Calvin Thomas Papers: 1838-1940 (bulk 1872-1919)
Summary Information
Title: Calvin Thomas Papers
Creator: Thomas, Calvin, 1854-1919
Inclusive dates: 1838-1940
Bulk dates: 1872-1919
Extent: 3 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Professor of German at the University of Michigan and Columbia; mostly correspondence of Thomas with his family, professional colleagues, publisher, etc.; also some correspondence of his wife after his death; speeches, lecture notes, biographical sketches; papers include material on language studies at Michigan and Columbia, attitudes of academia toward Germans in World War I, accounts of European travels in 1877, 1896, and 1900; Civil War letter of Steven Thomas, Calvin's father.
Call number: 86180 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Professor Harold A. Thomas and Dr. Harold A. Thomas, Jr. (donor no. 3764) and came to the library in 1961.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Calvin Thomas Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Calvin Thomas was born at Lapeer, Michigan on October 28, 1854. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1874 with a specialization in Greek and Latin. He taught high school in Grand Rapids for three years, then in 1877, he went to Leipzig for a brief period of study. In 1878, he came back to Ann Arbor as an instructor in German. He achieved some prominence as a scholar of Germanic languages and literature, particularly of Goethe and Schiller. In 1896, he was called to Columbia University where he taught until his death, November 4, 1919.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection has been arranged into the following series: Biographical/personal material; Correspondence; Lectures and addresses; Journals/diary; Scrapbooks; Other family members papers; and Publications.

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.


  • Education -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Europe -- Description and travel.
  • Grand Rapids (Mich.)
  • Lapeer (Mich.)
  • Voyages and travels.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium.
  • Cheever, Byron William, 1841-1888.
  • Columbia University.
  • First Unitarian Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Thomas, Calvin, 1854-1919.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 10th (1863-1865)
  • Universität Leipzig.
  • University of Michigan. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1871-1880.
  • Thomas, Calvin, 1854-1919.
  • Thomas family.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Bishop, William Warner, 1871-1955.
  • Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947.
  • Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • Effinger, John Robert, 1869-1933.
  • Erskine, John, 1879-1951.
  • Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958.
  • Gildersleeve, Virginia C.
  • Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928.
  • Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943.
  • Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
  • Thomas, Steven Van Renssler, 1831-1905.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical/personal material [series]
Box   1  
Miscellaneous (2 folders)

(include preliminary autobiography and notes written by his wife)

Box   1  
Photographs

(include portraits of Thomas and other family members)

Oversize Folder   Ac  
Diplomas, citations, etc.
 
Correspondence [series]

(mainly letters among family members and Thomas with his publisher)

Box   1  
1838

(letter to Mrs. Sarah Allen from her daughter Louisa)

Box   1  
1861-1865

(include letter of Steven Thomas while serving in the 10th Michigan Cavalry)

(in oversize folder Ac)

Box   1  
1872-1879

(microfilm copy available for 1874-1877)

Box   1  
1880-1887
Box   1  
1884-1885
Box   1  
1888-1893
Box   1  
1894-1899
Box   1  
1900-1901
Box   1  
1902-1903
Box   1  
1904-1908
Box   1  
1909
Box   1  
1910
Box   1  
1911
Box   1  
1912
Box   1  
1913
Box   1  
1914
Box   1  
1915-1916
Box   1  
January-June 1917
Box   1  
July-December 1917
Box   1  
January-June 1918
Box   1  
July-December 1918
Box   1  
1919
 
Correspondence of Mrs. Eleanor Thomas
Box   1  
Letters of condolence 1919 (3 folders)
Box   1  
1920
Box   1  
1921-1929
Box   1  
1930-1931
Box   1  
1932-1940
 
Lectures and addresses [series]
Box   1  
Goethe's Faust, in two parts undated (2 folders)
Box   1  
Notebook on Goethe's Faust
Box   2  
Lectures on Ibsen, in six parts 1886 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Schiller 1894
Box   2  
Rousseau; an address
Box   2  
Other writings and miscellaneous undated (3 folders)
Box   2  
Poems and translations of poetry 1874-1916
Box   2  
Notebook containing translations of poetry, largely Sanskrit
Box   2  
Notebook of quotes entitled "Gems from the King's Treasury"
Box   2  
Notebook of quotations written "In Memoriam Jennie S. Thomas -- Died December 1880" 1881
 
Journals/diary [series]
Box   2  
Diary 1872
Box   2  
Journal January 10, 1873-September 16, 1876

(microfilm copy available for July 10, 1874-July 8, 1877)

Box   2  
Journal September 24, 1876-March 10, 1878
Box   2  
Journal April 2, 1878-December 13, 1880
Box   2  
Typed excerpts from journals 1873-1877
 
Scrapbooks [series]
Box   3  
Scrapbook 1874-1885
Box   3  
Scrapbook 1884-1889
Box   3  
Scrapbook 1889-1906
 
Other family members papers [series]
Box   3  
Paul Thomas Papers 1919
Box   3  
Harold Thomas diary 1895-1896
Box   3  
Harold Thomas journal 1900
Box   3  
Eleanor Allen Thomas (2 folders)

(royalty statements and contracts of Thomas's books published by Henry Holt and Co. and by D.C. Heath and Co.)

 
Publications [series]
Box   3  
Books, articles, reprints of the writings of Calvin Thomas, some containing marginal notations
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • December 17, 1914
Bishop, William Warner, 1871-1955.
  • April 20, 1917; May 2, 1917
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947.
  • November 5, 1908; February 17, 1911; April 22, 1911; January 17, 1912; January 16, 1912; December 10, 1912; November 30, 1914; January 30, 1915; April 5, 1917; May 4, 1917; May 7, 1917; September 25, 1917; October 10, 1917; November 24, 1917; November 27, 1917; December 30, 1918; November 4, 1919 (condolences); December 1, 1919 (condolences); December 8, 1919 (condolences)
Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • June 11, 1910
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • September 8, 1925; July 27, 1927 (letters to Eleanor Thomas letters)
Effinger, John Robert, 1869-1933.
  • May 27, 1929; June 10, 1929; July 1, 1929; January 24, 1930; February 5, 1930 (letters to Eleanor Thomas letters)
Erskine, John Robert, 1869-1933.
  • December 16, 1912; November 5, 1919 (condolences)
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958.
  • December 26 (1914?)
Gildersleeve, Virginia C.
  • 1914 (response to President Butler's November 30 letter); November 5, 1919 (condolences)
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928.
  • August 25, 1907
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
  • December 13, 1902
Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • October 5, 1910; November 4, 1919 (condolences)
Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943.
  • (letter to Eleanor Thomas) February 8, 1922
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
  • 1914 (response to President Butler's November 30 letter); December 4, 1919 (condolences)
Thomas, Steven Van Renssler, 1831-1905.
  • October 9, 1898; April 16, 1899; November 7, 1901; May 17, 1903