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Alvah Hovey Papers

Call Number: RG 288
Scope and Contents

The Alvah Hovey Papers, 1842-1903, document the professional work of Hovey. The collection includes autobiographical essays, diaries, correspondence, sermons, addresses, lectures, essays, unpublished and published literary manuscripts, student lecture notes from Dartmouth College and Newton Theological Institution, notes on Biblical texts and theological subjects, newspaper clippings, and association items.

Included in Series II, Correspondence, are letters of other 19th century Baptist clergy and educators including Elisha B. Andrews, George D. Boardman, John A. Broadus, Charles R. Brown, Henry S. Burrage, Ernest D. Burton, William N. Clarke, William H.P. Faunce, Shailer Mathews, George E. Merrill, George W. Northrup, Edwards A. Park, George D. B. Pepper, Henry E. Robins, Ezekiel G. Robinson, Artemus W. Sawyer, Augustus H. Strong, and Henry G. Weston. A more detailed listing and name index for the correspondence are included in the original finding aid for the collection, which is linked to from

The documents in Series VIII, Association Items, are not in Hovey's hand; and their relation to other material in the collection is unclear. This series includes letters and literary manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Andover Newton Theological School, 2017.


The collection is arranged in ten series:

Series I:
Autobiographical Material and Diaries
Series II:
Series III:
Sermons and Addresses
Series IV:
Series V:
Series VI:
Notes and Notebooks
Series VII:
Collected Material
Series VIII:
Associated Items
Series IX:
Writings by Others
Series X:
1842 - 1903
14.5 Linear Feet (30 boxes)
Related Names
Hovey, Alvah, 1820-1903
Language of Materials