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Henry M. Tyler Papers, 1877-1947
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Greek 1877-1912, Professor Emeritus 1912-1931. Contains correspondence, lectures, obituaries, photographs, travel log, miscellaneous items, and publications.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Henry M. Tyler was born November 18, 1843 in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received Bachelor of Arts (1865), Master (1868) and Doctor of Divinity (1902) degrees from Amherst College. In addition, an honorary degree was conferred upon him by Smith College in 1926. He taught for several years and was ordained a Congregational Minister in 1872, serving as the pastor in Fitchburg, Massachusetts from then until 1877.

In January of 1877 he began teaching Latin and Greek at Smith College, where his father, W. S. Tyler D.D. LL.D., had been one of the original trustees appointed by Sophia Smith's will and had served as the first president of the trustees. At the time the younger Tyler began teaching at Smith, the student body consisted of twenty-five women (enrollment would grow to 1600 students by the time he retired). Devoted to Smith College from the beginning, he held a strong conviction that women possessed brains and should be educated.

In addition to his teaching duties and chairing the Greek Department for twenty years, he unofficially filled the roll of a dean, finally becoming the first Dean of the Faculty in 1900 after approximately twenty-five years of performing the functions of the office. The work he conducted behind the scenes helped the college get up and running in the early years in spite of having no official executive officer besides President Seelye. After Professor Tyler's retirement in 1912, he contributed to L. Clark Seelye's book, Early History of Smith College published in 1923. He also served as president of the Northampton Historical Society for many years.

Henry M. Tyler was active until his sudden death on November 3, 1931, and was honored by a memorial service on the campus for which he had devoted so much of his life.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Professor of Greek 1877-1912, Professor Emeritus 1912-1931. Contains correspondence, lectures, obituaries, photographs, travel log, miscellaneous items, and publications.


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

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Henry M. Tyler Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Henry M. Tyler papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources.

Processing Information

Jeanne Lowrey


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biographical Information
1900-1947

Box 1037: folder 1
Obituaries, Memorial Service, etc.
1931-32

Box 1037: folder 2
Biographical-Family
1931, n.d.

Box 1037: folder 3
Correspondence
1877-1908

Box 1037: folder 4
Correspondence to George E. Dimock
1902

Box 1037: folder 5
Fitchburg-Congregational Church
1872

Box 1037: folder 6
Lectures, comments, etc.
1877-1916

Box 1037: folder 7
Travel log
1909

Box 1037: folder 8
Photographs
1877-1897, n.d.

Box 1037: folder 9
Publications
1893-1906

Box 1037: folder 10
A Greek Play and its Presentation
1891

Box 1037: folder 11
Selections from the Greek Lyric Poets
1879

Box 1037: folder 12

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