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Heman Humphrey Sermons, 1813-1861
2 archives boxes, 1 bound volume (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
A collection of Humphrey's sermons in holograph and one bound volume of sermons published as pamphlets between 1813 and 1861. The collection includes his printed sermons on temperance, slavery and Native American rights.

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

Heman Humphrey (1779-1861), educator and Congregational clergyman, was the second President of Amherst College (1823-1844). He was born in Hartford County, Conn. and graduated from Yale University with an A.M. in 1805. He was ordained a Congregational minister on March 16, 1807. He pastored in Fairfield, Conn., 1807-1817, and Pittsfield, Mass., 1817-1823. In the third year of his pastorate in Fairfield (1810), he began active proselytizing on behalf of the temperance movement, preaching and writing two books: Intemperance: An Address to the Churches and Congregations of the Western District of Fairfield (1813) and Parallel between Intemperance and the Slave Trade (1828).

On the basis of his pastoral and temperance work, Humphrey had become well known to the trustees of Amherst Academy (the founders of Amherst College). After the sudden death in June of 1823 of the first president of Amherst College, Zephaniah Moore, Humphrey was called to the presidency as his replacement. Humphrey's first and most lasting contribution as president of Amherst was to procure a charter for the college from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The charter (obtained in 1825) gave the college badly needed recognition and was secured despite opposition from Williams College and Harvard, both of which feared the loss of students and revenue to the upstart institution.

The Humphrey administration began with great enthusiasm. Preferring that his students worship as a group, Humphrey started the Church of Amherst College, leading the Congregational services himself. Great emphasis was placed on the spiritual development of the students, with six revivals taking place during the administration. By 1830 he had founded the Antivenenean Society, whose members were required to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics.

President Humphrey resigned his post on January 19, 1844. After leaving Amherst College he relocated to Pittsfield and continued to write, preach and lecture.

(Source: Edward L. Lach, Jr.. " Humphrey, Heman"; American National Biography Online Feb. 2000.)

Scope and Contents of the Collection

A collection of Humphrey's sermons in holograph and one bound volume of sermons published as pamphlets between 1813 and 1861. The collection includes his printed sermons on temperance, slavery and Native American rights.

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 Heman Humphrey Sermons [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed 2006 June
By: Janet Ha (AC 2007), Student Assistant


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

Contents List
Series 1: MANUSCRIPT SERMONS



This series is unsorted. Most sermons show the date(s) on which, and in some cases where, it was given. The finding aid describes the Biblical passage on which the sermon is based, if evident. A small number of miscellaneous (i.e., non-sermon) manuscripts are located at the end of box 2.

