Dickinson College Student Life

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Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 4)
June 1849

The fourth issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "The Power of Sacrifice," "The 'Me'," "Logan's Revenge," "True Estimate of Self," and "Extract - Prometheus Chained."

The Belles...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Collegian (Vol. 1, No. 5)
July 1849

The final issue of the Collegian, Dickinson College's first monthly literary publication. Includes "Gregory VII," "The Breakers," "A Thunder Storm," "The European Crisis," "The College of the Magii," "American Prejudices," "Recollections...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Literary Pursuits, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thompson Ege to Oliver Ege
May 11, 1852

Thompson Prettyman Ege writes to his father, Oliver Ege, with updates on his life as a student and interactions with people in Carlisle. While "we will commence to review for [end of term] examination" in less than a month, Thompson assures his...

Letter from James Buchanan to Edward McPherson
May 31, 1852

James Buchanan writes to journalist and lawyer Edward McPherson regarding a list of members of the Lancaster County Bar that McPherson had compiled. Buchanan points out that the list mistakenly dates his admission to the Bar to 1809, when he was...

Journal of Charles Collins
September 12, 1852 - December 22, 1854

Charles Collins records his thoughts and activities during the early years of his tenure as president of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After his "first sermon in Carlisle," Collins notes how he "was somewhat embarrassed." "I could...

Journal of Tiphen W. Allen
November 1853 - August 1854

Tiphen Walsingham Allen, from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, records his thoughts and activities from November 1853 to August 1854 as a student at Dickinson College. Allen is a member of the Class of 1854. Transcript included.

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Fall 1854
September - December 1854

Horatio Collins King's diary during his first semester as a student at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles Collins
1855-1872

Charles Collins records his thoughts and activities during his latter years as president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and then as the head of State Female College in Memphis, Tennessee. Collins's entries also include detailed...

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Spring 1855
January - July 1855

Horatio Collins King's diary during the spring of his first year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Gilmore to His Sister
June 2, 1855

John Gilmore, class of 1856, writes to his sister and discusses his life as a student at Dickinson College. Gilmore discusses the recent weather, his fellow students especially the women who he says "are very fine looking rather handsome,...

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Fall 1855
September - December 1855

Horatio Collins King's diary during the fall of his second year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Spring 1856
January - July 1856

Horatio Collins King's diary during the spring of his second year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Albert Slape to James Munroe
February 4, 1856

Albert Slape writes to James Munroe with news of the dismissal of four students on the charge of tarring Professor Henry Otis Tiffany's blackboard. Slape mentions that the dismissal of the students resulted in a "rebellion of the students." Slape...

Letter from John Gilmore to "Lib"
June 1856

John Calhoun Gilmore writes to "Lib" prior to the Dickinson College Commencement exercises about his class rank in the Class of 1856. Gilmore lists the full ranking of the class of 1856 in his letter. "You will see that my standing is high - I am...

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Fall 1856
September - December 1856

Horatio Collins King's diary during the fall of his third year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Spring 1857
January - July 1857

Horatio Collins King's diary during the spring of his third year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Thomas M. Griffith to His Sister
June 23, 1857

Thomas Griffith, a member of the Class of 1858, writes to his sister about his semester at Dickinson College. Griffith writes about some of his friends, health, as well as his studies. Griffith also tells his sister about his plans for the...

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Fall 1857
October - December 1857

Horatio Collins King's diary during the fall of his senior year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Diary of Horatio Collins King, Spring 1858
January - August 1858

Horatio Collins King's diary during the spring of his senior year at Dickinson College. King is a member of the class of 1858. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1999.9, B2, F6

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles F. Thomas
July 9, 1859 - November 13, 1861

Charles F. Thomas' diary includes intermittent entries dating from leaving Dickinson College in July 1859, to attending at Garrett Bible Institute in Evanston, Illinois, and to working as a Methodist circuit rider in Pennsylvania as the Civil War...

Letter from Charles Carter to his Mother
October 10, 1865

Charles C. Carter writes to his mother about his life in Carlisle. While "Carlisle is not as big as our town," Carter explains that "it is a great deal prettier" than Decatur, Illinois. Carter also describes Dickinson College's campus. "The...

Letter from Joe Belford to George
February 8, 1870

Joe Belford (Class of 1871) writes to George, his friend from Dickinson College, about life as a student in Carlisle as well as a local fair. "There is a fair going on in town now," and as Belford notes, "I wish you were here and could go there a...

Letter from Samuel Miller to David Miller
September 4, 1870

Samuel Miller (Class of 1874) writes to his brother, David Miller, about his room and his class schedule at Dickinson. While his "first impressions of life at Coll. were anything but pleasant," Miller explains that after some cleaning it now "...

"College Life Its Lights and Shadows," by William C. Wilson
June 26, 1873

William C. Wilson prepared this oration, entitled “College Life Its Lights and Shadows," for the commencement ceremonies held June 26, 1873. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that...

Location: Orations-1873-W754c

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Dickinson Quarterly (Vol. 1, No. 1)
December 18, 1895

The Dickinson Quarterly, an anonymous satirical single-page broadside, discusses the students' rejection of an honor system favored by the professors. The students propose an Exemption system as an alternative solution. This post also...

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