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Tyler Papers, 1800-1902
9 archives boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
This collection contains a large number of letters both to and from Tyler and among members of his family; manuscript essays by Tyler and by his brother Wellington H. Tyler; addresses; articles; notes; diaries; photographs of Tyler and of his wife; pamphlets by Tyler; funeral orations; and lectures given by him throughout his life.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the William Seymour Tyler 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note

William Seymour Tyler was born in 1810 in Harford, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. He went to Hamilton College before coming to Amherst College for a year and graduating from Amherst in 1830. Afterwards, he attended Andover Theological Seminary while intermittently teaching at Amherst Academy, 1830-1831, and tutoring at Amherst College, 1832-1834. He pursued his theological course until 1836 when he became professor of Latin and Greek Languages and Literature at Amherst College, 1836-1847, and subsequently of Greek Language and Literature, 1847-1893. Following this, he was professor emeritus until his death in 1897.

Tyler was an ordained preacher and throughout his teaching career delivered many sermons and eulogies. He was also a prolific author. Among his works are A History of Amherst College, Memoirs of Henry Lobdell, Prayer for Colleges, Germania and Agricola of Tacitus, Histories of Tacitus, Plato's Apology and Crito, Demosthenes de Corona, Philippics and Olynthiacs of Demosthenes, Plutarch on the Delay of the Deity, and Theology of Greek Poets.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains a large number of letters both to and from Tyler and among members of his family; manuscript essays by Tyler and by his brother Wellington H. Tyler; addresses; articles; notes; diaries; photographs of Tyler and of his wife; pamphlets by Tyler; funeral orations; and lectures given by him throughout his life.


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

There is no restriction on access to the William Seymour Tyler 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 William Seymour Tyler (AC 1830) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed:ca. 1974
Finding Aid:ca. 1974
Revised:2001
Edited by:Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist


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



Incoming family correspondence
1832-1833

Box 1: folder 1
Incoming family correspondence
1835

Box 1: folder 2
Incoming family correspondence
1836

Box 1: folder 3
Incoming family correspondence
1837

Box 1: folder 4
Incoming family correspondence
1838

Box 1: folder 5
Incoming family correspondence
1839

Box 1: folder 6
Incoming family correspondence
1840

Box 1: folder 7
Incoming family correspondence
1841-1842

Box 1: folder 8
Incoming family correspondence
1843-1844

Box 1: folder 9
Incoming family correspondence
1845-1846

Box 1: folder 10
Incoming family correspondence
1848

Box 1: folder 11
Incoming family correspondence
1850-1851

Box 1: folder 12
Incoming family correspondence
1852

Box 1: folder 13
Incoming family correspondence
1853

Box 1: folder 14
Incoming family correspondence
1856

Box 1: folder 15
Incoming family correspondence
1857

Box 1: folder 16
Incoming family correspondence
1859

Box 1: folder 17
Incoming family correspondence
1860-1861

Box 1: folder 18
Incoming family correspondence
1862-1863

Box 1: folder 19
Incoming family correspondence
1864

Box 1: folder 20
Incoming family correspondence
1865-1866

Box 1: folder 21
Incoming family correspondence
1867-1868

Box 1: folder 22
Outgoing family correspondence
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Outgoing family correspondence
1829

