Hinsdale family papers: 1857-1963
Summary Information
Title: Hinsdale family papers
Creator: Hinsdale family.
Inclusive dates: 1857-1963
Extent: 2 linear feet
Abstract:
Family of Burke A. Hinsdale, professor of education at the University of Michigan and president of Hiram College. The collection contains the papers of Burke Hinsdale and the papers of his three daughters, Mary Louise, Ellen Clarinda, and Mildred. Materials include correspondence, diaries, and photographs.
Call number: 851586 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff, updated by Devon Proudfoot, 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Mildred Hinsdale (donor nos. 1055 and 1427).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Hinsdale family papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

Arranged in 5 series: 1. Burke A. Hinsdale. 2. Mary L. Hinsdale. 3. Ellen C. Hinsdale. 4. Mildred Hinsdale. 5. Photographs.


Biography

Burke Aaron Hinsdale was professor of the Science and the Art of Teaching at the University of Michigan from 1888 to his death in 1900. Hinsdale received his A.M. from Williams College in 1871 and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1888. Hinsdale was President of Hiram College from 1870 to 1882 and superintendent of the Cleveland public schools from 1882 to 1886.

Hinsdale's three daughters were also educators. Mary Louise Hinsdale, also referred to as Mary Louisa, (1866-1946) received her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1912. She also studied at Radcliffe College, where she worked on a book, A History of the President’s Cabinet. Mary taught political science and history at Grand Rapids Junior College, in addition to serving as a teacher and an educational administrator in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Ellen Clarinda Hinsdale (1864-1958) received her Ph.D. from Göttingen University in Germany in 1897 and wrote a book titled, The First American Students in Germany. Ellen worked as a teacher of Germanic languages and literature at Mt. Holyoke College from 1897-1931. Mildred Hinsdale (1871-1971) graduated from the University of Michigan in 1895 and became a teacher of history and political science in Detroit and Grand Rapids. She later taught at Grand Rapids Junior College where she founded the Grand Rapids Alumnae Club.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Hinsdale family papers consist of material from Burke A. Hinsdale and his three daughters Mary, Ellen, and Mildred. The collection contains correspondence, journals, photographs, and other materials documenting the personal and professional lives of the Hinsdale family.

Some of the correspondents represented in the collection include Randolph G. Adams, John R. Alden, James B. Angell, Denis W. Brogan, Nicholas M. Butler, Donald J. Cawling, William E. Dodd, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, Albert B. Hart, Anne O'Hare McCormick, Alice Freeman Palmer, Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Stimson, and Charles Sumner.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Business records.
  • Europe -- Description and travel.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Travelers -- Europe.
  • Women -- Michigan -- Grand Rapids.
  • Women college students -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Women travelers -- Europe.
  • Children.
  • Diaries.
  • Oral histories.
  • Photographs.
  • Women's resources.
  • University of Michigan. Class of 1895.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1891-1900.
  • Hinsdale, B. A. (Burke Aaron), 1837-1900.
  • Hinsdale, Ellen Clarinda, 1864-1958.
  • Hinsdale, Mary L.
  • Hinsdale, Mary Turner.
  • Hinsdale, Mildred, 1871-1971.
  • Adams, Randolph Greenfield, 1892-1951.
  • Alden, John Richard, 1908-1991.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Brogan, D. W. (Denis William), 1900-1974.
  • Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947.
  • Cawling, Donald J.
  • Dodd, William Edward, 1869-1940.
  • Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.
  • Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph, 1832-1918.
  • Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901.
  • Hart, Albert Bushnell, 1854-1943.
  • Hinsdale, Albert, 1809-1882.
  • Hinsdale, B. A. (Burke Aaron), 1837-1900.
  • Hinsdale, Ellen Clarinda, 1864-1958.
  • Hinsdale, Mary L.
  • Hinsdale, Mildred, 1871-1971.
  • McCormick, Anne O'Hare.
  • Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1855-1902.
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
  • Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950.
  • Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Burke A. Hinsdale 1857-1900 [series] (1.3 linear feet)

The papers of Burke A. Hinsdale include correspondence dealing with family affairs, business and professional activities, and European travels. Much of his correspondence is typescript and photographic copies of letters exchanged with James A. Garfield.

