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Justin Perkins (AC 1829) Papers, ca. 1830-1869
6 archives boxes (2.75 Linear feet)
Collection number: MA.00153

Abstract:
Educator, minister and missionary to Persia beginning in the 1830s. Collection includes: correspondence with others in his field; manuscript sermons; lectures and notes; newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and seven volumes of bound manuscripts - mostly letters and journals.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Perkins 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

Justin Perkins (AC 1829), missionary, was born in 1805 near Holyoke, Massachusetts. He spent his childhood on his father's farm and at the age of eighteen responded to a revival that influenced him to enter the ministry. He attended Amherst College and upon graduating, taught for a year at Amherst Academy. He then spent two years at Andover Theological Seminary, tutored for a year at Amherst College, and then returned to Andover to finish his theological course.

In 1833, Perkins married Charlotte Bass. The same year he was also commissioned by the American Board of Missions to work in Persia among the Nestorians. He traveled to Oroomiah, Persia and set up a mission there. He stayed with this mission for more than thirty years, with intermittent visits home, until he died in 1869.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains a body of correspondence to Perkins with letters from men well known in his field at the time. Letters are included from Edwin E. Bliss (AC 1837, 4 letters), Harrison Gray Otis Dwight (10), Fidelia Fiske (8), William Goodell (8), Cyrus Hamlin (4), Elias Riggs (AC 1829, 3), William G. Schauffler (10), Benjamin Schneider (AC 1830, 8), Horatio Southgate (7), and William S. Tyler (AC 1830, 8). It also contains eighteen manuscript sermons by Perkins, a few lectures and notes, some newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and some bound manuscripts - mostly letters and journals.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Perkins 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 Justin Perkins (AC 1829) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Two copies of "The Syrian Eagle" from 1928 were removed from the collection to be cataloged separately, as were four published sermons authored by Perkins. The sermons are as follows: "Historical sketch of the Mission to the Nestorians," "A sermon occasioned by the death of the Rev. Austin H. Wright," "A sermon preached to the members of the Nestorian Mission" (1838), "A sermon preached to the members of the Nestorian Mission" (1853). One letter from Perkins's biographical file was moved to Box 2 Folder 7. Published pamphlets from the biographical file were removed for cataloging. Two photographs were removed from the biographical file and listed under Series 4 "Photographs".


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
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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Contents List
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
1834-1868


Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE, is organized into two sub-series: Sub-series A: Incoming Correspondence, and Sub-series B: Outgoing Correspondence. Within each sub-series the correspondence is organized alphabetically by correspondent's name. The folder containing "illegible signatures" also includes manuscript notes on religious topics and genealogy in a variety of different hands. A frequent correspondent was Frederick Haas, who wrote a number of letters to Perkins in 1836-1837. Haas was a German missionary in Persia in the 1830s.

Sub-Series A: Incoming Correspondence



Illegible Signatures
1834-1868, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
A - Bar


Box 1: folder 2
Bas - Bz


Box 1: folder 3
C - Cooke


Box 1: folder 4
Cozzens - Cz


Box 1: folder 5
D - F


Box 1: folder 6
General

Includes 1 letter from Deborah Waterman Vinal Fiske (1806-1844) and multiple letters from missionary Fidelia Fiske, a Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary alumna. Both writers' letters are scanned as pdfs.

G


Box 1: folder 7
Haas
1836-1837

Box 1: folder 8
Hall - Hum


Box 1: folder 9
J - K


Box 1: folder 10
L - M


Box 1: folder 11
N - P


Box 2: folder 1
Q - R


Box 2: folder 2
S


Box 2: folder 3
T


Box 2: folder 4
U - Woods


Box 2: folder 5
Worcester - Z


Box 2: folder 6
Sub-Series B: Outgoing Correspondence



A - Z


Box 2: folder 7
Series 2: SERMONS, LECTURES AND NOTES
1831-1868


Series 2, SERMONS, LECTURES, AND NOTES, consists of sermons, lectures, notes on religious texts, a journal, and the thesis Perkins wrote at Andover Theological Seminary. Each sub-series is arranged chronologically. It is not clear that material in the folder labeled "commonplace notes" [acc. 2011-001] is related to Justin Perkins. Each subseries is organized chronologically.