Box 2: folder 2
Outgoing family correspondence
1832

Box 2: folder 3
Outgoing family correspondence
1833

Box 2: folder 4
Outgoing family correspondence
1834

Box 2: folder 5
Outgoing family correspondence
1835

Box 2: folder 6
Outgoing family correspondence
1836

Box 2: folder 7
Outgoing family correspondence
1837

Box 2: folder 8
Outgoing family correspondence
1840

Box 2: folder 9
Outgoing family correspondence
1844

Box 2: folder 10
Outgoing family correspondence
1845

Box 2: folder 11
Outgoing family correspondence
1846

Box 2: folder 12
Outgoing family correspondence
1847

Box 2: folder 13
Outgoing family correspondence
1849

Box 2: folder 14
Outgoing family correspondence
1850

Box 2: folder 15
Outgoing family correspondence
1851

Box 2: folder 16
Outgoing family correspondence
1853-1854

Box 2: folder 17
Outgoing family correspondence
1855

Box 2: folder 18
Outgoing family correspondence
1856

Box 2: folder 19
Outgoing family correspondence
1857

Box 2: folder 20
Outgoing family correspondence
1859-1861

Box 2: folder 21
Outgoing family correspondence
1862-1863

Box 2: folder 22
Outgoing family correspondence
1864

Box 2: folder 23
Outgoing family correspondence
1865

Box 2: folder 24
Outgoing family correspondence
1866-1868

Box 2: folder 25
Outgoing family correspondence
1870

Box 2: folder 26
Letters to and from Tyler's sons - John, Henry, Mason, and William
1877

Box 3: folder 1
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1837

Box 3: folder 3
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1840

Box 3: folder 4
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1841

Box 3: folder 5
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1842

Box 3: folder 6
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1843-1845

Box 3: folder 7
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1849

Box 3: folder 8
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1851

Box 3: folder 9
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1853

Box 3: folder 10
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1855

Box 3: folder 11
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1873

Box 3: folder 12
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1898-1899

Box 3: folder 13
Letters to Mrs. William S. Tyler (Amelia)
1901-1902

Box 3: folder 14
Letters from Mrs. William S. Tyler to her son John
1876

Box 3: folder 15
Letters from Mrs. William S. Tyler to her son John
1877

Box 3: folder 16
Letters from Mrs. William S. Tyler to her son John
1878

Box 3: folder 17
Letters from Mrs. William S. Tyler to her son John
1879

Box 3: folder 18
Letters from Mrs. William S. Tyler to her son John
1894

Box 3: folder 19
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
n.d.

Box 3: folder 20
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1817

Box 3: folder 21
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1822

Box 3: folder 22
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1830-1831

Box 3: folder 23
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1835

Box 3: folder 24
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1836-1837

Box 3: folder 25
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1843

Box 3: folder 26
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1845

Box 3: folder 27
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1846

Box 3: folder 28
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1845

Box 3: folder 27
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1846

Box 3: folder 28
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1847

Box 3: folder 29
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1848

Box 4: folder 1
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1850

Box 4: folder 2
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1853-1854

Box 4: folder 3
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1855-1856

Box 4: folder 4
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1858-1860

Box 4: folder 5
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1861-1862

Box 4: folder 6
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1864-1866

Box 4: folder 7
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1868

Box 4: folder 8
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1872

Box 4: folder 9
Letters to and from Joab Tyler (father of W. S. Tyler)
1876-1877

Box 4: folder 10
Letters among the Whiting Family (Mrs. Tyler's parents)
1840-1872

Box 4: folder 11
Letters of Condolence on Death of Tyler
1897

Box 4: folder 12
Letter to Mrs. Mary Tyler from her brother N. Peabody
1820

Box 4: folder 13
Letters with no date among the Tyler family
n.d.

Box 4: folder 14
Incoming correspondence - A
n.d.

Box 4: folder 15
Incoming correspondence - B
n.d.

Box 4: folder 16
Incoming correspondence - C
n.d.

Box 4: folder 17
Incoming correspondence - D, E
n.d.

Box 4: folder 18
Incoming correspondence - F, G
n.d.

Box 4: folder 19
Incoming correspondence - H
n.d.

Box 4: folder 20
Incoming correspondence - J, K, L
n.d.

Box 4: folder 21
Incoming correspondence - M
n.d.

Box 4: folder 22
Incoming correspondence - O, P, Q
n.d.

Box 4: folder 23
Incoming correspondence - R, S, T
n.d.

Box 4: folder 24
Incoming correspondence - W
n.d.

Box 4: folder 25
Letters sending contributions to the Congregational Church at Packardsville
1869

Box 4: folder 26
Outgoing correspondence - A-Z
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
Series 2: DEEDS, RECEIPTS, AND OTHER BUSINESS PAPERS RE: JOAB TYLER



Deeds and receipts
n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
Deeds and receipts
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
Account books
n.d.

