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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Sermons; Series 2: Other writings; and Series 3: Teaching and class notes.
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.
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.
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: Ezra Hall Gillett papers, series #, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
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
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.
2022-04-29 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
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."