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John Fiske Papers: Finding Aid
mssFK 1-1661, mssHM 7227-7231, mssHM 18866--18895, mssHM 24739-24877  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: John Fiske Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1850-1901
    Collection Number: mssFK 1-1661, mssHM 7227-7231, mssHM 18866--18895, mssHM 24739-24877
    Creator: Fiske, John, 1842-1901.
    Extent: 1,661 pieces in 15 boxes + 25 volumes and 4 cases
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: 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 documents. 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).
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Fiske Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Godspeed in the 1920s and from Mrs Otis D. Fisk, 1955.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Removed or Separated Material

    Some letters to Fiske were cataloged separately as part of the Huntington's Literary File, including:
    • Charles Darwin letters to Fiske, 1871-1880 (HM 8260-2869)
    • Holmes, Oliver Wendell. Letter to John Fiske. 1897 October 3 (HM 8270)
    • J.B. Millet Co. (HM 7057-7060)
    • Lowell, James Russell. Letter to John Fiske. 1888 January 3 (HM 5382)
    • Herbert Spencer (HM 13718-13760) includes: Fiske, John. Herbert Spencer's request to religion : [an address at a farewell banquet to Spencer] (HM 13759) and Fiske, John. "Precisely the doctrine held and taught by Mr. Spencer," 1884 August 24. (HM 13760)

    Biographical Note

    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.
    Fiske's mother Mary Greene married Edwin W. Stoughton in 1852 after the death of John's father Edmund Brewster Green. Edwin W. Stoughton was a lawyer in New York and U.S. minister to Russia from 1878 to 1879.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers and correspondence of John Fiske. 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 documents. The professional and personal correspondence includes letters from Fiske to his wife Abby Morgan Fiske, mother Mary Fiske Bound Green Stoughton, Henry Holt, Henry A. Richmond, James Grant Wilson, and others. There are also letters to Fiske's step-father E. W. Stoughton.
    Recipients of 6 or more letters from John Fiske:
    • Brooks, James Willson (14 items)
    • Brooks, Martha Willson (12 items)
    • Fiske, Abby Morgan (Brooks) (436 items)
    • Gilbert, Shepherd D. (42 items)
    • Ginn & Co. (35 items)
    • Green, James (7 items)
    • Holt, Henry (39 items)
    • Lewis, Polly (Fisk) Bound (16 items)
    • Richmond, Henry A. (41 items)
    • Roberts, George Litch (26 items)
    • Spencer, Hebrert (6 items)
    • Stoughton, Edwin Wallace (8 items)
    • Stoughton, Mary Fisk (Bound) Green (599 items)
    • Wilcox, Lizzie (15 items)
    • Wilson, James Grant (88 items)
    HM 18874-18880, HM 18882-18883, HM 18885-18892, and HM 24781-24877 have the bookplate of William Bixby; HM 18881 has a sticker on the inside cover: "W. T. Newton, No. 571"; HM 18884 has the bookplate of William F. Gable

    Arrangement

    Organized in the following manner: 1) Bound volumes, and 2) Boxed and cased Materials. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. The collection includes several items with call numbers beginning with HM.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Correspondence.
    Fiske, John, 1842-1901 -- Archives.
    Historians -- United States -- Archives.
    Lecturers -- United States -- Archives.
    Philosophers -- United States -- Archives.
    United States -- History.
    United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century -- Sources.

    Forms/Genres

    Lectures -- United States -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century.
    Manuscripts -- United States -- 19th century.
    Proofs (derivative objects) -- United States.
    Personal papers -- United States -- 19th century.
    Professional papers -- United States -- 19th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
    Fiske, Abby Morgan, recipient.
    Holt, Henry, 1840-1926, recipient.
    Huxley, Thomas Henry, 1825-1895.
    Richmond, Henry Augustus, 1840-1913, recipient.
    Spencer, Herbert, 1820-1903.
    Stoughton, E. W. (Edwin Wallace), 1818-1882, recipient.
    Stoughton, Mary Fiske Bound Green, recipient.
    Wilson, James Grant, 1832-1914, recipient.