Moses Coit Tyler Collection,1779-1900 (bulk 1850-1900)

Collection Number: 14-17-2641

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Moses Coit Tyler collection, 1779-1900 (bulk 1850-1900)
Collection Number:
14-17-2641
Creator:
Tyler, Moses Coit,
Quantity:
9.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Diaries, letters, manuscripts.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Diaries, lecture notes, and commonplace books by Moses Coit Tyler, and letters to him from others.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

American scholar, Congregationalist minister from 1859-1862, professor of English 1867-1881 at University of Michigan, then the first professor of American history, at Cornell University from 1881-1900. Pioneered in the scholarly study of American literature; helped to found the American Historical Association in 1884.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, clippings, and documents by, to or about Moses Coit Tyler, richly documenting his personal and family life, his religious and scholarly pursuits, and the reception of his scholarly work. Includes correspondence among many members of Tyler's family, ranging in date from 1779-1899; drafts of sermons, lectures, and speeches Tyler gave, including an 1871 speech, "Woman is a Person"; diaries Tyler kept from 1858-1859 and 1870-1899; manuscripts (mainly letters) of prominent Americans; and commonplace books in which Tyler recorded quotations, kept from 1853-1855 and 1857-1861. Also included are reviews of and personal letters about Tyler's books A History of American Literature During the Colonial Time, 1607-1765; The Literary History of the American Revolution, 1763-1783; Patrick Henry; Three Men of Letters; and Glimpses of England. Correspondence includes letters from Tyler to his wife Jeannette in which he records his and other people's reactions to the events of the Civil War.
Correspondents include Charles Kendall Adams, J.B. Angell, M.D. Conway, Willard Fiske, S.S. Harris, Paul Hamilton Hayne, G.H. Putnam, H.W. Sage, Jacob Gould Schurman, Edmund Clarence Stedman, T. Tilton, and A.D. White. Family correspondents include Roland Greene, Mary Greene Tyler, Charles C. Tyler, John Tyler, Elisha Tyler, Olive Tyler, Rebecca Tyler, and Jeannette Tyler. Manuscripts collected by Tyler include letters by John Trumbull, Nathaniel Niles, and William Wirt Henry, with 2 letters by Daniel Webster and an autograph essay by Abbé Raynal, "Nouvelle Angleterre."
SUBJECTS

Names:
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902.
Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
Conway, Moncure Daniel, 1832-1907.
Fiske, Willard, 1831-1904.
Greene, Roland.
Harris, Samuel, 1841-1888.
Hayne, Paul Hamilton, 1830-1886.
Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799.
Henry, William Wirt.
Niles, Nathaniel, 1741-1828.
Putnam, George Haven, 1844-1930.
Raynal, (Guillaume-Thomas-François), abbé 1713-1796.
Sage, Henry W. (Henry Williams), 1814-1897.
Schurman, Jacob Gould, 1854-1942.
Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908.
Trumbull, John.
Tyler family.
Tyler, Charles C.
Tyler, Elisha.
Tyler, Jeannette.
Tyler, John.
Tyler, Mary Greene, 1807-1894.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
Tyler, Olive, 1772-1840.
Tyler, Rebecca Coit, 1810-1836.
Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852.
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918.
Congregational Church -- Sermons.

Subjects:
American literature -- Study and teaching.
American literature -- History and criticism.
Women's rights -- United States.
Historians -- United States.
Literary historians -- United States.

Places:
United States -- History -- Study and teaching.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.

Form and Genre Terms:
Diaries.
Commonplace books.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Moses Coit Tyler collection, #14-17-2641. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Most of the correspondence and reviews, and all of the manuscripts Tyler collected, are bound in scrapbooks; diaries and lecture notes are also bound.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Organized into the following series: Diaries; Tyler family papers, 1779-1843; notes for a genealogy of the Tyler family; lecture notes and commonplace books; letters to Tyler; manuscripts collected by Tyler; family letters by Tyler, 1854-1899; reviews and letters concerning books by Tyler; sermons; documents and undated manuscripts; clippings; unbound letters.
Diaries and correspondence arranged in chronological order.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Diaries
Series II. Letters
Series III. Lecture and course notes and commonplace books
Series IV. Family papers and genealogy
Series V. Clippings

