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Laurens Perseus Hickok Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MA.00088

Scope and Contents

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 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.

Dates

  • 1822-1875
  • Majority of material found within 1830-1845

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

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.

Extent

4 Linear feet (8 archives boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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 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.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Certificates and Licenses
  3. Series 3: Family
  4. Series 4: Lectures, Sermons, and Manuscripts
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Sorscher, Peter Nelson (2003) and Margaret R. Dakin (2017).
Date
2003, 2017
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