Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jeremiah Nixon Papers, 1857-1869

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Jeremiah Nixon papers
Creator: Nixon, Flora b. ca. 1835
Inclusive dates: 1857-1869
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
This collection contains outgoing letters and a diary related to Jeremiah Howard Nixon, a Presbyterian preacher in Cambridge, New York, and Indianapolis, Indiana, in the 1850s and 1860s. The bulk of the collection consists of letters that Nixon wrote to his wife Flora about his travels around the United States and Europe. His diary covers the years 1862-1863.
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:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1982. M-1994.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Jeremiah Nixon Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged into two series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Diary

The correspondence series is arranged chronologically.


Jeremiah Howard Nixon (referred to both as "Jeremiah" and "Howard") was born in Kent County, Delaware, on November 27, 1829, the son of Jeremiah Nixon, a merchant. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1851, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1856. After completing his studies, Nixon led congregations in Cambridge, New York (1856-1859); Indianapolis, Indiana (1861-1869); St. Charles, Missouri (1872-1875); and Wilmington, Delaware (1876-1888). While in Indianapolis, he ordained future United States President Benjamin Harrison to a church eldership, and in 1872 he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Lafayette College. He served as president of Missouri's Lindenwood Female College between 1871 and 1876. Nixon married Flora Jewell (b. ca. 1835) on April 21, 1858. Jeremiah H. Nixon died in Webster Groves, Missouri, in 1892.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately 217 outgoing letters from Presbyterian minister Jeremiah Nixon to his wife Flora and a diary that Nixon kept between 1862 and 1863.

The Correspondence series contains Nixon's letters about his travels around the United States and Europe, in which he commented on personal matters and church affairs. He occasionally commented on contemporary politics, including a brief note about the South just after the end of the Civil War ([April 12, 1865]). One series of letters concerns his travels throughout Europe in the spring of 1868, and Nixon shared his impressions of Glasgow, Shropshire, Paris, Rome, and Geneva. While in France, he wrote about the effects of his unfamiliarity with the local language, and in Rome he mentioned the city's long history (May 9, 1868). Nixon's Diary , written from September 13, 1862-December 29, 1863, contains brief daily entries about his religious life and activities, which included studying, preaching, and attending funerals.

Subject Terms

    • Americans--Europe.
    • Europe--Description and travel.
    • France--Description and travel.
    • Indianapolis (Ind.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
    • Presbyterians--United States.
    • Rome (Italy)--Description and travel.
    • Scotland--Description and travel.
    • United States--Description and travel.
    • Nixon, Jeremiah Howard, 1829-1892.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-21
     December 1857-March 17, 1869, and  undated
    Diary [series]
    Box   1 Folder   22
    Jeremiah Howard Nixon diary,  September 13, 1862-December 29, 1863
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Coffin, Selden Jennings. The Men of Lafayette, 1828-1893: Lafayette College, Its History, Its Men, Their Record. Easton: George W. West, 1891.