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Hickok Papers, 1822-1875 (Bulk: 1830-1845)
8 archives boxes (4 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The collection includes correspondence, certificates and licenses, lectures, sermons, and other writings by Hickok. Sermons make up the bulk of the collection. Much of the correspondence in the collection concerns Hickok's uneasy career at Union College, from his appointment as Vice President to his resignation in 1866. The collection also contains some correspondence between Hickok and his family, including his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Hickok.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Laurens Perseus Hickok 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.

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Biographical Note

Laurens Perseus Hickok was born in 1798 in Bethel, Connecticut. His teaching career began even before his career as a college student when he opened a small private school in Bethel. When he was twenty, Hickok entered Union College as a junior. Upon returning home he married his former student in Bethel, Elizabeth Taylor. Through this marriage he became related to Mrs. Hickok's brother-in-law, Deacon Seth Seelye (whose son, Julius Hawley Seelye, went on to become Amherst College's 5th president). Hickok then decided to become a minister. He received no formal education in theology, but instead apprenticed himself to practicing ministers. He was pastor of the church at Kent for six years, and went on to preach at Litchfield.

In 1836, Hickok became Professor of Theology at Western Reserve University in Hudson, Ohio. In 1844 he moved to the Auburn Theological Seminary, where he taught as a professor for eight years. He returned to Union College in 1855 as Vice President and Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy. He became president of Union in 1866, but resigned the same year due to continuing political opposition from a number of faculty and trustees.

Hickok spent the last twenty years of his life in Amherst, where he influenced a whole generation of rising teachers and students of philosophy through his books (revised with the help of his nephew and former student, then President Julius Seelye). Hickok's works include Rational Psychology (1849) and Rational Cosmology (1858). Many of his sermons are included in this collection.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes correspondence, certificates and licenses, lectures, sermons, and other writings by Hickok. Sermons make up the bulk of the collection. Much of the correspondence in the collection concerns Hickok's uneasy career at Union College, from his appointment as Vice President to his resignation in 1866. The collection also contains some correspondence between Hickok and his family, including his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Hickok.


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

There is no restriction on access to the Laurens Perseus Hickok 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 Laurens Perseus Hickok Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid: Winter 2002
Prepared by: Sarah Sorscher 2005, Student Assistant
Edited by: Peter 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.