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Nathan Welby Fiske Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00015

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is comprised of notes by Fiske on Greek language and literature, mental and moral philosophy and American history.

Dates

  • 1824-1847

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

Nathan Welby Fiske, the father of Helen Hunt Jackson, was born on April 17, 1798 in Weston, Massachusetts. He graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College in 1817. From there he went to New Castle, Maine where he had charge of the Academy there for one year. After this he returned to Dartmouth where he tutored for two years. He entered the Theological Seminary at Andover in the autumn of 1820, where he spent three years, and closed his preparatory studies for the ministry in the fall of 1823. His was not a career in the ministry, however. He spent only one year preaching in Savannah, Georgia, among seamen and others not connected to any organized Christian congregations. After turning down an invitation from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to do missionary work in China, he accepted the appointment of Professor of Languages at Amherst College and began his duties in 1824. He was successively Professor of Latin and Greek Languages, 1824-25; Professor of Greek Language and Literature and Belles Letters, 1833-36; Professor of Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics, 1836-47. He died of dysentery in 1847 in Jerusalem, where he had gone for his health.

Extent

2.5 Linear feet (5 archives boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The bulk of this collection is comprised of notes by Fiske on Greek language and literature, mental and moral philosophy and American history.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Notes for Lectures
  3. Series 3: Published Works
  4. Series 4: Works about Fiske
  5. Series 5: Miscellaneous

Related Materials

Correspondence and journals of Nathan Welby Fiske are in the Helen Hunt Jackson Papers, Tutt Library, Colorado College.

Status
Completed
Date
2002
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299