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Finding Aid for the John Fiske Papers, 1865-1917
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Part 1 - Correspondence


Correspondence of John Fiske and His Wife, Abby M. (Brooks) Fiske With Various Persons, 1873-1917

Box 1, Folder 1

Letters of John Fiske to various persons, 1873-1897.

Physical Description: 8 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

2 letters to [Moncure D.?] Conway concerning Fiske lecture on Darwinism in London and personal matters; letter to Colonel Stone concerning war ballads; letter to James E. Pray concerning the columbine as a national flower; letter to his wife concerning his writing, lecturing and traveling; letter to Little Brown and Company concerning an introduction tothe works of Francis Parkman, two letters to Hemenway on Bacon-Shak. book.
Box 1, Folder 2

Letters to John Fiske from various persons, 1879-1901.

Physical Description: 33 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

  • Letter from Francis Parkman concerning an American history proposed by J.F..
  • 2 letters from Thomas C. Amory concerning the papers of Major General John Sullivan of the Revolution, their contents and use.
  • Letter from Anne Wall in praise of a lecture by J.F.
  • Letter from John Jay concerning the statements and sources of historian Lord Acton.
  • Letter from William Smith exchanging copies of their publications.
  • Letter from Francis W. Newman to Joseph H. Allen presented to and endorsed by J.F. with reference to Epes Sargent.
  • Letter from E.P. Powell sending a copy of his writings.
  • Letter from H.S. Shurtleff sending copy of Massachusetts Convention, 1788.
  • Letter from Kentaro Keneko of Japanese legation to Mr and Mrs. F promising a visit.
  • Letter from Claude B. Hoyt sending his father's brief on a Pennsylvania-Connecticut controversy.
  • Letter from Charles Francis Adams concerning his work in Massachusetts history and comparing it with J.F.'s writing on the same subject.
  • Letter from E. Barnes sending a work on Lord Chathan.
  • Letter from O. Reich offering copies of cuts for J.F.'s Discovery of America.
  • Letter from Edna D. Proctor concerning Fiske's introduction to her poem.
  • Letter from Caleb W. Loring concerning his work on nullification and secession and acknowledging copies of Fiske's histories.
  • Letter from Caroline Hazard sending book and praising J.F.'s work.
  • Letter from William L. Stone concerning Burgoyne ballads.
  • Letter from S.B. Herrick concerning his book.
  • Letter and card from Joseph G. Rosengarten concerning portraits of German generals and a biographical sketch of General Kuyphausen.
  • Letter from Y.E. Suguira from Japan concerning Chritian mission activity in that country.
  • Eliza S. Parkman concerning J.F.'s introduction to an edition of her brother, Francis', work.
  • Letter from Peter J. Hamilton sending his work on colonial Mobile, letter from Lyon G. Tyler questioning Fiske's characterization of a Virginian.
  • Letter from Boyd Vincent concerning his book on prayer and Fiske's connection with it.
  • Letter from Sir John Bourinot concerning the transactions of the Royal Society of Canada.
  • Letter from Clarence H. Esty concerning the Salem Witchcraft trials and his connection with one of the victims.
  • Note from C. Palmer concerning a pamphlet on Thomas Paine. From A. Lewis Smith, sending History of Delaware Company, Pennsylvania.
Box 1, Folder 3

Letters to Abby M (Brooks) Fiske from various persons, 1895-1917.

Physical Description: 5 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

  • Letter from Elisa A. Youmans concerning a lecture by J.F.
  • 2 letters from Katherine H. Stone concerning poem by Proctor.
  • Letter from son, Harold, concerning J.F. writings.
  • Letter from Houghton Mifflin Company concerning loan of a portrait.

Part 2 - Holograph Writings Of John Fiske


Manuscripts and Annotated Volumes by John Fiske

Box 1, Folder 4

Manuscripts by John Fiske, 1870-1887.

Physical Description: 1p. 3 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

  • Class record from History of the Middle Ages course at Harvard, 1870- with annotations in holograph of J.F.
  • Holograph list of persons whose biographics in Appelton's Cyclopedia of American Biography were written by J.F.
  • Holograph note on John Hancock and Samuel Adams.
Box 1, Folder 5

Essays by John Fiske, 1865-1869.

Scope and Content Note

3 volumes bearing the book plate of J.F.'s library and annotated extensively throughout on interleaves in his holograph.

Annotated Volumes by John Fiske

Box 2

1 - Typescript copy of The Bacon-Shakespeare Folly, signed by author and containing letter from Charles Bowditch to Hemenway on same.

Box 2

2 - Evolution of Language, interleaved with holograph annotations by J.F.

Box 2

3 - Fallacies of Buckle's History, interleaved with annotations by J.F.

Box 2

4 - The Jesus of History, printers copy with corrections and annotations in holograph of J.F.


Part 3 - Miscellaneous Books and Papers of John Fiske

Box 1

Volume entitled The Destiny of Man, by J.F., 1887.

Box 1

Volume entitled The Idea of God, by J.F., 1887.


Printed Writings of John Fiske

Box 2

5 - The Harvard Magazine, vol.9 (1863).

Box 2

6 - The Laws of History.

Box 2

7 - The Doctrine of Evolution, clippings from newspaper pasted in bound scrapbook.

Box 2

8 - The Positive Philosophy, clippings from New York World, pasted in bound scrapbook.


Catalog Cards

Boxes 3-5

7 boxes containing catalog cards of the library of John Fiske.

Physical Description: Approximately 1700 cards.
Box 6

Volume entitled Views Illustrating a Tour Through Europe, 1873-1874, containing photographs captioned by J.F.

Physical Description: 82pp.

Volume, Harvard College, Class Album, 1863, containing photographs of officers and students of the class, including J.F., and some portraits signed by the subjects, rest captioned by J.F.

Physical Description: 174pp.

Removed or Separated Material

This item has been removed from the collection and cataloged separately as *TR 16.8 H261h 1863a.