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Guide to the Sylvester Burnham papers



Descriptive Summary

Identification: A1066

Creator :Burnham, S. (Sylvester)

Title: Sylvester Burnham papers

Dates: 1882-1899

Extent: 0.1 Cubic Feet

Language: English

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Sylvester Burnham was a professor of Semitic languages and Old Testament interpretation at Colgate University from 1875-1918, serving as Dean of the Theological Seminary from 1893-1910. He was the author of Manual of Old Testament Interpretation (1882), Elements of Syriac Grammar (1884), and Elements of Biblical Hermeneutics (1916).

Burnham was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on February 1, 1842, and was educated at Bowdoin College, earning an AB in 1862, AM in 1865, and Doctor of Divinity in 1885. He was ordained in 1873 and spent time at Newton Theological Institution and the Universities of Heidelberg, Gottingen, and Leipzig. From 1873-1874, he was a pastor in Amherst, Massachusetts, and he taught Greek and German at Worcester (Massachusetts) Academy from 1874-1875. He died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on September 23, 1935.


Elmer William Smith, ed. Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 2, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 11.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a published volume by Sylvester Burnham and two handwritten essays.


Education -- Study and teaching.
Religious education.
Theology -- Study and teaching.
Burnham, S. (Sylvester)
Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution
Burnham, S. (Sylvester)

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
Manual of Old Testament Interpretation, for the use of classes in Hamilton Theological Seminary, by S. Burnham
Box 1 Folder 2
Essays and addresses: The Ethical Element in School Instruction
Box 1 Folder 2
Essays and addresses: Christianity and Culture


Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries


Lora J. Davis and Allyson Smally, April 17, 2014.


January 23, 2015: Folder numbers updated by Sara Klik.

September 2, 2015: Filing title added by Frances Holmes

Preferred Citation

Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known), A1066, Sylvester Burnham papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

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