Sub-series A: Sermons



Sermons and notes
1831, 1837

Box 2: folder 8
Sermons
1841-1846

Box 2: folder 9
Sermons
1850, 1855

Box 2: folder 10
Sermons
1863, 1864, 1868

Box 3: folder 1
Sermons
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Sub-series B: Notes



Notes on Professor Stewart's lectures
1830

Box 3: folder 3
Notes on Christian Theology No. 4
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Notes and dissertations on Christian Theology No.9
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Notes taken from Missionary Documents
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Sub-series C: Other Writings



"Commentary on the Book of Daniel"
ca. 1832

Box 3: folder 7
Biographical note:

Thesis written at Andover Theological Seminary.

Commonplace notes
ca. 1832

Box 3: folder 8
The Lord's Prayer. Nestorian School Card.
ca. 1833-1869?
1 Sheets14" x 17.5" sheet
Map case 1, drawer 11
General

Note at bottom: "The above is a Nestorian School Card, consisting of the Lord's Prayer with a few practical comments. The large letters are the captions -- "The Lord's Prayer" -- then follows the prayer itself -- and below the [illegible] the comments. J. Perkins"

"The Agency of the Pen in the Reformation of the Nestorians"
1846

Box 3: folder 9
Journal
1857-1863

Box 3: folder 10
Series 3: PRINTED MATERIALS
1844-1864


Series 3, PRINTED MATERIALS, consists of pamphlets and clippings relating to his missionary work among the Nestorians. It is organized into two sub-series: A. Authored by Justin Perkins; B. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings. Both sub-series are arranged chronologically.

Sub-Series A: Authored by Justin Perkins



Nestorian spelling book (printed in Persian)


Box 4: folder 1
Pages from "Missionary Herald" - "Letter from Mr. Perkins"
1864 Jul 1

Box 4: folder 2
Sub-Series B: Magazine and Newspaper Clippings



The Missionary Herald (magazine) - 3.5 issues
1844-1845

Box 4: folder 3
The American Missionary (magazine) - 2 issues
1857-1858

Box 4: folder 4
Cover "Memorial of Madam Abigail Stearns, Bedford, Mass."
ca. 1858

Box 4: folder 5
Journal of Missions and Youth's Dayspring (newspaper)
1861 Jan

Box 4: folder 6
Syrian magazine
1862

Box 4: folder 7
Syrian magazine photocopies
1862

Box 4: folder 8
Preservation copies

For use in reading room.

Series 4: PHOTOGRAPHS



Series 4, PHOTOGRAPHS, contains three images: two depicting Perkins and his wife Charlotte Bass, and one picture of the Missionary Cemetery in Oroomiah. Dates are not definitive.

Justin Perkins and Charlotte (Bass) Perkins
ca. 1862

Box 4: folder 9
News clippings and photograph of the Missionary Cemetery near Oroomiah, Persia
n.d.

Box 4: folder 10
Series 5: BOUND MANUSCRIPTS
1827-1863


Series 5, BOUND MANUSCRIPTS, includes bound volumes of Perkins's journals and correspondence. It also includes volumes of notes on the Syrian language and Edward Hitchcock's lectures. Both sub-series are arranged chronologically.

Sub-series A: Letters and Journals



Missionary letters and Journal
1833-1838

Box 5 Vol. 1
Journal of a Visit in America
1842-1843

Box 5 Vol. 2
Missionary letters and Journal
1843-1846

Box 5 Vol. 3
Letters and Miscellanies
1863

Box 5 Vol. 4
Sub-series B: Notes



Notes on Chemistry from Professor Hitchcock's lectures at Amherst College
1827

Box 6 Vol. 1
Book in Syriac interleaved with notes by Perkins
1857-1858

Box 6 Vol. 2
Grammar Rules for Syrian Language
n.d.

Box 6 Vol. 3

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Subjects
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
  • Amherst College -- Students
  • Missions -- Iran
  • Nestorians

Contributors
  • Bliss, Edwin Elisha, 1817-1892 (AC 1837)
  • Dwight, H. G. O. (Harrison Gray Otis), 1803-1862
  • Fiske, Fidelia
  • Goodell, William
  • Hamlin, Cyrus
  • Perkins, Justin, 1805-1869 (AC 1829)
  • Riggs, Elias, 1810-1901 (AC 1829)
  • Schauffler, William G. (William Gottlieb)
  • Schneider, Benjamin (AC 1830)
  • Southgate, Horatio
  • Tyler, W. S. (William Seymour) (AC 1830)


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