Education

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"Plan of Education for Dickinson College," by Benjamin Rush
1785

Benjamin Rush writes the "Plan of Education for Dickinson College" in 1785, which outlines the necessary curriculum that the College should follow. Transcript included.

Letter from John Erskine to Charles Nisbet
May 23, 1787

John Erskine writes to Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet with news of home and a list of books that he will send for "your College library." Erskine also mentions a letter from Dr. Benjamin Rush, in which Rush notes that the College "was...

Letter from William Irvine to Robert Magaw
July 28, 1787

William Irvine writes to Robert Magaw that Dickinson College Trustees' memorial to Congress was favorably reported from committee. Irvine also notes that he has advised Senator William Grayson to send his nephew, a Mr. Orr, to Dickinson....

"An Address to the First Graduates of Dickinson College," by Charles Nisbet
September 26, 1787

President Charles Nisbet delivered this address to the first graduating class of Dickinson College at commencement on September 26, 1787. John Young, a member of the Class of 1788, transcribed the address. Transcript included.

Location: SC Vault Nisbet 37

Subject: Dickinson College Events, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Valedictory Address from the First Commencement by Robert Duncan
September 26, 1787

Robert Duncan (Class of 1787) delivered this valedictory address at the first commencement of Dickinson College, which was held on September 26, 1787. John Young, a member of the Class of 1788, transcribed the address.

Location: SC Vault Nisbet 37

Subject: Dickinson College Events, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to William Irvine
February 26, 1789

Continental Congress delegate William Bingham writes to William Irvine, discussing the funding and future of Dickinson College. Irvine serves on Dickinson's Board of Trustees. Transcript included.

"Generosi et Dominae," by John Wilson (Draft)
1790

John Wilson prepares these two drafts of his Latin oration, entitled "Generosi et Dominae," in 1790. Wilson is a member of the Class of 1792. The second draft is hand-bound with pages from an old newspaper, including advertisements on the front...

Location: I-BlackT-1954-2

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Smith
February 26, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Smith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania regarding efforts to raise funds for Dickinson, including a petition to the Pennsylvania legislature for additional financial support. Dr. Charles Nisbet's statements about the...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Jonathan Ingham
January 14, 1793

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to Dr. Jonathan Ingham of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with reflections on education, politics, international affairs, as well as other contemporary American issues. Transcript included.

Farewell Address by John Wilson to His Students
August 27, 1793

John Wilson addresses his students in Southampton, Bucks County, stressing the importance of a varied education, living an active life, and maintaining upright moral conduct.

Location: I-BlackT-1954-3

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Callender Irvine
April 9, 1795

William Irvine, a member of the Board of Trustees, writes to his son, Callender Irvine (Class of 1794), and offers advice regarding his career choices. William also mentions the Presque Isle affair as well as the death of Mrs. Samuel Lyon.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-11

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Bill from Dickinson College to William Irvine
May 9, 1797

Dickinson College issues an itemized bill to William Irvine for the education of his sons Callender (Class of 1794) and William N. (Class of 1798).

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
June 11, 1802

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, MD. Nisbet discusses Alexander's recovery from influenza, problems facing universities and colleges, and the health of his family. Transcript included.

Location: I-McIntoshM-1965-2

Subject: Education, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Hugh Henry Brackenridge
May 18, 1803

Benjamin Latrobe, the architect of Old West, writes to Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge and explains his plan as well as his design choices for the building. This letter accompanies his sketches for the new building. Transcript...

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Two Sketches of West College by Benjamin Latrobe
May 18, 1803

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe creates these two sketches as part of his proposal for the new academic building at Dickinson College. Latrobe's two sketches are for the north front and the basement of West College.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.2

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Maps and Diagrams

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 19, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to trustee James Hamilton about architect Benjamin Latrobe's plans for a new building (West College). Transcript included.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 22, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to another trustee, James Hamilton, and further discusses Benjamin Latrobe's design for the new building (West College) at the school. Transcript included.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Ralph Bowie to John Montgomery
January 17, 1804

Ralph Bowie writes to John Montgomery, the President of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College, in an attempt to settle Dr. Charles Nisbet's claims against the College. Transcript included.

Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers, and Graduates of Dickinson College
1810

A Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers and Graduates of Dickinson College from 1810.

Location: RG 5/1 - 7.1.1 (oversized)

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1800-1819

"A Sketch of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of Dickinson College in Carlisle," by Anonymous
March 1811

An anonymous author writes this essay on the history of Dickinson College, which is published in The Port Folio, vol. 5 (March 1811): 239-246. This essay is published with B. Tanner's engraving of West College, which was created from a...

Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College
December 1811

A Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College from December 1811.

Location: RG 5/1 - 7.1.2 (oversized)

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1800-1819

Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College
August 1812

A Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College from August 1812.

Location: RG 5/1 - 7.1.3 (oversized)

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1800-1819

"Hints on Education," by Charles Nisbet
September 1812

While Charles Nisbet wrote "Hints on Education" around the time he became the first President of Dickinson College around 1785, it was not published in The Port Folio until 1812. Transcript included.

Charles Nisbet, "Hints on...

Location: Charles Nisbet Dropfile

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Adams to William Smith
May 30, 1815

Former President of the United States John Adams writes to his grandson, William Smith, about  his United States citizenship, and his lack of knowledge on what profession his grandson should pursue. Adams laments...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Catalog of Books Written by Joseph Priestley
1816

A six page bibliography of 75 books written by Dr. Joseph Priestley.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F1

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1800-1819

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