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Hopkins Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC-23

Scope and Contents

The Hopkins Family Papers contain the personal letters of various members of the Hopkins family and the personal and business papers of Mark Hopkins (1802-1887) and his brother Albert Hopkins (1807-1872).

The papers of Albert Hopkins reflect his interest in the physical sciences, which dominated the course of his professional career.

Family Papers contain journals, papers, and letters from five generations of the extended Hopkins family. This material is largely personal in nature and provides a revealing glimpse of the social and moral world of nineteenth-century Berkshire County. Family Papers also includes family portraits in the form of ambrotypes, daguerrotypes, tintypes and paper prints.

Dates

  • 1745 - 1930

Conditions Governing Access

The Hopkins Family Papers is open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Please consult with staff regarding questions about publishing materials from Williams Special Collections. Researchers are responsible for handling any copyright issues that may be associated with collections and materials.

Mark Hopkins (1802-1887)

Biographical Chronology

1802
born February 4 in Stockbridge, MA the son of Archibald and Mary (Curtis) Hopkins.
1815
moves to Clinton, NY to live with Uncle Sewall Hopkins
1816
returns to Stockbridge
1820
moves to Mecklenburg, VA to teach
1822
enters Williams College as a Sophomore
1824
graduates from Williams College; gives valedictory oration; begins study of medicine in Pittsfield
1825
appointed tutor to the Junior Class at Williams College
1827
leaves Williams; moves to Pittsfield to continue medical studies; teaches at Berkshire gymnasium, Pittsfield
1828
teaches briefly at Mrs. Smith's School for Girls, NYC
1829
receives M.D.
1830
moves to New York City with bother Harry; briefly practices medicine with Silas West; appointed professor of rhetoric and moral philosophy at Williams
1832
marries Mary Hubbell
1833
receives license to preach
1836
appointed president of Williams, the youngest man ever to hold office as college president in the United States; made professor of moral and intellectual philosophy; ordained as a Congregational minister
1837
receives doctor of Divinity from Dartmouth
1841
receives doctor of Divinity from Harvard College
1843
elected fellow of the University of the State of New York College of Physicians and Surgeons
1846
publishes Evidences of Christianity, Lectures before the Lowell Institute
1847
publishes Miscellaneous Essays and Discourses
1848
voted member of the board of Andover Theological Society
1853
elected Vice President of American Congregational Union
1857
elected President of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions; elected Vice President of National Compen sated Emancipation Society; receives doctor of Laws from Regents of the State of New York
1858
gives welcoming address in Stockbridge to Cyrus W. Field, who had just laid the first Atlantic cable
1861
takes trip to Europe with wife
1864
elected president of MA Historical Society
1868
elected president of Academy of Metaphysical and Ethical Sciences
1869
publishes The Law of Love and Love as a Law
1872
resigns presidency of Williams, retains chair of philosophy
1873
publishes An Outline Study of Man
1874
publishes Of Strength and Beauty, Discussion for Young Men
1882
eldest daughter, Mary Louisa, dies
1883
declines presidency of National Temperance Society
1886
elected honorary member of American Institute of Civics; receives doctor of Laws from Harvard
1887
dies June 17 in Williamstown

Albert Hopkins (1807-1872)

Biographical Chronology

1807
born July 14 in Stockbridge, MA
1824
enters Williams College
1826
graduates from Williams College
1827
appointed tutor at Williams
1829
elected professor of mathematics and philosophy
1834
travels to Europe to purchase instruments for astronomical observatory
1835
begins construction of Williams College Observatory; begins teaching French, which he does for five years
1837
receives license to preach from Berkshire Association
1838
elected professor of natural philosophy and astronomy
1841
marries Louisa Payson
1843
son Edward born
1862
death of wife
1863
founds Alpine Club, the first mountain-climbing association in the United States
1864
son Edward killed in Civil War
1866
organizes Church of White Oaks, Williamstown
1869
marries Elizabeth Kilby; retires from professorship of natural philosophy
1872
dies May 24 in Williamstown of lingering illness

Extent

7.25 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 2 bound volumes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged into three series: I. Mark Hopkins Papers, II. Albert Hopkins Papers, and III. Family Papers.

Physical Location

L2 Storage, F4b and Library Shelving Facility.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sources vary but primarily gift of members of the Hopkins Family.

Processing Information

The Hopkins Family Papers is an assembled collection comprising material from various sources. The bulk of the material is from two collections (the Hopkins Letters, Acc.No.#0-266 and the Hopkins Papers, Acc.No.#0-082), thought to have been donated by members of the Hopkins Family. Several smaller collections (Acc.No.#90-011, #0-307, #0-269, #0-353, #91-010, #0-355.1) were also incorporated. Individual manuscripts written by members of the Hopkins family have been pulled from various locations throughout the Archives and added to MC 23. Much of the correspondence written by Mark Hopkins consists of photocopies of manuscripts held by other repositories. Copies of the previous accession records of the collection and correspondence relating to donations to the collection are located in the accession file.

Processing Information

Processed by Allison Marston (Williams 1993), June, 1992.
Title
Hopkins Family Papers
Author
Nash, Katie
Date
2017
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English

Repository Details

Part of the Williams College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Sawyer Library
26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267