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William Seymour Tyler (AC 1830) Papers

Identifier: MA.00020

Scope and Contents

The papers contains a large number of letters both to and from Tyler and among members of his family; manuscript essays by Tyler and by his brother Wellington H. Tyler; addresses; articles; notes; diaries; photographs of Tyler and of his wife; pamphlets by Tyler; funeral orations; and lectures given by him throughout his life.


  • Creation: 1800-1902


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the William Seymour Tyler Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

William Seymour Tyler was born in 1810 in Harford, Pennsylvania, where he grew up. He went to Hamilton College before coming to Amherst College for a year and graduating from Amherst in 1830. Afterwards, he attended Andover Theological Seminary while intermittently teaching at Amherst Academy, 1830-1831, and tutoring at Amherst College, 1832-1834. He pursued his theological course until 1836 when he became professor of Latin and Greek Languages and Literature at Amherst College, 1836-1847, and subsequently of Greek Language and Literature, 1847-1893. Following this, he was professor emeritus until his death in 1897.

Tyler was an ordained preacher and throughout his teaching career delivered many sermons and eulogies. He was also a prolific author. Among his works are A History of Amherst College, Memoirs of Henry Lobdell, Prayer for Colleges, Germania and Agricola of Tacitus, Histories of Tacitus, Plato's Apology and Crito, Demosthenes de Corona, Philippics and Olynthiacs of Demosthenes, Plutarch on the Delay of the Deity, and Theology of Greek Poets.


4.5 Linear feet (9 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



The William Seymour Tyler (AC 1830) Papers contains personal and professional papers of Tyler, correspondence of the Tyler Family, as well as manuscript essays by his brother Wellington H. Tyler.


This collection is organized into eight series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1817-1902
  2. Series 2: Deeds, Receipts, and Other Business Papers related to Joab Tyler, undated
  3. Series 3: Manuscript Articles, Essays, and Speeches, 1827-1874
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous: Lectures, Account Books, Pamphlets, Genealogy, etc., 1800-1837, undated
  5. Series 5: Sermons, 1837-1884, undated
  6. Series 6: Addresses, Articles, Notes and Diaries, 1864-1892, undated
  7. Series 7: Miscellaneous: Pictures, Subscriptions, Mount Holyoke Catalog, Reviews, Ordination Program, 1859-1877, undated
  8. Series 8: Pamphlets by or about Tyler, 1834-1897, undated
Peter A. Nelson
1974; 2002
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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