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William De Witt Hyde Collection, 1823-1975, n.d.


Correspondence, 1823-1923, n.d.
1.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M96.1

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Series Description:
Includes letters to, from and about Hyde, chiefly Hyde's own correspondence written during his years as president of the College and concerning College affairs. Also included are some personal letters with family and friends, correspondence discussing matters related to Hyde's publishing deals, and letters after his death concerning his portrait (which hangs in Hubbard Hall at Bowdoin College). Principal non-family correspondents are: Charles T. Burnett, Kenyon Cox, Lucien Howe, Frank Locke, George H. Palmer, and Henry Van Dyke. Also includes an "autograph album" containing letters to Hyde (primarily written between 1899 and 1904) that concern permission to publish, invitation acceptance or regrets, and appreciation of hospitality. Among the correspondents are notable academics, politicians, and distinguished persons such as Melville W. Fuller, Oliver Otis Howard, Elijah Kellogg, Donald Baxter MacMillan, Francis Peabody, Robert E. Peary, Kate Douglas Riggs (Kate Douglas Wiggin), Theodore Roosevelt, Booker T. Washington and Orville Wright. Letters that are glued into the album are in random order; the loose letters set in the album have been organized in alphabetical order by correspondent.
Arrangement:Bulk arranged chronologically.
Restrictions:None.


Sermons, 1883-1917, n.d.
2.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M96.2

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Consists of sermons written by Hyde covering a range of religious and moral issues but chiefly exploring the role Christianity can play in daily life. Most sermons are untitled and lack dates. Almost all are based upon Biblical passages, drawing most heavily from the New Testament, particularly the Book of Matthew.
Arrangement:Alphabetically by title; for untitled sermons, arranged by Biblical passage.
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Restrictions:None.


Addresses and Essays, 1884-1917, n.d.
1.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M96.3

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Consists of addresses and essays written and often delivered by Hyde. The writings focus primarily on matters relating to education but also discuss war and patriotism, the roles of women, morality, and religious subjects. Topics also include literary works, such as Shakespeare's Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Also included are several eulogies.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by title.
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Restrictions:None.


School and College Materials, 1872-1879, n.d.
1.0 linear feet
Catalog Number: M96.4

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Series Description:
Mainly consists of examinations, programs, notebooks and themes from Hyde's undergraduate days at Harvard. Four of the notebooks concern religious topics, such as theology, Congregationalism, missions, apologetics, and exegesis. The fifth notebook contains notes on geometry and history. Catalogues from Hyde's college preparatory years at Phillips Exeter Academy are included as is his diploma from the Theological Seminary in Andover.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by institution, then material type.
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Restrictions:None.


Biographical Materials, 1873-1975, n.d.
0.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M96.5

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Series Description:
Newspaper clippings both collected by Hyde (1888-1913) and about him (1885-1932), as well as his honorary degrees from Harvard and Syracuse University. Ephemera (1873-1975, n.d.) include illustrated plates, miscellaneous printed material, memorials and remembrances, including the order of service for Hyde's funeral. Scrapbooks consist primarily of newspaper clippings of Hyde's writings.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by material type.
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Restrictions:None.


Images, 1859-1923, n.d.
0.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M96.6

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Series Description:
Contains photographs, photographic reproductions, and cabinet cards of Hyde. Although there are a few images from his childhood, most were taken when Hyde was an adult. Also contains photographic reproductions of Joel Hyde (father), Eliza De Witt (mother), Lucretia De Witt (grandmother), and John De Witt (grandfather).
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically.
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Restrictions:None.


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