The Myron Barrett letters contain correspondence from his friends and family, who discussed various aspects of life in the mid-19th century, often with a focus on education.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, October 2011
Scope and Content:
The Myron Barrett letters contain correspondence from his friends and family, who discussed various aspects of life in the mid-19th century, often with a focus on education. Barrett had a wide range of acquaintances across the country, especially several friends who wrote from various educational institutions and, following his stint as a teacher in Columbus, Ohio, from that city. Many of the friendly, personal letters concern agricultural pursuits or teaching, and several letters from J. Collins provide a glimpse into cadet life at West Point in the 1840s. Additional material depicts various aspects of everyday life in the period, including one letter discussing a surgical operation to remove a cancerous tumor from a young woman (March 17, 1846).
Biographical / Historical:
Myron Barrett was born in North East, New York, on September 19, 1816, and attended Burr Seminary, in Vermont, for his early schooling. He moved to Columbus, Ohio, after his 1844 graduation from Yale, and taught school for four years before pursuing a degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary and, later, Princeton. Barrett graduated from Princeton in 1851 and preached in Pontiac, Michigan, before assuming posts in Newton, New Jersey; New Haven, Connecticut; and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He returned to Newton around 1871 and became a trustee of the Newton Collegiate Institute, a position he held until his death on May 8, 1876. Barrett married Emma E. Ryerson in 1856, and they had three children: David, Andrew, and Sarah.
1993, 2001. M-2975.9, M-4175.2 .
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The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Additional Descriptive Data:
Snell, James P., et al. History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881.
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