Luke 10:42
1832 Dec

Box 1: folder 1
Matthew 16:6
1832 Oct

Box 1: folder 2
Isaiah 28: 16-19


Box 1: folder 3
Matthew 11:7-9
1827 Aug

Box 1: folder 4
Sermon
1831 Mar

Box 1: folder 5
1 Kings 18:21
1831 Jun

Box 1: folder 6
Job 2:4
1834

Box 1: folder 7
Exposition on Covenants
1831 Jan

Box 1: folder 8
Amos 4:12
1831 Feb

Box 1: folder 9
Jeremiah 8:22


Box 1: folder 10
Hebrews 4:12


Box 1: folder 11
Revelation 14:13


Box 1: folder 12
Matthew 6:12
1825 Jul

Box 1: folder 13
Romans 14:12
1822 Jun

Box 1: folder 14
Proverbs 16:14
1830 Nov

Box 1: folder 15
2 Corinthians 2:16
1825 Feb

Box 1: folder 16
1 Corinthians 10:16
1829 Mar

Box 1: folder 17
Acts 13:38, 39


Box 1: folder 18
Romans 9:2
1827 Mar

Box 1: folder 19
2 Timothy 4:10
1825 Oct

Box 1: folder 20
Matthew 17:21
1825 Mar

Box 1: folder 21
Ephesians 3:15
1825 Dec

Box 1: folder 22
1 Peter 2:11
1829 Mar

Box 1: folder 23
Zechariah 1:12


Box 1: folder 24
Romans 5:18, 19


Box 1: folder 25
Proverbs 4:18


Box 1: folder 26
Job 21:14


Box 1: folder 27
Romans 7:9


Box 1: folder 28
Psalm 86:5


Box 1: folder 29
Acts 26:28


Box 1: folder 30
Proverbs 16:22
1829 Apr

Box 1: folder 31
Proverbs 8:17


Box 1: folder 32
Proverbs 5:12, 13


Box 1: folder 33
2 Corinthians 4:18
1832 Jan

Box 1: folder 34
2 Corinthians 5:20


Box 1: folder 35
Job 27:15
1830 Feb

Box 1: folder 36
Hebrews 11:6
1827 Apr

Box 1: folder 37
Matthew 3:3


Box 1: folder 38
Romans 14:22


Box 1: folder 39
John 13:34


Box 1: folder 40
Numbers 24:17


Box 2: folder 1
Draft of Book on Doctrines


Box 2: folder 2
John 24:6


Box 2: folder 3
John 15:22


Box 2: folder 4
Matthew 5:8
1832 Sep

Box 2: folder 5
Proverbs 10:27
1829 Jan

Box 2: folder 6
Luke 13:25-27


Box 2: folder 7
Solomon's Song 2:11, 12


Box 2: folder 8
Jeremiah 1:6-8


Box 2: folder 9
Aspects and Wants of the West


Box 2: folder 10
Acts 5:20
1827 Mar

Box 2: folder 11
Lamentations 1:12


Box 2: folder 12
Revelation 2:4, 5


Box 2: folder 13
Romans 7:16


Box 2: folder 14
Ephesians 1:11


Box 2: folder 15
New Year Sermon
1833 Jan

Box 2: folder 16
Romans 12:1


Box 2: folder 17
John 16:8


Box 2: folder 18
Genesis 12:5


Box 2: folder 19
James 4:13-15


Box 2: folder 20
Doctrinal Discourse: Revelation
1829 Jul

Box 2: folder 21
John 5:39


Box 2: folder 22
Thanksgiving Sermon
1829 Nov

Box 2: folder 23
Luke 19:14


Box 2: folder 24
Romans 9:16


Box 2: folder 25
Jeremiah 9:23, 24


Box 2: folder 26
Acts 1:25


Box 2: folder 27
Joshua 24:15


Box 2: folder 28
1 Peter 5:8
1826 Jul

Box 2: folder 29
Report Made at Hollis
1829 Jun

Box 2: folder 30
Ephesians 5:14


Box 2: folder 31
Malachi 4:1
1829 May

Box 2: folder 32
Acts 11:26


Box 2: folder 33
Matthew 6:23
1829 Sep

Box 2: folder 34
Galatians 6:7


Box 2: folder 35
Matthew 16:26
1831 Jan

Box 2: folder 36
Luke 2:10
1831 Jan

Box 2: folder 37
2 Doctrinal - Malachi 3:6
1829 Dec

Box 2: folder 39
Psalm 68:31
1830 Jul

Box 2: folder 40
Miscellaneous loose papers


Box 2: folder 41
Series 2: PRINTED PAMPHLETS,
1813-1861


Scope and content:

These pamphlets are bound in one volume.

Arrangement:

Chronological.

"Intemperance." An address delivered to the Fairfield County Temperance Society.
1813

Box 3: folder 1
A sermon delivered before the Society for promotion of good morals at Fairfield County.
1814 Oct 19

Box 3: folder 2
Duties of ministers and people. Sermon.
1816

Box 3: folder 2a
Fast Day Sermon delivered at Pittsfield, Mass.
1818 Apr 4

Box 3: folder 3
Sermon before the American Education Society at Pittsfield.
1818 Jul 6

Box 3: folder 4
Sermon delivered at the ordination of missionaries to the Sandwich Islands.
1819 Sep 29

Box 3: folder 5
Inaugural address at Amherst.
1823 Oct 15

Box 3: folder 6
Sermon before the Pastoral Association, Boston.
1826 May 31

Box 3: folder 7
Dedication Sermon. College Chapel, Amherst.
1827 Feb 28

Box 3: folder 8
Address. "Intemperance and the slave Trade."
1828 Jul 4

Box 3: folder 9
Debate of conscience.


Box 3: folder 10
Rotation in Pastoral Office.


Box 3: folder 11
Sermon. "Dreadful Meeting."
1829 Nov

Box 3: folder 12
Address. "Indian Rights." Amherst.
1829 Dec

Box 3: folder 13
Convention Sermon. Boston.
1830 May 29

Box 3: folder 14
Sermon. Sunday School Convention.
1831 May 23

Box 3: folder 15
Sermon. "Time Measured by Eternity."
1833 Dec

Box 3: folder 15a
Sermon. Funeral. Sunderland.
1833 Feb 28

Box 3: folder 17
Sermon in College Chapel.
1834 Jun 29

Box 3: folder 18
Sermon in College Chapel.
1838 Mar 11

Box 3: folder 19
Address. Phi Beta Kappa Society, New Haven.
1838 Aug 14

Box 3: folder 20
Sermon. A. B. C. F. M. Portland, ME.
1838 Sep 12

Box 3: folder 21
Letters on "Recognition of the Christian Religion."


Box 3: folder 22
Sermon. Fast Day. Amherst.
1841 Apr 8

Box 3: folder 23
Lecture. "Bible in Common Schools."
1843

Box 3: folder 24
Sermon. "Wisdom and Folly."
1844

Box 3: folder 25
Discourse delivered at the funeral of Mrs. Professor Fiske.
1844

Box 3: folder 25a
Valedictory Address. Amherst.
1845 Apr 15

Box 3: folder 26
Funeral sermon. Easthampton.
1845 Sep 21

Box 3: folder 27
Address at Normal School. Westfield.
1841 Sep 3

Box 3: folder 28
A tribute to Professor Fiske.
1848

Box 3: folder 29
Sermon. Funeral of Mary Lyon.
1849 Mar 8

Box 3: folder 30
Address. "Missouri Compromise."
1854 Feb 27

Box 3: folder 31
Funeral sermon. Dalton.
1859 Feb 8

Box 3: folder 32
Fast Day Sermon. Pittsfield.
1861 Jan 4

Box 3: folder 33

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Subjects
  • Amherst College -- Presidents.
  • Congregational churches -- Sermons.
  • Indians, Treatment of -- United States.
  • Sermons, American -- 19th century.
  • Slave trade -- United States.
  • Temperance -- Sermons.

Genre terms
  • Sermons -- Amherst College.


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