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David Tappan Stoddard papers

Call Number: MS 651

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of correspondence and notebooks of David Tappan Stoddard. One early letter (1841) to Samuel C. Bartlett describes Stoddard's life at Yale College; the rest of the correspondence (1851-54) is addressed to members of his wife's family, the Briggs. These letters describe his voyage in 1851 and daily life in Seir and Oroomiah, Persia, where he was stationed as a missionary from 1843 to 1857. The education and religious development of his two daughters are much discussed.

There are also two notebooks relating to Stoddard's teaching in Persia which outline lectures on astronomy and on theology for Nestorian students. A review by Charles M. Mead of the theology lectures is also included. The final items in the papers are the Yale College diploma of James Briggs (1775), a poem about the Stoddard family by C. A. Briggs (1850), and Stoddard's passport of 1843, signed by Daniel Webster.


  • 1775-1863
  • Majority of material found within 1841 - 1863


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Alice C. Mason in 1967.


2.5 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Letters of David T. Stoddard to his parents-in-law from Seir, Oroomiah, Persia where he was stationed (1843-1857). Apart from an incomplete letter describing his voyage in 1851, the rest of the letters describe daily life, with many details on the education and religious development of his two daughters. An earlier letter (1841) to Samuel C. Bartlett describe his life as a student at Yale College. There are also two notebooks relating to his teaching in Persia: an outline for lectures on astronomy, 1852, and a course of lectures on theology for Nestorian students, 1856.

Biographical / Historical

Missionary among the Nestorians in Iran, 1843-1848, 1851-1857; ordained as a minister in 1843; author and translator.

Guide to the David Tappan Stoddard Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
October 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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