Education

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Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Smith
February 26, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Smith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania regarding efforts to raise funds for Dickinson, including a petition to the Pennsylvania legislature for additional financial support. Dr. Charles Nisbet's statements about the...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Jonathan Ingham
January 14, 1793

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to Dr. Jonathan Ingham of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with reflections on education, politics, international affairs, as well as other contemporary American issues. Transcript included.

Farewell Address by John Wilson to His Students
August 27, 1793

John Wilson addresses his students in Southampton, Bucks County, stressing the importance of a varied education, living an active life, and maintaining upright moral conduct.

Location: I-BlackT-1954-3

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Callender Irvine
April 9, 1795

William Irvine, a member of the Board of Trustees, writes to his son, Callender Irvine (Class of 1794), and offers advice regarding his career choices. William also mentions the Presque Isle affair as well as the death of Mrs. Samuel Lyon.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-11

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Bill from Dickinson College to William Irvine
May 9, 1797

Dickinson College issues an itemized bill to William Irvine for the education of his sons Callender (Class of 1794) and William N. (Class of 1798).

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
June 11, 1802

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, MD. Nisbet discusses Alexander's recovery from influenza, problems facing universities and colleges, and the health of his family. Transcript included.

Location: I-McIntoshM-1965-2

Subject: Education, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Hugh Henry Brackenridge
May 18, 1803

Benjamin Latrobe, the architect of Old West, writes to Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge and explains his plan as well as his design choices for the building. This letter accompanies his sketches for the new building. Transcript...

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Two Sketches of West College by Benjamin Latrobe
May 18, 1803

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe creates these two sketches as part of his proposal for the new academic building at Dickinson College. Latrobe's two sketches are for the north front and the basement of West College.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.2

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Maps and Diagrams

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 19, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to trustee James Hamilton about architect Benjamin Latrobe's plans for a new building (West College). Transcript included.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 22, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to another trustee, James Hamilton, and further discusses Benjamin Latrobe's design for the new building (West College) at the school. Transcript included.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Ralph Bowie to John Montgomery
January 17, 1804

Ralph Bowie writes to John Montgomery, the President of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College, in an attempt to settle Dr. Charles Nisbet's claims against the College. Transcript included.

Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers, and Graduates of Dickinson College
1810

A Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers and Graduates of Dickinson College from 1810.

Location: RG 5/1 - 7.1.1 (oversized)

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1800-1819

"A Sketch of the Rise, Progress, and Present State of Dickinson College in Carlisle," by Anonymous
March 1811

An anonymous author writes this essay on the history of Dickinson College, which is published in The Port Folio, vol. 5 (March 1811): 239-246. This essay is published with B. Tanner's engraving of West College, which was created from a...

Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College
December 1811

A Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College from December 1811.

Location: RG 5/1 - 7.1.2 (oversized)

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1800-1819

Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College
August 1812

A Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College from August 1812.

Location: RG 5/1 - 7.1.3 (oversized)

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Broadsides and Posters

Time Period: 1800-1819

"Hints on Education," by Charles Nisbet
September 1812

While Charles Nisbet wrote "Hints on Education" around the time he became the first President of Dickinson College around 1785, it was not published in The Port Folio until 1812. Transcript included.

Charles Nisbet, "Hints on...

Location: Charles Nisbet Dropfile

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Adams to William Smith
May 30, 1815

Former President of the United States John Adams writes to his grandson, William Smith, about  his United States citizenship, and his lack of knowledge on what profession his grandson should pursue. Adams laments...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Catalog of Books Written by Joseph Priestley
1816

A six page bibliography of 75 books written by Dr. Joseph Priestley.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F1

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Thomas Cooper to Parker Cleveland
July 20, 1817

Former Dickinson College Professor Thomas Cooper writes Parker Cleveland, a Professor of Mineralogy at Bowdoin College, and asks for advice regarding about his plans to teach a class on mineralogy at the University of Philadelphia. "I propose...

Location: I-Purchase-1950-1

Subject: Education, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Cyrus Trimble to John Trimble
August 27, 1817

Cyrus W. Trimble writes to his brother, John A. Trimble about his daily schedule at Dickinson and the two different literary societies at Dickinson, the Union Philosophical Society and the Belles Lettres Society. Cyrus, who is a member of UPS,...

Location: I-DavidsonR-1975-2

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Dickinson College Student Life, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letters from Roger B. Taney and Jane Shaaff to Arthur Shaaff
August 14, 1820

Two letters, sent together to Arthur Shaaff in Scotland. In the first letter, Maryland State Senator Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff and informs him about the state of his late father's estate and advises him not to abandon his...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-41

Subject: Economics and Finance, Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Meredith
April 11, 1821

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to another lawyer, J. Meredith, and agrees to accept Meredith's friends as a student in his law office. "Your friend will with pleasure be received into my office if he wishes it," as Taney notes. Taney also...

Location: I-PotamkinM-1982-1

Subject: Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Charles Penrose to George Wolf
September 6, 1834

Charles B. Penrose, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, invites Pennsylvania Governor George Wolf to attend the reopening of Dickinson College on September 10, 1834. Transcript included.

Letter from James Buchanan to John Maclean
November 7, 1834

James Buchanan writes to John Maclean a month before his term as a US Senator from Pennsylvania starts. Buchanan, a Democrat who had resigned as Ambassador to Russia the previous year, also discusses Samuel Porter, son of the late Michigan...

Location: I-Friends-2004-4

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Report from John Durbin to John Rhoads
February 15, 1836

Dickinson College President John P. Durbin sends Rev. John Rhodes a report on the conduct of Joseph Clubine Rhodes (Class of 1838). The report lists the number of times that Joseph has been absent from his literary exercises, prayers, and public...

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