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Justin Perkins (AC 1829) Papers, ca. 1830-1869
6 archives boxes (3 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Educator, minister and missionary to Persia. Collection includes correspondence with others in his field, manuscript sermons, lectures and notes, some newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and some 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 was married and the American Board of Missions commissioned him 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


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: CORRESPONDENCE



Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE, is organized into two sub-series: letters to Perkins (A) and letters from Perkins (B). Within each group the letters are organized alphabetically by correspondent's name.

Sub-Series A: Incoming Correspondence



Illegible Signatures


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
G


Box 1: folder 7
Haas


Box 1: folder 8
Hallock - Harding


Box 1: folder 9
I - K


Box 1: folder 10
L - M


Box 2: folder 1
N - P


Box 2: folder 2
Q - R


Box 2: folder 3
S


Box 2: folder 4
T


Box 2: folder 5
U - Woods


Box 2: folder 6
Worcester - Z


Box 2: folder 7
Sub-Series B: Outgoing Correspondence



A - Z


Box 2: folder 8
Series 2: SERMONS, LECTURES AND NOTES



Series 2, SERMONS, LECTURES, AND NOTES, consists of sermons, lectures, notes, a private journal and the thesis Perkins wrote at Andover Theological Seminary.

Sermons


Box 3: folder 1
Sermons


Box 3: folder 2
Sermons


Box 3: folder 3
Sermons


Box 3: folder 4
Notes on Professor Stewart's lectures.


Box 3: folder 5
Notes on Christian Theology No. 4


Box 3: folder 6
Notes and dissertations on Christian Theology No.9


Box 3: folder 7
Notes taken from Missionary Documents


Box 3: folder 8
Syrian newspaper "The Syrian Eagle" (printed in Arabic)


Box 3: folder 9
Syrian magazine


Box 3: folder 10
Essay: "The Agency of the Pen in the Reformation of the


Box 3: folder 11
Nestorians"


Box 3: folder 11
Private journal
1857-1863

Box 4: folder 1
Thesis written at Andover Theological Seminary
ca. 1832

Box 4: folder 2
Series 3: PRINTED MATERIALS



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. Pamphlets by Justin Perkins

B. Newspaper and Magazine Clippings

Sub-Series A: Pamphlets by Justin Perkins



Historical sketch of the Mission to the Nestorians
1862

Box 4: folder 3
Nestorian spelling book (printed in Persian)


Box 4: folder 4
A sermon occasioned by the death of the Rev. Austin H. Wright


Box 4: folder 5
A sermon preached to the members of the Nestorian Mission
1838 Jan 21

Box 4: folder 6
A sermon preached to the members and families of the Nestorian Mission
1853 Jul 3

Box 4: folder 7
Printed pages from a magazine containing a letter from Mr. Perkins
1864 Jul 1

Box 4: folder 8
Sub-Series B: Magazine and Newspaper Clippings



Miscellaneous pages from a magazine
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
The Missionary Herald (magazine) - 3 issues
1844-1845

Box 4: folder 10
News clippings and photograph of the Missionary Cemetery near Oroomiah, Persia


Box 4: folder 11
The American Missionary (magazine) - 2 issues
1857-1858

Box 4: folder 12
Journal of Missions and Youth's Dayspring (newspaper)
1861 Jan

Box 4: folder 13
Series 4: BOUND MANUSCRIPTS



Series 4, BOUND MANUSCRIPTS, consists of Perkins' books, letters and notes.

Missionary letters and Journal
1833-1838

Box 5: folder 1
Journal of a Visit in America
1842-1843

Box 5: folder 2
Missionary letters and Journal
1843-1846

Box 5: folder 3
Letters and Miscellanies
1863

Box 6: folder 1
Book in Syriac interleaved with notes by Perkins
1857-1858

Box 6: folder 2
Grammar Rules for Syrian Language
n.d.

Box 6: folder 3
Notes on Chemistry from Professor Hitchcock's lectures at Amherst College
1827

Box 6: folder 4
Commonplace notes in loose packet (found together with other letters to Perkins; may not relate to him) [#2011-011]
ca. 1820s-1830s

Box 6: folder 5

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Missions--Iran.
  • Nestorians.
  • Perkins, Justin, 1805-1869.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1829. Perkins.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1829. Riggs.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1830. Schneider.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1830. Tyler.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1837. Bliss.
  • Bliss, Edwin Elisha.
  • Dwight, H. G. O. (Harrison Gray Otis), 1803-1862.
  • Fiske, Fidelia, 1816-1864.
  • Goodell, William, 1792-1867.
  • Hamlin, Cyrus, 1811-1900.
  • Riggs, Elias, 1810-1901.
  • Schauffler, William G. (William Gottlieb), 1798-1883.
  • Schneider, Benjamin, 1807-1877.
  • Southgate, Horatio, 1812-1894.
  • Tyler, W. S. (William Seymour), 1810-1897.


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