The Robert Hamill Nassau Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Nassau, Robert Hamill, 1835-1921
Dates: 1849-1921
Extent: 14 boxes (5.9 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Chronology

1835 October 11 Born, Montgomery Square, Pennsylvania. Son of Rev. Charles William and Hannah Hamill Nassau
1854 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1854-1856 Teacher, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
1856-1859 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1857 M.A., College of New Jersey
1861 M.D., University of Pennsylvania Medical School
1861 April 17 Ordained, Presbytery of New Brunswick
1861-1864 Missionary, Corisco, Africa
1862 September 17 Married Mary Cloyd Latta, teacher at the Evangasimba girl's school in Corisco
1865-1871 Missionary, Benita, Africa
1870 September 10 Mary Nassau dies
1874-1891 Missionary, Ogowe River, Africa
1881 October 10 Married Mary Brunette Foster, Lakewood, New Jersey
1884 August 8 Mary Nassau dies in childbirth in Kângwe, Africa
1891 D.D., University of Pennsylvania
1893-1908 Missionary, Gabon, Africa
1900-1902 Missionary, Batanga
1903 Missionary, Gabon, Africa
1904-1906 Missionary, Batanga
1907-1908 Stated Supply, Starke, Waldo and Hawthorne, Florida
1910-1921 Resident, Ambler, Pennsylvania
1921 May 6 Died, Ambler, Pennsylvania

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of diaries (1880-1919), essays, poems, correspondence, legal documents, clippings, sermons, mementos, photographs, and other miscellaneous material.

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Subjects

Nassau, Robert Hamill, 1835-1921--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Alumni and alumnae--Archives.

Missionaries--Africa--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in the fall of 1992, by Douglas F. Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited in March of 2009 by Sarah Seraphin.

Access

There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Robert Hamill Nassau Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

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Related Material

See also the following materials in the Special Collections:

The Henry H. Bucher, Jr. Collection (of Africana)

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Contents

Box 1
1:1 Diary (September 1880 - April 1882).
1:2 Diary (April 1882 - January 1883).
1:3 Diary (March 1883 - December 1885).
1:4 Diary (December 1885 - August 1888).
1:5 Diary (August 1888 - December 1889).
1:6 Diary (December 1889 - July 1890).
1:7 Diary (July 1890 - April 1891).
Box 2
2:1 Diary (May 1891 - July 1892).
2:2 Diary (July 1892 - March 1894).
2:3 Diary (March 1894 - July 1895).
2:4 Diary (July 1895 - November 1896).
2:5 Diary (November 1896 - June 1898).
2:6 Diary (June 1898 - July 1899).
Box 3
3:1 Diary (July 1899 - July 1900).
3:2 Diary (July 1900 - June 1901).
3:3 Diary (July 1901 - July 1902).
3:4 Diary (July 1902 - June 1903).
3:5 Diary (July 1903 - May 1904).
3:6 Diary (May 1904 - May 1905).
Box 4
4:1 Diary (May 1905 - March 1906).
4:2 Diary (March 1906 - March 1907).
4:3 Diary (March 1907 - November 1907).
4:4 Diary (November 1907 - October 1908).
4:5 Diary (October 1908 - June 1909).
4:6 Diary (June 1909 - June 1910).
Box 5
5:1 Diary (July 1910 - November 1910).
5:2 Diary (December 1910 - September 1912).
5:3 Diary (September 1912 - September 1913).
5:4 Diary (September 1913 - August 1914).
5:5 Diary (August 1914 - February 1915).
5:6 Diary (February 1915 - May 1915).
Box 6
6:1 Diary (May 1915 - August 1918).
6:2 Diary (August 1918 - May 1919).
6:3 Diary notes (January 1882).
6:4 Essays (1849 - 1851).
6:5 Essays and Poems (1851 - 1854).
6:6 Poems and Essays (1852 - 1857).
6:7 Miscellaneous Essays: Essays and Poems (1848 - 1861).
Box 7
7:1 Poems and Essays (1848 - 1870).
7:2 Poems and Essays (1872, 1909, 1920).
7:3 Expenses (November 1907 - 1920).
7:4 Farewell letters (July 1893).
7:5 Farewell letters (September 1904).
Box 8
8:1 Legal documents undated
8:2 Newspaper clippings (1880 - 1921).
8:3 Newspaper clippings, reviews (1906 - 1916).
8:4 12 letters in praise of Fetichism in West Africa, by Robert Hamill Nassau (1905).
Box 9
9:1 Reviews of My Ogowe, by Robert Hamill Nassau (1914-1920).
9:2 Diary, including entries concerning his daughter Mary B.F. Nassau (October 1881 - October 1892).
9:3 Theological Seminary exercises and medical thesis. (1859), (1861)
9:4 Grandfather's letters. 1836-1854
Box 10 - Box 12
Autobiography (six volumes)
Box 13: Addendum
13:1 Sermons (notebook).
13:2 Translations: Troy.
13:3 Translations: Troy (II).
13:4 Translations: Xenophon, Cyrus.
13:5 Translations: Pindar.
13:6 In an Elephant Coral, by Robert Hamill Nassau (signed by the author).
Box 14: Addendum
14:1 Correspondence, September 12, 1856 - December 23, 1920.
14:2 Miscellaneous materials (bulk of includes letters to R.H. Nassau), 1819 - 1914.
14:3 Mementos and clippings.
14:4 Mementos and clippings.
14:5 Advertisement for a speech on missions, April 15, 1910
14:6 Photographs.
14:7 Materials from Mary Brunette Foster, daughter of R.H. Nassau.

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