|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in rough chronological order.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists largely of Pierson's received correspondence with friends, students, church members, publishers, and missionaries, and also contains material for his work on "American Missionary Memorial," to which many of the letters make reference. The development of this work is seen through its many mentions in the correspondence, where it is also referred to as "Biographical Sketches of Missionaries," and where individual sketches, or responses and notes to specific ones, are given.
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.
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: Hamilton Wilcox Pierson papers, 1837-1857, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The Hamilton Wilcox Pierson papers were among a large group of unprocessed materials that were acquired in 2015 and organized in 2018 with the support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
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. Files wrapped in brown paper were transferred to folders. The finding aid was created by Daniella Cádiz Bedini and Rebecca Nieto in 2018 with the support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-10-15 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Hamilton Wilcox Pierson was born on September 22, 1817, in Bergen, Genesee County, New York. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Union College in 1843. On November 13, 1853, he was ordained. Between 1849 and 1960 he served as an agent for the American Bible Society in Haiti and the West Indies. He also served as agent in the American Tract Society from 1843-1845, and as Secretary of the United States Christian Commission in Toledo, Ohio. From 1958-1962 he was President of Cumberland College in Princeton, Kentucky, and between 1863 and 1869 he worked as a teacher in Virginia and Georgia. From 1885-1886 he worked as State Librarian at Columbus, Ohio. He began his literary pursuits in 1850, publishing and editing a number of key texts, including American missionary Memorial (editor, 1853), Jefferson at Monticello: the Private Life of Thomas Jefferson from Entirely New Materials (1862), In the Brush, Or, Old-Time Social, Political, and Religious Life in the Southwest (1881), and "My invalid life, and how I have tried to live it: a Legacy" (1888), which he intended to be read at his funeral at Genesee County, where he wished to be buried. Rev. Pierson died on September 7, 1888, at 70 years of age.