Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John S. Dunning Autograph Albums, 1856-1861

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, March 2012

Summary Information
Title: John S. Dunning autograph albums
Creator: Dunning, John Sherburne, ca. 1828-1916
Inclusive dates: 1856-1861
Extent: 2 volumes
Abstract:
John S. Dunning kept these two autograph albums between 1856 and 1861, while a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the Theological Seminary of the Northwest (now McCormick Theological Seminary) in Chicago, Illinois. Along with autographs, many contributors wrote poetry, quotations, personal notes, and reminiscences.
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:

2005. M-4418.

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:

John S. Dunning Autograph Albums, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

John Sherburne Dunning was born in New York around 1828, and studied at the University of Michigan between 1853 and 1855. He earned a bachelor's degree from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1858, and studied at the Theological Seminary of the Northwest (now McCormick Theological Seminary) in Chicago, Illinois, between 1859 and 1862. He worked as a Presbyterian minister first in Jefferson, Iowa, and later in Portland, Oregon, after moving there around 1902. He and his wife Mary had at least three children: Mary, Cuyler, and John Corliss. John S. Dunning died in Portland on September 4, 1916. John Corliss Dunning graduated from Cornell University in 1896 and received a master's degree from Princeton University in 1899.


Collection Scope and Content Note

John S. Dunning kept these two autograph albums between 1856 and 1861, while a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the Theological Seminary of the Northwest (now McCormick Theological Seminary). He collected signatures from his friends and classmates in Princeton, New Jersey, and Chicago, Illinois, between 1856 and 1861. Most signers wrote brief personal notes or brief poems reflecting on friendship and reminiscing about their time at college/seminary. They variously recorded their dormitory room numbers, hometowns, and Greek or Latin quotations. The first volume consists entirely of writings by young men and the second volume includes entries by both men and women.

Ned Holden accompanied his note with two sketches: one sketch is of two men at a "Jersey Pines Deer Hunt" and another of a well-dressed man smoking (Volume 1). J.H.G. Blythe, a native of New York, wrote an 11-page reflection about Dunning; J. Kings of Americus, Georgia, expressed his fervent support of Millard Fillmore; and Morris C. Sutphen apologized for his inability to compose a line, as a result of too many recent autograph requests.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Autograph albums.
    • College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.)--Students.
    • Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874.
    • Male friendship.
    • Presbyterian Theological Seminary of the Northwest--Students.
    • Princeton (N.J.)
    • Quotations, Greek.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Hunters.
    Genre Terms:
    • Autograph albums.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volumes   1-2  
    John S. Dunning autograph albums,  1856-1861 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    General Catalogue of Princeton University 1746-1906. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University, 1908.

    Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. With an Appendix. Volume XVI. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1860.

    "Rev. Mr. Dunning's Funeral." Morning Oregonian. 7 September 1916.

    Sensemann, Harley Le Roy. Catalogue of Graduates, Non-graduates, Officers, and Members of the Faculties, 1837-1921. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, 1923.