Collection MS/MS 01.43 - James Langdon Hill Papers 1715-1928

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US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.43

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James Langdon Hill Papers 1715-1928

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(1848-)

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James Langdon Hill, possibly the collector of these materials, was born in Garnavillo, Iowa in 1848. He attended Grinnell College and the Andover Theological Seminary and served as a pastor for Congregational churches in Massachusetts. He was involved with the Society of Christian Endeavor in England and the United Society of Christian Endeavor.

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This may be an autograph collection of Hill’s; or it may be a collection of historical items collected by various persons. In the collection is a notebook that has one poem written in it; letters and correspondence of Hill’s were found in the notebook.

Items in the large scrapbook may be part of his collection because one of the autographs mentioned in Hill’s letter in the Correspondence file was in the scrapbook. There were other letters in the scrapbook that indicate that some of the items were from different sources and were collected for a type of historical collection. There is a note attached to two, 1840 receipts: “Professor Spencer: Do you have charge of a collection such as these? / E. L. Long” and a letter to Rev. Parker from Lyman Whiting that was enclosed with some historical items: “...[they] have a bit of history in them which leads me to send them to you to dispose of as you think best. If worth keeping in the museum, please put them there; if fit only to be burned, let that be their fate.” Items from the scrapbook that seemed to have a different provenance were put into file folders.

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  • English

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