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Rufus Clark Hitchcock Papers, 1856-1894.
Hitchcock, Rufus Clark, 1835-1894.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 49  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Hitchcock, Rufus Clark, 1835-1894.
Title : Rufus Clark Hitchcock Papers, 1856-1894.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft. (1 box).
General Note : Contined in: MSA 173.
Summary :

The collection includes a large number of letters from Rufus Clark Hitchcock to his son Albert, 1887-1894, detailing his career as field representative for the American Missionary Society, expressing a love of books and literature. They describe his travels through Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, Texas, New York City, Boston, Michigan, North Carolina and Kentucky, for the Missionary Society. He traveled by horseback, rail, wagon, horse and buggy, covered wagon, teams of horses, and boat.

The collection contains a journal kept by family members including some family genealogy and related materials, information about his varied teaching career, financial papers, photographs, letters from family and friends, and other items. The collection also contains letters from a German friend in Iowa, Otto Smith, discussing abolition of slavery, Giuseppe Garibaldi, William H. Seward, Abraham Lincoln, and Wendall Phillips.

Biographical or historical data :

Rufus Clark Hitchcock was born in North Chittenden, Vt., in 1835, son of Heli and Sarah (Farr) Hitchcock. He taught school at Enfield, Thompsonville, and West Suffield, Connecticut; in Wayne County, Michigan; in LeClaire, Iowa; Troy, New York; and in Longmeadow, Southwick, and South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts; between 1856 and 1879.

Rufus Clark Hitchcock married Louise St. John in 1863. They had three sons: Frederick St. John (b. 1865), Alfred Marshall (b. 1868), and Harold Edward (b. 1873).

Rufus Clark Hitchcock traveled widely, and practiced a variety of occupations including president and dean of students at Straight University in New Orleans (later Dillard University), and as field representative for the American Missionary Association. Additionally he worked at a variety of occupations: the stove and tin business; canvassing for an encyclopedia and a magazine; the Keene, N.H., gloveworks; an apprenticeship in the sewing machine business; farming; writing; and selling real estate. He taught at grade school, high school, and the university level.

Rufus Clark Hitchcock died in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, in 1894.

Personal Subject : Hitchcock, Alfred Marshall, 1868-?.
Hitchcock family.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Corporate Subject : American Missionary Association.
Straight University New Orleans, La.
Dillard University New Orleans, La.
Subject Term : Slavery Antislavery movements United States.
Universities and colleges, Black.
Afro-American universities and colleges.
Geographic Term : Alabama Description and travel.
Boston (Mass.) Description and travel.
Iowa Description and travel.
Kentucky Description and travel.
Michigan Description and travel.
Mississippi Description and travel.
New York (N.Y.) Description and travel.
North Carolina Description and travel.
Texas Description and travel.
Virginia Description and travel.
Chittenden (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Financial records.
Occupation : Teachers.
Added Author : Bjorvard, Helen Hitchcock.
Carson, Margaret H.
Smith, Otto.
Straight, Seymour, 1815-1896.
Added Author : Templars of Honor and Temperance of Connecticut.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.