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Hamilton Wilcox Pierson papers, 1837 -- 1857

Summary Information

Abstract

Hamilton Wilcox Pierson was a religious educator, President of Cumberland College in Princeton, Kentucky, author, and Secretary of the United States Christian Commission in Toledo, Ohio from 1843-1845. The collection contains personal correspondence, and also contains material related to his work on "American Missionary Memorial."

At a Glance

Bib ID 11918985 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Pierson, Hamilton W (Hamilton Wilcox), 1817-1888
Title Hamilton Wilcox Pierson papers, 1837 -- 1857
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series in rough chronological order.

Description

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.

  • Hamilton Wilcox Pierson papers, 1837 -- 1857

    This series 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.

Onsite storage.

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.

Preferred Citation

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.

Custodial History

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.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

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.

Revision Description

2020-10-15 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Pierson, Hamilton W (Hamilton Wilcox), 1817-1888 -- : Archives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.