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Guide to the Philetus B. Spear papers

A1047

1831-1891


Descriptive Summary

Identification: A1047


Creator: Spear, Philetus B.


Title: Philetus B. Spear papers


Dates: 1831-1891


Extent: 0.6 Cubic feet


Language: English



Collection is open for research.


Biographical Note

Philetus B. Spear was born in 1811 in Palmyra, New York, and lived there throughout his childhood and young adulthood. He came to Hamilton in 1831 and entered the first class in Madison University that took the full classical course. He became an assistant teacher in 1835 before graduating in 1836. He then attended the Madison Theological Seminary and graduated in 1838. Later that same year he was ordained to the Baptist ministry. In the years that followed, Spear remained at the University in various capacities. He served as a tutor, professor, treasurer, librarian, secretary, and member of various committees, as well as being principal of the grammar school connected with the college. Spear stayed connected to the school for fifty years both as a student and an educator. He personally knew every member on the faculty and was very in touch with the different phases of the University's history. Spear was faithful, earnest, and efficient in both his duties as a teacher and as a treasurer. He looked out for the best interests of those he served and was responsible for increasing endowments to the school as well as ensuring that funds were used properly and covered what needed to be paid. A successful businessmen, he inherited property, increased it, and out of his own income gave back to good causes, especially those that sought to improve the University. Spear remained physically active until his death in 1901, but was forced to give up many of his responsibilities due to his advanced age and failing eyesight.

Subjects

Professors (teacher)

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
1852 May 13
"Compliment to Prof. Spear," Democratic Reflector
Box 1 Folder 2
1886 December 16
"Alone--Waiting"
Box 1 Folder 3
1878 April 16
"Correspondence," White Sulphur Springs, West Va.
Box 1 Folder 4
undated
P.B. Spear visits sons in Winslow
Box 1 Folder 5
undated
Various newspaper clippings written by P.B. Spears
Box 1 Folder 6
1880 March 18
Front page of The Democratic Republican
Box 1 Folder 7
1889 January 24
"Hard Knots Untied," The Watchman
Box 1 Folder 8
1878 January 1
"A New Year's Greeting"
Box 1 Folder 9
1882 September 6
"Up the Lakes--St. Ignace and Mackinaw, The White Man's Future, The Red Man's Past"
Box 1 Folder 10
1887 July 23
"New York Politics" by P.B. Spear, The Journal and the Messenger
Box 1 Folder 11
1889 January 31
"A Curious Knot--Lord Chesterfield's Riddle," The Journal and the Messenger
Box 1 Folder 12
1879 May
"A Card," Opening of reading room and new organ for chapel
Box 1 Folder 13
1870
Copperhead Song
Box 1 Folder 14
undated
"New King of Beasts--stallion meets mountain lion"
Box 1 Folder 15
1882 October 18
"The English in Egypt in 1882," The Journal and the Messenger
Box 1 Folder 16
undated
The Bower of Prayer
Box 1 Folder 17
undated
"On Grandee Green College Genius"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 18
undated
"The landlord rose in wrath arrayed"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 19
undated
"A fragment (stanza) from an Ancient Song"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 20
undated
"The built their house, they built together"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 21
undated
"Four unmarkable cities. Four Answers"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 22
undated
"The Great Storm"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 23
undated
"Be Patient"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 24
undated
"Hawk's Parody"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 25
undated
"A Catastrophe Ratified"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 26
undated
"Fable--Aesop"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 27
undated
"Friendship, love and true affection are better clothed in simple diction"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 28
undated
"Madison's Lament"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 29
1891
"Yule--time 1891"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 30
undated
"Very Happy am I to hear of your success"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 31
undated
"Twas in those early times"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 32
undated
"Of the 'Plucked Goose' you've heard the story"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 33
1886 February 22
"Pater Patriae. Great Washington! Is this Day"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 34
undated
"Laissez Faire (Let Alone)"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 35
1885 August 17
"Shippan"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 36
undated
"The bird of Jove"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 37
undated
"Who is it?"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 38
undated
"Have you seen the Grippe?"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 39
undated
"A Simply History"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 40
undated
"The Cloud Splitter"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 41
1886 August 28
"Be Fogged on River St. Marie"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 42
1890 September
"Explanatory Remark"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 43
undated
"The Use of Words"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 44
undated
"to the Journal and Messenger 'Better or Worse'"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 45
undated
"Dies Irae"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 46
undated
"If disorder meet disorder"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 47
undated
"Maternal--Sportiveness"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 48
1881
"Tell! What is worth in any thing?"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 49
1885 October
To the N.Y. Herald. Taken from the "Queries." Spear's remarks

