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Colgate Founders collection, A1136

Identifier: A1136

Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection containing documents created by seven of the thirteen founders of Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution (later Colgate University). It includes correspondence, deeds, Robert Powell's autobiography, and Elisha Payne's will. Also included is a letter from Orrin B. Judd, an 1841 graduate of the institution.


  • Creation: 1809-1871

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

Historical note

Thirteen men are traditionally credited with founding a school for the Baptist Education Society of the State of New York in 1819. The institution became known as Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution, then Madison University, and, finally, Colgate University. The thirteen men are: John Bostwick, Joel W. Clark, Thomas Cox, Daniel Hascall, Charles W. Hull, Nathaniel Kendrick, Amos Kingsley, Jonathan Olmstead, Samuel Osgood, Elisha Payne, Samuel Payne, Robert Powell, and Peter Philanthropos Roots.

Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 8-9,


0.3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Guide to the Colgate Founders collection
Allyson Smally and Sara Klik
April 2014
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
315-228-7934 (Fax)