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Stearns Papers, 1801-1875
14 archives boxes (7 linear ft.)

Abstract:
This collection contains a small body of correspondence and biographical material containing general information on Stearns. The bulk of the collection consists of Stearns's sermons in manuscript form. The correspondence is mostly personal letters to and from members of Stearns's family, but there are some letters from Stearns to others, a group of anti-slavery letters and documents, and some religious documents pertaining to Stearns's ministry.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the William Augustus Stearns Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

William Augustus Stearns, clergyman and educator, was born in 1805 in Bedford, Mass. He was the son of a minister, Samuel Stearns, and one of eleven children. He was educated at Phillips Academy Andover, Harvard College, and Andover Theological Seminary. His first post as minister was at Cambridgeport, Mass. at the age of twenty-six; he was so successful that he stayed there from 1831 until 1854. In 1854, Stearns was called to be the fourth president of Amherst College, where he served until his death in 1876. He was a strong and popular administrator.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains a small body of correspondence and biographical material containing general information on Stearns. The bulk of the collection consists of Stearns's sermons in manuscript form.

The correspondence is mostly personal letters to and from members of Stearns's family, but there are some letters from Stearns to others, a group of anti-slavery letters and documents, and some religious documents pertaining to Stearns's ministry.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the William Augustus Stearns Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in William Augustus Stearns Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid:1974; revised 2002
Edited by:Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist (2002)


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: General and Family Correspondence



This series is organized into seven sub-series:

  • A. Family
  • B. General correspondence from Stearns
  • C. General correspondence to Stearns
  • D. Andover and Harvard: miscellaneous bills and documents
  • E. Anti-slavery letters for congregation at Cambridgeport, not from Stearns
  • F. Religious reports and documents
  • G. Correspondence to Jonathan F. Stearns from William M. Rogers and others
Stearns to his brother, Jonathan F. Stearns
1821-1829

Box 1: folder 1
Stearns to his brother, Jonathan F. Stearns
1830-1835

Box 1: folder 2
Stearns to his brother, Jonathan F. Stearns
1836-1850

Box 1: folder 3
Stearns to his brother, Jonathan F. Stearns
1851-1868

Box 1: folder 4
Stearns to his brother, Samuel H. Stearns
1822-1832

Box 1: folder 5
Stearns to his sister, Abigail French Stearns
1822-1832

Box 1: folder 6
Stearns to his daughter, Elisa C. Stearns
1822-1832

Box 1: folder 7
Stearns to Mrs. Stearns
1822-1832

Box 1: folder 8
Stearns to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stearns
1823-1831

Box 1: folder 9
Stearns from his brother, Samuel H. Stearns
1824-1857

Box 1: folder 10
Stearns from his brother, Jonathan F. Stearns
1823-1850

Box 1: folder 11
Stearns from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Stearns
1823-1850

Box 1: folder 12
General Correspondence from Stearns, arranged alphabetically (A-Z)
1823-1850

Box 1: folder 13
General correspondence to Stearns, arranged alphabetically (A-Z)
1823-1850

Box 1: folder 14
Andover and Harvard-misc. bills and documents
1822-1830

Box 1: folder 15
Anti-slavery letters for Cambridgeport congregation, not from Stearns
1837-1839

Box 1: folder 16
Religious Reports and documents
1831-1853

Box 1: folder 17
Correspondence to Jonathan F. Stearns from William M. Rogers and others
1836-1858

Box 1: folder 18
Series 2: Biographical Information



Scraps of sermons and addresses, membership certificates, prayer of dedication
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Obituary, biography, and bibliography (including com discourse by W. S. Tyler)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Material about marble bust of Stearns (photos)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Photographs of Stearns
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Concert Programs (Mrs W. F. Stearns)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Clippings
n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
Mrs. William A. Stearns School (photographs)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Diaries and almanac for 1835 interleaved with notes, account books
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Miniature of Stearns
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Material on Samuel Stearns, Stearns's father
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Material on Abigail Stearns, Stearns's Mother
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Material on Mrs. W. A. Stearns, Stearns's Wife
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Material on William F. Stearns, Stearns's Son
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Sermon on death of William F. Stearns
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Series 3: Sermons