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Volume Bd. Ms. 12 tiny
Diary
1858
Volume Bd. Ms. 13 tiny
Diary
1859
Volume Bd. Ms. 63 tiny
Diary
1859
Volume Bd. Ms. 64 tiny
Diary (mainly on visit to England; one entry at end written in Ann Arbor, Michigan)
November 2, 1864-November 14, 1866; March 1, 1870
Volume Bd. Ms. 14
Diary
1870
Volume Bd. Ms. 65
Diary (cover title "Memorandum book")
December 1870-January 1871
Volume Bd. Ms. 15 tiny
Diary
1871
Volume Bd. Ms. 16 tiny
Diary
1872
Volume Bd. Ms. 17
Diary
1873
Volume Bd. Ms. 18++
Diary
1874
Volume Bd. Ms. 19++
Diary
1875
Volume Bd. Ms. 20
Diary
1876
Volume Bd. Ms. 21
Diary
1877-1880
Volume Bd. Ms. 22
Diary
March-December 1881
Volume Bd. Ms. 13 tiny
Diary
1859
Volume Bd. Ms. 23
Diary
1882
Volume Bd. Ms. 24
Diary
1883
Volume Bd. Ms. 25
Diary
January-November 1884
Volume Bd. Ms. 26
Diary
November-December 1884
Volume Bd. Ms. 27
Diary
1885
Volume Bd. Ms. 28
Diary
1886
Volume Bd. Ms. 29
Diary
1887
Volume Bd. Ms. 31 tiny
Diary
January 9-June 6, 1888
Volume Bd. Ms. 30 tiny
Diary
June 7-July 23, 1888
Volume Bd. Ms. 32
Diary
July 23-October 10, 1888
Volume Bd. Ms. 33 tiny
Diary
1888
Volume Bd. Ms. 34
Diary
January 1-July 30, 1889
Volume Bd. Ms. 35 tiny
Diary
November 1889-May 1890
Volume Bd. Ms. 36 tiny
Diary
May 15, 1890-November 13, 1893
Volume Bd. Ms. 37 tiny
Diary
December 1, 1893-April 20, 1898
Volume Bd. Ms. 38 tiny
Diary (trip to England)
July 1-August 18, 1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 39 tiny
Diary (trip to Quebec and the White Mountains)
August 1898
Volume Bd. Ms. 40 tiny
Diary (trip to Europe)
March-September 1899
Volume Bd. Ms. 48++
Index to Moses Coit Tyler correspondence (photocopy)
1854-1900
Volume Bd. Ms. 50++
Incoming correspondence, v. 1
1854-1866
Volume Bd. Ms. 51++
Incoming correspondence, v. 2
1867-1876
Volume Bd. Ms. 52++
Incoming correspondence, v. 3
1867-1872 [sic]
Volume Bd. Ms. 53++
Incoming correspondence, v. 4
1873-1876
Volume Bd. Ms. 11+
Outgoing correspondence (manuscript copies of letters)
December 1874-1878
Volume Bd. Ms. 54++
Incoming correspondence, v. 5
1877-1881
Volume Bd. Ms. 1+
Letters pertaining to Tyler's History of American Literature During the Colonial Time
1878-1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 55++
Incoming correspondence, v. 6
1881-1885
Volume Bd. Ms. 56++
Incoming correspondence, v. 7
1886-1889
Volume Bd. Ms. 57++
Incoming correspondence, v. 8
1890-1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 58++
Incoming correspondence, v. 9
1898-1900
Volume Bd. Ms. 59++
Incoming correspondence on Tyler's Literary History of the American Revolution
1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 61++
Manuscripts collected by Tyler (mainly letters)
circa 1768-1898
Volume Bd. Ms. 62++
Outgoing family correspondence
1854-1899
Volume Bd. Ms. 66++
Miscellaneous (letters, portraits, documents)
circa 1879-1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 68++
Incoming correspondence on Tyler's Patrick Henry
1887-1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 3
Commonplace book
1853-1855
Volume Bd. Ms. 4+
Student course notes and commonplace book, Yale Theological Seminary
1857-1858
Volume Bd. Ms. 4+
Student course notes and commonplace book, Yale Theological Seminary
1857-1858
Volume Bd. Ms. 49+
Student course notes, Andover and Yale
1857-1858
Volume Bd. Ms. 5+
Student course notes and commonplace book, Andover
1858-1862
Volume Bd. Ms. 6
Commonplace book
1864-1869
Volume Bd. Ms. 7++
Commonplace book (and notes on reading)
1867-1869
Volume Bd. Ms. 8++
Commonplace book
1868-1881
Volume Bd. Ms. 9++
Commonplace book
1869-1879, 1890
Volume Bd. Ms. 10
Commonplace book
1871-1881
Volume Bd. Ms. 41
Notes for Tyler's lecture "The Early Colleges and College-Builders of America"
undated
Volume Bd. Ms. 67 tiny
Notes for Tyler's lecture "The Old English Ballads"
undated
Volume Bd. Ms. 44++
Tyler family papers
1779-1842
Volume Bd. Ms. 45++
Tyler family papers
1843-1899
Volume Bd. Ms. 46++
Notes for genealogy
1856-1900
Volume Bd. Ms. 42
Clippings (cover title "Personal records")
1853-1875
Volume Bd. Ms. 2++
Reviews of American Literature During the Colonial Time
1878-1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 43+
Clippings
1879-1897
Volume Bd. Ms. 60++
Reviews of The Literary History of the American Revolution
1897-1898
Volume Bd. Ms. 69++
Reviews of Tyler's Patrick Henry
1887-1888
Volume Bd. Ms. 70++
Reviews of Tyler's Three Men of Letters and Glimpses of England
1895-1898