|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in original order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains a 159 page typescript report compiled by Edwards detailing material located in the Library of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin relating to the study of Indian Missions from 1700-1840. Denominations include Baptist; Catholic; Congregational; Friends; Methodist; Moravian; Presbyterian; Protestant Episcopal; and Interdenominational Societies including but not limited to the Algic Society and the Indian Mission Association. Edwards kept three things in mind when compiling the research. The first was to collect material for the study of Indian missions which may shed light on the story of westward expansion. Secondly, Edwards tried to arrange the material in the hopes of indicating the development of missionary organizations. Finally, Edwards attempted to show the connection between the religious organizations and the political authority.
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL10, North America
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, MRL10: Martha Letitia Edwards papers, 1920, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Archives in Madison, Wisconsin holds further Edwards papers, including typewritten copies of her thesis and dissertation and seven card file boxes of notes. The University of Wisconsin-Madison holds Edwards' Ph.D. and M.A. theses.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Formerly part of the independent Missionary Research Library (MRL), these records were accessioned by the Burke Library at the time of the MRL's closure in 1976.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Material was cataloged Lynn A. Grove on 1988-08-02. 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 as needed. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2011 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-07-17 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Martha Letitia Edwards attended the University of Wisconsin, where in 1913 she submitted a thesis for the degree of Master of Arts titled, "The growth of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States from 1820 to 1840." In 1916, Edwards submitted a thesis at the University of Wisconsin for a Doctor of Philosophy degree titled, "Government patronage of Indian missions, 1789-1832." Edwards later became a professor in the extension division of the University of Wisconsin. Edwards died in Madison, Wisconsin in 1926.