1840-1859

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

Letter, 1853 (Box 1, folder 10)
1786-1896

The collection consists of the correspondence of William Rawle (1759-1836), William Rawle, Jr. (1788-1858), William Henry Rawle (1823-1889), Charles Wallace Brooke, and William Brooke Rawle, primarily concerning legal and financial matters. The collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.05.pdf

Letter, 1844 (Box 1, folder 1)
1818-1870

This collection contains the personal and legal papers of John Meredith Read, a Pennsylvania lawyer and state supreme court justice. The collection is housed in one document box and is divided into two categories: Correspondence and Legal and Financial Papers. The correspondence consists of...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.19.pdf

Copybook, c.1847-1851 (Box 1, folder 7)
1832-1861

The William Charles Ford Reed Collection was donated to the college in 1951 by the sons of William C. F. Reed, Class of 1851. The collection contains some of Reed's student writings, notebooks, and his complete set of school books. A subsequent donation in 1956 consisted of a few papers and 37...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.16.pdf

Letter, 1859 (Box 3, folder 10)
1849-1871

This collection consists of folders in 13 manuscript boxes relating to correspondence and papers of Eli Slifer (1818-1888), an active figure in Pennsylvania politics and the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, 1861-1867. Most of the letters were written during the...

Collection Inventory: mc2003.04.pdf

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Collection Inventory: Appendix A - Civil War Units

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Collection Inventory: Appendix B - Military Affairs

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Collection Inventory: Appendix C- Political Affairs

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Collection Inventory: Appendix D - Business Affairs

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Collection Inventory: Appendix E - Miscellaneous Affairs

Matriculation book, 1849-1853 (RG 5/1 - 2.1.4)
1783-1914

In the nineteenth century, the activities pertaining to admissions and student affairs were performed by the President of the College, with some assistance from the other faculty members. Inquiries concerning admissions were generally made directly to the President of the College. Members of the...

Collection Inventory: RG 5/1 - Student Affairs/Registrar

Letter, 1809 (Box 2, folder 12)
1766-1897

The collection consists of the papers of the families of Jacob and Cornelius Vanderbilt, farmers and tax assessors of Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pa. Accounts of the Civil War are included among family correspondence, bills, accounts, and tax lists. Also included in the collection are a...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.14.pdf

Sermon, 1877 (Box 1, folder 17)
1837-1890

The collection contains papers of Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (1812-1891) concerning the Central Church in Geneseo, New York, the American Bible Society, and the genealogy of the Ward family. Also in the collection are a journal of Ward's voyage to India in 1837 and a letter book of the Indian...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.06.pdf

Map, undated (Box 1, folder 7)
1797-1841

This collection is comprised of letters written to Isaac Wayne, Dickinson College Class of 1792 and Pennsylvania statesman, on various subjects ranging from biographical information on his father (General Anthony Wayne) to Wayne's service in Congress. Also included are a few letters written by...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.11.pdf

Speech, 1837 (Box 1, folder 12)
1836-1842

The collection includes correspondence, speeches, essays, notebooks, bills, printed materials, and notes on debates and other such topics as the Light Street Institute and the Washington Temperance Society. The collection spans three main time periods in Zug's life: his enrollment at Dickinson...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.10.pdf

Letters from James Buchanan to John Reynolds
1827-1842

James Buchanan writes six letters to John Reynolds on a variety of different legal and political matters, including the Presidential elections of 1828 and 1844, Buchanan's experience living in Russia as the US minister, and increasing sectional tensions. Transcripts included. 

Letters from James Buchanan to Aaron Vail
1838, 1849

Two letters from James Buchanan to American diplomat Aaron Vail regarding relations with the United Kingdom and the "perfect chaos" of the United States' consular system. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839, 1840-1859

Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Dickinson College, 1839-40
1839

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1839-1840 academic year. Through the years, the annual catalog was variously titled "The Bulletin," "Catalogue and Register," "Course Catalog," and similar variants. The catalog typically includes the list of courses offered, requirements for enrollment,...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

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

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1820-1839, 1840-1859

Letter from James Buchanan to John R. Savage
January 1, 1840

Senator James Buchanan informs John R. Savage that his son has "no prospect of obtaining a midshipman's warrant" in the United States Navy. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B1, F24

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Thomas L. Hamer
1840-1842

Senator James Buchanan writes two letters to Thomas L. Hamer discussing various contemporary political leaders. In the first letter, Buchanan reflects upon John C. Calhoun's recent visit to the President and the nomination of William H. Harrison as a candidate in the 1840 Presidential election....

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letters from James Buchanan to Reah Frazer
1840-1844

Senator James Buchanan writes five letters to Col Reah Frazer regarding a number of different political issues, including the 1840 Democratic National Convention, the 1840 and 1844 Presidential Elections, the Independent Treasury Bill, appointments to President Tyler's cabinet, the possibility...

"What Branch of Study is Most Important in the Education of a Young Lady," by Ellen Lyon
circa 1840

Ellen Lyon discusses how women's education should be structured and what subjects should be included in an essay entitled "What Branch of Study is Most Important in the Education of a Young Lady." "Within a few years female education has received more attention and has undergone a material...

Location: I-Original-undated-16

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Joseph Trumbull to James Lanman
March 9, 1840

Representative Joseph Trumbull writes former Senator James Lanman to discuss the political situation in the United States Congress as well as James Buchanan's political views. The "House [of Representatives] is a perfect Bedlam and the Senate seems to me to have degenerated," as Trumbull...

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-5

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from John Durbin to John Zug
April 4, 1840

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin writes John Zug (Class of 1837) and appoints him as the principal of the Dickinson College Grammar School until the Board of Trustees meeting in July. "Let us see if we cannot raise the School once more," as Durbin explains.

Letters from James Buchanan to Unknown Recipients
1840-1855

Senator James Buchanan writes four letters on a number of different topics, including Congressional legislation on bankruptcy, banks, the Tariff bill, the 1844 Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, and political conditions in Pennsylvania. Buchanan, as the United States Minister to the...

"Misanthropy," by Clement E. Babb
July 9, 1840

Clement Edwin Babb prepared this oration, entitled “Misanthropy," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-B112m

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," by George Coffey
July 9, 1840

George Alexander Coffey prepared this oration, entitled "Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included....

"Suicide," by A. Herr Smith
July 9, 1840

A. Herr Smith prepared this oration, entitled “Suicide," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-S642s

Subject: Health and Medicine, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Influence of Literature Upon Morality," by Samuel G. Hare
July 9, 1840

Samuel George Hare prepared this oration, entitled “The Influence of Literature Upon Morality," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-H275i

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth," by Samuel A. Harrison
July 9, 1840

Samuel A. Harrison prepared this oration, entitled “The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-H322l

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Past," by Henry Augustus Muhlenberg
July 9, 1840

Henry Augustus Muhlenberg prepared this oration, entitled “The Past," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-M952p

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

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