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Vincent family papers

Call Number: MS 523

Scope and Contents

The Vincent Family papers contains papers of John Heyl Vincent and his son George Edgar Vincent. The John Vincent material is largely undated, and consists for the most part of short, often fragmentary, addresses, manuscripts, and notes about Palestine, biblical history, and related topics. Many of the materials seem directed toward children. Some may have been used by Vincent in writing one or more of his books; others, for instance a series of "Conversations", appear to be skits for performance by Sunday school classes. Also included are a few pamphlets and leaflets and a number of newspaper clippings.

George Vincent's papers consist of texts and abstracts of speeches and articles on various topics in the fields of sociology, education, and public health (1912-1940). Included are a series of lectures delivered in Scandinavia under the auspices of the American-Scandinavian Foundation in 1933.

These papers were donated by George E. Vincent and by Gladys E. Russell between 1939 and 1941.


  • 1850-1940


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George E. Vincent and Gladys E. Russell, 1939-1941.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of addresses, manuscripts, notes, printed material and articles of John Heyl Vincent and his son, George Edgar Vincent concerning Sunday-school classes, biblical history, sociology, education and public health.

Biographical / Historical

John Heyl Vincent, bishop and author, was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on February 23, 1832. He began to preach in 1850 and studied at the Wesleyan Institute in Newark, New Jersey. Vincent preached throughout New Jersey and Illinois (1851-1865), and was active in the Sunday school movement. He was one of the founders, in 1874, of the Chautauqua Assembly. Vincent was a preacher at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Wellesley, and other colleges. He retired from active episcopate in 1904 and died on May 9, 1920. George Edgar Vincent, educator, was born in Rockford, Illinois on March 21, 1864, the son of John Heyl and Elizabeth Vincent. He received his B.A. from Yale (1885) and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1896). Vincent held various positions with the Chautauqua Institution (1886-1937) and taught at the University of Chicago (1892-1911). From 1911-1917 he was president of the University of Minnesota. In 1917 Vincent became president of the Rockefeller Foundation, a position he held until his retirement in 1929. He died on February 1, 1941.
Guide to the Vincent Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
September 1981
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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