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Isaac K. Brownson papers, A1065

Identifier: A1065

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a diary that covers part of Brownson's time as a student at Hamilton Literary and Theological Seminary. The diary contains descriptions of abolitionist meetings in Peterboro, N.Y. attended by Gerrit Smith. The collection also includes essays, poems, and notes on Christian theology written over the course of Isaac Brownson's life.


  • Creation: 1837-1895

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Isaac Kellogg Brownson was born in Peterboro, New York on July 6, 1810, and attended preparatory school at Hamilton Academy. He graduated from Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution with the college class of 1838. He was ordained in Peterboro on August 26, 1838, and was a missionary in Circleville, Ohio, Frankfort, Bethany, and Rockville from 1838-1840. He was a pastor in Greenfield from 1840-1844; Hillsboro from 1844-1847; New Woodstock from 1847-1850; Saline, Michigan from 1850-1852; Chittenango from 1852-1854; Greenfield, Ohio and Frankfurt from 1854-1861; and Georgetown and Sherburne from 1861-1864. He was a resident of New Woodstock from 1864-1871 and Fayetteville from 1871-1899. He died in Fayetteville on January 28, 1899.

Elmer William Smith, ed. Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 1, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1937), 66.


0.3 Cubic Feet

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Guide to the Isaac K. Brownson papers
Lora J. Davis and Allyson Smally
April 17, 2014
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Revision Statements

  • January 23, 2015: Folder numbers updated by Sara Klik.
  • September 2, 2015: Filing title added by Frances Holmes

Repository Details

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

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