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"Old and Young" No. 46, Edited by Horatio Collins King
circa 1875

A copy of the monthly pamphlet "Young and Old," no. 46, edited by Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858).

Location: I-PfliegerP-2005-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon "Old and Young" No. 46, Edited by Horatio Collins King

Letter from Horatio King to Unknown Recipient
circa 1875

Horatio King responds to a request for his autograph. The note may have been removed from the bottom of a letter. King, father of Horatio Collins King (Class of 1858), served as Postmaster General and was the first to officially deny the right...

"Dickinson College: An Historical Sketch," by William Allen
April 6, 1875

Professor William Henry Allen delivers a speech, "Dickinson College: An Historical Sketch," about the first 90 years of  the College's history to the Philadelphia Conference Historical Society. The Dickinsonian publishes Allen's speech...

Letter from Moncure Conway to St. Clair M’Kelway
June 21, 1875

Clergyman and abolitionist Moncure Daniel Conway (Class of 1849) bids farewell to newspaper editor St. Clair M'Kelway before leaving Belgium. Conway encloses postage for 100 issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, M'Kelway's publication, and...

Bachelor of Arts Diploma - John Ahl
June 24, 1875

John Henderson Ahl receives his Bachelor of Arts Diploma from Dickinson College on June 24, 1875.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1860-1879

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Letter from Henry Beecher to Horatio Collins King
July 20, 1875

Abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher writes to Horatio Collins King about King's apparent change of mind on becoming a publisher for Christian Union. Beecher accepts King's decision regretfully after admonishing that "backward" steps can be...

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Horatio Collins King
October 12, 1875

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes Horatio C. King to discuss musical compositions and to suggest changes to the Christian Union. "I want the C Union to put the public in early possession of the signal hymns of the [revival?] times," as Stowe...

Letter from S. Homer Dosh to Mrs. J. H. C. Dosh
February 2, 1876

S. Homer Dosh writes to his mother, Mrs. J. H. C. Dosh, about life in Carlisle as a student at Dickinson College. He comments on the Presbyterian church, saying that the ministers are boring and that there "is not fire enough in the meetings." In...

Letter from Spencer Baird to James Ames
March 29, 1876

Naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1843) writes to James T. Ames about his hopes of having "a good long talk." Baird tried calling at Ames's hotel, but he was not there. Baird gives Ames his hours at the Smithsonian and invites him to...

Location: I-Friends-1983-11

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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Letter from James McCauley to Daniel Gilman
April 10, 1876

Dickinson College President James McCauley writes Daniel Gilman, President of Johns Hopkins University, in order to recommend S. Homer Dosh, a senior at Dickinson. Dosh is an excellent student and is a "young man of excellent character – is a...

"Some Experiments in Taking Transparencies," by S. Homer Dosh
[1876?]

S. Homer Dosh writes his thesis, titled "Some Experiments in Taking Transparencies," about developing photographs while a student at Dickinson College. While using a piece of ground glass behind the negative film is the most satisfactory method,...

Letter from Joshua Lippincott to Daniel Gilman
May 29, 1876

Professor Joshua Lippincott writes Daniel Gilman, President of Johns Hopkins University, in order to recommend S. Homer Dosh, a senior at Dickinson, for a program at that institution. "[Dosh] has proved himself both industrious and successful" at...

Letter from Charles Himes to Daniel Gilman
May 30, 1876

Professor Charles F. Himes writes Daniel Gilman, President of Johns Hopkins University, in order to recommend S. Homer Dosh, a senior at Dickinson, for a program at that institution. Himes discusses Dosh's thesis, "Some Experiments in Taking...

Letter from Amy A. Carothers to Cornelius R. Agnew
June 20, 1876

Amy A. Carothers writes to Doctor Cornelius Rea Agnew, thanking Agnew for his donation of five dollars to Carothers' class of Indians.  Carothers also notes that Howling Wolf is under Agnew's treatment for an eye condition. Transcript included....

Location: CIS-MC-001, B1, F1

Subject: Education, Native Americans

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Amy A. Carothers to Cornelius R. Agnew

"The Statesman and the Politician," by F. Harry Hoffer
June 29, 1876

F. Harry Hoffer prepared this oration, entitled “The Statesman and the Politician," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1876. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time...

Location: Orations-1876-H698sX

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon "The Statesman and the Politician," by F. Harry Hoffer

"The Elevation of the Masses," by John W. Henderson
June 29, 1876

John Webster Henderson prepared this oration, entitled “The Elevation of the Masses ," for the commencement ceremonies held June 29, 1876. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that...

Location: Orations-1876-H496eX

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon "The Elevation of the Masses," by John W. Henderson

Letter from Spencer Baird to Charles Bell
October 28, 1876

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullteron Baird writes to his colleague Charles Bell. Baird thanks Bell for his "assistance in securing for us the magnificent collection of mining materials in the Canadian exhibit" of the 1876...

Location: I-Friends-1987-3

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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Letter from Spencer Baird to Charles Bell
October 30, 1876

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullteron Baird writes to his colleague Charles Bell at the Canadian Geological Survey, following up on his previous letter. He writes to urge Bell "to press the matter to a decision on the subject...

Location: I-Friends-1987-3

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Spencer Baird to Charles Bell

Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell
November 6, 1876

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullteron Baird writes to Professor Robert Bell of the Canadian Geological Survey. Baird is anxious to receive geological specimens from someone at the Survey. He also thanks Bell for his "...

Location: I-Friends-1987-3

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell

Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell
November 20, 1876

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullteron Baird writes to Professor Robert Bell of the Canadian Geological Survey. Baird is grateful to have received Professor Selwyer's stratigraphical series of American rocks, but he is...

Location: I-Friends-1987-3

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell

Catalogue of Dickinson College for the Academical Year, 1876-77
1877

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1876-1877 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...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

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

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1860-1879

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Engraving of James Buchanan
1877

Engraving based on a daguerreotype of James Buchanan by New York's H. B. Hall & Sons.

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-36

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Engraving of James Buchanan

Engraving of Joseph Priestley Statue
1877

Engraving by G. Stodart from the Dr. Joseph Priestley statue by J. F. Williamson, from The Art Journal (New York: D. Appleton & Co.), 3: 57.

Location: I-BassertD-2004-1

Subject: Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Engraving of Joseph Priestley Statue

Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell
May 12, 1877

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to Professor Robert Bell of the Geological Survey of Canada, regarding a paper Bell ordered that was lost in the mail. Baird writes that he will send another and adds: "Any...

Location: I-Friends-1987-4

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell

Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell
May 21, 1877

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to Professor Robert Bell of the Geological Survey of Canada, regarding books that were lost in the mail.

Location: I-Friends-1987-4

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Spencer Baird to Robert Bell

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