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 50
1881 December 8
"King of the North"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 51
undated
"Hamilton's Yearly Visitor" as well as newspaper clipping.

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 52
undated
"I heard one say"

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 53
undated
Madison University History notes

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 54
undated
"Prof. Philetus B. Spear, D.D." Reprint from History of Chenango and Madison Counties
Box 1 Folder 55
1888 June 18
Handwritten letter to P.B. Spear, from L. Freeman
Box 1 Folder 56
undated
Spear Family birth dates

Handwritten.

Box 1 Folder 57
undated
"The Genius of Hebrew and of Roman learning" by P.B. Spear
Box 1 Folder 58
undated
Handwritten notes by H.D. Williams on P.B. Spear
Box 1 Folder 59
undated
Newspaper articles about the death of P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 60
undated
Photograph of P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 61
undated
Photograph of Abraham and Clarissa Bennet Spear
Box 2 Folder 62
undated
"I have rarely known any thing unfriendly in a Colgate"

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 63
1887 March
"A Morning Walk" from the Journal and the Messenger
Box 2 Folder 64
1888 July 24
"Acknowledgment from Hamilton," The Watchman
Box 2 Folder 65
undated
Handwritten letter to the editor
Box 2 Folder 66
undated
"Sing the story of our"

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 67
1888 November 8
"Correspondence: The Farther Northwest," The Watchman
Box 2 Folder 68
undated
"The World Moves"
Box 2 Folder 69
undated
"All that piece of land..."

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 70
1833 February 10
Letter of recommendation from Pastor Robert Powell for P.B. Spear

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 71
1868 August 13
Letter to P.B. Spears informing him of honorary Doctor of Divinity
Box 2 Folder 72
1862
Handwritten letter concerning Alumni Hall
Box 2 Folder 73
1860 July 28
Handwritten letter to P.B. Spears from William Clark, concerning secretary position of the University Board
Box 2 Folder 74
1865 May 15
Handwritten letter of resignation from P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 75
1888 May 23
Letter from P.B. Spear to Mrs. Mary Spear Keith, concerning thank you for birthday gift
Box 2 Folder 76
undated
Handwritten letter from Samuel Colgate to P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 77
undated
Photograph of P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 78
undated
Inscriptions from College Cemetery
Box 2 Folder 79
1956 April 30
Letter from H.D. Williams to Mrs. Spear, concerning Fundraising Campaign
Box 2 Folder 80
undated
Obituary of Mrs. P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 81
undated
Letter from H.D. Williams to Mrs. A.J. Fontaine, concerning mementoes of P.B. Spear
Box 2 Folder 82
undated
"Inspiration of the Apostles"

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 83
undated
"The apprehension of a future retribution"

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 84
undated
"Contents"

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 85
undated
"The University has sometimes been called unique"

Handwritten.

Box 2 Folder 86
1952 October 31
Letter from Mather Cleveland to H.D. Williams, concerning an account of the death of Clara Paulina Spear
Box 2 Folder 87
1882 June 8
"Squaring the Circle"
Box 2 Folder 88
1831-1838
Expenditures at Hamilton Seminary

Book.

Box 2 Folder 89
1840
Notes on Scriptures kept by Prof. P.B. Spear as student

Book.

Box 2 Folder 90
1852
Madison University Library Expense Book
Box 2 Folder 91
undated
P.B. Spear's Early Notes
Box 2 Folder 92
undated
Philetus B. Spear, D.D., Biography

Book.


Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries

Processing

Finding aid prepared by Kathleen Trychta and Sarah Keen, December 20, 2011.

Citation

[Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known)], A1047, Philetus B. Spear papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.



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