Scope and Contents
The Ralph Emerson Papers (1807-1871) primarily document the professional work of Emerson. The collection is arranged according to the following categories: journal, correspondence, student lecture notes and essays from Yale College and Andover Theological Seminary, lectures, essays, addresses, sermons, publications, and notes on readings. Included in the correspondence are letters to and from his wife, Eliza.
The majority of sermons are in a shorthand system probably devised by Emerson. There is no extant key to the system, although it might be possible to compile a key by analyzing a letter of Emerson to Charles Prentice, November 7, 1829, of which there are two, one in shorthand and one in longhand.
- 1807 - 1871
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from Andover Newton Theological School Collection, 2017
Series I. Journals
Series II. Correspondence
Series III. Notes, Lectures and Writings
Series IV. Sermons
Series V. Publications
Series VI. Notes on Readings
Series VII. Financial Records.
7 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Ralph Emerson Papers (1807-1871) primarily document the professional work of Emerson as a Congregational clergyman and faculty member at Andover Theological Seminary. Letters to and from his wife Eliza are included in the correspondence.
Biographical / Historical
- 1787 August 18
- Born in Hollis, New Hampshire
- Graduated from Yale College
- Graduated from Andover Theological Seminary
- Tutor, Yale College
- 1816 June 12
- Ordained (Congregational)
- Minister, First Congregational Church, Norfolk, CT
- Brown Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Andover Theological Seminary
- Minister, South Congregational Church, Andover, MA
- President of the Faculty, Andover Theological Seminary
- Minister, Newburyport (MA) Congregational Church
- Lecturer, Chicago Theological Seminary
- 1863 May 20
- Died in Rockford, IL
- Guide to the Ralph Emerson Papers
- Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity Library staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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