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Fiske Papers, 1824-1847
5 archives boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The bulk of his collection is comprised of notes by Fiske on Greek Language and Literature, Mental and moral philosophy and American History, in which he apparently had an interest.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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

Nathan Welby Fiske, the father of Helen Hunt Jackson, was born on April 17, 1798 in Weston, Mass. He graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College in 1817. From there he went to New Castle, Maine where he had charge of the Academy there for one year. After this he returned to Dartmouth where he tutored for two years. He entered the Theological Seminary at Andover in the autumn of 1820, where he spent three years, and closed his preparatory studies for the ministry in the fall of 1823. His was not a career in the ministry, however. He spent only one year preaching in Savannah, Ga., among seamen and others not connected to any organized Christian congregations. After turning down an invitation from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to do missionary work in China, he accepted the appointment of Professor of Languages at Amherst College and began his duties in 1824. He was successively Professor of Latin and Greek Languages, 1824-25; Professor of Greek Language and Literature and Belles Letters, 1833-36; Professor of Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics, 1836-47. He died of dysentery in 1847 in Jerusalem, where he had gone for his health.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of his collection is comprised of notes by Fiske on Greek Language and Literature, Mental and moral philosophy and American History, in which he apparently had an interest.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are 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 Nathan Welby Fiske Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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
Section 1: Correspondence



Three letters to Fiske


Box 1: folder 1
Two letters to Fiske


Box 1: folder 2
Section 2: Notes for Lectures on Greek Literature & Philosophy, Mental Philosophy, Sacred History, Ancient Geography, American History



Subsection A: GREEK LITERATURE



Outline of the course in Greek.


Box 1: folder 3
Notes on Greek Philosophy


Box 1: folder 4
Notes on Greek Literature and History.


Box 1: folder 5
Notes on Greek Literature


Box 1: folder 6
Notes on Greek Literature


Box 1: folder 7
Notes on Greek Literature


Box 1: folder 8
Two notebooks on Greek Literature.


Box 1: folder 9
Rules for pronouncing Latin and Greek - printed pamphlet.


Box 1: folder 10
Subsection B: MENTAL AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY



"Outlines of Mental Philosophy or Psychology in a System of Questions" - printed pamphlet (2 copies)


Box 2: folder 1
Notes on Will


Box 2: folder 2
Two notebooks on Mental Philosophy.


Box 2: folder 3
Three notebooks on Mental Philosophy.


Box 2: folder 4
Four notebooks on Mental Philosophy.


Box 2: folder 5
Two notebooks on Mental Philosophy.


Box 2: folder 6
Seven notebooks on Christian Theology.


Box 3: folder 1
Three notebooks on Philosophy of the human mind.


Box 3: folder 2
Subsection C: SACRED HISTORY



Seven notebooks on Sacred History.


Box 3: folder 3
Subsection D: ANCIENT GEOGRAPHY



Six notes on Ancient Geography.


Box 3: folder 4
Six notebooks on Ancient Geography (Assyrian Empire, Egypt, Voyages of Columbus, North America)


Box 3: folder 5
Subsection E. AMERICAN HISTORY



Lexington


Box 3: folder 6
Progress of Discovery in North America.


Box 3: folder 7
Bunker Hill


Box 4: folder 1
Campaign in Louisiana, 1814, 1815


Box 4: folder 2
Siege of Boston


Box 4: folder 3
American Revolution - from Trenton and Princeton Battles to Battle of Brandywine.


Box 4: folder 4
Battle of Long Island and retreat to New York


Box 4: folder 5
Harrison's History as commander of the Northwestern Army in the late War with Great Britain.


Box 4: folder 6
Siege of Yorktown and Capture of Cornwallis


Box 4: folder 7
Burgoyne's Expedition


Box 4: folder 8
Pertaining to the events after Retreat from Long Island to the Battle of Trenton, including the battle of the White Plains.


Box 4: folder 9
Battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Rhode Island.


Box 4: folder 10
Causes of the American Revolution.


Box 4: folder 11
On the Constitution of the United States.


Box 4: folder 12
Evils of the Revolutionary War.


Box 4: folder 13
Miscellaneous notes on the Revolutionary War.


Box 4: folder 14
Notes for a sermon


Box 4: folder 15
Section 3: Published Works



Obituary address at the funeral of the Rev. Royal Washburn, Pastor of the first Church and Parish Amherst, Mass. Jan. 4, 1833 (4 copies). Also a volume containing sermon by Rev. Washburn.
1833

Box 5: folder 1
Book - Tuwarri: A Story of the Coral Isles, Boston, Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1848.
1848

Box 5: folder 2
Book with preface and memoir of author by Fiske: The Course of Time, a poem by Robert Pollok A.M., New York, M'Elrath and Bangee, 1832 (2 copies)
1832

Box 5: folder 3
Section 4: Works about Fiske



Sermon preached at the ordination of Fiske by Elias Cornelius.


Box 5: folder 4
A Tribute to the Memory of Rev. Nathan W. Fiske. Late Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy in Amherst College by Rev. Heman Humphrey, D.D. (3 copies)


Box 5: folder 5
Note:

Transferred to book collection; consult library catalog for location.

Death of Professor Fiske - manuscript of article from Hampshire & Franklin Express, July 22, 1847
1847

Box 5: folder 6
Section 5: Miscellaneous



Notes on other professor's lectures at the Andover Theological Seminary (5notebooks)


Box 5: folder 7
Newspaper clippings


Box 5: folder 8

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Fiske, N. W. (Nathan Welby), 1798-1847.
  • Greek literature--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Latin literature--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Presbyterian Church--Clergy--Biography--Sources.

Genre terms
  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.


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