Box 5: folder 4
Series 3: MANUSCRIPT ARTICLES, ESSAYS AND SPEECHES



Article about the Amherst Sabbath School
1833-1834

Box 5: folder 5
"The Relation of the Church to the Educational Institutions of Amherst"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
Article for The Sabbath School Visitor No. 5, Vol. 2, with copy of the magazine
1834 May

Box 5: folder 7
Article for The Sabbath School Visitor No. 6, Vol. 2, with copy of the magazine
1834 Jun

Box 5: folder 8
Article for The Sabbath School Visitor No. 8, Vol. 2, with copy of the magazine
1834 Aug

Box 5: folder 9
Article for The Sabbath School Visitor No. 9, Vol. 2, with copy of the magazine
1834 Sep

Box 5: folder 10
Reply to the Boston Recorder on "Retrenchment"
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
Essays
1827-1830

Box 6: folder 2
Chapel Dissertation: Salutatory Oration
1830

Box 6: folder 3
"Radicalism" (Master's Oration)
1833

Box 6: folder 4
"Metaphysical Reasoning in Theology" (Andover)
n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
Address on Colonization
1832 Jul 4

Box 6: folder 6
Speech on the 50th anniversary of Tyler's professorship
n.d.

Box 6: folder 7
Notes on Greek
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
Notes on Mathematics taught by Tyler as tutor
1832-1835

Box 6: folder 9
Sermon - Amherst College
1874 Nov

Box 6: folder 10
Group of essays by Wellington H. Tyler (Tyler's brother) written at Amherst College
1829-1830

Box 6: folder 11
Series 4: MISCELLANEOUS LECTURES, ACCOUNT BOOKS, PAMPHLETS, GENEALOGY, ETC.



Book review of The Land and the Book by W. M. Thompson
n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
Account books
n.d.

Box 6: folder 13
Outline of Greek lectures at Amherst College
n.d.

Box 6: folder 14
Miscellaneous pamphlets
n.d.

Box 6: folder 15
Genealogical material on Tylers
n.d.

Box 6: folder 16
Railroad papers (stock certificates, etc.) Joab Tyler
n.d.

Box 6: folder 17
Copy of The Religious Intelligencer , New Haven
1837 Jan 14

Box 6: folder 18
Bill to Josiah Dwight
1800

Box 6: folder 19
Page of Advertising for Harford Academy and Confession of Faith of Harford Congregational Church
1835 Sep 1

Box 6: folder 20
Newspaper clippings
n.d.

Box 6: folder 21
Series 5: SERMONS



The "Corn Sermon" (typewritten, 2 copies)
n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
John 13, 34.35. Amherst College
1851 Jun

Box 7: folder 1
2 Corinthians 7: 10, College
1837 Feb

Box 7: folder 1
Psalms 53, 2.3. Amherst College
1853 Jan

Box 7: folder 1
John 1, 11.12., Amherst College
1866 Jan

Box 7: folder 1
Matthew 6: 5., Amherst College (2 sections)
1841 Apr

Box 7: folder 1
Psalms 97: 2, Amherst College
1845 Apr

Box 7: folder 1
John 15, 11. Amherst College
1845 Apr

Box 7: folder 1
Ecclesiastes 12, 13. Williston Seminary Anniversary
1851

Box 7: folder 1
Ecclesiastes 12, 13. Hadley
1841

Box 7: folder 1
Daniel 5: Amherst College
1848 Mar

Box 7: folder 1
Luke 12. 56.57., Amherst College
1852 Jan

Box 7: folder 1
Ecclesiastes 11.9. College
1839 Mar

Box 7: folder 1
Phil. 3.8. Amherst College Lecture
1846 Nov

Box 7: folder 1
Luke 9.25. Amherst College
1849 Feb

Box 7: folder 1
Romans 13: 8, Conway. National Fast
1841 May 14

Box 7: folder 1
Exposition of Ecclesiastes 12: 1-7. Amherst College lecture
1846 Jul

