the Crusades, the rise of cities, chivalry, monarchism, the papacy, commerce, science, law, the working classes, cathedral builders and sculpture.
“Outlines of Lectures on History Addressed to the Senior Class of the Cornell University by Andrew D. White, President, and Professor of History” Ithaca: the University Press, 1870, Copy of Louis L. Seaman 72’, later a surgeon with the U.S. Marines and Collector of Chinese Art
Cornell University Library, Division of Rare Books and Manuscripts, #37-5m. 194