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Augustus William Smith papers

Scope & content

The Augustus William Smith papers consist of approximately 335 items with inclusive dates 1816-1918. Included in the collection are correspondence, autograph manuscripts written by Smith while at Hamilton College and Wesleyan, a notebook (part of which records Smith's journey to Labrador in 1860) diplomas, civilian commissions, deeds, and photographs.

The bulk of the material dates from the mid-1820's to 1860. It consists of personal correspondence between Smith and members of his family, former classmates and pupils. There is scientific correspondence between Smith and contemporary astronomers, mathematicians and meteorologists. Finally, there are many letters between Smith and various members of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.

Some of the more important historical figures represented in the collection as recipients and authors are: Westel Willoughby, Jr. (U.S. Representative from New York), Joseph Henry (Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution), Wilbur Fisk (President of Wesleyan University), Daniel Denison Whedon (Methodist minister) and Landon Cabell Garland (educator).

Series 4 through 6 of the collection contain manuscripts (by others), documents, and printed materials primarily related to Smith's years at Hamilton College, Oneida Conference Seminary, Wesleyan University, and the United States Navy.