Guide to the Ebenezer Bancroft Williston Papers, 1787-1832
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Williston, E. B. (Ebenezer Bancroft), 1801-1837 Title Ebenezer Bancroft Williston Papers Dates 1787-1832 Extent 1 Box (.50 linear foot) About the Collection
The collection contains personal papers, including degrees and diplomas, 1787-1826, as well as papers from Jefferson College, 1830-1832. There are letters from prominent American statesmen and politicians, 1825-1829, concerning the publication of his Eloquence of the United States. Also included are a book of common prayer and a Bible, 1829-1831, belonging to both Ebenezer B. Williston and his son, Edward Bancroft Williston. There are two photograph albums that date from the 1860s which may have been compiled by Edward B. Williston. Additional description of the collection can be found in the content listing below.
About Ebenezer B. Williston
Ebenezer Williston of Tunbridge, VT, was engaged to teach Greek and Latin on the founding of the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (forerunner to Norwich University). He had previously attended Dartmouth College. Williston served as professor until 1828 when poor health forced him to move south. In 1830, Williston was appointed president of Jefferson College in Washington, Mississippi, a position he retained until April 1832. Williston married Almira Partridge in 1826. He published an English edition of Tacitus in 1826 and the five-volume Eloquence of the United States in 1827 (expanded edition in 1829). Williston died in Norwich, VT on 27 December 1837. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Ebenezer Bancroft Williston.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Williston, E. B. -- (Ebenezer Bancroft), -- 1801-1837.
Norwich University -- Faculty.
American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy -- History
Jefferson College (Washington, Miss.) -- History.
Williston, Edward Bancroft.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ebenezer Bancroft Williston Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter to Ebenezer B. Williston from James Madison, 12 January 1826. Ebenezer Bancroft Williston Papers, James Madison letters file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (.50 linear foot) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
Papers, 1787-1832 David Williston (father of Ebenezer), degree from Yale College, 1787 Ebenezer Williston, degrees from the University of Vermont, 1823 and 1826 Announcement of appointment, Jefferson College, 1830 Acceptance of resignation, Jefferson College, 1832 Letter from Aaron Burr, 13 September 1827, regarding Burr’s ward, Charles Letters, 1825-1828, from prominent American statesmen and politicians concerning the publication of Williston’s Eloquence of the United States, a five-volume series of debates and speeches, including: o John Q. Adams, 1827 (3 letters) o James Barbour, 1826 o John C. Calhoun, 1827 o Henry Clay, 1826 (2 letters) o Thomas Addis Emmett, 1827 o Edward Everett, 1826-1827 (5 letters) o Robert Young Hayne, 1827 (2 letters) o Richard Mentor Johnson, 1827 o Edward Livingston, 1827 (3 letters) o James Madison, 1826 and 1828 (2 letters) o H. G. Otis, 1827 o John Randolph, 1826 o John Sergeant, 1827 o Daniel Webster, 1825 Books, 1829 and 1831 Holy Bible (Philadelphia: Towar & Hogan, 1829), with note inside front cover: “E.B. Williston Norwich Vermont 1835″ Book of Common Prayer (New York: Elam Bliss, 1831) with note “No 20 Edward Williston Norwich Vermont 1850″ Edward Williston, Norwich class of 1856, was the son of Ebenezer Williston.
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