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Papers of Ezra Stiles - Collection 63

[Note: The BGC Archives does not have the original documents of this collection. What it does have is a microfilm edition of the papers, which it purchased from a publisher, as did many other archives and libraries.]

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Ezra Stiles

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Microfilm in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
Microfilm edition of the Stiles papers at Yale University, containing correspondence, itineraries, literary diaries, weather journals, miscellaneous papers, and sermons.

Collection 63 [January 31, 2001]
Stiles, Ezra; 1727-1795
Papers; 1667 (1745-1795) 1845
22 Reels of Microfilm

Restrictions None


Ezra Stiles was born in North Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College at the age of nineteen, and over the next four decades was licensed to preach the gospel, tutored at Yale, dabbled in experiments with electricity, was admitted to the Connecticut bar, married twice and fathered eight children, helped found what is now Brown University, and became the president of Yale. A few years before his death, he became the first president of the first Connecticut society dedicated to the abolition of slavery. A more definitive biography can be found in Harold E. Selesky, A Guide To The Microfilm Edition Of The Ezra Stiles Papers At Yale University (New Haven: Yale University Library, 1978), in the Archives Reading Room bibliography, Connecticut shelf.

Scope and Content

Note on the Microfilm: This microfilm edition of the Stiles Papers was prepared from originals primarily housed in the Beinecke Library, Yale University. It consists of six series: Correspondence, Itineraries, Literary Diary, Meteorological Journals, Miscellaneous Volumes and Papers, and Sermons. A reel list and a selective cross reference list are given here; a detailed section of reel notes and an exhaustive index can be found in the Selesky volume, see above.



This material was received by the Archives in 1980.

Accession: None
October 10, 1980
Galen Wilson
S. Kouns
G. Lynch

Retyped, May 17, 1989
J. Nasgowitz
D. Reifsnyder

Accession: None
Type of Material: Microfilm
The following items are located in the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection) MICROFORM ROOM:

Reel 1: 1703-1764
Reel 2: 1765-1769
Reel 3: 1769-1779
Reel 4: 1779-1790
Reel 5: 1790-1845; Addenda

Reel 6: 1760-1784
Reel 7: 1785-1794

Literary Diary---
Reel 8: 1769-1776
Reel 9: 1777-1784
Reel 10: 1784-1795
Reel 11: 1769-1795 (Dexter ed., The Literary Diary of Ezra Stiles)

Meteorological Journals---
Reel 12: 1763-1795

Miscellaneous Volumes and Papers---
Reel 13: 1667-1751
Reel 14: 1752-1758
Reel 15: 1759-1763
Reel 16: 1764-1768
Reel 17: 1769-1775
Reel 18: 1776-1786
Reel 19: 1787-1795
Reel 20: 1795; n.d.; Addenda

Reel 21: 1751-1764
Reel 22: 1766-n.d.; Addenda

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