 
Correspondence

(most of the correspondence in the period 1857-1881 is with James A. Garfield who preceded Hinsdale as President of Hiram College; these letters are either typescript or photographic copies)

Box   1  
1857
Box   1  
1858
Box   1  
1859
Box   1  
1860
Box   1  
1861
Box   1  
1862-1863
Box   1  
1864-1865
Box   1  
1866
Box   1  
1867
Box   1  
1868-1869
Box   1  
1870
Box   1  
1871 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1872 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1873
Box   1  
1874 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1875 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1876 (2 folders)
Box   1  
1877
Box   1  
1878-1879
Box   1  
1880-1881
Box   1  
1882-1890
Box   1  
1891-1892
Box   1  
1893-1896
Box   1  
1897-1900
 
Biographical Data Forms on University of Michigan Faculty Members
Box   1  
A
Box   1  
B
Box   1  
C
Box   1  
D
Box   1  
E-F
Box   1  
G
Box   1  
H
Box   1  
J-L
Box   1  
M-N
Box   1  
P-R
Box   1  
S
Box   1  
T-V
Box   1  
W-Z
Box   1  
Miscellaneous papers
Box   1  
Copy of Garfield-Hinsdale letters; correspondence between James Abram Garfield and Burke Aaron Hinsdale; edited by Mary L. Hinsdale (1949)
Box   2  
Scrapbook of articles written during European Tour
 
Mary L. Hinsdale 1891-1946 [series] (0.3 linear feet)

The Mary L. Hinsdale series consists of the personal papers of Mary, as well as her professional endeavors. While some of the correspondence to and from Mary covers personal relationships, most of these letters are regarding her writings in politics and history. The largest portion of the series consists of journals documenting Mary's trips to Europe, primarily through Germany and Italy. The series also includes notes from an interview between Mary and Lucretia Garfield, wife of President James A. Garfield.

Box   2  
Correspondence 1901-1946 (2 folders)

(includes a letter of Theodore Roosevelt, 1911)

Box   2  
Reviews of Garfield-Hinsdale letters
Box   2  
Interview with Mrs. James A. Garfield
Box   2  
Miscellaneous papers (3 folders)
Box   2  
Diaries of European Trips and student notebook at Radcliffe 1891-1900 (9 volumes)
 
Ellen C. Hinsdale 1887-1956 [series] (0.2 linear feet)

The Ellen C. Hinsdale series contains material from her travels as well as her studies. A number of travel journals are included in the series, documenting trips across Europe as well as the rest of the world. The series also contains material from her time at Göttingen University, both about her time as a student during the 1890s, and also the renewal of her Ph.D. in 1956. The rest of the series consists of personal correspondence from her father, and also some from friends.

Box   2  
Correspondence 1887-1900
Box   2  
Papers concerning studies at Göttingen University 1895-1897
 
Journals
Box   2  
European Trip 1888
Box   2  
Trip around the world 1928-1929 (4 folders)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous travels 1936
Box   2  
Papers concerning ceremony at University of Göttingen 1956
Box   2  
Miscellaneous papers (2 folders)
 
Mildred Hinsdale 1876-1963 [series] (0.2 linear feet)

The Mildred Hill series contains a journal from a trip to Europe, as well as personal correspondence from friends, as well as some professional about her publications. One item of note from the series of transcriptions of interviews with Mildred where she talks about her time as a University of Michigan student and later as the creator of the Grand Rapids Alumnae Club.

 
Correspondence
Box   2  
1876, 1897
Box   2  
1933-1936
Box   2  
1937
Box   2  
1938-1959
Box   2  
Journal of trip to Russia 1928
Box   2  
Transcriptions of oral interviews 1962-1963

(concerning student life at the University of Michigan in the 1890s and the founding of the Grand Rapids Alumnae Club)

Box   2  
Miscellaneous papers
 
Photographs 1885-1895, undated [series] (0.1 linear feet)

The Photographs series primarily consists of portraits of Burke A. Hinsdale, his wife Mary Turner Hinsdale, and their children Ellen Clarinda, Mary Louise, and Mildred.

 
Burke Aaron Hinsdale Portraits
Box   2  
Originals undated (1 envelopes)
Box   2  
Copies and Reproductions undated (1 envelopes)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Hinsdale Family Portraits 1885-1895 (1 envelopes)