|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in original order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains an autograph manuscript of a speech given by Fagnani as guest and representative of Union Theological Seminary to the centennial celebration of the Société Asiatique in 1922, and related invitations, programs, ephemera, and notes from the event.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, UTS1: Charles Prospero Fagnani Papers, 1922, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The exact provenance of this collection is unknown.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Rebecca Nieto in 2016 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-10-22 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Charles Prospero Fagnani was born in New York, New York on October 29, 1854. He earned his B.A. and B.Sc. from City College of New York in 1873 and a Bachelor of law from Columbia in 1875. He completed his graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in 1882, and his Doctorate of Divinity from Case Western University in 1898. Upon completing his graduate studies at Union, Fagnani became a chapel minister with Grace Mission of 4th Avenue Church in New York City, where he served until 1885. From there, he was pastor at Westminster Church in Yonkers for a brief time between 1885 and 1886. After a brief period living abroad in Europe, Reverend Fagnani returned to take a post as an instructor at the Harvard Division School in 1891, which he was eventually unable to accept due to poor health. Reverend Fagnani's teaching career formally began in 1892 at Union Theological Seminary, where he was an instructor of Hebrew from 1892 to 1899. Fagnani would remain at Union until 1926, serving later as Associate Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature from 1899-1915, and Professor (later Professor Emeritus) of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis from 1915 to 1926. Fagnani's extensive teaching career and scholarship with Hebrew languages and literatures resulted in his "A Primer of Hebrew," published in 1903; he also contributed to Hebrew Text of Book of Zephaniah in William R. Harper Memorial Volumes (Genesis I-XI) in 1925, and, more eclectically The Art of Life of XIXth Century Portrait Painter in 1937. Professor Fagnani married Flora Carleton in 1883, who predeceased him in 1907. Fagnani achieved recognition in his lifetime, including a Knight of Legion of Honor in France. Fagnani died on November 25, 1940.