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Ezra Hall Gillett papers, 1797 -- 1906

Summary Information

Abstract

E. H. (Ezra Hall) Gillett (1823-1875) was a UTS alum, Presbyterian minister in Harlem, N.Y., and a Professor of political science at New York University. The collection consists of sermons by Gillett and his father, other writings including diaries, and teaching and class notes.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492452 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Gillett, E. H. (Ezra Hall), 1823-1875
Title Ezra Hall Gillett papers, 1797 -- 1906
Physical Description 6.75 linear feet (6.75 linear feet; 15 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

The collection is open for research.

Onsite storgae.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Sermons; Series 2: Other writings; and Series 3: Teaching and class notes.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains sermons by Gillett and his father, Ely H. Gillett; other writings by Ezra Gillett including town descriptions, a diary, notes on themes, and other collections of writings; as well as handwritten notes from various aspects of the law that Gillett studied, and other class notes from Yale and the University of the City of New York.

  • Series 1: Sermons, 1797 -- 1875

    This series contains numbered, handwritten sermons; the numbering system is not always complete. Gillett kept various groupings of sermons together, and gave some of the groupings volume numbers. The titles of the sermons as well as the location the sermon was given are often written onto the cover of the sermon booklets. This series also contains the sermons of Ezra's father, Ely H. Gillett.

  • Series 2: Other writings, circa 1840 -- 1906

    This series contains other handwritten pieces and documents by Ezra Gillett, including town descriptions, a diary, notes on themes and other collections of writings.

  • Series 3: Teaching and class notes, 1839 -- 1872

    This series contains handwritten notes from various aspects of the law that Gillett studied, as well as other class notes from Yale and the University of the City of New York.

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

The collection is open for research.

Onsite storgae.

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: Ezra Hall Gillett papers, series #, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

Charles Ripley Gillett Papers, 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. It is possible that Ezra's son, Charles Ripley Gillett, donated the materials when he was an active staff member of the Union Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Some material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-11. Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper and folders as needed. The finding aid was created by Ruth Tonkiss Cameron and Brigette Kamsler in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.

Revision Description

2022-04-29 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sermons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Clergy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterians -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Reverend Doctor Ezra H. Gillet was born in Colchester, Connecticut in 1828. He graduated from Yale College in 1841, then from Union Theological Seminary in 1844 where he continued his theological studies until his ordination in the Presbyterian Church in 1845. After his ordination he served as the pastor for the First Presbyterian Church at Harlem for 20 years. In 1864 he received his doctorate from Hamilton College and then served as a professor of Political Economy at New York University. Rev. Dr. Gillet penned many biographical and historical books including Life and Works of John Huss, History of the Presbyterian Church, and The Moral System. Ezra was the father of Charles Ripley Gillett, librarian of Union Theological Seminary. Ezra Hall Gillett died on September 2, 1875 of a "nervous fevered, engendered by a severe attack of rheumatism."

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Series 1: Sermons, 1797 -- 1875

This series is open for research.

4.5 linear feet; 4.5 linear feet; 10 boxes

This series contains numbered, handwritten sermons; the numbering system is not always complete. Gillett kept various groupings of sermons together, and gave some of the groupings volume numbers. The titles of the sermons as well as the location the sermon was given are often written onto the cover of the sermon booklets. This series also contains the sermons of Ezra's father, Ely H. Gillett.

This series is arranged in rough chronological order, by author.



Box 1 Volume 1-3; No. 1-100, 1844 -- 1846



Box 2 Volume 4-5; No. 101-177, 1847 -- 1856



Box 3 Volume 6-7; No. 178-280, 1848 -- 1850



Box 4 No. 502-512; No. 1001-1099, circa 1850 -- 1853



Box 5 Volume 1-4; 1998-2133, 1847 -- 1850



Box 6 No. 2168-2474, 1848 -- 1854



Box 7 Folder 1-5 No. 2501-2590 and Index of Sermons, 1850 -- 1857


Box 7 Folder 6-8 Sermons, 1845 -- 1848


Box 7 Folder 9-11 Sermons, Letters B-P, 1845 -- 1846



Box 8 Folder 1-9 Sermons, Harlem, 1845 -- 1867


Box 8 Folder 10 Notebook, Sermons and Loose Papers, Harlem, 1848


Box 8 Folder 11-13 Sermons, Notes and Lectures, Handwritten, 1845-- 1872


Box 8 Folder 14-16 Sermons, Teaching and Class Notes, 1875



Box 9 Folder 1-3 Manuscript Copies of Published Sermons and Articles, circa 1875


Box 9 Folder 4 Sermons, circa 1875



Box 10 Folder 1-4 Ely H. Gillett Manuscript Sermons No. 8-591, 1797 -- 1814


Box 10 Folder 5-6 Ely H. Gillett Manuscript Sermons, 1812 -- 1828

Series 2: Other writings, circa 1840 -- 1906

This series is open for research.

1.25 linear feet; 1.25 linear feet; 3 boxes

This series contains other handwritten pieces and documents by Ezra Gillett, including town descriptions, a diary, notes on themes and other collections of writings.

This series is unarranged.



Box 11 Folder 1 Correspondence and Pamphlet, 1906


Box 11 Folder 2-3 Diaries, 1844 -- 1850


Box 11 Folder 4 Diary, Notes and Sermons in bound book, 1847


Box 11 Folder 5-7 Town Descriptions, circa 1840 -- 1849


Box 11 Folder 8 Extracts from History Travels Biography, 1843



Box 12 Folder 1-10 Writings on Themes, circa 1843 -- 1906


Box 12 Folder 11-14 Notes by Theme, circa 1843 -- 1906



Box 13 Folder 1 Article Notes, circa 1843 -- 1906


Box 13 Folder 2 Systematic Charity, 1848


Box 13 Folder 3 Anniversary Poem for the Literary Association of Bacon Academy, 1845


Box 13 Folder 4-5 Collected Writings, Notes for Publication, circa 1843 -- 1906

Series 3: Teaching and class notes, 1839 -- 1872

This series is open for research.

1 linear feet; 1 linear foot; 2 boxes

This series contains handwritten notes from various aspects of the law that Gillett studied, as well as other class notes from Yale and the University of the City of New York.

This series is unarranged.



Box 14 Folder 1-3 Constitutional Law, circa 1839 -- 1872


Box 14 Folder 4 Sovereignty and Democracy, circa 1839 -- 1872


Box 14 Folder 5-6 International Law and Religious Liberty, circa 1839 -- 1872


Box 14 Folder 7-8 Social and Political, circa 1839 -- 1872


Box 14 Folder 9-10 Law, Economy and Government Notes, circa 1839 -- 1872



Box 15 Folder 1-2 Class Notes, circa 1839 -- 1859


Box 15 Folder 3 Class Notes and Sermons, University of the City of New York, 1859


Box 15 Folder 4 Class Grades, 1872


Box 15 Folder 5 Notebooks, Class, Sermons and Authors, circa 1850 -- 1859


Box 15 Folder 6 Book teaching notes, circa 1850 -- 1859


Box 15 Folder 7 Yale Notebook, 1839


Box 15 Folder 8 Essay on Prayer for Colleges, circa 1839