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Catalog Number 2005.83.152
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Scope & Content PIL Papers - Series 3 - Box 2 - Folder 6 - Ezra Abbott's (1819-1884) letters to Thomas M. Stimpson - 1868

Ezra Abbott's (1819-1884) letters to Thomas M. Stimpson, chairman of the Library and Lyceum Committee regarding the selection of books for the Sutton Library between March and June of 1869.

Abbott was assistant librarian of Harvard University from 1856-1872 and biblical scholar, and had agreed to help the committee select the appropriate books. Discussion centered on his efforts to do so within the budget of $2,000 set aside at the time for the Sutton Library as well as his being overburdened with work. Many of the letters Abbott recommends books for the Sutton Room even if the Library already owns a copy because a book may be of importance reference book. One example that Abbott mentions in his first letter is the New American Encyclopedia with the Annual Supplements and Little Brown's set British Essayists which is 38 volumes among others.

In addition to his work Abbott was elected in 1852 a member of the American Oriental Society, and from 1853 its Recording Secretary; in 1861, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 1871 appointed University Lecturer on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament; in the same year chosen a member of the New Testament Company for the revision of the English Bible. He was also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, and of the Harvard Biblical Club.

In 1861, he received from Harvard College the honorary degree of A.M.; in 1869 that of LL.D. from Yale College, and the same from Bowdoin College in 1878; in 1872 from Harvard College that of S.T.D.; and he was tendered the degree of D.D. by the University of Edinburgh at during its tercentenary, but passed away before the date of the celebration.
Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room or Research area.
Physical characteristics Letters
Creator Ezra Abbott
Title PIL Papers - Series 3 - Box 2 - Folder 6 - Ezra Abbott's (1819-1884) letters to Thomas M. Stimpson - 1868
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library Peabody, Mass.
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Peabody Institute (Peabody, Mass.)
Parent ObjectID 2014.24.5
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