Box 7: folder 1
2 Corinthians 12.2 Amherst College lecture
1857 Mar

Box 7: folder 1
Proverbs 28.25. Amherst College
1846 Jun

Box 7: folder 1
Psalms 51.6. Amherst College
1856 Nov

Box 7: folder 1
Romans 5:1. East Hadley
1843 Jan

Box 7: folder 1
Genesis 16.13. Amherst College
1852 Feb

Box 7: folder 1
Matthew 25:21. Amherst College lecture
1841 Mar

Box 7: folder 1
Romans 8:7, Amherst College lecture
1843 Oct

Box 7: folder 1
Timothy 3:16. Amherst North Parish
1846 Jul

Box 7: folder 1
Romans 11:36. Amherst College
1846 May

Box 7: folder 1
No title, Amherst College
1884 Nov 30

Box 7: folder 1
Genesis 13: 8.9.
n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Acts 20, 31. North Amherst
1863 Jan

Box 7: folder 1
Luke 14.18. Amherst College
1876 Mar

Box 7: folder 1
"Intemperance" North Hadley
1857 Jul

Box 7: folder 1
Mark 2, 27. "The Sabbath Was Made For Man", Amherst College
1871 May

Box 7: folder 1
several incomplete pages
n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Series 6 : ADDRESSES, ARTICLES, NOTES, AND DIARIES



Address to Philological Club
1892 Oct 11

Box 7: folder 2
Julius Hawley Seelye, D.D., L.L.D. In Memoriam
n.d.

Box 7: folder 3
Reminiscences (written for the Amherst Student)
n.d.

Box 7: folder 4
Article in Springfield Republican
1871 Jul 14

Box 7: folder 5
"Captain Samuel Fiske", article in the New Haven Weekly Palladium
1864 Jul 7

Box 7: folder 6
Printed address on William A. Stearns (Commemorative)
n.d.

Box 7: folder 7
Funeral discourse on Rev. Prof. Edward Hitchcock
1864 Mar 20

Box 7: folder 8
"Our Wife and Mother", Funeral Discourse on Orra White Hitchcock (Mrs. Edward Hitchcock)
n.d.

Box 7: folder 9
Synopsis of Esquire Frost's lectures
n.d.

Box 7: folder 10
Address at Amherst College Alumni Dinner, from the Amherst Record
1886 Jul 7

Box 7: folder 11
Notes on Greek Philosophy
n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
Typewritten diaries of Tyler
1877-1881

Box 8: folder 2
Series 7 : MISCELLANEOUS: PICTURES, SUBSCRIPTIONS, MOUNT HOLYOKE CATALOG, REVIEWS, ORDINATION PROGRAM



Pictures of Tyer and his wife
n.d.

Box 8: folder 3
Subscriptions and correspondence about History of Amherst College by Tyler
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
41st annual catalog of Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary
1877-1878

Box 8: folder 5
Reviews of Plato's Apology and Crito and Memoirs of Henry Lobdell by Tyler
n.d.

Box 8: folder 6
Program for Tyler's Ordination Service
1859 Oct 5

Box 8: folder 7
Series 8 : PAMPHLETS BY OR ABOUT TYLER



"Representative Cities. I. Damascus; or the Pearl of the Orient and the Earthly Paradise," In: Hours at Home, a Popular Monthly Devoted to Religious and Useful literature , New York, Charles Scribner and Co. p. 314
1867 Feb

Box 9
"Representative Cities No. III. Jerusalem: The Mountain Sanctuary, or Revealed Religion and the Kingdom of God on Earth and Heaven." In: Hours at Home, a Popular Monthly of Instruction and Recreation , New York, Charles Scribner and Co.
1867 May

Box 9
"Representative Cities No. IV. Athens: The Diamond of the Occident or the Fine Arts and Aesthetic Culture." In: Hours at Home, a Popular Monthly of Instruction and Recreation . New York, Charles Scribner and Co. p. 193
1867 Jul

Box 9
The Great Commission , a sermon, November 23, 1856. Amherst, Press of John H. Brewster
1857

Box 9
"Colleges: Their Place Among American Institutions," An address before the Society for the Promotion of Collegiate and Theological Education at the West November 12, 1856. Reprinted from the American Journal of Education and College Review for February, 1867. New York, Calkins and Stiles, 348 Broadway
1867 Feb

