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Henry J. Van Lennep Sketches and Papers, 1834-1879
1 records storage box, 1 oversize flat box (1.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Most of the collection conists of pencil sketches and watercolors of scenery, people and objects, chiefly Turkish but also some American. In addition, a small amount of personal papers include passports related to his travel as a missionary in Turkey, a notebook of sermons written by Van Lennep in Armenian, and portrait photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

Henry John Van Lennep (AC 1837), a noted 19th-century Christian minister, missionary, writer and educator, was born in Smyrna (present-day Izmir, Turkey) in 1815. In 1830 he was sent to the United States for his education. He prepared for college at Mount Pleasant Institute, Amherst, Mass., and Hartford (Conn.) Grammar School. After graduating from Amherst College in 1837, he attended Andover Theological Seminary for one year, then studied with Rev. Joel Hawes in Hartford and was ordained a Congregational minister in 1839. He served as a missionary with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions for twenty-nine years beginning in 1840, in Smyrna (1840-44 and 1863-69), Constantinople (1844-54), and Tocat (1854-56). Van Lennep traveled extensively throughout the region of western Asia and Egypt. After losing his sight from cataract in 1869, he returned to the United States. He taught as a professor of natural sciences and languages at Ingham University, a women's college in Le Roy, New York (1876-78), and subsequently was co-principal, with his son E.J. Van Lennep, of the Sedgwick Institute, a small private boarding school in Great Barrington, Mass.

Van Lennep was proficient in numerous languages and was also a skillful artist, sketching (in pencil or pen and ink) scenes from his extensive travels. Many of his drawings appeared in published works, which include The Oriental Album: Twenty Illustrations, in Oil Colors, of the People and Scenery of Turkey, with an Explanatory and Descriptive Text (1862); Travels in Little-known Parts of Asia Minor: with Illustrations of Biblical Literature and Researches in Archaeology (1870); and Bible Lands: their Modern Customs and Manners Illustrative of Scripture (1875). He also executed several drawings for Professor Edward Hitchcock, including his Geology of Massachusetts (1841) and Illustrations of Surface Geology (1860).

Van Lennep was married three times: to Emma L. Bliss (1839-40), Mary E. Hawes (1843-44), and Emily Ann Bird (1850-?). He had six children. Van Lennep died in Great Barrington, Mass., in 1889.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of pencil sketches and watercolors of scenery, people and artifacts, chiefly Turkish but also some American. In addition, a small amount of personal papers include passports related to his travel as a missionary in Turkey, a notebook of sermons written by Van Lennep in Armenian, and portrait photographs.

This collection is organized into two series:


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection 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 Henry J. Van Lennep (AC 1837) Sketches and 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 and Armenian

Contents List
Series 1: ARTWORK
1834-1876 and n.d.


Series 1, ARTWORK, consists of eleven bound sketch albums and numerous other sketches on loose sheets, made by Van Lennep when he lived as a missionary in Turkey. Most are pencil on paper, with some in watercolor, and depict people, scenery, and objects. One scrapbook includes not only artwork, but also several articles written by Van Lennep in 1876.

Portrait of young girl - pencil sketch (in frame)
1834

Box 2: folder 3
Pencil sketches, loose
ca. 1844

Box 1: folder 1
The American barque "Sonia," Capt. Henry King, entering Boston Bay (framed)
1849

Box 2: folder 4
Sketch: "View of Bebek," Constantinople
1851

Box 1: folder 2
2 watercolor sketches, [Constantinople]
1851, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Sketch album: "Plan et modeles"
185[9?]

Box 1: folder 3
Sketch album no. 3
1859

Box 1: folder 4
Sketch album no. 6: "Cahier de dessins de Chasses"
1859

Box 1: folder 5
Sketch album: "Copies"
1861

Box 1: folder 6
Pencil sketch: boulder, Whitinsville [Mass.?]
1863 Aug 24

Box 1: folder 7
Sketch album: "Voyages," Marseilles
1863-1864

Box 1: folder 8
Pencil sketch: vineyard
1864

Box 1: folder 9
Sketch album no. 9
1864

Box 1: folder 10
Sketch album
1864-1865

Box 1: folder 11
Sketch album no. 8
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Hedgehog study - watercolor
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Watercolor drawings of Turkish people
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Pencil sketch album
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
Sketch album: artifacts, pottery, ancient sculpture, etc.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
Watercolor drawing: child with cane (framed)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Scrapbook containing 1876 articles by Van Lennep and undated pencil sketches
1876, n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
Pencil sketch: carpet pattern
n.d.

Box 1: folder 18
2 watercolor drawings: miscellaneous scenes
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Series 2: PAPERS
1840-1879 and n.d.


Series 2, PAPERS, chiefly includes passports, a notebook of sermons in Armenian, and portrait photographs.

Miscellaneous printed matter, including Dutch passports (1869) and prospectus for Sedgwick Institute, Great Barrington, Mass. (1879)
1869-1879

Box 1: folder 20
Notebook: sermons in Armenian - vol. 1, Tocat
1859-1860

Box 1: folder 21
Photographs: portraits of Henry van Lennep and brothers
ca. 1840-1885

Box 1: folder 22
Sheet of various wax seals
[post-1862]

Box 1: folder 23
Book: Travels in Little-Known Parts of Asia Minor: with Illustrations of Biblical Literature and Researches in Archaeology, by Henry J. Van Lennep (London: John Murray, 1870) [duplicate copy; see also catalogued copy at 915.2 V26t Arch/SpColl]
1870

Box 1: folder 24

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Subjects
  • Missionaries -- Turkey.
  • Turkey -- Social life and customs.

Contributors
  • Sedgwick Institute.
  • Van-Lennep, Henry J. (Henry John), 1815-1889.


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