This collection contains the papers and correspondence of
American philosopher and historian John Fiske (1842-1902). Included are manuscripts and proof sheets of his books,
articles, lectures and other works on history, theology, and education, his literary works, musical compositions, and some
The professional and personal correspondence includes letters from Fiske to his wife, family, and colleagues; there are also
letters to Fiske's step-father E. W. Stoughton (1818-1882).
John Fiske (1842-1901) was an American philosopher and historian. He was born Edmund
Fiske Greene in Connecticut in 1842. He later assumed his maternal
great-grandfather's surname Fiske. He graduated from Harvard College in 1863 and
Harvard Law School in 1865. He began his career as author by publishing his first
article in 1861 in the National Quarterly Review. After that he was a frequent
contributor to American and British periodicals. He was a lecturer at Harvard
University, Washington University and other schools. He also taught history. Fiske
also became a supporter of Charles Darwin and the doctrine of evolution. Fiske
published several books including The Discovery of America
(1892). He died in Massachusetts in 1901. He was married to Abby Morgan and
they had six children: Maud, Ralph, Ethel, Harold, Clarence, and Herbert.
1,661 pieces in 15 boxes + 25 volumes and 4 cases
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