Box 9
Integrity, the Safeguard of Public and Private Life . A Sermon Preached in the Amherst College Chapel. Springfield, Samuel Bowles and Co., Printers
1857 Oct 17

Box 9
The Men of Issachar . A discourse delivered in Whately, Massachusetts, 1858 Nov 15 at the funeral of Rev. John Ferguson. Amherst: Press of John H. Brewster
1858

Box 9
The Wise Men of the Scriptures; of Science and Religion . A discourse at the funeral of Rev. Prof. Edward Hitchcock, D.D., L.L.D. Springfield, Samuel Bowles and Co. Printers
1864

Box 9
The Life and Character of the Righteous or, the Palm- tree and the Cedar in Lebanon . A sermon commemorative of Joseph Adams, preached in the East Church in Amherst. Northampton: Printed by Metcalf and Co.
1864

Box 9
A Discourse Commemorative of Rev. Lewis Sabin, D.D. , preached at his funeral in Templeton, Massachusetts, June 11, 1873. Springfield, Mass.: Clark W. Bryan and Co., printers
1877

Box 9
The Higher Education of Women , an address before the Trustees, Teachers and pupils of Mount Holyoke Seminary, July 3, 1873. Northampton, Mass.: Bridgman and Childs
1874

Box 9
Opening of Lyman Williston Hall. Address and Exercises of Dedication , Springfield, Mass: Clark W. Bryan and Co., printers
1877

Box 9
Discourse Commemorative of the Late President Stearns . Delivered in Amherst College Church, June 26, 1877. Springfield, Mass: Clark W. Bryan & Co. printers
1877

Box 9
"Address" In: Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ministry of Rev. Adam Miller in the Congregational Church in Hartford, P. , Oct. 3, 1878. Amherst, Mass., McCloud and Williams, printers
1879

Box 9
"The Article in the Revised Version," (2 copies)
1882 Jan

Box 9
Address. In: Thirteenth Annual Report of the Society for the Promotion of Collegiate and Theological Education at the West . New York, John F. Trow, printer
1856

Box 9
"The Doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration" from The New Englander , July, 1844. New Haven: Printed by B.L. Hamlen,
1844

Box 9
"The Teaching of Christ Respecting the Duration of Future Punishment", New York: Anson D.F. Randolph and Company, Reprinted from The New Englander for March, 1878
1878

Box 9
Biblical Criticism - Questions on the Old Testament
n.d.

Box 9
Questions on the New Testament
n.d.

Box 9
Questions in Biblical Criticism
n.d.

Box 9
"A Discourse Commemorative of the Hon. Samuel Williston"
1874 Sep 13

Box 9
Discourse Delivered at the Funeral of Daniel Dickinson at Amherst, Mass., Dec 29, 1874 . Marlboro, Mass., Pratt Bros., printers and publishers.
1875

Box 9
"Article II. The Theology of Sophocles"
1861

Box 9
Rules for Pronouncing Latin and Greek; and a Method of Logical Analysis Applied to Greek Composition . Amherst, J.S. and C. Adams
1834

Box 9
A Discourse Commemorative of Mrs. Emily Graves Williston, wife of Hon. Samuel Williston , delivered in the Payson Church, Easthampton
1885 May 31

Box 9
Article on Tyler, "William Seymour Tyler", by H.H. Neill, In: Amherst Literary Monthly Vol. 12, No. 6
1897 Dec

Box 9
How Much is a Man Better Than a Sheep , a sermon preached April 30, 1863. Northampton, Trumbull and Gere, Printers
1863

Box 9
The Germania and Agricola of Caius Cornelius Tacitus . New York, D. Appleton & Co.
1859

Box 9

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Congregational churches--Clergy--Biography--Sources.
  • Greek literature--Study and teaching--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Sermons, American--Massachusetts.
  • Tyler, W. S. (William Seymour), 1810-1897.

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  • Amherst College. Class of 1830. Tyler.
  • Tyler, William Hart.

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  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.
  • Sermons.


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