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Guide to the Charles Josiah Galpin papers



Descriptive Summary

Identification: A1071

Creator :Galpin, Charles Josiah

Creator :Colgate University. Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Title: Charles Josiah Galpin papers

Dates: 1894-1970

Extent: 0.6 Cubic Feet

Language: English

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

Charles Josiah Galpin was an 1885 graduate of Colgate University and a noted figure in the fields of rural sociology and agricultural economics.

He was born in Hamilton, New York, on March 16, 1864, and attended preparatory school at Colgate Academy, graduating in 1881. He came to Madison University, later known as Colgate University, from Canandaigua and graduated with the college class of 1885. Galpin earned a Master's degree from Harvard University in 1895, and received an honorary doctorate in literature from Colgate in 1919. He studied rural education in Denmark in 1914 and held a number of leadership positions in the fields of rural agriculture and sociology. These included serving with the Bureau of Agriculture in Washington, DC, honorary president of the American Country Life Association, Vice President of the American Sociological Society, and United States delegate to the International Institute of Agriculture in Rome.

Galpin was an associate professor in the department of agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin from 1911-1919, where he was in charge of country life work and rural sociology. Prior to this, his positions included teacher at Union Academy in Belleville (1885-1888); professor of history and English at Kalamazoo College (1888-1891); principal at Union Academy (1891-1901); businessman in Delvan, Wisconsin (1900-1904); University Pastor for Baptists at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1905-1911); and lecturer in the summer school of religion in Madison (1909-1912).

After leaving Wisconsin, Galpin began a position with the United States Department of Agriculture. He retired in 1934 as head of the Division of Farm Population and Rural Life in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. He died on June 1, 1947.


Elmer William Smith, ed. Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 2, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 77.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains works by and about Colgate graduate Charles J. Galpin. It includes lecture notes from his time as a graduate student at Harvard University, his graduate thesis, articles documenting his contributions to the field of rural sociology, a few of his published articles, travel materials, and a small amount of correspondence discussing his papers at Colgate.


Sociology -- Study and teaching.
Agriculture -- Study and teaching.
Galpin, Charles Josiah
Galpin, Charles Josiah
Colgate University. Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
1914 July 22
Letter of recommendation from Governor of Wisconsin

1 page

Box 1 Folder 2
1937 March 13
Letter of congratulations from Czechoslovak Academy of Agriculture

1 page

Box 1 Folder 3
1926 February 18

1 page

Box 1 Folder 4
1941 September
"The Development of Country Life Studies at the University of Wisconsin" by Henry Taylor. Reprinted from "Rural Sociology", Vol. 6, No. 3

4 pages

Box 1 Folder 5
1934 October 1
"Farm Population and Rural Life Activities" Vol. 8, No. 4

9 pages

Box 1 Folder 6
"Rural Sociology Research in the United States: A Social Science Research Monograph" C.J. Galpin is one of the authors. Mimeographed

114 pages

Box 1 Folder 7
1948 June
"Rural Sociology: Devoted to Scientific Study of Rural Life" Vol. 13, No. 2

234 pages

Box 1 Folder 8
List of Dr. C.J. Galpin material in Colgate University Archives

2 pages

Box 1 Folder 9
1970 October 27
Williams, H.D. to Mr. Gressley. Concerning: Historical information on the Galpin family

2 pages

Box 1 Folder 10
1969 October 7
Williams, H.D. to Dr. Bowers. Concerning: Location of Galpin papers and other information on Galpin

2 pages

Box 1 Folder 11
1949 November 26 - 1950 September 16
Correspondence between C.E. Lively and Reed Alvord. Concerning: Movement of Galpin papers

10 pages

Box 1 Folder 12
1948 December 20 - 1949 January 18
Correspondence between H.D. Williams and Henry C. Taylor. Concerning: Receiving Galpin information to be added to archives

5 pages

Box 1 Folder 13
1947 October 23 - November 5
Correspondence between H.D. Williams and Mildred H. Niles. Concerning: Memorial album of Dr. Galpin.

3 pages

Box 1 Folder 14
1947 June 16 - July 7
Correspondence between H.D. Williams and Carl Taylor. Concerning: Galpin materials to be donated to Colgate Archives

5 pages

Box 1 Item 15
Charles J. Galpin Record book
Box 1 Item 16
Haeckel's "History of Creation" a review by C.J. Galpin (Submitted as thesis at Harvard)
Box 1 Item 17
1935 December
Memorial Album presented to C.J. Galpin by the Rural Section of the American Sociological Society
Box 1 Item 18
Psychology 2, Prof. Munsterberg. Lectures.
Box 2 Item 19
Psychology 2, Prof. Munsterberg. Lectures and thesis.
Box 2 Item 20
Metaphysics 9, Prof. Royce. Lectures.
Box 2 Item 21
Metaphysics 9, Prof. Royce. Lectures
Box 2 Item 22
circa 1895
3 Metaphysical theses
Box 2 Item 23
1898 July
Newspaper clippings of course at Clark University
Box 2 Item 24
Ethics, Prof. Palmer. Lectures.
Box 2 Item 25
Ethics, Prof. Palmer. Lectures.
Box 2 Item 26
circa 1895
4 Ethical theses
Box 2 Item 27
Cosmology 3, Prof. James. Lectures.


Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries


Mary Cordaro and Allyson Smally, May 1, 2014.


September 2, 2015: Filing title added by Frances Holmes

Preferred Citation

Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known), A1071, Charles Josiah Galpin papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

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