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Whitman family papers, A1352

Identifier: A1352

Scope and Contents

Seth Whitman's diary contains brief descriptions of Whitman's travels and what appears to be the text of an address to a Baptist convention. The commonplace books contain notes, poems, images, and excerpts from other works. Seth's also contains notes on Hebrew.


  • 1825 - 1880


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

Seth Spencer Whitman attended Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution, which later became Colgate University, from 1820-1823, and graduated from Hamilton College in 1825. He was a professor of Hebrew and Biblical criticism at the Seminary from 1829-1835. Whitman was born in Fairfield, Vermont on February 5, 1802. He attended Newton Theological Institution from 1825-1828, earned an AM from Brown University in 1828, and was ordained in Hamilton on August 18, 1829. He was a pastor in Belvedere, Illinois (1836-1846 and Madison, Wisconsin (1851-1852). He died in Madison on January 2, 1852.

Elmer William Smith, ed., Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 2, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 7.


.6 Cubic Feet

Guide to the Whitman family papers
Allyson Smally
May 5, 2016
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Repository Details

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

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