|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series organized by format.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains five volumes of manuscript lecture notes taken by students of Hitchcock (Joseph D. Burrell, Edward C. Moore, and Edward B. Wright), as well as correspondence, a manuscript of a treatise entitled "Original Sin as received and taught by the Churches of the Reformation, by Robert W. Landis, 1874," and loose, numbered manuscripts by Hitchcock on a variety of subjects, including: The […] Exegesis, Eternal Justification, Hermeneutics, Exposition, Supplement to [ms] 26, Dr. Hodge's Grounds for [Imputation], The Theory of the Reformers, The Theory of the […] Dogmatic, The Theory of its [redacted] Relation to Ethics, The Theory and its Ethics.
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 1-2. 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: Roswell Dwight Hitchcock papers, 1879-1887, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The Roswell Dwight Hitchcock Papers were among a large group of unprocessed materials that were organized in 2017 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and 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
Material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-11. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and archival document boxes. Rusty paperclips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. The finding aid was created by Rebecca Nieto in 2017 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-12-15 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Roswell Dwight Hitchcock was a Congregational minister, writer, professor of church history, and president of Union Theological Seminary from 1880 to 1887. He was born on August 15, 1817 in East Machias, Maine, and entered Andover Theological Seminary in 1838 following his undergraduate career at Amherst College (1836). Hitchcock tutored at Amherst from 1839 to 1842 before being ordained in the First Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire. He served as a pastor and ongoing student in Germany, where he studied at the University of Halle and the University of Berlin. Hitchcock began his formal academic career at Bowdoin College, where he taught as the Collin Professor of Natural and Revealed Religion from 1852 to 1855. From there, he joined the faculty at Union Theological Seminary as a professor of church history. His academic tenure was marked by a number of publications, among them Life of Edward Robinson (1863), Complete Analysis of the Bible (1869), The New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible: or, the Whole of the Old and New Testaments Arranged According to Subjects in Twenty-Seven Books (1871); Hymns and Songs of Praise (1874), Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship (1875). He also co-edited and translated the Carmina Sanctorum with Union colleague Dr. Francis Brown, and provided addenda and revisions to the Revised New Testament when it was published in 1881. In addition to his teaching, Hitchcock was an avid traveler with an interest in holy sites and religious geography, traveling through Italy, Greece, Egypt, Sinai and Palestine between 1866 and 1871. He was appointed president of the American Palestine Exploration Society in 1871, vice-president of the American Geographical Society in 1880, and served as editor of the American Theological Review. In addition to these roles beyond the pastorate, Reverend Hitchcock became the fourth president of Union Theological Seminary, serving in that role from 1880 until his death on June 16, 1887.