Miscellaneous Scraps of Sermons
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Undated Sermons
n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Undated Sermons
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Undated Sermons
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Sermons
1827-1831

Box 4: folder 3
Sermons
1832

Box 4: folder 4
Sermons
1833

Box 4: folder 5
Sermons
1834

Box 5: folder 1
Sermons
1865-1865

Box 5: folder 2
Sermons
1837 Jan-Aug

Box 5: folder 3
Sermons
1837 Sept-Dec

Box 5: folder 4
Sermons
1838

Box 5: folder 5
Sermons
1839

Box 5: folder 6
Sermons
1840 Jan-May

Box 6: folder 1
Sermons
1840 Jun-Dec

Box 6: folder 2
Sermons
1841

Box 6: folder 3
Sermons
1842

Box 6: folder 4
Sermons
1843

Box 6: folder 5
Sermons
1844 Jan-Jul

Box 6: folder 6
Sermons
1844 Aug-Dec

Box 6: folder 7
Sermons
1845 Jan-June

Box 7: folder 1
Sermons
1845 July-Dec

Box 7: folder 2
Sermons
1846

Box 7: folder 3
Sermons
1847 Jan-May

Box 7: folder 4
Sermons
1847 Jun-Aug

Box 7: folder 5
Sermons
1847 Sept-Dec

Box 7: folder 6
Sermons
1848 Jan-June

Box 7: folder 7
Sermons
1848 July-Dec

Box 8: folder 1
Sermons
1849 Jan-Apr

Box 8: folder 2
Sermons
1849 May-July

Box 8: folder 3
Sermons
1849 Aug-Dec

Box 8: folder 4
Sermons
1850 Jan-Apr

Box 8: folder 5
Sermons
1850 May-Sep

Box 9: folder 1
Sermons
1850 Oct-Dec

Box 9: folder 2
Sermons
1851 Jan-May

Box 9: folder 3
Sermons
1851 Jun-Dec.

Box 9: folder 4
Sermons
1852 Jan-Sep

Box 9: folder 5
Sermons
1852 Oct-Dec

Box 9: folder 6
Sermons
1853

Box 9: folder 7
Sermons
1854 Jan-Mar

Box 10: folder 1
Sermons
1854 Apr-Dec

Box 10: folder 2
Sermons
1855

Box 10: folder 3
Sermons
1856

Box 10: folder 4
Sermons
1857

Box 10: folder 5
Sermons
1858

Box 10: folder 6
Sermons
1859

Box 11: folder 1
Sermons
1860-1861

Box 11: folder 2
Sermons
1862-1863

Box 11: folder 3
Sermons
1864

Box 11: folder 4
Sermons
1865-1869

Box 11: folder 5
Sermons
1870-1871

Box 11: folder 6
Sermons
1872, 1874-1875

Box 11: folder 7
Baccalaureate Sermons
1871-1873

Box 12: folder 1
Baccalaureate Sermons
1874-1876

Box 12: folder 2
Samuel Stearns's Sermons
1801, 1812, 1814, 1832

Box 12: folder 3
Baccalaureate Sermons
n.d.

Box 12: folder 4
"Hebrew Theocracy and its Records"
n.d.

Box 12: folder 5
"Hebrew Theocracy and its Records" (cont)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 6
Manuscript: "Hindooism"
n.d.

Box 13: folder 1
Manuscript: "Laying the Cornerstone of Walker Hall"
1868 Jun 10

Box 13: folder 2
Printed material: pamphlets, speeches, addresses, etc.
n.d.

Box 14: folder 1

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Presidents.
  • Congregational churches--Clergy--Biography--Sources.
  • Sermons, American--Massachusetts.
  • Stearns, William A. (William Augustus), 1805-1876.

Genre terms
  • Sermons--Amherst College.


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