Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Myron Barrett Letters, 1837-1856

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Myron Barrett letters
Creator: Barrett, Myron, 1816-1876
Inclusive dates: 1837-1856
Extent: 33 items
Abstract:
The Myron Barrett letters contain correspondence from his friends and family, who discussed various aspects of life in the mid-19th century, often with a focus on education.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993, 2001. M-2975.9, M-4175.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Myron Barrett letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Myron Barrett was born in North East, New York, on September 19, 1816, and attended Burr Seminary, in Vermont, for his early schooling. He moved to Columbus, Ohio, after his 1844 graduation from Yale, and taught school for four years before pursuing a degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary and, later, Princeton. Barrett graduated from Princeton in 1851 and preached in Pontiac, Michigan, before assuming posts in Newton, New Jersey; New Haven, Connecticut; and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He returned to Newton around 1871 and became a trustee of the Newton Collegiate Institute, a position he held until his death on May 8, 1876. Barrett married Emma E. Ryerson in 1856, and they had three children: David, Andrew, and Sarah.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Myron Barrett letters contain correspondence from his friends and family, who discussed various aspects of life in the mid-19th century, often with a focus on education. Barrett had a wide range of acquaintances across the country, especially several friends who wrote from various educational institutions and, following his stint as a teacher in Columbus, Ohio, from that city. Many of the friendly, personal letters concern agricultural pursuits or teaching, and several letters from J. Collins provide a glimpse into cadet life at West Point in the 1840s. Additional material depicts various aspects of everyday life in the period, including one letter discussing a surgical operation to remove a cancerous tumor from a young woman (March 17, 1846).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Columbus (Ohio)
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)
    • United States Military Academy.
    • Yale College (1718-1887)
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   28, Small Collections Folders   9-11
    Myron Barrett letters,   May 9, 1837-May 21, 1856 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Snell, James P., et al. History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881.