John B. Stearns letters, 1945 - 1946Manuscript MS-1320

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Title:

John B. Stearns letters, 1945 - 1946

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1320

Collection Dates:

1945 - 1946

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

John B. Stearns (1894-1973), Professor of Classical Languages and Literature. Dartmouth College Class of 1916. The collection consists of 18 letters from J.B. Stearns to his daughter Mary Stearns while she was attending Wheaton College. Topics include her studies and life at college as well as family matters.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains letters from J. "Biggie" Stearns to his daughter Mary Cornelia Stearns (Minnie) while she was attending Wheaton College. The letters contain often humorous advice, anecdotes and musings for his daughter on the subjects of education, including what courses and languages to take, as well as on life as a teacher and its requirement, the Spring Sophomore Slump, Hanna Hunter Handee of South Royalton, the value of learning foreign languages and family matters. One letter is entirely in French.

Biography

John Barker Stearns was born on February 13, 1894, in Norway, Maine. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1916, and received his MA from Princeton University in 1917. After Princeton, Stearns entered the United States Army and rose to the rank of lieutenant while serving two years overseas, attached to the French Army as an interpreter. In recognition of his service he received the Croix de Guerre by the French government. In 1920, Stearns became an Instructor in Ancient Languages at Alfred University. He also taught at Princeton University from which received his Ph.D. in 1924. Before joining the faculty of Dartmouth College in 1927, Stearns was an Assistant Professor in the Classics at Yale University. At Dartmouth Stearns became a full Professor of Classical Languages and Literature in 1931, a position he maintained until 1961, when he retired as the Daniel Webster Professor of the Latin Languages and Literature. Stearns was also active on behalf of his Class, holding the position of class secretary and editor of the class newsletter several time. He died on July 14, 1973.

Related Material

Mss 953940

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Letters, 1945-1946

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1945-1946

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, October 1945
  • Folder: 2, Letters from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, November 1945
  • Folder: 3, Letter from Bill to J.B. Stearns, December 1945
  • Folder: 4, Letters from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, December 1945
  • Folder: 5, Letters from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, January 1946
  • Folder: 6, Letters from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, February 1946
  • Folder: 7, Letter from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, March 1946
  • Folder: 8, Letters from J.B. Stearns to Mary C. Stearns, April 1946

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